University School Weekly Update

January 18-22, 2021

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University School Families: As we prepare to return to our in-person hybrid schedule (see below), we ask that you please review the following information and feel free to reach out to the school if you have any questions:
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In-Person Safety Protocols

This past week President Noland shared the following safety reminders that are expected of all staff, students, and visitors while on campus. We ask that anyone attending in-person class or events on campus adhere to the following:

  • Wear face coverings or masks in public settings
  • Avoid close contact by practicing physical distancing and staying at least six feet apart
  • Frequent handwashing for 20 second
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surface
  • Stay home if you are not feeling well
  • Monitor symptoms daily

He also indicated that we "please pay close attention to health and safety information posted on walls, screens and floors in order to practice physical distancing in classrooms, the library and labs, or while waiting in lines for food or other services."

Current Operational Plans

University School will be transitioning back to Hybrid beginning Tuesday, January 19.

After school care for K-8 students will resume on January 19. See information about after school care here: Contact Erin Doran ( if you have any questions about after school care.

School Pictures

School pictures will be taken on Tuesday, January 26 and Thursday 28. Additional information will be sent to families in a separate correspondence.

2021-22 Re-enrollment Sign Up

Please complete the following form no later than February 28th, 2021. This is for your children who are currently enrolled at University School and who are returning to University School for the 2021-22 school year. Please submit this form for each child returning next year.

Re-enrollment Link:

For each child who is returning, please also submit the $95 material fee using this link:

New Student Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021-2022 Academic School Year.

Applications are accepted beginning January 1st and must be received by February 28th to be included in the lottery for the school year beginning in July. Kindergarteners must be 5yrs of age by August 15th to apply. Please see Application Process for more information.

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Inclement Weather Policy: Effective Immediately

Schedule Change Policy: University School will close if Johnson City Schools close for inclement weather. University School will also close for inclement weather if ETSU closes. We will not make an announcement over the media due to the fact that saying University School will be closed is confusing to ETSU students. Instead we ask that students and parents/guardians be aware that we will close the school if Johnson City schools close. Some students live in areas where the weather may be worse than it is in town. If University School is open, but road conditions between your home and the school are dangerous, please do not put yourself at risk by attempting to drive to school. Call the office and inform us of your circumstances. On inclement weather days when Johnson City Schools are not regularly scheduled, announcements will be made through the media.

click here for Link to Johnson City School System Home Page

click here for Link to Johnson City Area News Station

Ready4K - Resources for Pre-K-3rd Grade

A FREE Resource for Families with Kids Pre-K through 3rd Grade!(PDF)

Through a special partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and the Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF), starting in January, our school is excited to offer pre-K through 3 families] free access to Ready4K, a research-based text messaging program, that will help you continue your child’s learning at home.

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Athletics & Activities Update

High School Softball

Attention those who are interested in High School Softball: conditioning will be starting soon! If you are interested in participating for the University School High School Softball team, please e-mail Coach Jeffers ( Once logistics of conditioning (date, time, Covid protocols, format, etc.) have been determined, Coach Jeffers will reach out with that information. Remember that all student-athletes must have current physical, concussion, & SCA forms on file with the school prior to participating.

Middle School Softball

Parents of middle school girls interested in trying out for the University School middle school softball team please email Coach Preswood, to let her know of your kiddo’s interest in playing. Once logistics of tryouts (date, time, Covid protocols, format, etc.) have been determined, Coach Preswood will reach out with that information.

Tryouts will be held in February so be sure your kiddo has turned in their physical (dated this school year) and the cardiac and concussion forms into the office. (Links on Athletic Web page). Questions can be directed to Coach Preswood ( or Middle School AD Coach Penley (
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Game Attendance

In order to meet TSSAA attendance guidelines (see website for a detailed explanation), spectators will be limited to parents, guardians, and immediate household family members only who must be on a team list submitted prior to game day, which will limit the option of additional staff and fans to attend the games this year.

HS Boys' and Girls' Basketball

DATE OPPONENT TIME (Schedule Revised 1-21-21)

Jan. 19 @ Elizabethton (Boys Only) 6:30, 8:00

Jan. 20 @ Science Hill (Boys Only) 6:00, 8:00

Jan. 23 @ Cherokee (Girls Only) 5:00

Jan. 25 @ Unaka 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

Jan. 26 Hampton (Varsity Only)

Jan. 28 @ North Greene 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

Jan. 30 @ TN High (Girls Only) 3:00

Feb. 2 Unaka 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

Feb. 5 @ Hampton 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

Feb. 8 @ Cherokee 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

Feb. 9 Cloudland 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

Feb. 11 @ Davy Crockett 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

Feb. 12 Sullivan North 5:00, 6:30, 8:00

District Tourney - TBA


MS Boys' and Girls' Basketball

Date Opponent Time

Jan 18 @ Hampton 4:30; 5:30; 6:30; 7:30

Jan 19 @ Little Milligan (no JV girls) 5; 6; 7

District Tourney Jan. 23 (Girls Only) @ Little Milligan 1:00 PM

District Tourney Jan. 25 (Boys Only) @ Hampton 6:30 PM

Region Tourney begins 1/30 @ John Sevier Middle School

State Tourney begins 2/12


Bold = conference game
Italics = 8th grade Night