Kennewick School District values the involvement and support from our community. There are a variety of ways for community members to get involved, including participating on community committees to provide input in a variety of areas that support Kennewick students and their education.
Kennewick School District and the Benton-Franklin Counties Juvenile Justice Center have established a Community Engagement Board, which is composed of members of the community to provide intervention support to students who are referred from schools for truancy as a result of exceeding the number of unexcused absences allowed under the law.
Community engagement board members receive training regarding the identification of barriers to school attendance; the use of the Washington Assessment of the Risks and Needs of Students (WARNS) or other assessment tools to identify the specific needs of individual children; cultural responsive interactions; trauma-informed approaches to discipline; evidence-based treatments that have been found effective in supporting at-risk youth and their families; and the specific services and treatment available in the particular school, court, community, and elsewhere.
Students are referred from Kennewick School District schools for truancy, as a result of exceeding the number of unexcused absences allowed under the law. These students, along with their parents, are scheduled to attend a Community Engagement Board hearing. At this hearing, families are given information about the Becca Law (RCW 13.32A) and they meet with a volunteer(s) to discuss their reasons for non-attendance and to help the youth and family develop an education success plan.
RCW 28A.225.020: School's duties upon child's failure to attend school.
RCW 28A.225.025: Community engagement boards —Membership—Duties.
Volunteers must be 21 years or older, apply and be accepted to volunteer in the district (including passing a background check and being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or approved for an exemption), and have a strong desire to help students overcome attendance issues and be successful in school. Members who are bilingual in Spanish are strongly desired but it is not a requirement.
Meetings & Time Commitment
First and third Tuesday of each month, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. (1.5 to 2 hours biweekly)
Kennewick School District Administration Center, 1000 W. 4th Ave., Kennewick
The purpose of the District Equity Team is to help the district determine and implement strategies and allocate resources to promote equity, address opportunity and achievement gaps for students, and support all students in reaching their highest potential.
The Facilities Study Committee studies the facility and land needs in conjunction with the requirements of the district and the students, families, educators, and community it serves. The committee also recommends options, strategies and opportunities to the Kennewick School District Board of Directors and the Superintendent based on the educational standards of the district and studies undertaken of facility and land needs along with projected student growth and funding capabilities.
Kennewick FOCUS is a school district, parent, and community partnership formed for the purpose of promoting an alcohol/drug-free and violence-free environment for our youth. Group members include school district administration, high school leadership students, the Kennewick Police Department, community service organizations, community advocates, elected officials, and others. This group hosts an annual tailgate fundraiser in the fall to raise money for alcohol/drug-free events for students.