2020-21 Back to School Information


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Kingsport City Schools first day of school is Monday, August 10, 2020. 
Please click here to review the KCS Reopening Plan and the KCS Operations Manual: Framework for Opening the 2020-21 School Year
We invite you to explore these resources to prepare you for the upcoming school year!




Regular Schedule Times

8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Elementary Schools ---- NEW TIMES
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Middle Schools
7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

High School
7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.  (Block)
7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Singleton)


Please take note of the following information regarding your child's first week of school:
Monday, August 3: This is the first day of school for Kingsport City Schools. Kindergarten students in GROUP A (only) will attend school from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. A video orientation will be made available for each school. Videos will be emailed to parents and posted on school Twitter accounts at 9 .m. on Thursday, June 30, 2020.
Tuesday, August 4: Kindergarten students in GROUP B (only) will attend school from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Wednesday, August 5 - Friday, August 7: All Kindergarten students (GROUP A and GROUP B) will attend school from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Monday, August 10: All Kindergarten students attend class on a regular school schedule.


Student registration is now open for new students and returning students.
Take advantage of registering now and avoid the long lines on the first day of school!
Click here for eligibility and additional information. 


Parents who would like to request their child attend a different city school outside the school zone their child is zoned for, must apply for a zoning exception.
Parents of students who are note legal residents of the City of Kingsport must submit a tuition application to attend KCS.
Click here to apply now.


The School Nutrition Services department works to provide a variety of healthy and appetizing food options to over 7,000 KCS students and employees each day.  Tasked with implementing and meeting USDA guidelines in all meal selections, SNS staff are continually seeking ways to increase service and food choices to meet individual needs and tastes.  During the 2019-20 school year, almost one million meals were served in KCS cafeterias!  Click here for school menus, meal prices, and payment information. 
The School Nutrition Meal Benefit Application for the 20-21 school year is now available online. You can apply by clicking into the following link: onlinemealapplication.k12k.com. Applying online eliminates the possibility of lost applications and makes the approval process faster. All information is secure and confidential.


School nurses will be providing information regarding nurse practitioner program that is available for student medical visits. The nurse practitioner is available every day that school is in session. Most insurances accepted. For more information please visit the KCS Nurse Practitioner & Telemedicine Program webpage.


Requirements affect Pre-School, Kindergarten and rising Seventh Grade Students:

For children entering pre-school and pre-Kindergarten, four (4) new additional immunizations are required. All new requirements are routinely recommended immunizations and most children are already receiving these immunizations from their medical provider. In addition, students must provide the new Tennessee Department of Health Certificate of Immunization form (RDA-N/A: revised 3/10) in order to attend school.

For children entering kindergarten additional doses of existing vaccines are now required, and one (1) new vaccine will be required. In addition, these students must provide the new Tennessee Department of Health Certificate of Immunization form (RDA-N/A: revised 3/10) in order to attend school.

Children entering the seventh grade must show proof of two (2) new immunizations, the tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster (Tdap), and a second dose of the varicella (var-ih-SEL'-uh), or chicken pox, vaccine. These students must provide the new Tennessee Department of Health Certificate of Immunization form (RDA-N/A: revised 3/10) in order to attend school.

In addition, any new student who plans to enroll in a Kingsport City School will be required to bring to the school the new Tennessee Department of Health Certificate of Immunization form (RDA-N/A: revised 3/10) prior to the first day of school.

For more information, please contact your family physician or the Sullivan County Health Department at (423) 279.2777. More information on required immunizations is also available at the Sullivan County Health Department at sullivanhealth.org.



8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Middle Schools: 
7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

High School (Block): 
7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

High School (Singleton):
7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.


The new interactive Kingsport School Zones Map website hosted and maintained by the
City of Kingsport - Geographic Information System (GIS) Department is powered by Esri
The website allows users to type in a street address being inquired about, to locate what school zone it is located in. 



Kingsport City Schools will send electronic Report Cards to parents at the end of each nine-week grading period at all grade levels (hard copy Report Cards will be available by request). Schools will be working with parents to maintain accurate email addresses in preparation for this distribution.

Report Cards (electronic or hard copy) will be distributed on the following dates:

  • September 5, 2019: Progress Reports
  • October 10, 2019: Report Cards
  • November 14, 2019: Progress Reports
  • January 9, 2020: Report Cards
  • February 6, 2020: Progress Reports
  • March 19, 2020: Report Cards
  • April 23, 2020: Progress Reports
  • May 21, 2020: Report Cards



Beginning July 31, 2019, the application for Free and Reduced Meals will be available online.  Parents/Guardians can fill out and submit online rather than filling out the paper application. 

Please visit the School Nutrition Services webpage for a link to the online version.

Meal Payment Information, Free/Reduced Meals Application & Menus


  • Tribe Time will be a period of 50-60 minutes in which the entire DBHS student body will share a common time to eat lunch and attend teacher and/or student-led activities. All activities will occur in defined areas on the D-B campus.
  • What it isn’t: Tribe Time will not be an hour long free period. Additionally, it will not be an open lunch in which students will be able to leave campus.
  • Rationale: To incorporate quality experiences for students, in addition to lunch, during this time. The end goal is to use time in ways that more effectively meet the academic and co-curricular needs of the students.