- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- Student Immunizations and Life Threatening Health Conditions
- Students Rights and Responsibilities
- Individuals with Disabilities
- Pest Management Notification
- Asbestos Notification
- School Employees Disciplinary Actions
- Teacher and Paraeducator Qualifications
- McKinney-Vento Act
- Non-Discrimination Policy
- Nutrition Services – Civil Rights Complaint Procedures for Child Nutrition Programs
- National Assessment of Education Process (NAEP)
- Citizen Complaint Proceedures
FERPA provides parents and eligible students certain rights in regard to the student’s education records, including:
The right to inspect and review the student’s education record.
The right to request amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate or misleading. If the District decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the District will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent (See Directory Information). One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by Kennewick School District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom Kennewick School District has outsourced services or functions it would otherwise use its own employees to perform (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the district to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
The right to information about who to contact to seek access or amendment of education records.
Policy and Procedure 3413 explains that it is the affirmative obligation of each parent to provide the necessary immunization and medical information. This information must be current and up-to-date.
As a condition for attending schools, students shall present evidence of their having been immunized against all of the diseases identified by the State of Washington in WAC 246-105-030.
On enrollment, a certificate of immunization status, distributed by the Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), shall be completed by the student’s parent. The certificate shall be made a part of the student’s permanent record.
Exemptions from one or more vaccines shall be granted for medical reason upon certification by a physician that there is a medical reason for not administering the vaccine. Exemptions for personal or religious reasons require a “Certificate of Exemption,” signed by a parent or guardian and a licensed health care provider.
Prior to attendance at school, each child with a life-threatening health condition shall present a medical or treatment order addressing the condition. A life threatening health condition means a condition that will put the child in danger of death during the school day if a medication or treatment order and health plan are not in place. Following submission of the medication or treatment order, a health plan shall be developed.
Vision and hearing screenings may be conducted at schools. Parents or guardians will be notified and provided with a copy of the test results when their child’s screening shows that there are possible problems with the student’s vision and/or hearing.
Policy and Procedure 3416 allows school personnel to administer oral medication during school hours under limited conditions which include a written request by a parent/guardian and the student’s LHP. All medication must be accompanied by a form which may be obtained at any school office or at ksd.org. Additional requirements are mandated for students who self-carry/administer medication for asthma or severe allergy (RCW 28.A.210.370). These requirements will be provided to parents upon request at each school.
Policy and Procedure 3200 explains the general policy of the district regarding student conduct. The procedures describe the disciplinary actions that may be imposed by Kennewick School District if a student should violate district policy.
Disciplinary action may include restorative practice, suspension, expulsion, or emergency action. It may also include a recommendation for counseling, mediation or other options. Due process rights of students regarding notice of intended disciplinary action are also included in this policy and procedure.
The compulsory attendance laws of the state of Washington (RCW 28A.225) and Kennewick School District Policy 3120 requires that any child between eight years of age and under 18 years of age must attend school full time when school is in session unless the child is enrolled in an accredited private school, an educational center or is receiving home-based education.
Students are expected to attend all assigned classes each day. Policy and Procedure 3122 defines excused absences, unexcused absences and truancies. This policy and procedure also defines the responsibility of the school district, parents/guardians, and teachers in monitoring school attendance.
Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying, & Cyberbullying
The Kennewick School District is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, parents/legal guardians, volunteers and patrons, that is free from harassment, intimidation, bullying, and cyberbullying.
Discrimination, harassment, bullying and intimidation mean any intentional written, verbal, physical or electronic act, including, but not limited to, ones shown to be motivated by a characteristic: RCW 9A.36.080 (race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, or sensory, mental, or physical disability) or other distinguishing characteristics when the act physically or emotionally harms a student or damages their property, substantially interferes with a student’s education, creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment, or substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school.
Complaints regarding discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying are addressed through Policy and Procedure 3207 (students) and Policy and Procedure 5150 (adults). Individuals who believe there has been a violation of non-discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying laws are encouraged to contact their building administration, the Equal Opportunity Officer at (509) 222-6547, or make a report at ksd.org.
