Our team has been busy working to make our “KCS@home” resources available to students, and we are excited that these materials are now accessible.
As we have shared previously, participation in “KCS@home” is voluntary, and completion will not affect a student’s grade. We encourage our students to take advantage of these resources, which are designed to help them stay engaged in learning and reinforce previous instruction.
To help address some of your questions, we will be hosting a virtual Community Meeting beginning at 3 pm on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The meeting will be live-streamed on KCS TV Comcast Channel 10 and on our website and will be available to be viewed later at your convenience.
Our Knox County teachers have worked with content supervisors and specialists to prepare PreK-12 and student support resources to help your family continue to learn at home. All resources will be available on our website. We strongly encourage families who have access to the internet and devices at home to go online to get these resources.
For our families who do not have access to the internet or a device at home, paper packets will be available by grade band for PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8 as well as for student supports. Due to the complexity of student schedules, resources and support for high school students will be provided online only.
The paper packets will be available at our 28 meal distribution sites (schools only). A list of locations may be found at knoxschools.org/mealinfo. School packets will not be distributed at community centers, churches or recreation centers. If you are picking up a paper packet, please stay in your car and drive up. You will be handed a packet that best suits your child’s needs.
Beginning the week of April 13, paper packets will be distributed only on Wednesdays, although online resources will be available on Mondays.
Please note high school students who take courses such as IB, AP, Dual Enrollment, or for industry certification, will continue to receive new materials due to upcoming exams associated with these programs. Dually enrolled students will continue to take courses through the postsecondary institution and new assignments will continue to shape their grade for the remainder of the semester.
We are pleased to be able to offer complimentary K-8 videos featuring a Knox County Schools teacher to accompany the packet information. These will be updated each week and may be viewed in several places.
- YouTube: All videos for the week will be available on our KCS-TV YouTube channel, which may be found at this link: youtube.com/c/kcstv
- KCS TV: We will be airing all videos on KCS TV Comcast Channel 10. The videos will air Monday-Friday, 8 am-12:30 pm, with the following content schedule. A complete schedule may be found on our website.
- Monday: Encore/Related Arts; Tuesday: Math; Wednesday: Social Studies; Thursday: ELA; Friday: Science
- East Tennessee PBS: We are pleased to partner with East Tennessee PBS to expand video access to our families. All videos will air on their network with a slightly modified schedule, which may also be found on our website.
The district has a limited number of electronic devices for high school students available with certain parameters to check-out on a first-come, first-served basis. Devices will be distributed one per family. To request a device, contact your student’s principal or call the KCS IT Help Desk at 865-594-1830 or request a device.