RSD Is Moving To Stage 3 Of Return To School

RSD Is Moving To Stage 3 Of Return To School

UPDATE: The district is shifting the target dates for pre-K and elementary students to return to school in Stage 3. The new target dates for pre-K and elementary are updated below.



The Richland School Board has approved hybrid learning schedules, set target dates for elementary students to return to limited in-person learning and authorized high school student-athletes to take part in limited activities in the district's Stage 3 of Return To School.

We have an important update for our community on our efforts to bring more students into schools for in-person learning.

  • Adopted learning schedules:
    • Elementary: A.M./P.M. model (half of the students attend in the morning and half in the afternoon)
    • Middle & high school: A/B model (students divided into two groups and attend on alternate days for two days of in-person learning per week. Friday will be a remote learning day for all students and planning day for staff)
    • Delta High/Tri-Tech Skills Center: bus transportation will be available for students in those programs when the Pasco and Kennewick school districts respectively resume in-person learning
  • *UPDATED*: Target dates for elementary students to return to in-person learning:
    • DD Preschool and Kindergarten: Wednesday, Oct. 28
    • ECEAP Preschool and Grades 1-2: Wednesday, Nov. 4
    • Grades 3-5: Thursday, Nov. 12
  • In-person athletic training, conditioning and practice activities for high school students may resume in alignment with restrictions and requirements set by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), the Washington Department of Health (DOH) and Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD)

Elementary families will begin receiving further information from the district and their child’s school in the coming days to help prepare for in-person instruction, including information about

  • school and bus schedules
  • details about daily health attestation, face covering and physical distancing requirements, and how the district will handle potential COVID-19 activity in schools
  • how schools will serve students and families not yet ready to resume in-person learning

High school athletic programs will begin reaching out to their student-athletes about the plan for athletic activities.

Families are encouraged to watch for more information and check our Return To School updates page as we move forward.