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March 15, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

School Operations FAQs

UPDATED: March 23, 2020

Kennewick School District is in the process of providing answers to your frequently asked questions. If you have a question, and don't see it listed below, please contact us at info@ksd.org. We will be updating this page frequently.

How will missed days be made up and does the district get a waiver from the state?

According to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), "Districts are expected to make every effort possible to make-up any days and instructional hours lost due to the COVID-19 outbreak, including extending the school year to June 19 if necessary. OSPI will file an emergency rule to allow the agency to waive the days and instructional hours that districts won’t be able to make up after June 19. This rule will be in effect for the 2019–20 school year only. Districts should wait until they know the extent of their closures before submitting an application for a waiver. OSPI will provide more information about the submittal process within the next two months."

What other events and activities are canceled?

All Kennewick School District activities, events, athletics, facility rentals, travel, and Community Education classes are postponed through at least April 24. 

Where can my child pick up free meals?

The district is currently distributing free meals for children 18 years old and younger at Amistad Elementary, Amon Creek Elementary, Canyon View Elementary, Eastgate Elementary, Hawthorne Elementary, Highlands Middle School, Lincoln Elementary, Park Middle School, Ridge View Elementary, Southgate Elementary and Vista Elementary. For details, go to http://bit.ly/2xARRwo

Is childcare offered during the school closure?

For more information about childcare offered by our community partners, go to: https://www.ksd.org/News/Childcare

How will Kennewick School District keep families and staff updated?

We will be providing more information to staff and families over the coming days via our website, emails (sign-up through PowerSchool) and the district's social media pages. 

What are some learning resources to use at home?

The school district is currently sending out a weekly Family Learning Resources Guide to support your child's continued learning. A new learning guide is sent out each Friday afternoon during the school closure: https://www.ksd.org/District/Programs-and-Learning/Family-Learning-Resources

What will happen with state testing?

OSPI has decided that all state testing will be canceled for the 2019–20 school year. This includes the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS), the Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM), English Learner Progress Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21), and WIDA Alternate ACCESS for ELLs.

How will graduation and graduation requirements be affected?

At this time, we do not have information from the state about how graduation requirements will be addressed by the state. We also do not know if graduation will be affected. When we receive updated information from the state, we will inform parents.

What if I have more questions?

If you have questions during the school closure, you may contact info@ksd.org