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Welcome back, KSD families!

Kalama School District is committed to operating all schools 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. (Last update 10/7/21)

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 district's main office at 360-673-5282.

School Hours

Regular school hours are as follows:

KES: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
KMS/KHS: 8:40 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Beginning on September 15, the first and third Wednesday (as noted on the school calendar) of the month is early release:

KES: 1 p.m.
KMS/KHS: 1:10 p.m.

Early release time on conference days:

KES: 12:00pm; KMS/KHS: 12:10pm

Arrival & Dismissal

KES: 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.

KMS/KHS: Please see the campus parking map for the designated parent pick-up/drop-off location. 


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

Chinook Station

Elementary families: 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 later this fall. 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 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.


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