In and Out of the Classroom


Updated August 2, 2020

Dear KCHS Community,

As the first days of school approach, I wanted to reach out and share some details about a variety of topics since much has changed with our schedule and rotation. Our faculty has been here since Wednesday, and I can’t tell you enough how proud I am of this group and their willingness to adapt to the many changes that this current health pandemic has placed on all of us. Please see the bullets below for some details, reminders, and tidbits…

Next week, the week of Aug 3, students will be going through orientation by grade level. Please pay close attention to the specific times your child will be required to be at school (see attached). The first official week of classes begins August 10.

Temperature Checks – For the purpose of taking temperatures next week, students should enter one of two entrances – the St. Patrick’s statue side (facing All Saints) or the main entrance with the flagpole (facing the football field). Beginning August 10, temperatures will be taken as students enter their first period class (A or E). More information on these protocols will be forthcoming.

Schedule RotationClick here for the class rotation for the first few weeks of school.

All School Mass – Beginning the week of August 10, all school Mass will occur on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:40 to 10:25 at All Saints Catholic Church, beginning the week of August 10. The Masses will be lived streamed for any members of our community that wishes to see it through the All Saints Catholic Parish website through the following link – One week, freshmen and sophomores will attend in the church while juniors and seniors will live stream from their classroom, and the next week we will flip-flop. Students in the classroom will have the opportunity to receive Holy Communion.

For the week of August 3, Mass will be available in the Holy Trinity Chapel at 8 a.m. each day, and the following priests will be on hand to celebrate – a reminder that space is limited and the first 30 students and/or staff will be allowed to attend.

Monday – Fr. Doug Owens
Tuesday – Fr. Mark Schuster
Wednesday – Fr. Joe Reed
Thursday – Fr. David Boettner
Friday – Fr. Martin Gladzys

Daily Masses – Beginning August 10, we have Mass on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays at 7:45 a.m. in the Holy Trinity Chapel.

At-Home Learners – We currently have 42 students who will begin the year with remote (at-home) learning. Expectations for Remote Learning – At-home learning will be significantly different than what we experienced the last two months of the 2019-2020 school year. Live streamed and/or videoed classes will occur more frequently and allow students to better connect with teachers during at-home learning. In many cases, students will be required to tune-in from their remote location.

School Hours – Several parents have asked about drop off and pick up times. Class begins at 8:30 a.m. daily and ends at 3:00 p.m., however, students may be dropped off as early as 7:00 a.m. and picked by 4:00 p.m. Should you need arrangements outside of this window, I ask that you contact Mr. Ore Pumariega, our Dean of Students, at or by phone at 560-0520. Students entering school prior to 8:10 a.m. should report to the gym.

Lunch Protocols – Each day we will have two lunch periods. 1st lunch will be for juniors and seniors, and 2nd lunch will be for freshmen and sophomores. When students are not in lunch, they will be in a classroom for community time. Our School Counselors are creating these class rosters, so please respond to the email from your counselor requesting your preference ASAP. Incoming freshmen will be able to access their email following their orientation days on August 3 and 4. In terms of lunch locations, students will have a number of options including the gym, cafeteria, and outside to eat safely and be with their friends while maintaining proper physical distancing. More information will be forthcoming.

Pictures – we will be taking pictures next week for student ID’s for 9th, 10th and 11th grades, so please be prepared and in proper uniform (see below).

Dress Code – A uniform shirt must be worn at all times, including under outerwear, plus tucked in and with the 2nd top button buttoned at all times; Only khaki or navy blue chino style dress pants are permitted; Khaki, navy or plaid skirts for the girls must fall at the top of the kneecaps (skirts may not be rolled up); Socks and belts must be worn at all times; Proper shoes are required (i.e.: Dirty Bucks, Wallabies, Sperry’s, Loafers).

Grooming – Boys and girls must have moderate haircuts and be well-groomed at all times. Hair length for boys must be above the ears, above the eyebrows, off the collar, and of reasonable height. No haircuts of unusual design (i.e. numbers, initials, patterns, mohawks, or buns). No facial hair is allowed for any grade. Sideburns must end at the earlobe and must be neatly groomed. Hair color for both boys and girls must be natural.

Senior Boot Camp – Don’t forget that the School Counselors are hosting 6 Senior Boot Camp sessions next week. This will be an extremely important session for counselors to relay information on planning for life after KCHS, applying for college, writing essays, and more. Seniors received a request to sign up via email.

We are so excited to begin this year safely and with students and teachers in the building. Please keep our school community in your prayers and know that we are all looking forward to a great year!

God Bless and GO IRISH!


Dickie Sompayrac
Knoxville Catholic High School
9245 Fox Lonas Road
(865) 560-0518



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