Kingsport City Schools Announces “Back the Blue Day”

Published October 26, 2016 at 4:09 p.m.

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Kingsport City Schools (KCS) has designated Tuesday, November 1, 2016 as “KCS Backs the Blue Day.”  Members of the Kingsport Police Department (KPD), KCS Student Resource Officers (SROs) and KPD K-9 Units will be honored in a variety of ways for their ongoing service to the students and staff of Kingsport City Schools.

“The Kingsport Police Department is a valuable asset to our community and partner with Kingsport City Schools,” said KCS Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lyle Ailshie.  “We are fortunate to share a great relationship and value the ways the KPD works to ensure the safety of our students and staff.  Back the Blue Day is just one way we can show how appreciative we are for what they do on a daily basis.”

A thank-you breakfast will take place at the Kingsport Justice Center from 5:45 – 9 a.m. on November 1 for patrol officers and administrative staff as a way to show appreciation. In addition, students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to wear blue on November 1 to show support of KPD. Photos and videos will be posted throughout the day on district (Facebook/Twitter) and school (Twitter) social media sites using the national hashtag, #BacktheBlue.

Officers are invited to visit schools during the day and the KCS/KPD School Resource Officer program will be highlighted at the November 1 Board of Education meeting, which will also include a formal recognition presented to the KPD by the Kingsport Board of Education.

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 7,300 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 (TNCPE).

For more information on KCS, visit, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FMThe 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).