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Safety & Security

Air Quality

Richland School District closely monitors air quality to ensure the health and safety of students and staff. 

The Washington Air Quality Advisory (WAQA) scale is used to determine when outdoor student and staff activities should be limited or cancelled because of poor air quality. Learn how activities are effected given specific air quality conditions.

The district references air quality readings from a monitoring station located on Metaline Avenue in Kennewick in notices of air conditions sent to district and school staff in the morning and afternoon. Periodic checks also are made before any outdoor event.

Image Title: Superintendent Rick Schulte
Superintendent Rick Schulte

Student safety is a top priority of the Richland School District. From the time students step on the morning bus until they walk out of a drama practice in the late afternoon, District staff are watching out to ensure that they arrive home safe and sound.

Your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews are with us seven to ten hours a day, 180 days a year. Nothing is more important to our teachers, coaches and support staff than providing them with a positive and secure learning environment.

In an effort to eliminate aggressive behaviors, RSD school staffs work diligently to promote an overall culture of respect and kindness. We obviously can’t monitor every hallway conversation, but students are encouraged to help others, be kind to each other, and not accept the bullying behavior of others. Children who learn to work out their differences with each other in elementary school are less likely to resort to threats and fighting when they get to middle school or high school.

At the high schools, security guards and school resource officers build positive relationships with students as a proactive way to monitor campus life. As they get to know students and spend time around them, trust and communication channels are established.

For the safety of staff and students, the Richland School District has an Emergency Response Plan in place. It’s a practical plan that lines out how we respond to various kinds of emergencies and disasters. Our schools practice evacuation and lock-down drills on a regular basis so students and staff will be prepared when a real emergency happens. After any and every incident in the district, we work with law enforcement to examine District and police response to see what we could do better.

The school district has regular monthly meetings focusing on all aspects of school, staff, and student safety. We examine every actual and potential source of injury and danger on an ongoing basis. We regularly update our plans and contingencies to keep them current.

All Richland School District principals, assistant principals, and administrative assistants attend annual emergency training sessions at Benton County Emergency Services. Local police lead the sessions focusing on how we should respond to a variety of emergency events. These trainings are part of the District’s ongoing efforts to help school administrators be as prepared as possible for a worst case scenario. These sessions also assure that school officials and law enforcement have common understandings of safety procedures, and strong communication channels.

In addition to the proactive strategies mentioned above, we need your help. The Richland School District is not isolated from the possibility of school violence. As a parent, grandparent, neighbor or friend, we must have our eyes and ears open to what is going on in our community. There are children potentially at risk all around us. Let us be alert and vigilant as we try our best to keep RSD schools safe as possible for the young people who come to learn every day.