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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  to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Changes effective March 12, 2022:

  • Masks are no longer required and are optional for staff, students, families, volunteers and visitors in our schools, buses and district buildings. Please note that masks are still required to be worn in school health rooms and COVID isolation rooms.
     
  • Masks continue to be available at the front office in each building and are available for those who choose to wear them.
     
  • Staff and students are no longer required to social distance in schools. 
     
  • Social distancing measures, regular COVID testing of student-athletes and restrictions on performance arts events are no longer required.
     
  • Contact tracing is no longer required, but schools are required to notify those potentially exposed who have been identified as high risk (medically fragile, etc.) and report positive cases to the Benton-Franklin Health District.
     
  • Screening tests/Test-To-Stay is  no longer required.

What has not changed:

  • Staff and volunteers must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption.
     
  • Any student or staff member who reports or exhibits COVID-19-like symptoms is required to be immediately isolated from others, sent home, and referred to diagnostic testing as soon as feasible, regardless of vaccination status. Important Note: DOH requires positive cases to quarantine for five days. Asymptomatic people can return to school/work on day six with a negative test or they can choose to wear in mask in lieu of a negative test. Otherwise, the quarantine period will be 10 days. 
     
  • Access to diagnostic testing/rapid tests is still available in schools.
     
  • KSD continues to report positive cases of COVID-19 on its Report Card dashboard: www.ksd.org/covidreportcard. Families will be notified of outbreaks at their school.
     
  • Staff are required to be notified of exposure following the requirements in WAC 296-62-600.

Kennewick School District is committed to continuing to follow the Washington State Department of Health requirements for K-12 schools. With masks now optional, 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.

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

DOH Symptom and Exposure Flow Chart

DOH Isolation and Quarantine Calculator

Guidance for K-12 Schools

Weather & Air Quality Guidelines