What you need to know for the first day of school - Part 1
1. The first day of school in Metro Schools is Wednesday, August 6. It is a half-day. There is no school on August 7, which is Election Day.
Every year hundreds of children who are not registered or immunized arrive at school on the first day. Students do not report to school on Thursday August 7 so school staff can work through new registrations, place them in classes and get textbooks and materials for them. It is also Election Day, and many of our schools will serve as polling places. School resumes for everyone on Friday, August 8.
It is important for all students to attend the first day of school. Students who are registered before arriving on the first day will meet their teachers, review school and classroom rules and receive some materials so everyone will be ready to work on the next school day.
If you are in an optional school and you do not attend the first day of school, you can lose your spot in that school.
2. If you are new to Metro Schools or have moved, you need to enroll. Here’s how:
If you are entering kindergarten for the first time, are new to the district or have moved to a different part of town, you need to enroll before school starts. You can visit any of our 12 Enrollment Centers located all over the city to enroll in Metro Schools. Read the Enrollment Guide for locations and full details of how to enroll. Families who speak a language other than English at home must register at our English Learners Office.
We encourage families not to wait until the last minute to enroll. Last year, our Enrollment Centers processed more than 10,000 students in the final two weeks before school started. Get started early to beat the crowds!
We are also holding an Enrollment Fair with the Metro Public Health Department on Saturday, July 19. At the fair, families can:
- get immunized and get proof of immunizations
- get a birth certificate
- schedule an appointment with our English learners office
3. You can find your zoned school and bus stop online.
Bus stops and routes are available online through the "Find Your Bus Stop" tool on the website. Bus stop assignment letters will also be mailed for students who are eligible to ride.
4. Your child might need new immunizations before coming to school.
Students new to Metro Schools or entering pre-school, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or seventh grade will need a new certificate of immunization. Without these immunizations or a certified exemption form, your child will not be allowed to attend school. It’s a state law.
The Metro Health Department offers immunizations to Davidson County children under age 18. Immunizations are offered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Health Department's three centers:
- Lentz Health Center, 311 23rd Avenue North
- Woodbine Health Center, 224 Oriel Avenue
- East Health Center, 1015 East Trinity Lane
5. Your child must be five years old by August 15 to attend kindergarten.
A child entering kindergarten must be five years of age on or before August 15. Kindergarten is mandatory for all students prior to enrolling in first grade. Make sure your kindergartener knows his or her name and address, what to do at the end of the day (for example, attend aftercare or ride the bus) and put your student's name on her or his backpack and lunch box.
6. You will be required to complete an information form for your school.
This form will ask you to confirm this information:
- Phone number
- Number of people in your household
- Income level
Don’t be alarmed by this last question. We are not interested in knowing your exact income or even a range. This will be a simple “yes or no” question asking if your income is above or below a certain number.
Part 2 on Friday will talk about supply lists, dress codes and the tax-free holiday.