Get Ready For Another Year Of Learning

Get Ready For Another Year Of Learning

It’s time to get ready for school! Schools are opening with online instruction this fall and staff are excited to connect, work and engage with students so they can be successful. Here are details about enrollment, student meals, supporting student learning at-home and more.

Starting School Online

When In-Person Instruction Resumes

Starting School Online

Registration/Enrollment

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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 contact 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.

Families interested in enrolling in the new Richland Virtual School, a fully online teacher-directed learning program for students in kindergarten through Grade 12, should contact Lynne Wiskerchen in the district’s Student Services office at Lynne.Wiskerchen@rsd.edu.

Questions? Contact your child's boundary school.

Fall Virtual Welcome Opportunities

Schools will have a variety of virtual opportunities for families to connect with staff this fall in lieu of open houses. This includes opportunities such as virtual tours, technology information and orientation at each school to welcome new students to the Richland School District as well as students changing schools for kindergarten and Grade 6 & 9. Schools will communicate details about these virtual events to families.

Elementary schools will schedule time over the course of the first week of school for teachers to meet individually with families in “Family Connection Meetings” via Zoom or phone call.  The purpose of the meeting is for families to have the opportunity to share the strengths, interests, and concerns with their child’s teacher. This will also be an opportunity to identify families who need support with the Internet or an alternate learning plan. 

Learning Platforms, Student Technology & Technical Assistance

The following online platforms will be used this year to connect students and families with teachers and instruction.

  • Google Classroom (PK-5)/Canvas [6-12 & at Richland Virtual School (RVS) K-12] - Distribution and Communication*
  • Google Suite - Basic creation and storage
  • Zoom - Synchronous Learning
  • Screencastify & Studio - Asynchronous Learning

District staff have developed training tutorials on these platforms for students and parents so they can use them successfully and focus on learning.

Access Technology Tutorials

* Leona Libby Middle School will continue to use the Summit Learning platform in Grade 6 and Summit and Canvas in Grades 7 & 8.

Our community’s support of our 1:1 Technology Initiative ensures every student will have their own digital device to connect with their teachers and classmates each day while schools are in an online learning format.

Learn More About RSD Instructional Technology

Chromebook Distribution & Registration
Schools will schedule Chromebook distribution opportunities for new students and those who turned them in at the end of the 2019-20 school year in the coming weeks. Students who held on to their devices over the summer but are changing schools or will not be attending RSD schools this year need to contact their most recent school and schedule a time to return their device. Families will need to complete registration for the device online, which also includes the opportunity to purchase a protection plan for $20 per student device for the entire school year.

Online Learning Training For Families
District staff are developing video tutorials to help families navigate and use our Core 4 learning platforms so they can assist their students, monitor their progress and stay in touch with teachers. Those tutorials will be available before the first day of school.

Technical Support
IT staff are prepared to assist our students and families so students are able to learn online each school day. Students and parents/guardians may reach out to IT staff regarding problems with district-issued technology at ChromebookHelp@rsd.edu or by calling 509) 967-6162, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Internet Assistance
View a list of options for families who need help acquiring Internet service for their students on the Technical Assistance webpage.

PowerSchool

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

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

Supply Lists

Your child’s elementary or middle school will provide most classroom supplies for the 2020-21 school year. Schools will communicate with families how they can pick up those supplies as well as any district-issued technology, to be used at home.

View School Supplies Pickup Schedules

Once schools return to in-person instruction, families are asked to provide only the following items:

Elementary

  • Cloth masks/face shields for in-person instruction

  • 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)

Middle School

  • Cloth masks/face shields for in-person instruction

  • 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. 

Child Care

The district understands the challenge families face when it comes to supervision of children while schools are in a full-time or part-time distance learning format.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton & Franklin Counties will continue to provide child care in their facilities located next to RSD elementary schools. District staff are working with the Club on expanding capacity while continuing to follow public health requirements.

Other options:

  • Child Care Aware of Washington is available to assist families in identifying childcare options in the community.
     
  • Families may consider less formal options, such as teaming up with one or two other families they know to share childcare needs and provide their children with socialization opportunities.

School Meals (UPDATED)

UPDATE 10/29/2020: With sunset coming sooner each day, we are modifying some of our times and practices for weekly meal distribution on Fridays at our middle schools so kids and families walking to pick up meal packets can do so safely.

  • Chief Joseph, Enterprise and Leona Libby middle schools (walk- or drive-up): 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Carmichael Middle School (drive-up only): 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Those who have previously walked to pick up meals at Carmichael are encouraged to visit one of the other schools with an  earlier distribution time.

Richland schools offers a weekly pick-up for FREE meals on Fridays for any child up to the age of 18.

The cost of the free meals will be covered by funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. No student ID or enrollment verification will be required and families may claim meals without their children present.

Families are encouraged to fill out and submit an application for Free & Reduced Price Meals to assist the district in future planning for student meal

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Weekly meal packets will include a breakfast and lunch for each day in a week. If no school is scheduled on a Friday, pick-up will be available on the last day of school in that week.

