Updates from the Knox County Public Schools

Update:  May 10, 2020, 4:00pm

NTI Remote Learning Assignments for the final four days of school, May 11-14, are now posted online.

  • Assignments may be returned on Tuesday from 11am until 1pm during meal pickup.
  • Assignments may be returned on Friday from 11am until 1pm during meal pickup.  On Friday we will also offer meal delivery via bus beginning at 12 noon.  You may give completed assignments to the bus running in your area.  Middle and high school assignments will be accepted.  All assignments need to include the student’s name, teacher’s name, and school name.

Update:  May 1, 2020, 7:25pm

Plans to honor the Class of 2020 have been announced.  Visit the page for each school to read details.  We will update each school’s page as additional information is released.

Knox Central Class of 2020   |   Lynn Camp Class of 2020

Update:  April 30, 2020, 5:52pm

Knox Central and Lynn Camp have announced information concerning caps, gowns, and senior activities.  View the information.

Update:  April 29, 2020,  4:30pm

We have released a complete listing of dates and times that students may pickup their belongings or return items to school.  Visit page for details. 

Update:  April 23, 2020,  8:34am 

The district has developed a Question and Answer document that will begin to answer many of the questions that students and families have about plans for the end of the year.  This is a work in progress and additions will be made to the document throughout the upcoming days and weeks.  We encourage you to check it often for updates.  New information will be highlighted at the top of the document along with an update date/time.

View the Question and Answer Document.

We sincerely appreciate what our families are doing at home to help their children, our students, learn during this very difficult time for our nation.  You are a hero.

Update:  April 21, 2020, 1:00pm


With the announcement yesterday of the recommended closure of all K-12 schools to in-person instruction throughout Kentucky for the remainder of the school year, the KHSAA Board of Control today approved the Commissioner’s recommendation and announcement by unanimous vote that the 2020 state basketball tournaments will not be resumed, while also approving the cancellation of all regular-season practices and contests as well as all postseason tournament championship events for all spring sports and sport-activities for the 2019-20 school year. This means the termination of the Archery, Bass Fishing, Esports, Baseball, Softball, Tennis, and Track & Field seasons. This will also result in the continuance of all provisions of the Coronavirus Dead Period provisions until further notice to the member schools from the Commissioner. [READ MORE]

Update:  April 20, 2020, 2:45pm

In a conference call with superintendents, Governor Andy Beshear and Interim Commissioner Kevin Brown announced that students will not return to school to complete the 2019-2020 school year.  All remaining instructional days will be NTI.

We know that you have many questions about this and we are working on a Q&A document that will begin to address these questions.

Update:  April 20, 2020, 12:45pm

Assignments for this week are being loaded to our NTI website.  Please remember to check throughout the week past days to see if an assignment was submitted late.

Below is information on our next assignment collection dates on Tuesday and Friday of this week.

Update:  April 15, 2020, 12:30pm

Our school meal information has been updated.

Update:  April 15, 2020, 9:30am 

This week the “new normal” has been interrupted by storm damage and lack of utilities for many of our families. (Having snow was the comic relief, perhaps.)  The one word that has been repeated over and over is resilient.  We are Knox Countians, we have been able to withstand and recover in the past, and we will do it again.

NTI assignments are being updated each day with new submissions from our teachers. Like our students and families, many teachers were without electricity or the Internet to submit their assignments earlier in the week.  Do we penalize students? No.  Do we patiently work towards getting caught up? Yes.

If you can view NTI assignments online and use a notebook or plain paper to write answers on, that will be accepted.  Be sure to include the date and assignment information at the top of the paper.  We know that many families may not have a printer at home or enough supplies to print all of the assignments that are posted.  If you need a printed packet because the work requires having a copy you can call 277-2400, dial 1, and request one be made available.

Our teachers and staff are here if you need us.  E-mail addresses and voicemail numbers are on our website.  Many teachers have online classrooms and social media pages that you can reach out through as well.  We are in this together. We will get through this together. 


Update:  April 13, 2020, 9am 

We hope that our students, staff, and their families had an opportunity over Spring Break to enjoy time together, rest, and recharge.

