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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.

Health and Safety protocols for 2021-2022 School Year

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 (DOHH) 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

School Supplies 2021-2022 School Year

Elementary and middle school families can again choose to pay a low, one-time fee for school supplies this coming school year. The district implemented the program as a way to reduce cost for families and make the school supply process more streamlined and economical. School supplies will be provided right in class on the first day of school and continuously provided throughout the school year as needed: all for one low cost per student.

  • The district will purchase school supplies for elementary and middle school students, and provide replacements throughout the school year.
    • Families will continue to provide students with backpacks and lunchboxes, along with school planners at middle schools.
    • High school students continue to provide their own school supplies.
  • The program is voluntary: families can choose to continue to purchase their own school supplies.
  • Families will pay a low, one-time fee of $30 ($10 for families on free/reduced lunch) for a school years' worth of school supplies.

Families can pay here online anytime or by check/cash at their school at the start of the school year, September 1, 2021.

Services for students during school closure

Following a new directive from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, we will close all Renton School District schools beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 24. 

We're constantly updating our school closure/coronavirus webpage. Here are services for students/families during closure:

Meal Services
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, meals will be available for any child, ages 1-18, in the front lot of each Renton School from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm daily during the school week. We are committed to providing access to meals to help ensure that all students’ nutritional needs are met during the closure. Meals are “grab and go” - Students will not stay on-site to eat; meals are intended to be taken off campus and can be picked up through car windows.

Additionally, meals will be available at the following locations daily from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm daily:

Learning During Closure
Renton Schools have provided resources for at-home learning during our closure. We are committed to providing equitable learning experiences for our students. These resources are intended to support skill maintenance and development. Paper copies were distributed to students at all schools on Friday, March 13 and directions posted on the district website page for students and families. Additional copies will be available at schools during meal service.

State Testing
The state's education office (OSPI) is cancelling all state testing for the 2019-2020 school year. This includes the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS), the Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM), and WIDA Alternate ACCESS for English learners.

Childcare
We are working with our local partners and with the state education office (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction - OSPI), on clear guidance to provide childcare during the school closure. Details to follow.

Building, Field, Pool Use During Closure
Our schools, buildings, fields and pools remain closed to outside organized teams/groups through the end of March.

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