Alcohol and Other Drug Use/Abuse (AQDA) Policy
Policy and Procedure 3418 explains that the use; possession; delivery; manufacture; exhibiting the effects of illegal/illicit drugs, inhalants, alcohol or tobacco (including electronic delivery devices); mind- or mood-altering substances, or imitation drugs; or the possession of drug paraphernalia in or on school property or at school-sponsored events is prohibited. Students will not possess, use, deliver, distribute, sell, offer to sell, or arrange to sell or be under the influence of, or show evidence of having used or abused any controlled substance or counterfeit substance (identified in RCW 69.50.204) or any illicit drugs, marijuana or alcohol as those terms are used in federal anti-drug and alcohol laws, including 20 U.S.C. 3171, 3221. etc., nor will they be in possession of drug paraphernalia as defined by RCW 69.50.102:
- On the school grounds during and immediately before, or immediately after school hours.
- On the school grounds at any other time when the school or school grounds are being used for any school activity, function, or event.
- Off the school grounds at a school activity function or event.
- On or off school property when the possession, use, transmission, distribution or sale of said item(s) has a material and substantial adverse impact on any or all aspects of the educational process.
In an effort to restrict tobacco usage and in compliance with RCW 28A.210.310, the Kennewick School District shall notify both students and school personnel of the prohibition of tobacco use. Sanctions for both students and school personnel who violate the policy shall be enforced. Furthermore, signs prohibiting the use of tobacco products shall be posted at all Kennewick School District sites.
The Kennewick School District recognizes chemical dependency as a disease as well as the inherent danger connected with any use of alcohol and other drugs. Because of the magnitude of this problem in today’s society, we believe that our efforts must be comprehensive and multifaceted. The district is committed to develop and maintain a comprehensive student assistance program for kindergarten through 12th grade, which includes awareness, prevention education, disciplinary consequences, intervention, assessment and referral, after-care, and support.
Exceptional misconduct includes behaviors that have been deemed by the district, through a process designated by law, to be so serious in nature as to warrant a prescribed consequence described in Policy and Procedure 3314.
Regulation of Dangerous Weapons on School Premises
Policy and Procedure 4210 states that it is a violation of district policy and may be a violation of state law for any person to carry a firearm or dangerous weapon on school premises, school-provided transportation or areas of other facilities while being used exclusively by the district with the exception of adults engaged in military, law enforcement, or school district security activities or a federal, state or local law enforcement officer.
If the student is accused of breaking a rule, he/she has the right to explain his/her description of events to a teacher, counselor, or administrator before the consequences are given. Parents/guardians are also allowed to meet with school staff to help identify concerns or solve problems, while also considering appropriate consequences. Parents may appeal a disciplinary action through a hearing appeal process referred to in Policy and Procedure 3200.
Education of Students with Disabilities (IDEA)
Education of Student with Disabilities Policy and Procedure 2151 addresses education of students with disabilities as it pertains to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Questions pertaining to IDEA and Section 504 should be directed to the Special Services Department at (509) 222-5026.
A child with a disability may be eligible for services through Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or special education and related services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004. If you have reason to suspect your child or another child may have a disability which affects his/her education, please contact the school or Special Services Department at (509) 222-5026 for additional information (WAC 392-172A and/or Policy and Procedure 4161) or to refer the child for an evaluation to determine eligibility for services.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Individuals with disabilities who may need a modification to participate in a school-related meeting or activity need to contact the school or district office location no later than three (3) days before the meeting, or as soon as possible so that arrangements for the modification or accommodations can be made.