Assignments for today (Monday) are now posted to the NTI website.  We are continuing to receive submissions for days later in the week, therefore we will post Tuesday-Friday later today.  If you will need a paper copy packet please call 606-277-2400, dial 1 at the prompt, and leave your information.

We will have another update later today.

Update:  April 6, 2020, 8am

Our offices and schools are closed this week for Spring Break.  However, if your family has an urgent need, you may contact any of our schools’ FRYSC coordinators.  Their voicemail and email addresses are on our contact page.

KCEOC will be providing our meals during the week of Spring Break.  View our meal services page for locations and times.

Update:  April 2, 2020, 2:15pm

The Knox County Board of Education relies upon guidance from the Kentucky Department of Education, local and state health officials, and the Governor for direction during a statewide emergency.

At 2 pm today district leaders were on a conference call with KDE and Governor Beshear concerning recommended next steps of action for school districts.

Governor Beshear, with a blessing by Interim Commissioner Kevin Brown, recommended that schools continue NTI through Friday, May 1.

Governor Beshear stated that by mid-April we should have a better idea and clarity of the virus and a better idea regarding the future of schools beyond that date.

As a result, the Knox County Public Schools will be closed through Friday, May 1.  We will continue to have Spring Break, as scheduled, for April 6-10. NTI remote learning assignments will resume on Monday, April 13.

Update:  March 29, 2020, 2:45pm

We hope that everyone enjoyed a break this weekend with the great weather outdoors.  We have several announcements for the upcoming week.

  • Meal services will be on Tuesday and Friday this week.  Meals will continue to be available for pickup at the elementary schools from 11am until 12 noon.  Buses will depart the elementary schools at 12 noon.
  • This week begins Remote Learning Days 6-10.  Assignments are now available for download.
  • On Friday we will begin collecting assignments from Tuesday, March 17 through Wednesday, April 1.  Complete details are on our assignment page. 

Update:  March 27, 2020, 5:20pm

It is Friday, the weather is great, so please enjoy responsibility – with social distancing.  We’ve had a great week of NTI learning and meal serving.  Thank you staff, thank you parents and caregivers, and thank you, students, as we all adjust to this new way of learning.

We will be sending an automated phone call on Sunday evening sharing information for next week.  If you do not receive our calls you can add your number to our list.

Infographic with pink bicycle with text the weekend is here.

Update:  March 26, 2020, 6:20pm

With the first week of Remote NTI assignments almost complete we will begin the next phase of ensuring that our students have the support needed as well as that personal connection to their teacher.

We will begin making calls and using electronic means such as email, DoJo, Facebook, and Google Classroom to reach out to our students almost daily.  We know this is a lot of daily contact, but it is our commitment to providing the best education possible under our given circumstances.  We appreciate the support and cooperation of our parents, families, and caregivers as we begin this process.

Assignments that are completed now through Wednesday, April 1, will be collected on Friday, April 3 during our meal pickup and bus delivery.  We will be sharing more information about the collection process next week.

Update:  March 26, 2020, 1:30pm

We have added several new resources to our website, from contacting your teacher to maintaining wellness during social distancing.  Most pages have multiple resources, so be sure to check the navigation sidebar for any links or videos.

Update:  March 23, 2020, 7:30pm

Today we are announcing changes to our meal services.  While students will continue to receive the same number of meals, we will be rolling out a plan to only provide pickup and delivery services on Tuesday and Friday beginning the week of March 30.  On Tuesday and Friday, they will receive enough meals until the next pickup or delivery day.   This will take some adjustments this week to move towards that schedule.  Please read our meal services page for details.

Our SROs and other student support personnel started delivering assignment packets for those that requested that service.

We will be updating our NTI Remote Learning site daily with new and late submitted assignments.  If you do not immediately see the assignment for your teacher please check back later in the day or the next day.  We appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation as we begin consecutive NTI days.