Distribution Sites

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (High Schools)  

  • Hanford (Front entrance)   
  • Richland (Front entrance)

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Elementary Schools) 

  • Badger Mountain (Front entrance)           
  • Jason Lee (Front entrance)
  • Jefferson (Back parking bus loop)
  • Lewis & Clark (Front entrance)
  • Marcus Whitman (Front entrance)
  • Orchard (Front entrance)   
  • Sacajawea (Front entrance)          
  • Tapteal (Side parking loop)           
  • White Bluffs (Back bus loop)
  • William Wiley (Front entrance)    

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (Middle Schools, through Friday, Oct. 30)

  • Carmichael (Front entrance)         
  • Chief Joseph (Jadwin Avenue side loop)
  • Enterprise (Front by gym door)
  • Leona Libby (Front entrance)       

Boys & Girls Club

Breakfast and lunch will be served daily to students attending child care through Boys & Girls Club at Richland elementary schools. For more information on these services, families can reach out to Nutrition Services at (509) 967-6114.

How To Pay For Student Meals

  • Debit/Credit card
    Go to MyMealtime.com. Create your account, then add your student(s) to the account by their first name and student ID. You can also download the free MyMealtime app. There is a minimum payment of $25.00 and a roughly 5% service fee. 
     
  • Check or cash
    Bring a check or cash to the meal pick up. If paying by check, make sure your student’s name is written on the check. If paying with cash, place it in an envelope with your student’s name written on the outside. No change will be provided.

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

Daily Schedules

Each RSD student will have a designated time each school day to connect with their teachers and classmates and receive live instruction while schools are in an online learning format.

Wondering how your student's full school day may be structured? View sample full day student schedules in our Continuous Learning 2.0 Plan.

Pre-K & Elementary

  • Early Learning Center
    • Morning Session: 8 to 8:45 a.m.
    • Afternoon Session: 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
       
  • Kindergarten — Grade 2: 8 to 9:30 a.m., afternoon*
     
  • Grades 3-5: 8:45 to 10:15 a.m., afternoon*

*Daily live instruction from elementary specialists for up to 45 minutes will be scheduled at the school level between 12:30 and 3 p.m.

Middle School

  • Mondays & Wednesdays
    • Period 1: 9:30 to 10:25 a.m.
    • Period 2: 10:35 to 11:20 a.m.
    • Period 3: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
       
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays
    • Period 4: 9:30 to 10:25 a.m.
    • Period 5: 10:35 to 11:20 a.m.
    • Period 6: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
       
  • Fridays: Alternate MW & TR schedules
     
  • Zero Hour: 3:10 to 3:55 Tuesdays, Thursdays & every other Friday.

High School

  • Mondays & Wednesdays
    • Period 1: 12:15 to 1:10 p.m.
    • Period 2: 1:20 to 2:05 p.m.
    • Period 3: 2:15 to 3 p.m.
       
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays
    • Period 4: 12:15 to 1:10 p.m.
    • Period 5: 1:20 to 2:05 p.m.
    • Period 6: 2:15 to 3 p.m.
       
  • Fridays: Alternate MW & TR schedules
     
  • Zero Hour: 3:10 to 3:55 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays & every other Friday.

Immunizations

UPDATE 8/25/20: State health officials are easing immunization deadlines for K-12 students who are starting the school year online. Students will need to be up-to-date on their immunizations once they return to in-person learning, including small group learning or extracurricular activities, or provide documentation of a valid exemption from a healthcare provider. Learn more: bit.ly/34yH7gn

The Washington Department of Health requires all students attending school to be in compliance with state immunization requirements whether school is in an online or in-person format.

Current Immunization Requirements

Changes to immunization requirements for the 2020-21 school year include:

  • The discontinuation of the personal philosophical exemption for the MMR immunization (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
     
  • The requirement of medically verified immunization records for school and child care entry.
     
  • Clarification of conditional status in regards to school and child care immunization requirements and implementation.
     
  • Change of the Tdap immunization requirement to seventh through 12th grades.

View MMR Rule Change

View Other Immunization Rule Changes

Volunteer

Volunteers are critical to the success of our students. Please contact your neighborhood school about how volunteers can assist students or teachers this school year.

Fees & Fines

Families may pay student fees and fines online using the InTouch payments system. For questions about any fees or fines, please contact the office at your child's school.

InTouch Portal

Boundaries

View Boundary Maps

Transfers

Learn More About Transfers

 

When In-Person Instruction Resumes

Athletics

NOTE: The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) has moved all fall high school athletics to a new early spring season in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

View WIAA Activities Calendar.

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:

COVID-19 Public Health Requirements

Ensuring schools are safe for all students and staff is RSD’s top priority. Once school buildings reopen to in-person instruction, all those visiting schools must follow public health requirements implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

  • Recording of daily health assessment data before arriving at school. This will include a temperature check and answering questions via an online portal. Any student who does not have a completed assessment filed or provides answers that indicate illness will not be permitted to be in school. The district will release more information about the daily health assessment process before the first day of school.
     
  • Wearing of cloth face masks or plastic face shields.
     
  • Maintain physical distancing from others. In classrooms, students must be six feet apart while seated at desks. Physical distancing is be maintained as best as possible in all other spaces and instances (hallways, bus loop, etc.),
     
  • Regular opportunities for thorough handwashing.

Busing

Bus route information will be updated in mid-August.

All passengers will be required to wear face masks and complete a daily health assessment before riding a school bus as precautions against spreading COVID-19.

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.

Student Health Needs At School

If your child requires medication while at school or has a medical condition that requires monitoring by the school, make sure to contact your school's nurse and provide the required documentation for your child's condition.

Access Student Health Forms