State law requires school districts to notify parents/guardians of students and employees of the school’s pest control policies and methods. The Kennewick School District uses only licensed sprayers to make applications as needed for weed and pest control. Each Spring Break the district contracts with a spray service company to apply a broad-leaf control application on all district locations. For more information regarding the use of pesticides in the school district, please contact the Maintenance and Operations Department at (509) 222-5070 or visit ksd.org. (RCW 28A.320.165; RCW 17.21.415)
Each year, the Kennewick School District notifies staff and the parents/guardians of students of its Asbestos Management Plan (AMP). The district has established an AMP for each school and building within the district. Every three years facilities are re-inspected by an accredited asbestos inspector. The most recent three-year inspection results are posted at ksd.org. Asbestos containing materials still remaining with the district are 9” x 9” floor tile, floor tile mastic, fire doors, chalk boards and cement asbestos board in the Fruitland Building, Old Annex Gym, and some vinyl flooring in the restrooms at Legacy High School. Several other buildings have floor tile mastic which contains asbestos under non-asbestos floor tile. Copies of the updated AMP are available for review in each of the buildings, or the MTS Building at 622 N. Kellogg Street during normal working hours. Any questions regarding asbestos containing materials should be directed to Maintenance and Operations Manager Keith Colee at (509) 222-5867.
Under federal law, parents and guardians are entitled to request information about the professional qualifications of their child’s teachers. Such requests can be made to the school principal or the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources at (509) 222-6547. (ESSA/Sec. 1111 (h) (6) (A);34C.F.R. 200.61)
Any child or youth, including unaccompanied youth, who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence is considered homeless and McKinney-Vento eligible for assistance and services. This includes children and youth who are temporarily sharing housing with others due to economic hardship; those who are living in motels, campgrounds, emergency shelters, cars, or other similar settings; those in transitional housing programs, and those awaiting permanent foster care. Contact a school counselor or (509) 222-6834 for additional information.
The Kennewick School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
You can report discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the district’s Civil Rights Coordinator, listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint (see below). For a copy of the district’s nondiscrimination policy and procedure, contact your school or the district office: Kennewick School District 1000 W. 4th Ave Kennewick, WA 99336 or view at: ksd.org.
Complaint Options: Discrimination and Sexual Harassment
If you believe that you or your child have experienced unlawful discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment at school, you have the right to file a complaint.
Before filing a complaint, you can discuss your concerns with your child’s principal or with the school district’s Section 504 Coordinator, Title IX Officer, or Civil Rights Coordinator, who are listed above. This is often the fastest way to resolve your concerns.
In most cases, complaints must be filed within one year from the date of the incident or conduct that is the subject of the complaint. A complaint must be in writing. Once the district receives your written complaint, the coordinator will give you a copy of the complaint procedure and make sure a prompt and thorough investigation takes place.
File a Complaint of Discrimination with Your School District
Anyone can file a formal complaint that alleges discrimination in a Washington State public school—based on a protected class. Anyone could include parents, students, teachers, administrators, and advocates. We encourage you to follow the complaint procedure closely. If you have questions, go directly to your district or and ask for the information you need to move forward.
Step 1 Write Out and Send Your Complaint
- Describe the conduct or incident. Use facts: what, who and when.
- Explain why you believe discrimination has taken place.
- Describe what actions you believe the district or charter school should take to resolve the problem.
Send your written complaint—by mail, fax, email, or hand delivery—to the district superintendent, charter school administrator, or civil rights coordinator. OSPI maintains a list of websites for all state school districts. Contact information should be on these district websites.
Deadline for Filing a Complaint
School districts can adopt a filing deadline for complaints. This deadline must be at least one year after the incident or conduct — the subject of the complaint — took place. Find out if your district has a deadline for filing a complaint related to discrimination.
Step 2 School District Investigates Your Complaint
Your civil rights coordinator has an important role to play once the school district receives your written complaint.
The coordinator must:
- Give you a copy of the procedure to follow for discrimination complaints
- Make sure a prompt and thorough investigation takes place
Important! At this point, you could decide to resolve your complaint immediately instead of proceeding with the investigation.
30 Calendar Days to Respond to Your Complaint
Once the district receives your written complaint, the superintendent or administrator must respond to you in writing within 30 calendar days — unless you agree on a different time period.
If your complaint involves exceptional circumstances that demand a lengthier investigation, the district or charter school must notify you in writing with (1) why staff need this time extension and (2), a new date for their written response.
