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School Starts Sept. 1, 2021

Safely returning to in-person instruction is a priority for all of us. We all play a part in returning to school safely and staying healthy all year. We are implementing layered prevention strategies to keep everyone healthy, especially those not yet able to receive a COVID vaccine.  

We have layered safety mitigation and prevention measures aligned to Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Governor Jay Inslee's recent directives.

Federal and state health officials remind us that getting the COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from getting sick and helps prevent severe COVID-related illness, hospitalizations, and death.

School preventative measures for the coming school year include:

  • face coverings (in school and on school bus transportation)
  • physical distancing
  • improved ventilation
  • handwashing
  • cleaning & disinfecting
  • staying home when sick

Currently, there is no state requirement for COVID vaccines or routine testing of school district employees or students, and daily attestations are no longer required.

*We continue to monitor guidance from the Department of Health and the state education office to determine if changes regarding in-person instruction need to occur.

Read all of our plan at www.rentonschools.us/learning-and-teaching/2020-2021-school-year

No Cost school meals 2021-2022 school year

All Renton School District students will have access to nutritious meals at school throughout the 2021-2022 school year at no cost. The program is possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide free meals to all students regardless of their income through the 2021-22 school year.

Families are encouraged to still complete a free/reduced-cost meal form for access to many other benefits like reduced costs or waivers for student fees at school and athletic events, scholarships, P-EBT, and more. Find the form here.

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Registration for new kindergarten students began in January 2021. Parents of eligible students can visit their neighborhood school to pick-up a registration packet. A child must be five years old by August 31, 2021 to be eligible for kindergarten enrollment.

Parents can fill out the necessary paperwork and register their child now. Tours of schools and meetings with teachers will be conducted in mid-April during the “Ready for Kindergarten” events being held at each school where staff will share expectations for students as they enter kindergarten and provide families with some fun activities to help ensure that your child is prepared.

We offer free full‐day Kindergarten programs in all our elementary schools. Kindergartners attend school on the same schedule as students in grades 1-5:

  • Core curriculum of reading; writing; mathematics; science; social studies; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); and additional experiences in art, music, PE
  • Transportation is provided to students on an established bus route

Click here to find out more and register now for kindergarten spots in the 2021-2022 school year!