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School Bus Route Information

McTeacher's Night - Monday, February 25th

McTeacher's Night  is coming and we are SO EXCITED! 

Please join us on Monday, February 25th at the McDonald's on George Washington Way for dinner with your family . (1275 George WA Way, Richland)  Our amazing teachers and staff are looking foward to serving you!  The event will run from 4:45 p.m. until 7:15 p.m.  Fliers will be sent home on Friday, February 22 in Friday Folders.  This is a wonderful opportunity for us to serve you while earning additional funds for our school.  We are hoping to see many of you there.

Important Information from Our Health Room

Do you have a sick child and are unsure if your child should come to school or not?  Use the following information as a guidline.


Should I keep my child home or send him or her to school?

Keeping your child home is advised if he or she is having illness symptoms that would prevent him or her from participating in school. Children learn better when they feel as well as they can. 


Children should not be in school if they have a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater. Please keep your child home until fever is gone for 24 hours without medication. During influenza season, children with a fever and other flu-like symptoms may be asked to stay home longer.  Fever may be a sign of a more serious problem. 

Seek medical advice for fever lasting longer than 3 days.

Vomiting and Diarrhea

Children should not attend school if they have vomiting and/or diarrhea.  Please keep your child home until 24 hours after the last time they vomited and/or had diarrhea.  If vomiting and/or diarrhea continue and your child is unable to keep liquids down, you should seek medical advice.

Skin Rash and Open Sores

Skin rashes, open sores and/or skin irritations develop for many different reasons.  Some are highly contagious and can cause serious problems.  It is important to seek medical advice to determine the cause.  In some cases, children may need to stay at home until the skin rash or open sore is gone. Open sores and rashes should be covered unless otherwise advised by a medical provider.

Cough-Cold-Sore Throat

Children with productive coughing, sneezing, runny nose, headaches, body aches, earache and/or sore throat may not be well enough to participate in school.  Seek medical advice immediately if your child experiences difficulty breathing, wheezing or sudden high fever, chills and body aches.

Eye Irritation

Eye drainage, crusting, pain and/or redness may be a sign of infection and should be evaluated. If your child is diagnosed with an infection requiring treatment, he or she should stay home for 24 hours after treatment begins or until symptoms have resolved.

How can I help my child to feel better?

While at home, encourage plenty of rest.  Encourage your child to increase fluids like water, soup and juice.  Returning to school too soon may delay recovery from illness and may potentially expose others.  Please consult with your child’s health care provider or school nurse for more information on how to help your child.

Illness Prevention

Hand washing prevents the spread of disease and illness.  Wash hands frequently using soap and water, especially before eating, after using the bathroom and handling pets.

Be sure your child’s immunizations are up-to date and he or she has routine well-child exams.  Flu vaccinations are recommended for everyone from children ages 6 months through adulthood.  

Please report any significant illness to your child’s school and contact the school nurse at 509-942-4232 if you have any questions.

Colder Weather Upon Us

As the weather gets colder, please make sure to send your children to school with the necessary items to allow for any adjustments in the weather (hats, scarves, mittens, etc.)  If you need assistance with obtaining any of these items, please let either your child's teacher, the office or our Family Cooridnator, Ashley Condray know.  

For school delay/closure information, please tune in to your local TV/Radio Stations, RSD District web page or the Tapteal web page.  For further information regarding how the school district determines closures as well as other valuable information, please see the following webpage.



Upcoming Events

Feb 25- Mar 1
Scholastic Book Fair
Feb 27 :  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Book Fair Family Night
Reading Club Feb 27 :  3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Reading Club
Room 25
Feb 28 :  3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Circus Club
Mar 1 :  7:45 AM - 8:30 AM
Goodies for Grandma's & Mom's
Mar 6 :  3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Reading Club
Room 25
Mar 7 :  3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Circus Club
Mar 8
NO SCHOOL - Spring Professional Development Day
Mar 13
EARLY RELEASE at 12:30 - Conferences

New Tapteal Construction Information

Tapteal Times

The latest version of the Tapteal Times contains current news and can be downloaded by clicking the following link.