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April 7, 2015

School Closures & Delays

School Closures & Delays

School closures and delays due to severe weather, power outages and other emergency situations are always a possibility and you may find the latest information by checking these sources:

  • District Website - Check www.ksd.org
  • Facebook and Twitter - Follow updates on Facebook or Twitter
  • Media - Watch and listen to local television and radio stations
  • NEW! Phone, Email and Text Alerts – Kennewick School District now lets parents control how they want to be notified about school news, emergency alerts (including school closures and delays due to severe weather), attendance, and low meal balances through PowerSchool.

    Get notified in 3 easy steps!

    1. Log into your PowerSchool for Parents account at www.ksd.org or from your school website and clock the SchoolMessenger link on the left side menu.
    *If you don't know your PowerSchool login, contact your school office.

    2. Click on the Contacts tab at the top of the page and then click Edit on the right-hand side of the screen.

    3. Choose if you want to receive alerts by phone, email or text/SMS and click Save at the bottom.

If there is no mention on the district website or in the media of delays or closures, schools are running on time.

Every effort is made to announce a school closure or two-hour delay no later than 6 a.m. If conditions worsen after the decision is made for a two-hour delay, it is possible that it may change to a closure. 

Kennewick School District realizes that road conditions around the area may vary and supports the decision of parents and guardians to send, or not send, their child to school or pick them up early. Please inform your child’s school with a signed note if you decide to keep your child at home. It will be considered an excused absence.

Student drivers are encouraged to use school buses if road conditions are not ideal or if severe weather is a possibility.

If there is a two-hour delay, what time does school start?

In the event of a two-hour delay, school starts two hours later than the regular time. For example if school normally starts at 8:40 a.m., it would start at 10:40 a.m. when there is a two-hour delay. Zero-hour classes are canceled on these days.

Are students ever sent home early?

Please understand that closing schools and sending students home early is extremely difficult due to the challenges around notifying all parents/guardians and ensuring that there is an adult at home to or elsewhere to supervise children. Students will follow their regular schedule once school starts, except in extreme emergency situations. However, this does not prevent a parent or guardian from picking their child up early if they choose.

What about athletics, activities, Community Education classes and other school activities?

If school is closed, all out-of-district transportation, meetings, field trips, after-school activities, and practices will be canceled for the day unless otherwise announced. All evening meetings/functions scheduled to take place in district facilities will also be canceled.