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COVID-19 Safety

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:

  • 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.
  • All school employees are required to be fully vaccinated to protect against COVID-19 or have obtained a medical or religious exemption.
  • 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.

If you have questions regarding COVID-19 and the latest guidance, please contact your school nurse. 
 

Updates

Requirements & Guidance to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission in K-12 Schools and Child Care (Washington State Department of Health) - Updated Aug. 2022

What to do if a person is symptomatic or you think you have been exposed to COVID-19? (Washington State Department of Health - Updated Aug. 2022

Testing

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 Report Card

Kennewick School District maintains this COVID-19 Report Card of all positive reported cases by building. This report is updated by 4:30 p.m. each Friday (except during school vacation times). 

Note: This report is not an official health department report and there may be positive cases not reported to the district.