Note: This page is updated as new information is received. Last update: Aug. 28
Kennewick School District will begin the 2020-21 school year on Sept. 1 in remote learning.
Remote learning is when teachers provide instruction and learning through a blend of synchronous (“real-time” online with students) and asynchronous (non-“real-time”) instruction. Remote learning is implemented when schools cannot be open for on-site/in-person learning. Remote learners will transition to a hybrid model (with both remote and in-person learning) when schools reopen for on-site/face-to-face instruction.
During the remote learning phase, hybrid learning will be offered for students in Tier 3 special education programs. On-site remote learning support, on a limited basis, will be provided for families with the highest need (e.g. income, internet access, hardship).
- The first day of remote learning is Tuesday, September 1.
- Specific schedules will be provided by the school/teacher prior to the first day of school. To help families plan, here are sample schedules of how daily learning may look: Elementary (Grades K-5) | Middle School (Grades 6-8) | High School (Grades 9-12)
- There are no early release on Wednesdays while the remote schedule is in effect. Please note that the remote school calendar may differ from the printed district calendar distributed by schools.
Student attendance and participation is critical to student learning and success. Daily attendance will be taken by teachers to ensure students are attending and engaged in remote learning. Attendance will be determined by students’ participation in planned synchronous and asynchronous instructional activities. If a student does not engage or demonstrate participation in any way, the student will be marked as absent. If you have questions about attendance, please contact your school.
Regular grading practices, policies, and procedures are in place during remote learning. Students will receive feedback on their work, and students will earn grades according to established grading policies.
- Schedules During District Phased Reopening: All students receiving special services will be provided opportunities for real-time instruction from qualified special services staff during the school day as well as learning activities that can be completed outside of scheduled instructional times. View this chart to learn how students receiving special services will be supported during the different phases of learning.
- Meetings and Evaluations: School teams will contact families to schedule evaluations for students in remote learning. These may require in-person testing. All meetings will be held via phone or Zoom during mutually agreed upon times until Phase 4.
Your child will receive a school supply list from your teacher/school. Schools will also arrange times for families to pick up any needed school-supplied learning materials, such as workbooks.
While we recognize that some K-2 students do not have devices to access synchronous and asynchronous video lessons, K-2 teachers will still create those remote learning lessons available through Seesaw or Google Classroom. For homes that do not have the available technology to access those lessons online, learning packets for K-2 students will be provided.
School-specific learning packets will be delivered once per week to students to their closest bus stop in the morning along with meals. The bus stop schedule is currently being finalized and will be posted prior to the start of school. Families that cannot pick up the learning packets from the bus stop should contact their teacher/school to make other arrangements.
Many schools are planning to hold virtual open house events. More information about these will be provided by the schools. Teachers may also be reaching out to families to introduce themselves and provide more details about the remote learning plan.
SCHOOL AND TEACHER COMMUNICATION
Schools will be communicating with families about teacher assignments, daily schedules and other important information before school begins. Families can expect frequent communication from schools and teachers during remote learning. School and district offices will be open during remote learning, and office hours are posted on the school websites. However, access to buildings will be limited to staff and essential visitors or volunteers.
Teachers from around the district have created short how-to videos translated into Spanish, Arabic, Karen, Burmese, and Somali to help students and families transition to remote learning. More videos will be added so check back often. Find support on these topics:
- Google Classroom
- Google Apps
- Other Apps Students Will Use
- COVID-19 Safety
- Social Emotional Well-Being
- Tips for Learning At Home
- Tips for Specific Content Areas
We've also posted some written instructions to help parents navigate Google Classroom and the Google Suite on the How-To Videos page. Look for them with the Google Classroom videos.
Grades 3-12: Students who currently do not have a Chromebook checked out will have the opportunity to have one checked out to them. We recommend that each student in grades 3-12 get a Chromebook to ensure that it is compatible with district learning and testing tools.
If you still need a Chromebook, please contact the Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or (509) 222-5555.
Grades K-2: The district has ordered iPads for students in grade K-2 for remote learning. Due to demand, we do not expect to receive the iPads until November or later.
More about student technology responsibilities, parent/guardian responsibilities, Chromebook maintenace fees, etc. may be found here.
PLATFORMS AND TECHNOLOGY TOOLS
Platforms where students will launch all learning activities:
- Google Classroom (3-12)
- Seesaw (K-2)
- Google Drive
- Google App Suite
- Screencastify (3-12)
- PowerSchool for Parents and Students - Student Information System (SIS) where parents and students can access grades, discipline records, attendance, etc.:
If a student does not have internet access at home, the district may be able to help by providing a hot spot or other solution. For assistance, please fill out the following form and submit it to our technology department: