By Keeli Parkey

Summer fun is about to come to an end for Unicoi County students.

Director of Schools John English has announced that students will return to class on Monday, Aug. 14.

“We are looking forward to the start of another school year,” English recently told The Erwin Record.

Students will dismiss early on Aug. 14 with middle school and high school students going from 7:45-11:45 a.m. and elementary school students going from 8 a.m. to noon. Breakfast and lunch will be served on that day.

“The first full day of school will be Tuesday, Aug. 15,” English added.

Teachers will return to work on Monday, Aug. 7.

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Before the new school year begins students and their families are invited to attend open house events at their respective schools. English said elementary open houses will be held on Thursday, Aug. 10, from 5-7 p.m. Middle school and high school students are invited to the open houses on Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 5-7 p.m.

“The open houses will allow the students to get their schedules and meet their teachers before school begins,” English said. “We believe it is advantageous to our students and their families to get to know their teachers before the first day of school.”

The open house events will also give parents and guardians an opportunity to fill out their students’ beginning of year packet information in the schools’ computer labs.

“We are putting the packets online this year,” English said. “So, for example, if you have five students in the system, you can fill out some information once and it will apply to each student. We sent home letters at the end of the last school year letting parents know the packets will be online and the information will need to be filled out online.

“During the open house events we are going to open our computer labs and have staff on hand so families can come and get help with their online packets. Since this is the first time we have asked parents to fill out the packets online we wanted to make assistance available for them. We also understand that some families don’t have computers at home, so the open houses will provide an opportunity for them to use the computers at the child’s school to fill out the packets.”

English said login information for Skyward, the website parents use to access the packet and other student information, will be emailed to their website on file on Aug. 7.

For more information about the packets, parents and guardians should call their child’s school.