MHS Back to School Update

Welcome to the 21-22 School Year!

Dear MHS Parents and Students,

We hope this newsletter finds you enjoying the final days of summer vacation! While the summer went by faster that we expected, we are excited to start another school year with you. We know there are many questions about the upcoming year and we hope this newsletter provides the key information needed start strong.

We know students are ready to see their class schedules and our counselors are working to finish those final student requests. We expect all schedules to be visible in PowerSchool on Thursday, July 29th.

Don't forget to check your email every Sunday afternoon for "This Week at MHS" newsletter with the most important information for each week of school.

Welcome Back! We can't wait to reconnect with you!


MHS Faculty and Staff


All rising sophomores are invited to join us for Sophomore Orientation on Thursday, July 29th from 8:30am-12. All students should meet in the gym.

We are also hosting a parent presentation from 8:30-10am in the auditorium.

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UPDATED SCHEDULE INFORMATION: Staggered Start to the School Year!

August 3rd will be the first day for all students with last names starting with A-K. August 4th will be the first day for all students with the last names starting with L-Z. Students will begin in homeroom where they will receive their schedules, laptops, and find out their lunch schedule. Homeroom locations will be posted on the first day of school.

Beginning August 5th, all students will be in school full time. Bell Schedules are listed below for each day.

August 3rd and 4th Bell Schedule

First Two Days (No Break)

8:25—9:00 | Homeroom

9:07—10:25 | First Period

9:07—9:42 | A
9:42—9:49 | Transition
9:49—10:25 | B

10:30—11:50 | Second Period
10:30—11:06 | A
11:06—11:13 | Transition
11:13—11:50 | B

11:57—1:47 | Third Period & Lunch
All A/B 3rd Periods will have C Lunch
11:57—12:33 | A
12:33—12:40 | Transition
12:40—1:17 | B

A Lunch
11:50—12:20 | Lunch
12:27—1:47 | Class

B Lunch
11:57—12:35 | Class
12:35—1:05 | Lunch
1:05—1:47 | Class

C Lunch
11:57—1:17 | Class
1:17—1:47 | Lunch

1:54—3:25 | Fourth Period

1:54—2:36 | A
2:36—2:43 | Transition
2:43—3:25 | B

August 5th -6th - ALL STUDENTS IN SCHOOL - Bell Schedule

8:25—9:55 | First Period

9:55—10:10 | Break

10:10—11:40 | Second Period

11:47—1:47 | Third Period & Lunch

A Lunch
11:40—12:10 | Lunch
12:17—1:47 | Class

B Lunch
11:47—12:20 | Class
12:20—12:50 | Lunch
12:50—1:47 | Class

C Lunch
11:47—1:17 | Class
1:17—1:47 | Lunch

1:54—3:25 | Fourth Period


Lunch and breakfast are FREE to all students again this year. However, it is still important for those who qualify for free meals under the USDA National School Lunch program to complete an application. In addition to the reasons noted on the flyer below and the fee waivers parents find so helpful, you can also receive discounts through Maryville Alcoa Parks and Recreation. The online application process is simple to follow:

Also, paper copies of the application are available at your school. Only one application per family. One tip for those applying is to submit gross income (before taxes and benefits).


Seniors who have not purchased a parking space for the 2021-2022 school year can drop by Student Services on Thursday, July 29 between 8:30-11:30 am and 1:00-3:00 pm. If a senior wishes to paint his or her parking spot, July 29 will the last opportunity to secure a painted spot. If a senior does not wish to paint a parking spot, he or she can reserve a spot beginning July 29 until August 6.

Any remaining spots will be offered to juniors beginning on August 9.

Parking Forms can be accessed through the file below


As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, bus routes will remain as they were last school year and will be adjusted as needed. When those adjustments occur, both this website and the GPS app will be updated. If you have any questions, please contact our Transportation Coordinator, JOE PINKERTON, at (865) 982-7121.

Street-by-street route information:

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Traffic Reminders

  • Lawrence Ave between Cedar Street and Melrose is closed from 7:30am-7:50am and from 3:00-3:45pm for bus loading and unloading
  • Melrose between Mountain Ave and Lawrence is closed from 3-3:45pm for bus loading and unloading.
  • All Car Riders are dropped off and picked up in front of the gym.
  • All parking spots are numbered and are assigned to students and faculty. Please do not park in a numbered spot that is not assigned to you.
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All students taking Dual Enrollment classes at Maryville College should have received the correspondence below. If you have any questions regarding these updates, please reach out to Robin Burchfield at robin.burchfield

MC is endeavoring to return to pre-COVID campus life safely and gradually, while being mindful of risks that remain, especially with COVID variants. Last week you received the College’s COVID update, which offered information in preparation for the Fall semester. We recognize this was a large amount of information, so please know that the Admissions staff remains available to respond to any questions and concerns you may have, or to get you connected with the right person.


  • By August 1, 2021, all students must do one of the following: (1) Provide proof of COVID vaccination, or (2) Apply for one of the COVID vaccination exemptions. The MC app has a button for vaccination reporting and exemption requests, or you may simply use this link.
  • Applications for medical and religious vaccination exemptions require supporting documentation, which is outlined on our COVID--19 webpage. Such exemptions must be requested by August 1, and decisions will be communicated to students by August 6.

  • All unvaccinated dual enrollment students will be required to undergo periodic and random COVID testing during the 2021–2022 year. Students must report results back to the COVID Coordinator within 72 hours of being chosen to be tested. Test results are to be emailed to and results must show the student’s full name, date of test, test results and the testing site/vendor. Students have the choice of where they are tested. The Blount County Health Department offers free onsite testing some days of the week and free self-test kits on other days. Local pharmacies are also testing centers. Over-the counter test kits may be purchased as well, but at the student’s own expense.
  • The College will be unable to provide unvaccinated students who test positive for COVID or who have been exposed to the virus, with remote/hybrid instruction this year. Unvaccinated students will need to remain at home and not return to campus until they have fully recovered (for one to two weeks, depending upon symptoms and testing).


As always, the College reserves the option of amending our requirements, should on-campus or local COVID conditions necessitate such action. Further, we may also require vaccination when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fully approves a COVID vaccine.

We want to make your next steps to college positive and comfortable and be sure you have all the information you need. Once again, please know we are available to help however we can. We continue to be available to respond to your questions and concerns at I look forward to seeing you on campus soon and GO SCOTS!

All the best,