Update:  March 20, 2020, 5:30pm

This afternoon on a phone conference with state superintendents, Governor Andy Beshear recommended extending the closure of schools until April 20, 2020.  The district leadership team participated in the conference call and will follow the Governor’s recommendation.  The new date for Knox County students to tentatively return to school is Monday, April 20, 2020.   On the conference call was Interim Commissioner of Education Kevin Brown who shared that Kentucky will be submitting a waiver to the U.S. Department of Education to waive state accountability requirements for the school year.  Once KDE receives approval on the waiver request we will share that with you.

On Monday,  March 23, our schools will have remote learning (NTI) packets available for pickup from 7 am until 6 pm at their building.  The packets will also be available on our website for download.

Our meal program will resume on Monday with elementary pickup from 11am until 12pm and bus delivery beginning at 12pm.

This weekend we will be adding resources to our site that will assist families with providing instruction at home and resources about student wellness.

Update:  March 19, 2020, 7:30pm

Photo collage of meals being prepared for students with text overlay.“My kids cried, parents cried, and I cried when I dropped the food bags off.”
“Mine kept running to hug me.”
“I was so glad to see my kiddos.”

Those are just a few of the many comments made by KCPS staff during our first day of meal pickup and delivery.  We served 2,311 meals today!  Best of all? We got to see a lot of smiling faces and meet a lot of families who were glad to see us.  Truth?  We were even happier to see them!

Today’s update is a focus on our assignments for next week, March 23, as we begin our remote learning days which are the COVID-19 NTI days.   We have updated our student assignments webpage to provide more clarity on how you can download, pickup, or receive those assignments.  If you are able to download and print from home we ask that you please help us conserve resources as we make paper copies available for students that do not have Internet access.  We will also be providing email addresses and voicemail instructions for contacting our teachers if your child needs help.

If you haven’t already watched the video that Governor Andy Beshear showed during his Tuesday update on how to talk about the novel coronavirus with children, the video is available on his YouTube channel.  

Update:  March 16, 2020, 6:30pm

We have posted information about meal availability and student assignments to our website.

If you need a printed copy of our remote learning days March 23 – April 3 they will be available for pickup at our schools on Friday at 11 am during food pickup.  They will also be available Monday from 7am until 6pm for those unable to obtain them on Friday.  Our schools will also offer additional pickup times at their building.  We will formally announce those times later this week. If you are unable to get to your child’s school and unable to print the assignments online we will be sharing information this week on assistance that will be provided.

We want to again remind our students and families of the importance of proper handwashing and social distancing.  The well-being of our students and their families is a priority during our closure.

Update:  March 12, 2020, 6:15pm

The Knox County Public Schools are following the advice of Governor Andy Beshear and Interim Commissioner Kevin Brown by taking the necessary steps to ensure that our school community is safe and well.  Beginning Monday, March 16, the Knox County Public Schools will be closed through Friday, April 10, 2020.  During this period our district will implement the closure plan that Governor Beshear asked districts to prepare this week.

On Friday, March 13, our schools will be in session.  At the end of the day, our students will receive printed material to bring home to explain Knox County’s plan to provide instruction during the upcoming weeks.  Please review this information carefully with your child and the entire family.  It will include information on plans to provide meal service and access to assignments for all students.  It will also address questions about contacting our Family Resource/Youth Service Centers if your family has needs.

We understand that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing disruption in everyone’s lives.  According to medical professionals, the closure of schools and the cancellation of events is a necessary step to limit the impact COVID-19 has in Kentucky and across the nation.  We appreciate your partnership in taking action to keep our community healthy.

Moving forward, to avoid miscommunication or “fake news” on social media and to ensure everyone has access to information from the district, we will be posting information directly to our website, using our telephone calling system, and provide printed letters to communicate decisions such as our closure.  Our social media accounts will direct you to visit our website for information that has been released.  For those accessing the Internet through a mobile device with a limited data plan, we will be providing a telephone hotline number in our printed materials tomorrow that you may call for the latest updates from the school district.

We want to end this update by celebrating the success of our students.  The cancellation of many state competitions, including the KHSAA Sweet 16, has ended the academic and athletic season of our district’s top students and teams.  We applaud their success and we plan on celebrating their success, as a community, in the near future.


To ensure accurate information is provided to all families, if you have questions please email communications@knox.kyschools.us with the subject line of “Need Information”.