Step 3 School District Responds to Your Complaint
In its written response, the district or charter school must include this information:
- Summary of the results of the investigation
- Determination that states clearly whether or not the district or charter school failed to comply with civil rights law
- Notification that you can appeal this determination: how and where to file a appeal, and to whom it must addressed
- Any measures, determined through the investigation, necessary to bring the district or charter school into compliance with civil rights law
Important! Any necessary corrective measures must be put into effect within 30 calendar days after this written response—unless you agree to a different time period.
Kennewick School District is a sponsor of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services’ (FNS) Child Nutrition Programs, including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) at all schools in the district. The Kennewick School District provides benefits to all eligible individuals without discrimination in accordance with Federal civil rights laws and USDA policy, as governed by FNS Instruction 113-1. The USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, age, sex, and disability.
Program participants who feel they have been discriminated against while participating in the Child Nutrition Programs, including during the serving of meals, will be instructed to contact the Executive Director of Business Services at (509) 222-5040 for procedures to voice their complaint. All complaints alleging discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability, either written or verbal, must be processed within the established time frames.
Right to File
Any person or representative alleging discrimination based on a prohibited basis has the right to file a complaint within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory action. Only the Secretary of Agriculture may extend this time under special circumstances. The complainant must be advised of confidentiality and Privacy Act applications. The Executive Director of Business Services will not attempt to resolve the complaint themselves, without first providing the complainant with information on how they can file a complaint.
The Executive Director of Business Services will provide, all persons wishing to file a complaint, instructions on where to obtain the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form online or where they can obtain a hard copy. However, use of this form will not be a prerequisite for acceptance of the complaint.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish) for assistance in filing a complaint.
Filing a Complaint
The Executive Director of Business Services will provide instructions to the complainant on where to forward the completed USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form by:
Mail: 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
In the event a complainant wishes to make the allegations verbally or in person and refuses or is not inclined to place such allegations in writing, the Executive Director of Business Services will write up the elements of the complaint for the complainant utilizing the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form.
Acceptance of Written or Verbal
All complaints received by the Executive Director of Business Services, written or verbal, will be forwarded to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (OCR). Anonymous complaints will be handled as any other complaints, to the extent feasible, based on available information. Complaints will be forwarded to OCR via:
Mail: 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
State Agency Notification
If the Executive Director of Business Services is notified that a program participant has filed a Civil Rights complaint or they have filed a complaint on behalf of a program participant, they will notify their program specialist at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Child Nutrition. The Executive Director of Business Services will provide information as requested by OSPI during the OCR investigation of the complaint.
USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Kennewick School District participates in the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the largest nationally representative assessment of students across the country. Administered by the National Center for Education Statistics within the U.S. Department of Education, NAEP provides a common measure of student achievement across the country.
The results of NAEP are released as the Nation's Report Cards, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.
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- HPV Parent Information Letter
- Meningitis Parent Letter
- When to Keep Your Child Home
- Head Lice Policy Notice
Dear Parent or Guardian:
The following information is being provided to you at the direction of the Washington State Legislature to help reduce cervical cancer rates in Washington by protecting girls and boys from HPV.
What is Human Papillomavirus (HPV)?
HPV is a very common virus that is spread through genital contact. At least 50 percent of sexually active people will get HPV at some time in their lives. There are many types of HPV. Some types can cause cervical cancer or genital warts. Both women and men can get HPV and easily spread it to others without knowing they have it.
What are the symptoms of HPV?
Most people with HPV have no signs or symptoms. Some people know they have HPV because they have a symptom like genital warts. Women may find out they have HPV through cervical cancer screening (Pap tests) and HPV testing. Health care providers do not usually test for HPV unless abnormal cervical cell changes are detected by a Pap test.
How can HPV infection be prevented?
The best way to prevent HPV infection is to abstain from all sexual activity. People with only one lifetime partner can get HPV if their partner had previous sexual partners. It is uncertain how well condoms protect against HPV infection. However, condom users do have lower cervical cancer rates. The HPV vaccine is a very effective way to prevent four types of HPV that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts.
