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  • Physical safety, emotional safety, and internet safety are all part of ensuring a safe learning environment for students.


    Text knoxschools  and an anonymous tip to 274637
  • Knox County

    What is the school district doing to keep students safe?

    • Investing $4.7 million for safety and security.
    • Increasing school security officers by 20%.
    • Training school security officers in building student relationships, cultural competency, and de-escalation techniques.
    • Maintaining and expanding Anonymous Text-a-Tip to include an anonymous tip application for easy sharing of suspicious activity or safety concerns.
    • Partnering with community organizations to provide mental health supports.
    • Utilizing ParentSquare, a new communications platform, to provide updates and alerts to families.



    What are our schools doing to keep students safe?

    • Updating the school’s safety plan to meet the evolving threat landscape.
    • Upgrading security cameras and physical safety of buildings.
    • Tightening up visitor management systems and processes.
    • Providing school counselors and social work staff to assess student needs and provide supports for families and students.
    • Ensuring school zone safety with protocols and resources for transportation safety.
    • Leveraging anti-bullying strategies and proactive student supports.



    What are KCS teachers doing to keep students safe?

    • Creating a safe and engaging learning environment.
    • Building strong relationships with students.
    • Monitoring Chromebook and internet activity.
    • Completing training in suicide prevention and supports.
    • Utilizing restorative and trauma-informed practices to support student behavior and well-being.



    What can KCS parents do to keep students safe?

    • See Something, Say Something. Report any suspicious activity you see, hear or read to KCS Security and law enforcement by calling KCS Security at 865-594-3624 or text knoxschools and an anonymous tip to 274637. Dial 911 in an emergency or if you feel threatened.
    • Verify and update contact information with your school administrator so they may reach you in an emergency.
    • Monitor Chromebook and internet activity. All students’ laptops have filtering software installed, but we always recommend parental supervision when your child is online.
    • Have regular conversations with your child around what information should remain private. Information such as names, home address, and telephone number should never be shared online.
    • Start off the new school year with a new password. Try a positive pass phrase like "Straight A Student!" instead of a complicated password. Do not share passwords.
    • Have a safety plan for car riders, bike riders, walkers, and bus riders.
  • Travel Tips



    Driving to School?

    • When entering a school zone, be sure to slow down and obey all traffic laws.
    • Always stop for school buses loading or unloading children and when flashing lights are engaged.
    • Watch out for children near schools, bus stops, sidewalks, in streets and school parking areas.
    • If you must use a cell phone while driving in a school zone, always use the hands-free option. Anyone under the age of 18 is prohibited from using electronic devices while driving, including hands-free devices.



    Riding A Bike?

    • Make sure your student wears a helmet.
    • Choose the safest route and practice it until students can demonstrate traffic safety awareness.



    Walking to School?

    • Leave early, try to walk with other students, and avoid talking to strangers.
    • Teach your child to never get in a vehicle with anyone, even if they know them, without your permission.



    Riding the Bus?

    • Arrive early at the bus stop.
    • Stand at least 6 feet away from the street, and avoid horseplay while waiting.