KES Back to School Guide

Welcome to Kalama Elementary School’s 2021-2022 Back to School Guide!

Our school is committed to operating in-person, five days per week. The first day of the 2021-2022 school year was on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

Safety protocols

While full-time, on-campus learning is back, Department of Health requirements for in-person learning require all students, staff, volunteers and visitors to wear masks at school when indoors and on school buses, regardless of vaccination status. 

Masks are not required outdoors, and we have identified and designated spaces where some classroom instruction can occur outside. Additionally, students will be able to play at recess without masks. If you prefer that your child wear a mask outside, they are welcome to do so. 

Additional safety measures:

  • Classes will be organized with 3-foot social distancing wherever possible, and school staff will continue to encourage spacing in hallways.

  • All school employees in Washington state must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021. There are options for employees to request a medical or religious exemption.

  • Contact tracing will be in place, though daily health attestations will not be required this year.

  • The district has invested in higher efficiency air filtration, and our maintenance team will continue to sanitize surfaces throughout the school day.

View more details in the Kalama School District COVID-19 Safety Plan - Quick Reference Edition (Last update 9/3/21)

We are committed to the safety of all our students and staff, and welcome your call if you have additional questions. You can reach the school office at 360-673-5207.

School Hours

Regular school hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Beginning on September 15, the first and third Wednesday of the month is early release (1 p.m.).

Note: There is no school on Monday, September 6th (Labor Day).

Arrival & Dismissal

The pick-up and drop-off process will be the same as last year, taking place in the back parking area (Kindergarten playground loop). Parents, please be sure that your student’s name placard is visible in your car window to expedite the pick-up process.

Note: To improve traffic flow, the district is evaluating an alternative pick-up / drop-off process with the City of Kalama. That process is ongoing, and any changes will be communicated to families with significant lead time.


Bus transportation is provided to registered students by KWRL. Head to their website for registration details, route information, COVID protocols and more.

Chinook Station

Chinook Station is open to all registered students before school from 6:30 to 8 a.m., and after school from 3 to 6 p.m.

K-8 after school program coming soon

A free on-campus after school program for students in grades K-8 is expected to launch in late September/early October. The program, run by Youth & Family Link, will offer participating students a variety of play and recreational activities, academic support, STEM learning opportunities and more. 

The district is currently working to determine capacity as well as the number of days the program will be offered. We anticipate it will run from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Registration information will be sent to parents once program staffing has been finalized. Stay tuned!

Free meal program to continue during the 2021-22 school year

Free meals will be available to all KSD students learning in person at school this year thanks to the United States Department of Agriculture. Meal payments online or by cash or check will not be collected by schools.

While meals will continue to be offered at no cost to students in the 2021-2022 school year, families are strongly encouraged to complete a meal benefits form for other discounts and offers that will support their child's educational experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will school “look” this year?  

This year will look much more normal than last year! We will still be following some social distancing/sanitization guidelines to the extent possible, and students and staff will still be required to wear masks, but we will be in person five days a week. 

How do I find who my child’s teacher is?  

You can access teacher assignments by logging into your Skyward account. If you do not have your Skyward login information, contact the main office.

When is school picture day?  

Picture day will be October 15. Packets will come home closer to the date, but feel free to mark your calendars!

When do we turn in “Strive for 5”?  

If your student completed the “Strive for 5” challenge, you can return your form by turning it in at school or emailing a photo or scan of the form to Alternatively, you can email the name of your student and the books they read this summer to be included in the contest. Forms are due back by Friday, September 10 to be eligible for prizes.

My 4th or 5th grader is interested in band! Can you give me more information? 

Beginning Band will meet in the elementary music room on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:45 to 8:20 a.m. starting on Wednesday, September 1. Instruments of choice are flute, clarinet, trumpet and alto sax (with approval). Students will need an instrument and a Tradition of Excellence Book 1 for their chosen instrument (available at most music stores or online). Mr. Groff will provide more information about instrument rental during the first week of school.

FAQs in Spanish: Preguntas Frecuentes En Espanol


If we do not have your current email address on file, please let the school office know so that we can update your information. Our school regularly utilizes email communication as a way to share important updates with you.

More information

Additional back to school resources are available on the Kalama School District page.