• KCS Back to School


    School Year 21-22 Information

    Updated on 7.30.21

    A new school year begins on Monday, Aug. 9, and we are very excited to see students back in class!

    Below you will find important information about the upcoming year, including details about scheduling, Chromebooks and meals. Our hope is that this information will be useful for families, and will provide guidance about many common questions.

    It is a tremendous privilege to work with Knox County students, and we look forward to a fantastic year of teaching and learning!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the first day of classes for the 2021-22 school year?

    The first day of classes will be Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. This will be a half-day for students.

    What are the starting and dismissal times for my student’s school?

    Start times and dismissal times for district schools are available at this link.

    When will student schedules be available?

    Student schedules will be available on the Aspen Family Portal on Friday, July 30. More information about accessing the Family Portal can be found at knoxschools.org/aspeninfo.

    I’m having trouble logging in to Aspen. How can I get help?

    For assistance with Aspen login issues, call the IT Help Desk at (865) 594-1830, or fill out a ticket using this link

    Will students have access to Chromebooks this year?

    Students in Grades K-12 will be provided with Chromebooks through the district’s 1:1 initiative. Chromebook distribution will be coordinated by each school, so please look out for communications from your school principal regarding this process. 

    Is financial assistance available to purchase Chromebook insurance?

    There is no insurance assistance program at this time. However, the cost of Chromebook insurance has been reduced to $20, and families have the option of making payments as low as $4 per month to cover the cost. 

    Will KCS provide meals during the 2021-22 school year?

    All students will be eligible for breakfast and lunch meals at no cost during the 2021-22 school year. This program was made possible by new flexibilities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    Message from Superintendent Thomas on 7.8.21

    During a Board of Education work session on June 30, Superintendent Bob Thomas provided an update about the 2021-22 school year. A summary version of that statement is provided below:

    “I am very grateful for the tremendous efforts of our students, families, and employees during the school year that ended in May. Despite the enormous challenges of COVID-19, our school communities worked together to ensure that our educational mission continued moving forward.

    We are working hard to prepare for the 2021-22 school year, and I know that the KCS community is eager to know more about what it will look like.

    As always, we will continue to consult with the Knox County Health Department and to review guidance from the Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee Department of Health. If circumstances related to COVID-19 change, we will respond promptly in coordination with these agencies.

    However, at this time our expectation is that the COVID-19 restrictions implemented a year ago will not be in place for the 2021-22 school year. Specifically, this means that:

    • Masks will not be required for students, teachers or employees, although they will be allowed at each individual’s discretion;
    • Temperature checks will not be required for students, employees or visitors;
    • Knox County Schools will not conduct contact tracing;
    • Visitors will be allowed in schools; and
    • Extracurricular activities and field trips will be allowed.


    Please note that KCS will continue to make use of Chromebooks provided to all K-12 students through the district’s 1:1 initiative. In-person students should continue bringing their fully charged Chromebooks to class every day. 

    I look forward to seeing students back in class for a half-day on Monday, Aug. 9!”