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Services for students during school closure

Following a new directive from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, we will close all Renton School District schools beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 24. 

We're constantly updating our school closure/coronavirus webpage. Here are services for students/families during closure:

Meal Services
Beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, meals will be available for any child, ages 1-18, in the front lot of each Renton School from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm daily during the school week. We are committed to providing access to meals to help ensure that all students’ nutritional needs are met during the closure. Meals are “grab and go” - Students will not stay on-site to eat; meals are intended to be taken off campus and can be picked up through car windows.

Additionally, meals will be available at the following locations daily from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm daily:

Learning During Closure
Renton Schools have provided resources for at-home learning during our closure. We are committed to providing equitable learning experiences for our students. These resources are intended to support skill maintenance and development. Paper copies were distributed to students at all schools on Friday, March 13 and directions posted on the district website page for students and families. Additional copies will be available at schools during meal service.

State Testing
The state's education office (OSPI) is cancelling all state testing for the 2019-2020 school year. This includes the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS), the Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM), and WIDA Alternate ACCESS for English learners.

We are working with our local partners and with the state education office (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction - OSPI), on clear guidance to provide childcare during the school closure. Details to follow.

Building, Field, Pool Use During Closure
Our schools, buildings, fields and pools remain closed to outside organized teams/groups through the end of March.

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

Dear Cascade Family,


By now you may have seen the Superintendent’s email update that was sent on Sunday, March 8th. I am sending this follow-up email to ensure that you clearly understand the impacts of that message on Cascade.


Dear Cascade Family,


By now you may have seen the Superintendent’s email update that was sent on Sunday, March 8th. I am sending this follow-up email to ensure that you clearly understand the impacts of that message on Cascade.


RSD Decision Through March 22…

At Cascade School This Means…


At this time, school-related team sports practices will continue (with the exception of Hazen High School). We’re in ongoing communication with our athletic leagues to determine how we will manage spring sports. Athletic events are an evolving situation as surrounding school districts are also amending their plans each day.


Before school tutoring for identified students, and after school Girls on the Run, Jungle Book play rehearsals, and Coding Club will continue.



Evening School Events

Effective March 9, information nights, STEM nights, concerts, dances, plays, etc. are cancelled through March 22. We will continue to monitor this situation and may extend these cancellations if warranted.

Our STEM Night scheduled for Thursday, March 12th is cancelled.

The Jungle Book performance at the IKEA Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 19th is cancelled.  More information to come.

5th/6th Grade Family Night scheduled for Tuesday, March 10th at Nelsen is postponed.


Consistent with the emergency proclamations declared by the City of Renton and King County in response to COVID-19, coronavirus, Renton School District is cancelling all external groups from using school district facilities through March 15. School based programs/organizations (e.g., Right At School, PTA, BSK) will continue to be allowed to use district facilities. Only external groups that rent/use facilities for their programs are affected by the new rule. We will continue to monitor this situation and may extend facilities-use cancellations if warranted.


The City of Renton basketball practices held in our gym are cancelled. Please contact your coach for further information.


Right at School before and after school services will continue.




In the event that the decision is made to close school, you will be notified using the same channels that we use for notice of other emergency closures (i.e., closures due to inclement weather). If there are any decisions made to close schools, we will inform our community immediately via SchoolMessenger, our district website, and our official social media channels: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Please take a moment today to check that your contact information is current, and your emergency contacts are up to date. (It’s important to have more than one emergency contact.)


Please read all communications from Cascade Elementary School and the district.


If you know of families who have unsubscribed from SchoolMessenger, please encourage them to contact or (425) 204-2345 to re-register for school and district communications.




Stay Connected:  Our decisions may change as this situation evolves. We are committed to providing you with timely and accurate updates. We will continue to update our Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

During this time of heightened anxiety, our community values are being tested. We need to continue to demonstrate compassion and care as we navigate this global health situation.  I will continue to monitor the situation and update you as we have more information.


Rachel Lockhart

Principal, Cascade Elementary School

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Registration for new kindergarten students began in January 2020. Parents of eligible students can visit their neighborhood school to pick-up a registration packet. A child must be five years old by August 31, 2020 to be eligible for kindergarten enrollment.

Parents can fill out the necessary paperwork and register their child now. Tours of schools and meetings with teachers will be conducted in mid-April during the “Ready for Kindergarten” events being held at each school where staff will share expectations for students as they enter kindergarten and provide families with some fun activities to help ensure that your child is prepared.

We offer free full‚Äźday Kindergarten programs in all our elementary schools. Kindergartners attend school on the same schedule as students in grades 1-5:

  • Core curriculum of reading; writing; mathematics; science; social studies; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); and additional experiences in art, music, PE
  • Transportation is provided to students on an established bus route

Click here to find out more and register now for kindergarten spots in the 2020-2021 school year!