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Based upon information from the Washington State Department of Health and the Benton Franklin Health Department, Kennewick Schools will now accept results from home COVID tests kits.


According to information released Monday, February 7th by the District:

"Kennewick School District is now accepting home COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) rapid antigen self-tests. This change aligns with new recommendations from the Washington State Health Department and Benton-Franklin Health District to help expediate the return of staff and students to the classroom."

As mentioned by KSD, officials think this will speed up the process if a student has to stay home due to COVID.

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They did also issue this disclaimer when it comes to athletics:

"Please note that home tests are not accepted for athletics or other high-risk activities, where screening tests are required for participation. "

The email sent to parents contains instructions for how to report results using Power Schoo, the District's digital online academic education program.

They also included this information about what some of you may be aware of, the "90-day immunity:"

"Note: Any positive COVID-19 test results need to be reported to the Benton-Franklin Health District by calling (509) 222-2333. Positive home tests that have been reported to the health district may qualify the staff or student for 90-day immunity. Students and staff may not need to quarantine or participate in screening testing if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days."

We will be monitoring this developing situation and see how it pans out for the District.


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