Health & Safety Requirements
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.
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)
- Loss of taste or smell
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Class B Symptoms:
- 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
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.
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.
Review the latest Return To School Guidance from the Benton-Franklin Health District.
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:
Masked Heroes | Cincinnati Children’s Hospital: https://www.youtube.com
Wear a Mask to Protect You and Your Friends | CDC: https://www.youtube.com
Know How to Wear Your Face Mask Correctly | CDC: https://www.youtube.com
Wearing a Mask – Coronavirus Social Story | Diverse Learning Hub: https://www.youtube.com
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.
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
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.