Back-To-School Guide

Back-To-School Guide

We’re excited to welcome students back for the first day of school on Aug. 27. Have questions about how to enroll your child, where to find menus for school meals or what school supplies are required? Check out the answers to those questions and many others below. Don’t see an answer to your question? Contact us at (509) 967-6000.

Registration/Enrollment

Visit the PowerSchool Online Registration portal  (Espanol) to begin the enrollment process for your child. All online forms must be completed before they are submitted. Consult our boundary maps to learn which school your child will attend and provide that information on the online form.

Once the online forms are submitted, we will contact you to set up a time to visit the school and provide the following records to complete your child's enrollment:

NOTE: Families seeking to enroll their child at the Early Learning Center, Three Rivers HomeLink or River's Edge High School must visit the school to begin the enrollment process.

  • Age- and name-verifying documents (i.e. birth certificate; previously verified school records or any other government documents; a religious, hospital, or physician's certificate showing date of birth; an adoption record, etc.)
  • Immunization record (View state immunization requirements)
  • Proof of residency (utility bill, lease agreement, etc.)

Families who lack Internet access at home may contact their child’s boundary school for assistance in completing the online enrollment process.

Questions? Contact the Student Services office at (509) 967-6003 or Lynne.Wiskerchen@rsd.edu.

Open Houses

Schools will announce the time of their open house on their scheduled day in the coming weeks.

Elementary Schools

  • Badger Mountain Elementary: Sept. 26
  • Jason Lee Elementary: Oct. 17
  • Jefferson Elementary: Sept. 12
  • Lewis & Clark Elementary: Sept. 19
  • Marcus Whitman Elementary: Sept. 18
  • Orchard Elementary: Sept. 12
  • Sacajawea Elementary: Sept. 12
  • Tapteal Elementary: Oct. 9
  • White Bluffs Elementary: Oct. 1
  • William Wiley Elementary: Sept. 17

Middle Schools

  • Carmichael Middle School: Sept. 3
  • Chief Joseph Middle School: Sept. 3
  • Enterprise Middle School: Sept. 18
  • Leona Libby Middle School: Oct. 3

High Schools

  • Hanford High School: Sept. 4
  • Richland High School: Sept. 11
  • River’s Edge High School: Sept. 4

Supply Lists

Your child’s elementary or middle school will provide most classroom supplies for the 2019-20 school year.

Families of elementary students are asked to provide only the following items:

  • 1 set of earbuds/headphones
  • 1 backpack
  • 1 box of quart-size baggies or 1 box of gallon-size baggies (to be determined by each teacher)

Families of middle school students are asked to provide only the following items: 

  • 1 set of earbuds/headphones
  • 1 set of clothes for physical education class
  • 1 backpack

High school students will learn about supplies needed for their courses once they begin attending classes.

Want to donate any of these supplies to support our students? Contact your neighborhood school. 

Athletics

Families must provide the following for their child to participate in middle school and high school athletics

  • Student physical form (must be completed annually)
  • Student fees (ASB and sport participation)
  • Proof of insurance

Fees may be paid in the school office. Fees may also be paid online after Aug. 1. Learn more about the athletics registration process for your child’s school:

Boundaries

View Boundary Maps

Busing

Bus route information will be updated in mid-August. In addition, students riding RSD buses will be issued a bus pass that will allow their families to know when they board or exit the bus and monitor their bus. Learn more about the Student Ridership Program and view information about school bus routes, guidelines and rules for riding the school bus. 

Middle school and high school students may qualify for a Ben Franklin Transit bus pass provided by the transportation department. Contact the Transportation Department at (509) 967-6150 to learn more.

School Meals

School Meal Prices, Menus & More

Free/reduced applications for the 2019-20 school year will be mailed to all district households the first weekend of August. The online application will be available around Aug. 5. You will need your student’s 8-digit ID number for the online application.

Last year’s eligibility is good through Oct. 9, or until a new application is received. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. Parents are encouraged to submit applications early. Applications received after Aug. 23 may not be processed by the first day of school.

Some families have been automatically qualified for free or reduced meals already through the direct certification process. If you receive a notification letter saying your child has automatically qualified, then you do not need to submit an application. Please check the letter carefully to make sure all your children are listed.

The following schools will provide free meals to all their students as part of the district's participation in the federally-funded Community Eligibility Provision. Families with children at those schools do not need to apply for free or reduced price meals unless they also have students at non-CEP schools.

  • Early Learning Center
  • Jason Lee Elementary
  • Jefferson Elementary
  • Lewis & Clark Elementary
  • Marcus Whitman Elementary
  • River's Edge High School

Families may download the So Happy app. for their smart phone for free to have quick access to menus at their child's school, including nutritional information and potential food allergens. That information is also available on the Sodexo website.

Questions? Contact Nutrition Services at (509) 967-6114.

Daily Schedules

Elementary

  • Monday through Thursday, 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Middle School

Carmichael and Chief Joseph

  • Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Enterprise and Leona Libby

  • Monday through Thursday, 7:55 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.
  • Friday, 8 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.

High School

Hanford High School

  • Monday through Thursday, 7:55 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.
  • Friday, 7:55 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.

Richland High School

  • Monday through Thursday, 7:55 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 7:55 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

PowerSchool

PowerSchool is the district’s tool for families to check attendance records, grades, meal account balances and more.

Parent Portal

Student Portal

Questions or problems accessing your PowerSchool account? Contact PowerSchool@rsd.edu.

Transfers

Learn More About Transfers

Volunteer

Learn how to volunteer in our schools