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COVID-19 Notices and Information

The Knox County Public Schools are excited to welcome students back to Learning@School and to continue providing services for students Learning@Home.  Below are frequently asked questions about various programs and services being offered for students in each learning environment.

At most schools buses will not be unloading students until 7:30 am. If your bus has historically dropped off students at the elementary school prior to 7:30 am, it may be late arriving at your home to adjust for the time difference. On the first and second day of Learning@School, we ask that students and families be prepared and flexible as we make this change to our bus schedules.

Upon loading the bus, students will have their temperature taken and respond to the basic question of do they have any symptoms or feel ill. Once they are admitted on the bus, they will move to the back of the bus where they will have an assigned seat.

If your child has a temperature or shows symptoms of being ill at the bus stop, the parent/guardian will be notified and the student either safely monitored or escorted home or isolated on the bus until a family member can visit school and pick him or her up.

Students may not bring a note to school that says they are allowed to go home with a friend. Each student, due to contact tracing and in the best interest of all students on the bus, must ride their assigned bus to and from school.
Students that are being dropped off at school must have their temperature taken and health check prior to exiting the vehicle. A mask also must be worn.

You will see "Health Check" signs in our parking lots directing you to the location where you will have this done. Do not allow your child(ren) to unload the vehicle prior to the health check.

If you have previously dropped off your middle or high school student at the elementary school to ride the bus on to their school, that will not be an option as we start in-person classes. Middle and high school students that ride a bus from their home will be transported to the middle and high. If you drop off your children at school, please take careful note of this change. You will also have to transport your middle and/or high school child(ren) to their school.
School Start and End Times

Central Elementary School will begin classes at 7:50 am and dismiss at 3:20 pm.
Dewitt Elementary School will begin classes at 7:50 am and dismiss at 3:20 pm.
Flat Lick Elementary School will begin classes at 7:50 am and dismiss at 3:10 pm.
Girdler Elementary School will begin classes at 7:50 am and dismiss at 3:20 pm.
G.R. Hampton Elementary School will begin classes at 7:50 am and dismiss at 3:15 pm.
Jesse D. Lay Elementary School will begin classes at 7:50 am and dismiss at 3:15 pm.
Lynn Camp Elementary School will begin classes at 7:45 am and dismiss at 3:10 pm.
Knox County Middle School will begin classes at 7:55 am and dismiss at 3:05 pm.
Knox Central High School will begin classes at 7:55 am and dismiss at 3:05 pm.
Lynn Camp Middle/High School will begin classes at 7:45 am and dismiss at 3:00 pm.
Our alternative schools (Learning Academy and Day Treatment) will begin classes at 7:55 am and dismiss at 3:05 pm.
Upon entering the building students will be served a grab-and-go breakfast that they will take with them to the first period class or homeroom.
A hot meal will be provided each day to students that are Learning@School. At this time our schools anticipate being able to serve the meals in their cafeteria with new lunch times and rotations being established.
Students that are Learning@Home may pick up their meal at the following times. No meals will be distributed at the middle or high school. Please visit the elementary school closest to your home.

No meal pickups will be offered on Wednesday. Students Learning@School will receive their Wednesday meal to take home with them on Tuesday during school dismissal. Students Learning@Home will receive both Tuesday's and Wednesday's meal during their pickup on Tuesday.

Central Elementary 1:45-2:15 pm
Dewitt Elementary 1-2 pm
Flat Lick Elementary 1-2 pm
Girdler Elementary 1-2 pm
GR Hampton Elementary 1-2 pm
Jesse D Lay Elementary 1-2 pm
Lynn Camp Elementary 12-1 pm
All students that are returning to Learning@School must bring a mask, their Chromebook with the charging adapter, and basic supplies such as paper and pencil. Our middle and high schools will not be issuing lockers. Students may need to bring a case to put their Chromebook in to protect it from damage.
Elementary students that are in a self-contained grade level classroom (example: kindergarten) will stay in their room all day. In most cases, all elementary school students will remain in the same room all day with a teacher rotating in and out if needed for specials or specific content.

At Knox County Middle School, students are assigned teams such as 8th Grade Blue. Because of the team approach, students will be able to stay in their first period classroom all day. Our content teachers will rotate in and out of the classrooms.

At Knox Central High and Lynn Camp Middle/High, students will be limited in the number of times that they change classes throughout the day. For an example, on Monday and Tuesday, students may only go to their first, second and third period classes. The class times will be extended each day. On Thursday and Friday, they would go to the remaining classes.

Scheduling will ultimately depend on the safety of our students based on the number of students returning to in-person learning.
Each Wednesday until announced our students will be Learning@Home, regardless of whether they have been in-person or at home. This will allow our custodial staff time to deep sanitize the building and time for teachers to answer questions via e-mail, online, voicemail, and plan for upcoming lessons.

While we will begin on this schedule, our ultimate goal once the number of positive COVID-19 cases decreases in the area is to move to a five day a week, Learning@School, schedule.

Last week Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles provided a video and written message to families about the start of in-person Learning@School.  The video is viewable below and the letter is on our news site.