Area school district responds to student protests over masks


Part of the Hanford protest from Monday 1st to 31st (Townsquare media used with anonymous permission)

Part of the Hanford protest from Monday 1st to 31st (Townsquare media used with anonymous permission)

Following some protests in Richland and Kennewick of which we have had information since Monday January 31, we have received an email response from Kennewick.

BETWEEN 12 AND 20 STUDENTS PROTEST IN HANFORD SOME IN KAMIAKIN

According to information we received from various sources on Monday, the protest against Hanford’s mask mandate has grown to around 20 students who have been “removed” or asked to leave the classroom.

We heard 2-3 in Kamiakin, but it was probably more. A student said that due to not wanting to gather protesters in one area, they were dispersed to a few rooms. We don’t have a total number for KaHS.

We have no information about the protests at Richland High or Pasco.

WE EMAILED RICHLAND AND KENNEWICK TO REQUEST INFORMATION OR STATEMENTS

As of Tuesday morning February 1, we have not heard from Richland. But Kennewick SD PIO Robyn Chastain responded with the following email:

“Our goal is to provide in-person education opportunities for our students, and we are grateful for the cooperation of our students, their families and our staff who are focused on keeping schools open by following health requirements. Department of Health K-12 COVID-19 Safety and Security.

Our protocols have not changed. If a student is not wearing a mask, school protocol is to offer a mask to wear. If a student refuses to wear a face covering, the next step is to contact their family so they know what options are available. We want all students to have the opportunity to learn in person and we will work with students and their families so they understand the mask requirements. »

We will continue to monitor this situation as it develops.

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