Get Ready To Head Back To School

Get Ready To Head Back To School

The start of the 2021-22 school year is just around the corner and we're so excited to see everyone in classrooms! Whether you are wondering about when the first day of school is, what school supplies are needed or how to get bus route information, we have answers for you.

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First Day Of School

Grades 6-12 will start on Tuesday, Aug. 31. Students in Grades K-5 will start on Thursday, Sept. 2 with early release at 12:30 p.m.

Elementary schools will hold Parent Connect conferences on Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and the afternoon of Sept. 2. Schools will contact families in August to schedule these conferences.

COVID-19 Protocols

The Richland School Board's goal is to open schools normally for the 2021-22 school year unless specifically prohibited by the state. The Washington Department of Health (DOH) has 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.

Read The K-12 Schools Requirements (DOH)

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


In-Person Learning

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 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.

Questions? Contact your child's boundary school.

Remote Learning

Families interested in a fully remote and teacher-directed learning experience for the 2021-22 school year may enroll their students in Pacific Crest Online Academy. The academy is open to any student in Grades K-12 residing in Washington State. Learn more about Pacific Crest Online Academy and how to enroll.

Special Education Services

If your child has a disability, they may be eligible for special education and related services.

Families with children between 3- and 5-years old are encouraged to contact the Early Learning Center at (509) 967-6082 to learn whether their child qualifies for RSD’s developmental preschool program.

For older youth up to the age of 21, families should contact the Special Education department at (509) 967-6050 to request an evaluation of their student. Learn more about referrals for special education services.

Supply Lists

Your child’s elementary or middle school will provide most classroom supplies for the 2021-22 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. 

Student Technology

RSD’s 1:1 Technology Initiative ensures all students in Grades K-12 are issued a district-provided Chromebook to enhance classroom learning and support online learning at home.

View Chromebook Registration and Checkout Requirements

Learn About RSD’s Core 4 Online Learning Platforms

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.


Before & After School Child Care

Richland School District has partnered with Boys & Girls Club of Benton & Franklin Counties to provide before and after school child care in our schools for our families.

Visit to learn about the Club's offerings and register your child by selecting the appropriate Club location for your child's school.


Middle and high school sports will be offered in compliance with state COVID-19 protocols. View the COVID-19 Sporting Activities, Fitness & Training Guidance. Spectators will be allowed at games and competitions, though capacity will be limited to 75 percent for indoor events. Learn more about spectator requirements and COVID-19 protocols.

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:




Bus route information will be updated in mid-August and will be available through the Elink portal. Learn more about Elink and how to set up your account.

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. 

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

All RSD students are eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch each school day during the 2021-22 school year as a result of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s extension of free meal benefits. Students will be charged for extra milk and for a la carte items.



The district still encourages families to complete a free/reduced meal application for the 2021-22 school year to help the district request state and federal funding for other school programs.

Some families are automatically qualified for free or reduced meals 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.

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


  • 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.

Immunizations & Student Health


Students are not required to have received the COVID-19 vaccine to attend school in-person. Vaccinated students will not have to quarantine if exposed to the virus unless they show symptoms.

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 child's condition.



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