Return To School Planning Updates

September 10, 2021

The district is adjusting its COVID-19 notification protocols and resources to ensure families and staff continue to be notified of COVID-19 activity in schools and district facilities, share important COVID-19-related updates and reduce the possibility of school notifications being missed.

Beginning Monday, Sept. 13, a COVID-19 Update email notification will be sent from the district to the parents/guardians and staff of each school with one or more new positive on-site cases by 4:30 p.m. daily. This message will:

  • link to the COVID-19 Activity Dashboard updated each school day
  • include any student activity or program cancelations resulting from COVID-19 conditions
  • include updates from the state or local officials on COVID-19 safety measures and requirements
  • link to resources for COVID-19 testing, vaccination and more.

Individual schools will continue to send families notifications if their child is determined to be a close contact to a positive case and if their teacher must quarantine as a result of contracting COVID-19 or being a close contact.

Students, families, staff and community members also are encouraged to visit the district’s Return To School Planning webpage to see information about:

  • COVID-19 safety requirements, protocols and procedures in schools
  • details on COVID-19 symptoms, definitions and quarantining decision-making
  • COVID-19 testing and vaccination resources and opportunities
  • the district’s Our Road To Recovery document and more.

August 25, 2021

Schools will still have COVID-19 precautions in place this school year but there will be some modifications from the past. That has led to some questions from students, families, staff and community members about what school will be like this school year. District and school leaders have compiled the most frequently-asked questions so they can provide answers ahead of the first day of school.


July 29, 2021

To the RSD community,

The Richland School Board's goal is to open schools normally for the 2021-22 school year unless specifically prohibited by the state. Recently, the Washington Department of Health (DOH) updated its requirements for all public and private K-12 schools regarding COVID-19.

Governor Jay Inslee has announced that these updated requirements are law and that all public and private K-12 schools in the state must comply with them. Further, state Superintendent Chris Reykdal has stated that "boards or districts that intentionally disobey, dismiss, or shun an explicit law, including a Governor’s executive order, which has the power of law, will see an immediate halt to their basic education apportionment, and their federal funds that come through OSPI."

Many prior requirements have been relaxed, such as those for quarantining and physical distancing, or completely removed, such as the need for daily or weekly health attestations.

State public health officials will require individuals in K-12 schools or on school buses to continue to wear face coverings, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings will not be required during outdoor activities at schools, such as recess, physical education, athletic practices and competitions and marching band performances.


These requirements are subject to change based on COVID-19 conditions. Those updates will be shared with the community as soon as possible.

Stay tuned for more information about the start of school and further updates to our COVID-19 protocols and procedures.

Archived Return To School Planning Updates