What is the HPV vaccine?
The HPV vaccine, Gardasil, ® protects against four types of HPV which cause 70 percent of cervical cancers and 90 percent of genital warts. The vaccine does not protect against all types of HPV or other sexually transmitted infections. The vaccine also does not protect against any type of HPV that someone already has. Current studies show that HPV vaccine protection lasts up to 5 years. Research will continue to determine the length of the HPV vaccines protection.
Who should get the vaccine and when should they get it?
The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends the HPV vaccine for all girls and boys age 11- 12 years. The vaccine can also be given to males and females as young as nine and up to 26 years, if their doctor recommends it. HPV vaccine is given as a series of three shots over a six month period. The HPV vaccine is a preventive vaccine and will offer the best protection if given before sexual activity starts. HPV vaccine is not required for school entry in Washington.
Are Pap tests still recommended for females that get the HPV vaccine?
Yes. The HPV vaccine does not protect against all of the types of HPV that can cause cervical cancer, so females will still need Pap tests. Where can I find the HPV vaccine? Ask your doctor, nurse, or local health clinic to find out whether your daughter or son needs the HPV vaccine and where you can get it. Most providers in Washington will have state-supplied HPV vaccine and there will be no cost to parents (of children under 19 years) for the vaccine. Providers may charge an office visit and/or administration fee. The HPV vaccine is available to providers at no cost through Washington State’s Universal Childhood Vaccine Program.
Dear Parent or Guardian:
The following information is being provided to you at the direction of the Washington State Legislature for prevention of the meningococcal disease.
What is Meningococcal Disease?
Meningococcal disease is a rare but potentially fatal bacterial infection that can cause meningitis – a severe swelling of the brain and spinal cord or meningococcemia, a severe blood infection. It is spread through the exchange of fluids found in the respiratory system and throat usually through close, personal contact. It is thought that close contact in crowded conditions puts teens at greater risk.
What are the symptoms of Meningococcal Disease?
It often begins with symptoms that look like other common viral illnesses such as the flu. But it can get worse very rapidly resulting in death or permanent disability. The most common signs and symptoms are headache, fever, stiff neck, extreme tiredness, vomiting, sensitivity to light and a rash of small purplish black-red dots. Contact your provider or seek medical attention immediately if you suspect meningococcal disease.
How can Meningococcal infection be prevented?
A vaccine is available that prevents up to 83% of cases as it offers protection against 4 of the 5 most common strains of bacteria that cause the disease. Here are some other ways to prevent the spread of meningococcal disease:
- Practice good hygiene (regular hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, etc.)
- Do not share items such as eating utensils, glasses, cups, water bottles, drinks, lip gloss or toothbrushes, because they may spread meningococcal disease and other bacteria and viruses.
Who should get the vaccine and when should they get it?
One dose of meningococcal vaccine is recommended for all adolescents ages 11-12. The vaccine is also recommended for all adolescents’ ages 13 through 18 who have not previously been vaccinated. College freshmen living in dorms are at increased risk for meningococcal disease and should get vaccinated before starting college if they didn’t get the vaccine at a younger age.
Where can I find the Meningococcal vaccine?
See your provider or the Benton-Franklin Health Department for immunization. While not required for school attendance it is strongly encouraged.
Deciding when your child is considered contagious depends on the illness. Below are some guidelines to follow:
- Chicken Pox: Child must stay home until all lesions are crusted over.
- Colds: If symptoms are mild, he/she doesn’t need to be excluded from school. If you child generally feels miserable, has a persistent cough, or nasal drainage is yellow or green, keep home and take to a licensed medical provider if symptoms persist.
- Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): If eye is draining yellow discharge, is totally red or crusted over, keep home and take to licensed medical provider. Slight redness of the white or tearing when eye remains white may be due to allergies or an irritation and student is ok to be at school.
