Kingsport City Schools Launches Text Messaging for Emergency Communications

Published: October 22, 2015 at 3:14 p.m.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Beginning next week, Kingsport City Schools (KSC) will launch a new texting service for families and staff members in an ongoing effort to improve district communications.  The service will utilize the district’s SchoolMessenger communication portal to provide timely information via text messages in the event of an emergency, schedule change, or other critical information.

On Monday, October 26, 2015, parents and staff members will receive a text message from the district on their designated primary cell phone.  Instructions will be provided to opt in or out of receiving future text messages from the district.  This new service provided by KCS is in addition to current notification methods, such as phone, email, website and social media platforms.

“We are excited to provide this additional way to communicate critical information to our parents and guardians, and our faculty and staff,” said Dr. Lyle Ailshie, Kingsport City Schools Superintendent. “The safety of our students and effective communications are critical priorities for us. This new service continues our commitment to strengthening those efforts with the KCS community.”

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and a non-traditional school; with total enrollment over 7,100 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.

KCS has been named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and has earned the 2014 Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee Recognition Program by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNPCE).

For more information on KCS, visit, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FM, The Voice of KCS, read our blog, We Are KCS, or call (423) 378.2100. We’re social too; follow us on Facebook (Kingsport City Schools), Twitter (@KCS_District) and check out our YouTube Channel (KPTSchools).