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Superintendent’s initial school visits

Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools, will make a number of initial visits to selected Knox County Schools during the first three weeks of the new school year. He has invited members of the Board of Education, as well as other elected officials and stakeholders, to join him as their schedules permit. (Schedule of visits)

Starting School
Helpful links for parents & students
2013 - 2014

Excellence for All Children    
The Strategic Plan outlines the long range goals and objectives of The Knox County Schools.

Main Phone: Please call (865) 594-1800 if you cannot find the office or individual with whom you need to speak.

Contact Information for various administrators, directors, supervisors, and other KCS personnel including a complete KCS personnel directory and school information.

These 20 questions provide links and answers to the most often asked questions about school times, enrollment requirements, immunizations, bus routes, lunch menus, and more.

Rising seventh grade parents:
Knox County Health Department, Knox County Schools remind parents of state-required immunizations

As families enjoy summer break, the Knox County Schools and the Knox County Health Department remind parents to get their children's state-required immunizations. In Tennessee, students entering seventh grade are required to have the Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) vaccine and two doses of the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine. (Read more about requirements)

Individual Schools
Directory of schools - principals, address, phone number
School Websites
6th and 9th Grade Orientation
Check with your student's individual school for information on 6th grade and 9th grad orientation programs. (School Websites)
School Start Times
See detailed list of special early dismissal times by school
Full Days: 7:45  - 2:45
Half-days: 7:45 - 11:15

(Grades 1-5)

Full Days:7:45  - 2:45
Half-days: 7:45 - 11:15

Middle School:
(grades 6-8)

Full Days: 8:30 - 3:30
Half Days: 8:30 - noon

NOTE: Vine Middle: 8:00 - 3:00

High School
(grades 9-12)
Full Days: 8:30  - 3:30
Half Days: 8:30  - noon   
Emergency School Closings
Policy AFCProcedure AFC
(Inclement weather, etc.)


2013-14 School Calendar - Yearly one-page calendar you can print and keep

On-line calendar- Updated with "What's Happening Now" throughout the year.

School Calendars - Each school maintains a calendar of events. Your student's classroom teacher or coach may also provide a calendar specific to their class or team.

Your personal Calendar - Parents and students have a personal calendar as part of the KCS website services. Lo-gin with your account to use your personal calendar. You may view and combine calendars from any group to which you belong.

Bus Stops and School Zones and Bus Safety
Locating my student's bus stop - Use Web Query to pinpoint bus stops locations, pickup and drop-off times.
Transportation Department
School Zones - Use the interactive KGIS system to find your school zone
School Bus Safety

Cafeteria Services
Menus on-line - This on line cafeteria menu can be printed. There is also a pdf file that can be downloaded from this on line menu.
Payment on line - parents can deposit funds into their student's cafeteria account on line for convenience

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

School Supplies, Fees
Each school website has a listing of school supplies. Please check your student's school website for more information about needed supplies.

Course Fees: Some courses/activities also require a fee. Please check with your school or teacher about individual course or activity fees.

Enrollment requirements
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

Curriculum Guides and Information
Instructional Services index - a listing of departments and subjects
High School course offerings
Middle school course offerings
Elementary Education
Special Education Services
Grade Scales, Testing Schedule


Parent Communications

School Messenger - the school system's telephone, email, and web-based messaging system for parents, teachers, staff. Daily attendance reports are made via the system as well as messages related to your school and from the district. It is important that you have an updated, accurate phone number registered with the system.

Parent Portal-  Middle and High School parents can track assignments, attendance, grades, and more. Parent's must get user-names and passwords for Parent Portal from their local school

Website "Personal Dashboard" - After log-in, this is your personalized guide to various functions related to your account on the web.

Parent Forms- A listing of forms often used by parents.
School Web Sites: Each school maintains its own website where you may find announcements, news, calendars, and information specific to that school.
Classroom websites: Teachers may also maintain individual classroom sites for each subject or grade level.

Volunteering at your school

How to Volunteer
- Parent involvement is always welcome at Knox County Schools. Please visit your school to see how you may help support your child's education. The Knox County Schools also has a Volunteer Registry on line where you may register your skills or search for a specific kind of volunteer activity at any or all schools or the district.

School Support Organizations - These are approved support organizations listed by school. Included are booster clubs, PTA and PTSO groups and more.

Family and Community Engagement - The Knox County Schools Family and Community Engagement Department offers hundreds of activities, conferences, and resources throughout the year. Please visit their site for more information.

Partners In Education - hundreds of businesses, civic groups, and other organizations work actively in many ways to support education in Knox County. Visit the Partners In Education site for more information on how you may become involved.
School Board Policies

Campus Gear -  Some schools have adopted a Board approved dress standard that varies from the basic Knox County Schools Dress Policy.

Procedures Manual - Knox County Schools Board of Education sets board policy. How that policy is implemented is determined by the district administration by adopting and/or changing procedures to implement school board policy. Procedures do not require a vote of the Board, but reflect the intent of the Board's policy.

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