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    Karns Elementary School is comprised of more than 1,200 students in preschool through fifth grade. Our preschool classrooms are in the Karns Annex located across the street from the west wing of the elementary school. In the main building’s west wing, you will find our kindergarten through second graders and the east wing is where all third through fifth graders are located.  The gym and cafeterias are located in the center of the school linking the two wings together. We have an office in each wing for parent convenience. There is a library in the west wing for our kindergarten through second grade students, and a library in the east wing for the third through fifth graders. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade visit P.E., Art, and Music classes every 4 days and library and computer classes every 8 days.
    Our school phone numbers and fax numbers are:

    East Office 865-539-7772 and fax 865-539-8605

    West Office 865-539-7767 and fax 865-539-7774
  • Please read the Parent Student Handbook for complete information regarding our school procedures.  Thank you!

    Students should be in the classroom by 7:45 a.m.  Students may be dropped off in front of the entrance to the east and west lobbies.  Safety patrol students will be opening car doors (weather permitting) and they are also stationed throughout the building to assist with students in the morning.  You may drop off on either side of the building and walk throught the building to the other side, if needed.  Students who plan on eating breakfast at school should arrive by 7:30 to allow time to eat.  Preschool and PreK students must be walked in to the appropriate buildings in the Annex. 

    Students must be dismissed before 2:15 p.m. if they are leaving school early.  There will be NO dismissals after 2:15.  Thank you for following this procedure for the safety of our students.  Please have a picture ID with you when checking out students.  We cannot take changes in dismissal over the phone for security reasons.  Please send in changes for dismissal in writing. 

    KES Dismissal Procedures:

    Students who dismiss on a school bus or an after-school program will be dismissed first.  Dismissal is at 2:45 p.m.  Students who need to be checked out early must be checked out before 2:15 p.m.  Students in Kindergarten and first grade will be dismissed from the west lobby, and car traffic will enter the campus from the direction of Byington/ Emory Road.  Students in second, third, fourth, and fifth grades will be dismissed from the gym.  The vehicles will enter from the Beaver Ridge Road side of our campus and pick up in front of the gym.  Once the buses have left the campus, the traffic will move to dismissal places.  If your child needs to be picked up from the gym or the west lobby and is not in the grade level that typically dismisses from that area, you will need to notify your child’s teacher in writing.  The teacher will ensure that the student is in the correct place for dismissal.  All vehicles will need to have on display a car tag that either hangs from the rear view mirror or is placed in the car dash with the student’s name written in large, dark print.  The tags will be sent home at the beginning of school and are available in the office.  If you have more than one person who picks up your student, please ensure that each person has a car tag.  Please be sure you have arrived no later than 3:00 for dismissal.  Students who walk home without adult supervision will be dismissed after the car traffic has cleared (approximately 3:05). 


    Students who are not dismissing through the car traffic line will follow these procedures.  The person picking up will bring the car tag to the OUTSIDE west gym door.  Dismissal will begin as soon as the buses have exited the bus round.  Staff and safety patrols will take your car tag to locate your child from the lobby or gym and then your child will exit from the outside west gym door.  Students will only be dismissed through the car line or through this OUTSIDE west gym door.  Your car tag will serve as your approved pick up method and you do not need a note from the office unless you do not have a car tag.   If you do not have a car tag, you will need to use your ID to secure an “approved for dismissal note” from the office.  Then you will take it to the OUTSIDE west gym door for pick up.  We encourage all students to be picked up through the car line!  If for some reason, you will  regularly pick up your child up at 3:00 at the OUTSIDE west gym door, you need to let your child’s teacher know in writing and your child can be in the back of the gym every day for dismissal.  Parents who are volunteering in the building until the end of the day or who are a substitute teacher for the day will receive dismissal directions from the office. 


    These dismissal procedures were developed by a committee of parents, teachers, and administration in an effort to make the dismissal procedure safe for all students.  If you have questions, please contact a principal.  Thank you!