University School Weekly Update

June 30 - July 9, 2021

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Greetings University School Families and Welcome Back! We are extremely excited to begin the 2021-2022 school year and look forward to the return of our students and staff! Please review the following information for more details for our first day back next week!
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Back-to-School Information

As we prepare for the first day of school on Wednesday, July 7th, we want to remind our families and students of the following:

  • First day of school on Wednesday, July 7th will be a half-day and all students will be dismissed at 11:30 AM.
  • Middle and High School Schedules will be available through PowerSchool on Friday, July 2nd after 1:00 PM.
  • Any student who does not have their PowerSchool Login Information may come by the school on Friday, July 2nd from 1:30-3:30 PM to get your access information.
  • Any schedule changes needed for High School Students may be made after school on Wednesday - Friday (July 7th-9th).
  • Our website is being converted to a new operating platform. New information will continue to be added, so please continue to check back on the site for updates.
  • Staff will be available on the first day to help direct students to their new classrooms.
  • Grades K, 1, 2, 3, & 5 classes are located on the First Floor.
  • Grades 4, 6, 7 & 8 classes are located on the Second Floor.
  • School and Class Fees may be paid online through our website or returned to the office. Fee forms will be sent home with students during the first week of school.
  • High School classes will be located on the Third Floor, in the Learning Cottage, Brooks Gym and on the First Floor of Warf-Pickel (where Clemmer College is located).
  • High School students driving to school must obtain a parking pass from Officer Hudson. His office is the first office on the left when entering the building (Rm. 111).
  • New students in Grades 5 & 6 will complete orientation activities with their classroom teachers during the first week of school.
  • Grades 9-12 new student orientation will be on Tuesday, July 6th from 1:30-3:00 PM for any student who was unable to attend the first session in June.
  • If classroom teachers have special directions or additional communication items to share, they will send correspondence directly via their class list.
  • Responsible Use Information form will need to be completed for each student. Please access the forms below for more information.
  • See drop-off and pick-up procedures below.

Elementary School Pick-Up and Drop-Off Procedures

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Middle and High School Pick-Up and Drop-Off Procedures

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University School Return-to-School Safety Protocols

As we are planning for our return to school on Wednesday, July 7th, it is our hope to have an as close to normal return as possible for our students and staff. While we do want to take necessary precautions, we ask that our students, staff and families follow these recommended guidelines:

  • ETSU and University School no longer requires fully vaccinated individuals to wear face coverings on campus. Anyone who has not been vaccinated or wishes to continue wearing a face covering in public spaces is encouraged to do so.
  • Physical distancing will be observed to the greatest extent possible.
  • Additional sanitizing will take place daily.
  • Individual sanitizing wipes will be provided for cleaning student work areas.
  • Hand sanitizing and regular handwashing is strongly encouraged.
  • Individuals exhibiting COVID-like symptoms should remain home until cleared to return to school (following current return-to-school algorithm).

We appreciate your continued support and cooperation as we look forward to a wonderful and successful school year!

Responsible Use Form - Please Complete

All University School Students are required to complete a Responsible Use Agreement, please review and complete the appropriate Responsible Use Agreement Form for each U-School student attending during the 2021-2022 school year.

K-5 User Agreement

6-12 User Agreement

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Please save the date and make arrangements to attend our Open House on Thursday, July 15th. from 5:30-7:00 PM. Additional information regarding this event will be sent home by teachers and in our next school update.

Washington County Schools ESSER 3.0 Funding Survey

As part of the American Rescue Plan, Washington County Schools is applying to receive approximately $11.9 million dollars through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) 3.0 to address the ongoing impact from the pandemic. These funds may be used for one-time expenditures and should primarily focus on supporting students' academic needs for in order to accelerate learning after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Washington County Schools would like to hear the voice of our community as we work together to complete the application and district plan for these funds. Funds may be spent over the next three years.

Please complete the questions below. No identifiable data is being collected, and your responses are anonymous.

Responses are due by 4:30 PM on Friday, July 9th, 2021.

Note: University School is eligible to receive funding from the state allocation received by the Washington County Schools, so we ask that you please click on this survey link here to participate in the community feedback discussion.

Parent Volunteer & Committee Interest Information

The University School Parent Foundation would like to invite any parent interested in learning more about volunteer and committee opportunities to click on this google form invitation link for more information.
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All upcoming 7th Graders and all new enrollees to University School must submit the mandatory immunizations prior to the first day of school, July 6, 2021.

7th Graders are required to have a Tdap, and new enrollees must be up to date on all the mandatory vaccines including 2 MMR, 2 Varicella, 3 Hepatitis B, 2 Hepatitis A, 4 to 5 Dtap, and 3 to 4 Polio.

Those without up-to-date immunizations will be excluded from starting school until vaccinations are submitted.

A link to the Tennessee Immunization Certificate is attached below for your viewing. This document is provided by your pediatrician or PCP. Please see the document below for the complete list of Tennessee Immunization Requirements.

If you have further questions, please contact the University School Nurse at 423-439-8674 or

Medication Policy & Drop-off

University School follows Washington County’s medication policy, which states that parents/guardians must provide any medication that their student will need while at school and the student must have a medication authorization form signed by a parent/guardian on file. This includes any over-the-counter medications (i.e., ibuprofen, Tylenol, cough drops, triple antibiotic ointment, anti-itch cream, etc.). If the medication is a prescription, a signed medication form or Individual Health form must be completed by the child's medical provider and signed by a parent. The medication authorization and Individual Health forms can be picked up in the main office, from the school nurse, and found on the school website under the school nurse page. You may drop off your child's medication and completed documentation to the school nurse on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, from 10 am -12:30 pm or any school day from 8 am -1 pm.

Printable Form: Authorization to Assist with Self-Administration of Medication
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Grade 9-12 may bring their own devices to use at school. In order to do so, students will need to bring a signed copy of the BYOD Policy and their device to school on Wednesday, July 7.

University School Apparel Sale

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Welcome University School Families! Check out the University Foundation Back to School Sale You'll find a great selection of Nike, North Face, and Arctic apparel, water bottles and tumblers, ball caps, backpacks, and car magnets. All sales will be available for pickup at school (pickup dates vary based upon order date) and benefit the University School Foundation which supports faculty and students.

If you have any questions, please contact Stacey Wild via email at or via text at 423-943-7791. Show your school spirit, and thanks for your support!

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