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COVID-19 Safety

Our safety commitment to you

Kennewick School District is committed to the safety of our students, staff, families, visitors, and volunteers. By following all current health and safety requirements and implementing layered mitigation strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are working to ensure that we are providing a safe learning and working environment. 

  • All school district staff, volunteers, visitors and students must wear a cloth face covering or an acceptable alternative while inside school buildings. (A cloth face covering is anything that completely covers the mouth and nose and fits securely on the sides of the face and under the chin. It should be made of two or more layers of tightly woven fabric with ties or straps that go around a person’s head or behind their ears. An acceptable alternative includes a surgical mask or clear face shield with a drape.)
  • All active school district staff have met the state's COVID-19 vaccine requirement of being fully vaccinated or receiving an approved exemption. Staff members with exemptions are required to take additional safety measures.
  • Students are distanced at least three feet apart in classrooms and six feet apart in common areas of the school wherever possible.
  • Everyone is encouraged to wash their hands frequently. 
  • School custodians frequently sanitize and wipe down high-touch areas in the school throughout the day.
  • Students are encouraged to bring water bottles to school. Water filling stations are located at various areas in most schools.

What happens if a student is identified as a close contact, tests positive or has COVID-19 symptoms?

Benton-Franklin Health District COVID-19 Flowchart for Schools (English)

Benton-Franklin Health District COVID-19 Flowchart for Schools (Spanish)

The Washington State Department of Health Symptom Decision Tree and Contact Tracing Checklist for K-12 Schools is provided in the following languages:

Guidance for K-12 Schools

Weather & Air Quality Guidelines