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:
All students, including students enrolled in the KSD Online Learning Academy or engaged in remote learning, must have updated immunizations to enroll in school. Make sure that your student's immunizations are updated. Required Vaccinations
Parents or guardians should screen for symptoms prior to sending students to a school building. Any person, including parents, students and staff, entering a district facility will have to attest that they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been knowingly exposed to COVID-19.
School sites will have designated isolation areas for possible cases and will follow their existing isolation plan when situations arise.
Per OSPI’s Reopening Washington Schools: Safety and Health Requirements, the district will limit capacity and implement protocols to maintain a minimum separation as recommended by state and county health departments between all employees, students, and others to the maximum extent feasible. 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
Students will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently, avoid touching their face and eyes and use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not possible.FACE COVERINGS AND MASKS
Face coverings are now part of the district’s dress code. Students are to come to school with the appropriate face covering daily and be expected to wear the covering while engaged in learning and while walking in the halls. Face coverings will be provided by the district to students in the event their face covering is soiled, lost or damaged. With proper distancing, face coverings may be removed for meals and for outdoor recess.
Face shields or other alternatives will be provided to students who are unable to wear a mask because the individual has a medical condition or disability that makes wearing a facial covering inappropriate or because the individual is hearing impaired or is communicating with someone who relies on language cues such as facial markers and expression and mouth movements as a part of communication.
Note that these protocols may change as public health guidance continues to evolve.
SUSPECTED OR CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19
The district will follow the guidance of the Benton-Franklin County Health Department for suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19. This includes when staff and students should be removed and when they can return to school. Students and staff will be isolated immediately if they develop signs of the virus. Quarantine protocols will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Washington Department of Health recommendations.
In the event of a school-wide outbreak as defined by the Health Department, the individual school will switch to remote learning upon the direction of the Health Department.
All classrooms will be provided with disinfecting wipes that have been approved by the EPA for effectiveness and low toxicity. Additional disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer will be made available in key administrative areas. Hand sanitizer stations will be available in common areas in all buildings.
Ventilation will be increased by maximizing the amount of fresh/outside air brought into each building. Filters will be changed on a frequent basis and immediately in the space of a probable COVID-19 case.
Cleaning and disinfection protocols for a probable case of COVID-19 will comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. Access to areas visited by a probable case of COVID-19 will be restricted until cleaning and disinfection is completed.
INTERIOR BUS SANITATION
Seats, seat backs and all high-touch surfaces will be wiped down and electrostatically sprayed by transportation staff at drop-off points if the bus is not returning to the bus garage. Buses returning to the bus garage will be electrostatically sprayed.
Meal and K-2 Packet Delivery: During remote learning, Kennewick School District will be handing out meals each day and learning packets for K-2 students each Monday at designated bus stops.
During the first two weeks of school, packets will be delivered on Tuesdays because there is no school on Mondays. The schedule will begin on the first day of school, Tuesday, Sept. 1.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending its free meal program through December to help ensure all children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that all meals will be free. All children 18 years and younger may receive meals (not just students). Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children.
The regular bus schedule has been expanded to include new stops in areas where children normally walk to school. Please check the schedule: https://bit.ly/3jfqJpl
At the bus stops:
Families need to wear a face masks and socially distance.
Be aware that some food needs to be refrigerated immediately. Follow instructions on food preparation and handling that comes with every meal.
Please note that when the district transitions to hybrid learning, the bus stop schedule will change and no longer include stops that are within the school walking zones.
Drive-up meal service is no longer offered at the schools.
View the September Grab-N-Go Menu.
View information on food allergens and cooking instructions.
Bus transportation will be provided to students enrolled in Tier 3 special education programs and on-site remote learning support (on a limited basis and as identified by the school administration) during the remote learning phase.
YMCA OF THE GREATER TRI-CITIES
During remote learning, full-day childcare is offered for children in grades K-5 by the YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities at the following schools:
- Amon Creek Elementary
- Canyon View Elementary
- Fuerza Elementary
- Southgate Elementary
KENNEWICK PARKS AND RECREATION
Kennewick Parks and Recreation is offering a day camp for children with working parents. It includes breakfast, lunch, support for synchronous and asynchronous learning, and recreational activities.
Click here for the registration page, or call (509) 585-4293 with camp questions.
OTHER CHILDCARE OPTIONS
Find out what other childcare options are available in our area through ChildCare Aware of Washington and Washington State Department of Children,Youth & Family.
SYMPTOMS AND TESTING
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
If you or your child are experiencing these symptoms, call your primary care provider for testing. If you do not have a primary care provider you can go to a walk in clinic. Under state and federal law, all COVID-19 testing should be free for anyone.
COVID-19 Testing Sites in Benton and Franklin counties: https://bit.ly/2Yy09jx