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 The TOP TWENTY Frequently Asked Questions


 
1.        Which school would my child attend?
Use the KGIS map system. Enter your address in the form on the KGIS page.  Click the find button to see a list of Knox County School Zones for your address.  If an exact match for your address is not found, the search will return a list of the official Knox County addresses closest to your address.   Please contact Knox County Schools Transportation and Zoning Department at (865) 594-1550 if you have questions.
Find my school zone

2.        How do I enroll my child?

Parents should enroll their children at their zoned school (Find my school zone). If you have moved to Knox County Schools you should go to your zoned school and complete the Enrollment/Emergency Form and other school specific paperwork. You will need to take additional information with you when you enroll at the school. You will need the following:
  • A birth certificate or officially acceptable proof of birth date
  • Proof of up-to-date immunizations and of a health/physical examination, recorded on a Tennessee Child Health Record completed by a medical provider or a County Health Department. The form to be completed may be obtained from a medical provider or from the Health Department. The health/physical examination must have been completed within the past year. No student will be enrolled or allowed to attend school without a completed Tennessee School Immunization Certificate.
  • Proof of residency within the school zone
3.        What age must my child be to attend kindergarten?

For the 2013-2014 school year, students must be five years old by August 31, 2013 to enroll in Kindergarten.  In 2014, the cut-off date for Kindergarten will be August 15th.  Children will need to be five years old by August 15th.  Knox County Schools has other Voluntary Pre-K programs and a Birth to Kindergarten program that are not requirements. (More about Kindergarten)

4.        When is kindergarten registration?

Kindergarten registration (Round-up) is held each spring in all KCS elementary schools.Times and dates will be announced. Please register at your zoned school.

What if I missed the Kindergarten Roundup? If you are new to Knox County, have moved since the roundup, or missed the roundup, please contact your local school.


5.        What do I need to bring to register my child for kindergarten?
  • A birth certificate or officially acceptable proof of birth date
  • Proof of up-to-date immunizations and of a health/physical examination, recorded on a Tennessee Child Health Record completed by a medical provider or a County Health Department. The form to be completed may be obtained from a medical provider or from the Health Department. The health/physical examination must have been completed within the past year. No student will be enrolled or allowed to attend school without a completed Tennessee School Immunization Certificate.
  • Proof of residency within the school zone

6.        Where can I find the school calendar?'

You can find the District's calendar under the "KCS District" heading at the top of any page on any site. Individual school calendars can be found under "Calendar" in the top right of each school page.

7.        What supplies does my child need for school?

Each school will provide your child with a list of needed supplies on or before the first day of school . The list varies from school to school. Please visit individual school websites for announcements/lists of supplies


8.        What is the district’s dress code?

These can be found on our Welcome to Knox County Schools Page under Polices, Important Dates. You may also want to visit your individual school as well. Some high schools have special dress codes for certain academies and programs.
Here is a list of schools with specific dress codes.


9.        Where can I find the lunch menu?

All of our menus are posted online. A printable version of the monthly menu is available on the cafeteria calendar. Please note that in May of each year there is no published menu. All menus in May are "Managers' choice".


10.      What are the costs of breakfast and lunch?
Breakfast Prices:
Student $1.75
Reduced Student .30
Adult KCS Personnel 2.00
Adult Visitor 2.25
Lunch Prices:
K-5 student 2.50
6-12 Student 2.75
Reduced Student .40
Adult KCS Personnel 3.25
Adult Visitor 3.75
Milk 0.50
Ice Cream 0.50


11.      Where can I find which bus my child would ride?

Using your home street address in our online web search you can find nearby bus stops, times, and numbers. WebQuery helps you determine the schools a student is eligible to attend and the available bus stops. WebQuery also provides a helpful street map. Just enter the student's information and click "Go."
FIND BUS STOP


12.      What school fees will my child be required to pay?

The cost of school fees will be sent home the first day of school in your child’s back to school paperwork. If you are new to Knox County, please contact your local school. Fees are often listed on school web sites as well.

13.      How can I contact my child’s teacher and principal?

One of the best ways to contact your child’s teacher and principal is to call the school office. At times you may have to leave a message so the teacher or principal can call you back.  Teachers and principals e-mail addresseses are available online at each school or may be found through the district email directory.  Teachers have individual classroom pages to share information with parents and students. You can also follow your middle and high school student's progress, attendance and more through ParentPortal. Other: School Administrative Directory


14.      How can I meet my child’s teacher?
You may meet your child’s teacher in a variety of ways such as attending Back to School meetings and Open House as well as scheduling a parent – teacher conference.  The best way to do this is to email the teacher or contact the school directly. Teacher's e-mail addresses can be found on the individual school website under faculty or classrooms or on the district's email directory listing.

15.      What time does school begin and end?
  • The grades 1-5 elementary school day starts at 7:45 AM and ends at 2:45 PM.
  • The kindergarten students are dismissed at 2:45 PM.
  • Half-days dismiss at 11:15 in Kindergarten and elementary school and at 12:00 in middle and high school.
  • See detailed list of indivdual school exceptions or check with your local school.

16.      How can I learn about my child’s school?

Visit the school website for current and general information. For academic performance visit either:

17.      Is after school care is available at my child’s school?

This information can be obtained by contacting the school office or visiting the individual school website. Many schools have private providers for after school care. Parents must make arrangements through the provider for transportation to and from school. Please check your local school for details.

18.      How often will my child receive a report card?

Each child will receive a report card at the end of each nine week grading period and an interim report at the mid-point of each grading period.  Report card dates can be found on the current school year calendar.
    
19.      How can I become involved in my child’s school?

Each elementary school has an active parent – teacher organization. Your involvement will provide you with many opportunities to support your child’s school and its instructional program. If you are a business person seeking further involvement in the educational support of our students, you may want to consider our Partners In Education program.

You may also check the KCS Volunteer online program where you can register as a volunteer for certain activities or skills for either individual schools or on a district-wide basis.
    
20.      Is there an approved list of snacks and party refreshments?

KCS strives to provide an excellent nutritional program for your student(s). We greatly appreciate your cooperating by following the guidelines for nutrition and using the items for party refreshments from the sources below:
 

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