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Inclement Weather Information

Kingsport City Schools understands the importance of communicating news and information to our students, families, faculty, and staff. To ensure we are reaching our immediate stakeholders and the Kingsport community, we have several methods of communication to check weather-related changes.

Communications Resources

school messenger (opt-in)

Kingsport City Schools offers a parent/school communication system. An automatic notification will go out to the phone, email, and text contacts for all KCS students in case of an emergency or school closing/delay.  Announcements are typically made no later than 6 a.m. and mid-day dismissals will be announced immediately to all contact numbers.  Please ensure your child(ren)'s school has the most up-to-date contact information for this service to work efficiently.

kcs website (K12K.COM

Announcements will be posted on the KCS homepage no later than 6 a.m.

KCS social media 

Announcements will be posted on the KCS Facebook Page, Instagram Account and Twitter Account no later than 6 a.m. Be sure to follow us for news and information!

wcsk 90.3 FM radio 

Listen Live on 90.3 FM The Voice of Kingsport City Schools!

text alert services (opt-IN)

Sign-up for independent text alert services via WCYB and WJHL.

Schedule Changes

cancellation or delay of school

The Board of Education and administrators are aware of the hardship that can be caused by an abrupt cancellation. Therefore, school will not be cancelled unless a significant safety risk has been created by unusual circumstances. Schools will be in regular session unless an announcement is made. If you opt-in to SchoolMessenger, our parent/school communication system, you will be automatically notified no later than 6 a.m. If the schedule is changed, you will hear one of the following announcements no later than 6 a.m.
  • Kingsport City Schools will be closed today.
  • Kingsport City Schools will operate on a two-hour delay. (Classes start two hours later than usual and dismiss at the regular time.)
The school system has the responsibility for deciding to open or close school. This means opening or not opening the buildings and having our employees report for duty. If parents believe that road or weather conditions are dangerous, they may keep their children home. Absences during these circumstances are EXCUSED and the students may make up the work missed.
NOTE: If Kingsport City Schools are closed or dismiss early due to inclement weather, after school activities and programs, including school-aged childcare at Adams Elementary, Johnson Elementary, and Washington Elementary will be closed/cancelled as well. All ECLC students will follow elementary school dismissal times.

2-Hour Delay schedule start times:

➡ Pre-K, Intervention & ECLC: 10:30 a.m.
➡ Middle Schools: 9:45 a.m.
➡ High School: 9:30 a.m. (singleton) or 9:45 a.m. (block)
➡ Elementary Schools: 10:30 a.m.
NOTE: If school is canceled or delayed due to inclement weather, both remote learners and in-person learners will follow the same schedule. Since inclement weather could force families to lose power or other essential services, snow days will apply for all students and faculty.

early dismissal

For some emergencies, like snowstorms, school officials will send students home early. You will receive notification through SchoolMessenger, our parent/school communication system. Notifications will also be provided through the school system website at k12k.com, social media channels, the school system radio station WCSK 90.3 FM, and other local media outlets.
If there has been an early dismissal and your child has not been picked up, your child’s school will attempt to contact you. Please make sure you provide your school’s front office with the most up-to-date contact information so that we can easily reach you when necessary. 

early dismissal Schedule Release times:

➡ Pre-K & Intervention: 11:15 a.m.
➡ Middle Schools & High School: 11:40 a.m.
➡ Elementary Schools: 12:15 p.m.
➡ ECLC: Normal Hours