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If Your Child Develops Symptoms at School
Daily Health Screening/Attestation
Monthly Verification/Agreement
Return to School Guidance
Masks & Face Coverings
Physical Distancing
Water Bottles


If Your Child Has or Develops COVID-19 Symptoms While at School

As parents and guardians, we ask that you take responsibility for making sure that your child remains at home when feeling ill. If your child is sent to school while ill or develops COVID-19 symptoms while at school, they will be immediately isolated, you will be required to pick them up and they may not be allowed to return to school for 10 days.

Please review the Return To School Guidance below.

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Daily Health Screenings/Attestation

Each day that students attend in-person classes at their school, parents and guardians must conduct a COVID-19 health screening/attestation. The screening must happen BEFORE the child boards a school bus or engages in any school activity located on or off Kennewick School District property.

Each day, that a student attends in-person school, the district will send out email and text message reminders to families early in the morning.

Answer These Questions Each Day Your Child Attends In-Person Classes

By sending your child to school, you attest that the answer to every question is “no."

If you answer “yes,” to any question, you are required to keep your child home.

1. Is your child currently waiting for a COVID-19 test result?

2. Since your student’s last day of school or visit to a school facility, has your student has experienced:

  • Any Class A Symptoms OR
  • 2 or more Class B Symptoms OR
  • 1 or more Class B Symptoms lasting more than 24 hours

Class A Symptoms:

  • Fever (100.4 or over)
  • Cough
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Class B Symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea (2 or more loose stools in 24 hours)

3. Within the last 14 days, has your student been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) with anyone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19?

Source: Benton-Franklin Health District, Washington Department of Health, CDC Guidance Updated 10/15/2020

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Monthly Verification/Agreement To Conduct Health Screenings/Attestations 

The parents and guardians of all preschool, elementary and secondary students returning for in-person learning must complete a Monthly Verification/Agreement to Conduct Health Screenings/Attestations.

This form is due on the first of every month. It will be emailed and texted to families and is posted here: https://bit.ly/37kepBD. It will also be available by logging into PowerSchool account.

Again, we encourage parents to take precautions and keep their child at home if they are feeling ill. This will help ensure that we keep everyone safe and keep our classrooms and schools open for learning.

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COVID-19 Return To School Guidance 

Review the latest Return To School Guidance from the Benton-Franklin Health District.

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Masks & Face Coverings

All students ages 5 and older, staff, volunteers and guests must wear cloth face coverings. If a staff member or student does not have a face covering, one will be provided. Students and staff can choose to wear a clear face shield with drape as an alternative to a cloth face mask. If used, face shields with drapes should extend below the chin, to the ears, and have no gap at the forehead or under the chin. No exemption form is needed for face shields. 

Staff and students must continue practicing physical distancing while wearing face coverings. 

Requests to be exempt from the face covering requirement must: 

  • Include specific diagnosis by a licensed medical or behavioral health provider to justify exclusion

  • Recommend alternative droplet retention method, or if none, recommend exclusion from school 

  • Be approved by Health Officer or their designee 

If you believe your child qualifies for an exemption or if you have a question about allowable face coverings, please contact your school/building COVID-19 site coordinator.

If a student purposely or blatantly refuses to wear a face covering, it will be treated as a safety violation. Parents will be contacted to pick the student up from school. Repeated failure to comply with the face covering requirement will result in a transfer to Kennewick School District’s Online Learning Academy.

If a student repeatedly forgets their face mask, they will be counseled, a plan will be developed and their parents will be contacted. Solutions may include a daily check-in with school staff who provide the student with a cloth mask that is kept in a secure location.

If a staff member is found to not be following required face covering protocols, appropriate personnel action will be taken by the school/building administration/supervisor. 

Recess and Meal Time

Students are not required to use masks or face coverings when they are outside at recess or sitting to eat meals, as long as they maintain the 6-foot distance requirement. Schools will develop and implement distancing protocols for meal times and recess.

Making a Report

If you want to report a staff member or student for not wearing a mask or approved face covering in a public area, wearing a mask properly, adhering to 6-foot distancing requirements or following other health expectations and protocols, you may make an anonymous report and it will be followed up on by a supervisor or a school administrator. 

Tips for Preparing Your Child for Wearing a Mask

  • Have multiple masks, so you can wash them daily and have back-ups ready. 

  • Choose a mask that completely covers the nose and mouth, fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, secures with ties or ear loops, includes multiple layers of fabric, and allows for breathing without restriction

  • Make sure the mask can be washed and machine dried without damage or change to shape

  • Label your child’s masks clearly in a permanent marker so that they are not confused with those of other children

  • Practice with your child putting on and taking off masks without touching the cloth

  • Explain the importance of wearing a mask and how it protects other people from getting sick

  • Consider talking to your child about other people who may not be able to wear masks for medical reasons (e.g., asthma)

  • As a family, model wearing masks, especially when you are in situations where physical distancing is difficult to maintain or impossible

  • If you have a young child, help build their comfort wearing a mask and become comfortable seeing others in masks

    • Praise your child for wearing a mask correctly

    • Put a mask on stuffed animals

    • Draw a mask on a favorite book character

    • Show images of other children wearing masks

    • Allow your child to choose their mask that meets the school dress requirements

  • Consider providing your child with a container (e.g., labeled re-sealable bag) to bring to school to store their masks when not wearing it (e.g., when eating)

Prior to returning to school, prepare and educate your child about the importance of wearing masks and washing hands with these video resources:

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Handwashing and Hygiene 

Teachers will communicate, educate and reinforce appropriate hygiene, frequent handwashing and social distancing practices in ways that are developmentally appropriate for students. Hand sanitizer will be available if hand washing is not possible. 

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Physical Distancing

Each school will implement protocols to maintain a minimum separation between students and staff of 6 feet when students are inside and also when they are outside at recess or physical education classes. Building-specific strategies to increase physical distancing may include:

  • Rearranging desks/tables to maximize the space between students

  • Keeping students in cohorts/clusters to the maximum extent possible

  • Reducing the number of students in hallways/restrooms and locker rooms at any time

  • Limiting access to only essential visitors or volunteers

  • Reducing congestion in office areas

  • Limiting building use outside of school hours to approved district activities

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Water Bottles

For safety reasons, all drinking fountains in the schools have been disabled at this time. Water bottle filling stations are available for student use. Students should bring their own water bottle to school marked with their first and last name. All bottles should have a lid or closure. 

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