- Draining wounds: If wound secretions are draining through bandage, keep home. A wound that is hot, red and painful is showing signs of an infection and should be seen by a licensed medical provider.
- Draining ears: Keep home and take to a licensed medical provider if persists, may return when drainage has stopped.
- Fever: Temperature over 100.0 should stay at home until temperature is normal for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medications (ex. Tylenol, Advil).
- Head Lice: If a student has head lice, the parent will be notified and will need to sign a waiver that the child has been treated for the child to return. Paperwork on cleaning and getting rid of lice and their eggs (nits) will be sent home with the student.
- Rash: A student with a rash accompanied by a fever or that is spreading should be taken to a licensed medical provider. The student may return to school when the rash is gone or a note from the licensed health care provider clears the student to return.
- Ringworm: The child may attend school 24 hours after treatment has started along with a note clearing the student to return to school. Lesions should be covered with clothing or bandages while the student is at school.
- Stomach “Flu”: Child needs to stay home if vomiting or having diarrhea. The child may return to school 24 hours after symptoms have cleared.
- Strep Throat: If diagnosed by the licensed medical provider, child must be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school. Please call the School Nurse if you have any further questions.provider, child must be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.
Please call the School Nurse if you have any further questions.
Head Lice Policy Changes: Evidence Based Management in the School Setting
For many years, KSD had a policy of excluding students from school immediately upon finding head lice or nits. Past screening and exclusion practices in schools have contributed to the myths and stigma about head lice which are not supported by research. Current evidence suggests that these requirements and other school measures such as vacuuming, spraying and undue concern about spread through shared school items is not warranted. These policies have resulted in discrimination, unnecessary lost time from school, and embarrassment for students and families.
For over the last ten years, reputable research from the Harvard School of Public Medicine, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The Center for Disease Control, The National School Nurses Association and others have made recommendations that provide results based on scientific evidence.
- “No nit policies should be discontinued.” (American Association of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses)
- “Excluding children from school with head lice does not affect the total number of cases each year.” (American Academy of Pediatrics 2002) and
- “Students diagnosed with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from school.” (CDC 2010)
What are Head Lice?
- Head lice are small insects that can live on the scalp and neck of a human host. They do not live on animals.
- They hatch from small eggs (nits) that are attached with a cement-like substance to the shaft of individual hairs.
- They must have the warmth of the human body and blood on the scalp to survive.
- They are NOT a health hazard, a sign of uncleanliness nor do they spread disease.
- Head lice have "claws" that keep them attached to the hair and they swing from hair to hair like trapeze artists. They do not fly or jump. They want to STAY on the hair near the scalp.
- They need very close head-to-head contact to spread from one person to another. Homes and camps are the most common mode of transmission.
- Indirect transmission is uncommon but may occur via shared combs, brushes, hats and hair accessories that have been in contact with lice. RARELY are they spread through shared helmets or headsets.
- Itching occurs when they inject a bit of saliva into the scalp, but itching can persist even after treatment and is not a reliable sign of lice.
- When lice are discovered, they have usually been there about a month.
Basic Treatment (Parents may wish to consult with their physician or pharmacist)
- Over the counter chemical treatments and combing out lice/nits OR
- Mechanical removal (combing out lice and nits) AND
- Cleaning bed linens and personal items that contacted the hair
Revised Head Lice Policy for Kennewick School District
- The customary notification for the presence of head lice is to be done on an individual/case by case basis to the parent/guardian of an infested student.
- Students found to have live lice; parent will be notified by phone and student may remain in school to the end of the day and a letter sent home regarding treatment.
- Parents are reminded to remove nits as possible and retreat 8-10 days or as suggested by manufacture's labels.
- Schools will remind families to routinely check their students throughout the year.
- At the nurses discretion, a “no nit” policy may be imposed on students who are repeatedly/chronically infested (OSPI 2004).
The KSD lice policies and documents are appropriate and conform with current best practices and evidence-based guidelines.
Additional Information about Head Lice
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Parasites-Lice- Head Lice
Spokane Regional Health District- Head Lice