Back to School Fall 2021

Back to School Fall 2021 - Everything you need in one place!
Posted on 08/25/2021
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Back to School Toolkit - Everything you need to start the year!

First Day!

We are excited to welcome back our students next week! We will offer full-time, in-person instruction, five days per week on our regular start and end schedules. The first day of school for grades 1-12 is Wednesday, September 1, and will be on the Wednesday early release schedule. Kindergarten will start Tuesday, September 7.

Class assignments for grades K-5 and Options will be available in Skyward Friday, August 27 after 5:00pm. Secondary students should have access to their schedules in Skyward by the end of day Monday, August 30.

Watch for information from your school regarding any school specific back to school events, information and school specific health and safety protocols.

NK FIRST - Each and every day, ensure that you and your family are following our NK FIRST health and safety protocols -

F: Facemasks - Wear a Face covering
I: Ill? Stay home!
R: Remove Germs by washing hands often
S: Social Distancing - Follow all social distancing requirements
T: Temperature - Check you and your student for COVID-19 symptoms daily

COVID-19 Requirements for the 2021-2022 School Year

The Washington Department of Health and OSPI released updated requirements for the 2021-2022 school year on July 28, 2021. Below are key COVID-19 requirements to be aware of as we start school.

  • Students, staff, volunteers and visitors must wear face coverings in K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status. Compliance with this DOH order is required by the state.
  • Physical distancing of three feet between students in classroom settings to the degree possible is recommended, as long as it allows for full-time, in-person learning for all students.
  • We will continue utilizing a response plan for COVID-19 infection. This includes reporting, contact tracing, and communication with staff, families and Kitsap Public Health. Daily wellness attestations will no longer be required.
  • If your student is feeling ill, or has any COVID-19 symptoms, please keep your child home, and contact the school to excuse their absence.

We have created a place on our website to view Health and Safety Measures, Frequently Asked Questions, Community Resources and more. Visit Fall 2021 Information on our website for details.

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

Vaccine appointments continue to be widely available in our county. Kitsap Public Health is offering COVID-19 vaccine clinics weekly. Visit to view the weekly calendar. Find a full list of providers at

This Saturday, August 28, there will be a back to school vaccine clinic from 11am - 1pm at the North Point Church, 1779 NE Hostmark, in Poulsbo. Anyone age 12 and over is welcome to attend, no appointment necessary!

Wednesday Early Release Schedule

Beginning Wednesday, September 1, schools will release one hour early for teacher collaboration and learning time instead of 50 minutes. View the school hours page for the detailed schedule.

Don’t miss important dates!

Download the 2021-2022 school calendar so you know when half day releases, holidays, conferences, breaks and more are happening.

Find your bus stop!

Bus routes are located using “Infofinder”, an online tool. To find your bus route, visit the Transportation page of our website and follow the instructions to find your stop. If you have issues, please contact transportation at, or (360) 396-3099.

The CDC's order requiring masks on public transportation, regardless of vaccination status, applies to school buses and transportation. Passengers and drivers are required to wear a mask on school buses.

Immunizations up-to-date?

Immunization deadline for the 2020-2021 school year is October 8th. One of the following must be on file for your child to attend school:

  •  Completed Certificate of Immunization Status Form -or-
  • Certificate of Exemption Form signed by your licensed health care provider for medical -or-
  •  Certificate of Exemption of religious reason including documentation of affiliation with a religious organization that specifically prohibits immunizations -or-
  • An appointment card from a licensed health care provider indicating a future immunization appointment date.

For more information on immunizations visit the Health Services website.

Does your child take medication during the school day?

Visit the Student Medical Forms and Information page of the Health Services website and download the latest forms needed for your child to take medications at school. We can't have the medication at school without it!

Review Annual Notifications: IMPORTANT READ

Annual Notifications are located on our website in "For Families" under Annual Notifications. Please take a few minutes to review this important information, which includes:

  • Asbestos Notification
  • ChildFind
  • FERPA and Directory Information/Photo Release
  • Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)
  • McKinney-Vento Act
  • Meningococcal and HPV Notice
  • Title 1 Rights under ESSA
  • Notification of Threats
  • Nondiscrimination Statement
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • School Choice Options in Washington State

Free Breakfast and Lunch for all Students

Breakfast and Lunch "whole meals" will be free to all students for the 2021-2022 school year, thanks to an extension of the USDA School Food Service waiver. Breakfast and lunch will be served on site, and hot meal options will be available at all schools. Ala carte items will be available for purchase.

Families should still complete the Free/Reduced Meals application. Filling the application out may help provide services including the Pandemic EBT card program, access to reduced price internet services, waivers for college admissions, and much more.

School Supplies

School supplies for all elementary school students will be provided by the school for the 2021-2022 school year. Students will need to bring their own backpack and wear a face covering. Middle/High school students only need a few general supplies (pencils, pens, paper, etc.) until teachers provide specific class needs.

NKSD Connected

We are excited for all students to receive their new learning device during the first few days of school as a part of NKSD Connected! Keep an eye out for more information from your student’s school and with their device on deployment day.

Share Your Photos!

Each year, we put together a fun video showcasing the first day of school! Send your first day photos to to be included, and/or post photos to your Facebook page with the hashtag #WeAreNKSD or #FirstDayNKSD (make sure they are public so we can see them!)