Back to School: 5 things you need to know before the first day of school

#MNPSDay1 Header1. The first day of school is Wednesday, August 5. It is a half-day. There is no school on August 6, which is Election Day.

Every year hundreds of children who are not enrolled or immunized arrive at school on the first day. There is no school on Thursday, August 6, so school staff can work through new enrollments, 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 7.

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.

2. You might need to formally enroll in school. Do it now to avoid the rush.

Here is who needs to enroll:

  • Students coming to Metro Schools for the first time
  • Students entering Metro pre-K or kindergarten for the first time
  • Students who have moved to a different school zone

All families can enroll at one of our 12 Enrollment Centers. Find your nearest Enrollment Center and see what forms to bring with you on Families who speak a language other than English at home must register at our English Learners Office.

Our Enrollment Centers typically serve between 5,000-7,000 families in the final two weeks of summer before school starts. If you want to avoid the rush, head to your nearest Enrollment Center today.

3. You can find your zoned school and bus stop online.

To find your zoned school, use the School Zone Finder or call the Customer Service Center at (615) 259-INFO (4636). Bus Stop information will available on our website very soon through the Find Your Bus Stop tool. 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 who fit into one or more of these categories need updated Tennessee Immunization Certificates:

  • New to Metro Schools
  • Entering pre-school, prekindergarten or kindergarten
  • Entering seventh grade

You can get immunizations and the Certificate from the Metro Health Department or your family physician. Without proof of updated 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, 2500 Charlotte Avenue
  • 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.

The Metro Schools Customer Service Center is open to answer your questions. Call (615) 259-INFO (4636) Email Visit 2601 Bransford Avenue, 37204