Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:
Welcome back to Percy Priest Elementary School for the 2019-20 year! We hope you have had an enjoyable summer and are ready to return for the coming school year.
Dates and Times/1st Day Information
Monday, August 5 – 1st day of school! 1/2 day for Kindergarten, dismissal at 11:30, full day for grades 1-4, dismissal at 3:00.
If you wish to do so, we encourage you to bring your child to school and meet his or her teacher and principals on the first day. Please plan to arrive a little early on August 5 if you are transporting your child because traffic is more congested and parking is limited. An arrival and dismissal map can be found on the Percy Priest website. We will open our doors to welcome you and your child at 7:40 am. Bus transportation will be available and brunch will be served on all half days of school.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ARRIVAL: PLEASE DO NOT PASS THE BUSES AT ANY TIME DURING ARRIVAL. This is crucial for the safety of all students. CAR RIDERS WILL UNLOAD IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL IN THE CIRCLE. They are not to unload at any time on Priest Road.
New Student Enrollment/ Registration
It is our goal to have everyone fully registered and ready to begin class on Monday, August 5, 2019. Please see the information available on the district website to register your child. If we do not have an up-to-date copy of the Tennessee immunizations and physical record (physicals must have occurred in the past year) on file at school, your child will be enrolled, but not assigned to a class. State law requires this form for the protection of all public school students. Other documents necessary for registration include: 1) proof of residence such as a utility bill, 2) a copy of the birth certificate, 3) a copy of the Social Security card, 4) copy of parent’s driver’s license, and 5) copies of custody documents, if applicable.
Friday, August 2, 2:00 pm – New Families orientation. All new students can come and meet their teacher and get basic information for the start of school. Kindergarten students need to bring their classroom supplies to this event.
Friday, August 2, 3:00 pm – New Families Popsicle party on the PPE playground.
For your convenience, the class rosters for 2019-20 will be posted on the PPE front porch on Friday, August 2nd at 1:00 pm. ***Class assignments may change if actual student enrollment differs significantly from the amount projected prior to school opening. You will be contacted if any changes are made.
2019-2020 School Supply Lists
If you live more than 1¼ mile from school, you should receive information from the MNPS Transportation Department that details your child’s bus route number and pick-up and drop-off times and locations. Buses will arrive 15 minutes prior to school starting time. Click here for PPE’s traffic procedures. This information can also be accessed at the MNPS website (www.mnps.org) under Our Schools/ Buses and Transportation. Other information regarding the opening of schools is also available on this website. Specific bus questions can be found in this MNPS transportations document.
If you are a bus rider, please review the MNPS policy on bus conduct, rules, and safety.
Standard School Attire (SSA)
We are standing proud and tall for the seventh year at Percy Priest in our Standard School Attire. The Standard School Attire policy will be enforced from the first day of school. Students at PPE are allowed to wear any solid color shirt with a collar or turtleneck. Pants, shorts, and skirts must be black, navy blue, or khaki. Dresses can be any solid color. Students in grades 3-4 will be required to wear a belt if the clothing item has belt loops.
Though this letter is somewhat lengthy, we sincerely hope it is helpful and informative. Our goal is to have a wonderful start to a success-filled year in which your child develops academically and personally to his or her fullest potential. EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A PERCY PRIEST TIGER and we look forward to working together with you to provide the best education for our precious children. Please call us at any time with questions or comments (615-298-8416).
Occasionally, weather conditions will cause schools to open late, dismiss early, or close altogether. If we are experiencing or expecting severe weather, please monitor the MNPS Website or our local television and/or radio stations for the latest school closing information. Please do NOT call your school or the Customer Service Center for this information. Please see the full policy on inclement weather from MNPS.
Parents, guardians, and other persons with parental rights, with legal responsibility of any child or children between the ages of six (6) and Seventeen (17) years, both inclusive, shall be responsible for their attendance in a public or non-public school. In the event of failure to do so, the parents, guardian, or other persons will be subject to the penalties provided in the Compulsory School Attendance Law. For the full attendance compulsory document, click here.
All students entering MNPS MUST present proof of immunization, physical examination from within the U.S. and record of birth prior to admission. State law (T.C.A. 49-6-5002) requires schools through 12th grade to accept only an Official Certificate of Immunization provided by the Department of Health, completed and signed by a physician or health care provider administering immunizations, as proof of immunization for enrollment purposes. Certificates printed from the Tennessee State Immunization Registry do not require a signature, but should be accepted as well.
All grade level students should be up to date with their immunizations requirements before returning to school. For more information regarding grade level requirements, please refer to our MNPS policy Entrance Requirements SP 6.132.
Immunizations are available through the Metro Public Health Department at the Lentz, East and Woodbine Clinic locations. The clinics are open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for walk-in vaccinations. Appointments are necessary and families should carry their child’s shot record to confirm what immunizations are needed.
Flu & Meningitis Sheets
Per state law T.C.A. § 49-6-5005, information on both flu and meningitis must be distributed to all students at the start of every school year.
T.C.A. § 49-6-5005. Information about Meningitis and Influenza and the Effectiveness of Vaccination (a) LEAs shall ensure that schools provide parents and guardians with information about meningococcal disease and the effectiveness of vaccination against meningococcal disease at the beginning of every school year. This information shall include the causes, symptoms and means by which meningococcal disease is spread and the places where parents and guardians may obtain additional information and vaccinations for their children. Nothing in this subsection (a) shall be construed to require an LEA or school to provide or purchase vaccine against meningococcal disease. (b) LEAs shall ensure that schools provide parents and guardians with information about influenza disease and the effectiveness of vaccination against influenza at the beginning of every school year. This information must include the causes, symptoms, and means by which influenza is spread and the places where parents and guardians may obtain additional information and vaccinations for their children. Nothing in this subsection (b) requires an LEA or school to provide or purchase vaccine against influenza. The department of education, in consultation with the department of health, shall provide information to LEAs to assist in the implementation of this subsection (b).