Things You Need to Know Before School Begins

Things You Need to Know Before School Begins
Posted on 07/22/2019
We can't believe it either. School is just around the corner. So to help you kick it off right, we're listing the Things You Need to Know Before School Begins!

Let's go!

When is New Student Registration & Enrollment Verification?

New Student Registration & Enrollment Verification will be held on August 6th at your child's school.

All students, whether you're new to the district or returning, must participate in Enrollment Verification. This helps us ensure everyone attending ACS either lives in the district or is approved to attend.

Note: Students who registered in the Spring but do not attend Enrollment Verification will be removed from the system as not attending for 19-20.

More questions about Registration? Check out the Registration webpage!

When does school start?

Monday, August 12th is the first day for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Remember - each school has its own start and dismissal times:

AHS - 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
DES & AES - 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
AMS - 8:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

What school supplies will my child need?

You can get a great head start on the year by purchasing your school supplies before the first day! For convenience, the Kidz School Box sells prepackaged school supply kits for elementary students. 

AMS families can purchase a supply box at Enrollment Verification for $40. Limited supplies only!

Supply Lists: 

Donelson Elementary
Arlington Elementary
Arlington Middle

Arlington High School students will receive a supply list from their teachers on the first day of school if any are needed.

Can I drop off my child's school supplies early?

Parents with elementary-aged students will have the opportunity to drop supplies off before the first day of school.

Donelson Elementary
Wednesday, August 7th

New Student Meet & Greet: 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Supply Drop-Off: 1:45 - 2:30 p.m.

Arlington Elementary
Friday, August 9th

New Student Meet & Greet: 12:45 - 1:30 p.m.
Supply Drop-Off: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Arlington Middle
AMS allows students to bring in supplies over the course of the first week of school. Students are not required to have all supplies on the first day.

When will iPads be issued? Is insurance available?

Grades 6-12 students will receive their iPads on Tuesday, August 6th at New Student Registration & Enrollment Verification. Grades 5 will receive their iPads by the end of the second week of school.

Insurance is available for $30 during enrollment night and during the first two weeks of school. 

When will we receive school bus information?

Students will receive their bus assignments and bus routes at Enrollment Verification & New Student Registration on August 6th.

Tip: Download the Durham Bus Tracker app to get real-time updates on the location of your child's bus. You'll need your child's Powerschool Student I.D. number to access the app. This can be obtained during Enrollment Verification & New Student Registration on August 6th.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the lunch menu? Apply for Free & Reduced lunch?

Click here to see the lunch menus - ACS utilizes MealViewer to share lunch menus with families. This up-to-date, interactive menu displays the entree and vegetable choices and the nutritional facts about each meal.

Online and physical applications for free and reduced lunch will be available on Thursday, August 1st. Apply online by visiting A physical copy will be available on August 1st on the Nutrition webpage.

Want to pay for lunches online? Use the MySchoolBucks website for meal payments (available August 1st).

What is the dress code for ACS?

The dress code for ACS can be found in Board Policy 6.310.

If you have additional questions about the dress code, please contact your school's administrative team.

Where can I view the school year calendar?

ACS has a variety of calendars to keep you up-to-date!

Instructional Calendar

Calendar of Events - Find all events across the district on this calendar, including graduation, sports and extracurricular events. (To be updated by August 12th)

How can I stay in the know on ACS News?

ACS puts a great emphasis on sharing our students' stories and the great news happening around the district! Check out these pages for the latest news and information:

ACS Facebook - @ArlingtonCommunitySchools
ACS Instagram - @arlington_schools
ACS Twitter - @ACS_System
Arlington Sports - @ArlingtonSports

AHS Facebook - @ArlingtonHighTigers
AMS Facebook - @AMSTigers
AES Facebook - @ArlingtonElementaryPTA
DES Facebook - @DonelsonElementarySchoolPTA

Also be on the lookout for the ACS Connect Newsletter! Bi-monthly, we'll update you via email with the latest news and information through the ACS Connect.