Unlike Richland, whose School Board has shown 'reluctance' from the get-go (according to many) about re opening, to Pasco, who's been a bit mum at times; the decision by the Kennewick School Board to delay MS and HS return came as a shock.

Besides reaction from parents, we have had an opportunity speak to  multiple sources who work in the KSD, and they were stunned as well.  K-5 elementary students returned this week with the A-B program split groups.  Some students M-Tue, rest Thu-Fri. everyone off Wed.

Wednesday night the board voted split 3-2 to delay the Middle and HS students all the way to February 2nd, 2021, despite having a green light for hybrid from the Benton Franklin Health District. The news generally regarded as shocking across the city.

So, it's not surprising that parents and voters and even students are moving quickly.

Friday, there will be a Kids First! Re-Open rally in front of the Kennewick School District Administration building, at 1000 West 4th  Ave. It will start at 10AM and run until Noon.

The event invitation included the following statement:

OUR KIDS are being left behind!! Following last night’s KSD SCHOOL BOARD decision NOT to re-open grades 6-12 until FEBRUARY 2021, we are organizing an in-person rally. The school board is supposed to represent our kids! We have to make our voices heard!! Open our schools! Send kids and teachers back!! Join us this Friday (tomorrow) at the Kennewick administration building at 10 am!! There is no school this Friday. Bring your signs, bring your masks, bring your students! All dedicated teachers that care about our kids, please come and show your support. We support you!