News & Announcements

New Elementary Attendance Boundaries For 2022-23

RSD is moving forward with preparations to open Elementary #11 with its own school community at the start of the 2022-23 school year. This will directly impact students, families and staff at five of the district’s elementary schools—Badger Mountain, Orchard, Tapteal, White Bluffs and William Wiley—and district leaders want everyone to know what to expect through the transition.

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Richland High Senior Brevin Wickham works on a planter as part of his Work-Based Learning experience with RSD grounds staff.

Richland High School senior Brevin Wickham one of more than 70 high school students participating in the district’s Work-Based Learning offerings. There are opportunities for students of any ability level and interest, whether students just want something different from a classroom experience or want to intentionally prepare for a specific future career.

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Thank You Classified Staff

Our classified staff are often the first to greet our students each morning and the last to wave goodbye each afternoon. They keep our schools and grounds safe and clean. They help students learn by supporting technology, providing meals and encouraging them. Our schools would not be the same without them. Join us in thanking all of them as we celebrate Classified Staff Appreciation Week 2021.

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We’re preparing to bring more students back into our schools for in-person learning in the new year. Join our team as a substitute teacher or paraeducator and help engage and inspire students as they return to our classrooms.

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The last day of school will be June 16, per direction from the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to add five days to the end of the school year to make up days and instructional hours lost in the initial days of schools closing due to COVID-19.

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Certificated Staff Appreciation Week is May 4-8 and usually involves students and families thanking them with small handmade cards or a tasty treats, not to mention numerous hugs and high fives. While this year's festivities need to be a little different, we still have a deep desire to thank those staff for everything they have done and are doing to support and inspire kids.

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At-Home Learning Update

Richland School District school buildings may be closed but learning continues! Teachers, school principals and district administrators have updated the district’s At-Home Learning program so students stay engaged in their education through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year while following guidance for social distancing in response to the novel coronavirus.

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The Richland School Board and district administrators will be in emergency meetings on March 13 to discuss when and how to close schools in response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The district asks families to begin making plans for their children in the event that schools close with short notice and for an indefinite extended period of time. Check out for the latest information.

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Tracy Blankenship, currently a director in the district's special education department and with more than 20 years of special education experience, will become executive director beginning March 1. Blankenship’s position will be filled by Zac Carpenter, who was recently hired to be a special education coordinator providing support to the Early Learning Center (ELC) and the district’s student behavior efforts.

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Certificated Staff Appreciation Week 2019

They guide our students in the classroom, help them find the perfect book and are there for them when they are hurt or need someone to talk to.

Our certificated staff—teachers, nurses, counselors, psychologists, librarians and others—are always there for our students. May 6-10 is Certificated Staff Appreciation Week. Join us in thanking them for everything they do to make our schools great.

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Hanford High School freshman Nikhita Bontha

Nikhita Bontha is really interested in the footprint people are leaving on the planet. More specifically, the Hanford High School freshman wants to make that footprint as small as possible, so she conducted research on how to make fuel cells more efficient and available. 

Now that research has earned her gold at the recent Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (WSSEF).

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