covid-19 guidance for fall 2022
Kennewick School District is committed to the safety of our students, staff, families, visitors, and volunteers by following all of the current health and safety requirements from the Washington State Department of Health to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Health and safety requirements for this fall:
- Students and staff who show symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home, and should get tested for COVID-19. should get tested for COVID-19.
- Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate at home for 5 days. If symptoms improve and they have had no fever for the past 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, students and staff can come back to school and are encouraged to test before returning.
- It is recommended, but not required, that students and staff returning to school after their 5 days of isolation:
- wear a well-fitted mask from days 6 to 10, and
- remain masked for sports and other extracurricular activities on days 6 to 10.
- Students and staff who test positive after 5 days of isolation must stay at home for the full 10-day isolation period.
- Schools must inform students, families, and staff when there are cases or outbreaks in school. Schools are no longer required to directly notify high risk students or staff. Our district will no longer send mass notifications to all families when there is a positive case reported at their school. We will communicate cases and outbreaks to families on the COVID-19 Report Card located at the bottom of this page.
- Our state’s requirement for school employees to be fully vaccinated to protect against COVID-19 or have obtained a medical or religious exemption that is still in place.
- Masks are optional in schools, buses and other school district buildings, except for school health rooms. We are committed to ensuring that individual rights and decisions are respected. Whether or not to wear a mask is an individual decision, and no one should make assumptions or comments regarding someone’s beliefs or health status. Free masks are available at the front office in each building.
These requirements are in place for all public and private K-12 schools and child care facilities in Washington state. Schools and child care facilities are required by state law to follow these guidelines.
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, Kennewick School District offers free COVID-19 testing for staff and students at school. You can find more information about this program at the bottom of this page. The testing program requires parent/guardian permission in PowerSchool, the district’s student record system. Permission must only be provided once per school year.
Households are encouraged to test as needed at home. In Washington state, you can receive free self-tests from the Say Yes! COVID Test program. Most insurance covers the costs of up to 8 self-tests per individual per month.
COVID-19 vaccinations remain the best protection for everyone against hospitalization and severe disease from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children 6 months and older. Booster doses are also available for children 5 years and older. You are encouraged to vaccinate your children if they are eligible, in consultation with your health care provider.
If you have questions regarding COVID-19, please contact your school nurse.
Kennewick School District’s COVID-19 Report Card includes confirmed positive school cases reported by staff and families to the school district of individuals who were on-site during their infectious period.
Note: This report is not an official health department report and there may be positive cases not reported to the district.