Learn How Schools Will Address Winter Weather Impacts

Learn How Schools Will Address Winter Weather Impacts

With inclement winter weather on the horizon, we want to update the community about how we will address its potential effects on schools and student learning. Due to our unique circumstances this academic year, our school and district staff are making every effort to keep students learning regardless of weather conditions. The district has a goal of notifying staff, families and the community of a delay or stay home day by 6 a.m. if circumstances allow. These winter weather procedures will be in place for the 2020-21 school year only. 

Two-Hour Delay

If weather conditions require a two-hour delay:

  • All students currently learning remotely will continue with their direct instruction schedules.
  • Pre-K and elementary students who have in-person learning during the morning session will have a remote learning day at home. Teachers will take attendance, provide instructions and deliver information via Canvas or Google Classroom.
  • Elementary aged students who have in-person learning during the afternoon session will come to school at their regular time.
  • In-person tutoring at schools will be canceled.
  • School buses will also pick up middle and high school students two hours late once they resume in-person learning as determined by the Richland School Board.
  • Meals distribution will continue as scheduled if the delay occurs on a day that distribution events occur.
  • Students enrolled in Tri-Tech Skills Center or Delta High School should check for any schedule changes from the Kennewick and Pasco school districts, respectively.

Stay Home Day

If weather conditions require our buildings to be closed for the day:

  • All students currently learning remotely will continue with their direct instruction schedules.
  • All students who are participating in in-person learning will have a remote learning day at home. Teachers will take attendance, provide instructions and deliver information via Canvas or Google Classroom.
  • Meals distribution will continue as scheduled if the closure occurs on a day that distribution events occur.
  • Students enrolled in Tri-Tech Skills Center or Delta High School should check for any schedule changes from the Kennewick and Pasco school districts, respectively.

How To Learn If School Is Delayed Or Closed

  • www.rsd.edu and all RSD school websites
  • Social Media - Facebook & Twitter
  • Direct Emails – The district will send emails to parents/guardians as soon as there is a delay or closure decision. Families can receive email alerts by ensuring their contact information is updated in PowerSchool and that they have opted to receive those communications. Families should contact their child's school if they have further questions. Community members may sign up to receive email alerts about delays and closures.
  • FlashAlert
  • Media – Local television and radio stations frequently run delay and closure announcements

These procedures require everyone to be ready for remote learning in case of inclement weather. Students should be prepared by making a habit of bringing their district-issued Chromebooks home every day if they are in in-person learning. Teachers and instructional staff will be ready to check in with their students and guide their learning for the day.

We urge families who do not have reliable Internet access at home to reach out to their child’s school or the district IT Department for options for free or low-cost Internet. If students are unable to connect with their teachers for remote learning due to lack of connectivity or other issues, they will be eligible for an excused absence.

We thank all our students, families, staff and community in advance as we work together to make these changes successful.