KMS Back to School Guide
Welcome to Kalama Middle 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.
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 360-673-5212.
Regular school hours are from 8:40 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
Beginning on September 15, the first and third Wednesday of the month is early release (1:10 p.m.).
Note: There is no school on Monday, September 6th (Labor Day).
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.
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 schools regularly utilize email communication as a way to share important updates with you.