School Policies

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Welcome to the St. Nicholas family!  At St. Nicholas, everyone is involved in reaching one goal: the happy growth and education of each child. The staff stands ready to assist, support, and lead your child's learning experience. 

St. Nicholas is blessed with a team of people who give generously of themselves for the children. Working together, we can accomplish a year of challenging growth for our children. St. Nicholas School educates pre-school and elementary-age children who are able to work with a high degree of personal independence, creativity and academic performance. This system of learning is accomplished within an environment fostering respect for each child through an understanding of his/her individual needs – intellectual, moral, social, emotional, and physical.

The Family Handbook is provided as a guide to the school's policies and procedures. Please refer to this document as needed. If you have questions or concerns, contact the school office. 

Family Handbook

To review school policies and procedures download the handbook.  

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School Cancellation Policy

For weather related problems or other emergencies, please be familiar with the following policy:

As soon as the decision is made to cancel school or dismiss early, a text*, voice, and email message will go out to all St. Nicholas parents [home numbers and cell phone numbers that are on file] indicating whether school is to be cancelled, opened late, or closed early. The message will preface with “please hold for an important message from St. Nicholas School.”  Hopefully, the announcement will be made in the afternoon and evening before; however, the announcement will be made no later than 6:45am on the day in question.

The following assumptions will be made.
1.  If St. Nicholas does not open at the regular time, the Early Morning Arrival ESP (before school) will not be available.
2.  Please do not expect to see St. Nicholas closings listed on the local TV/radio stations since we contact our families directly.
3.  BUS RIDERS: in the event of weather related changes in the school schedule, such as late arrival or early dismissal, the bus will not run. The weather varies greatly from area to area and travel can be unpredictable.
4.  Feel free to exercise your own judgment concerning conditions in your area. 

* Recipients MUST OPT-IN for texting service.

To receive text message notifications, text the word, ALERT, to 22300 or visit us at (If you have a text message plan, these messages will be included in the plan; otherwise, standard text message charges apply.)

Traffic Procedures

The school day for all students begins at 8:00am and ends at 3:00pm. All children are placed into cars at traffic time. End-of-school traffic is over at 3:15pm. Any child left after that time is moved to the ESP and the family account is billed for the time the child is in the program. This procedure is for the safe supervision of children. Children must always be signed out of ESP.  Please do not ask for exceptions. This policy is made for children’s safety.


ELC/LP/MP/UP families will enter the car line from WillKelley Rd.

MP and UP students will exit cars near the basketball goalsat the driveway to the gym. Drivers can depart the traffic line and exit on MinTom Drive.

ELC and LP students will continue in the traffic line andexit cars in front of the ELC building. Drivers then exit left to Min TomDrive.

Under no circumstances should a child be allowed to leave acar and walk through the traffic line in-between cars. Faculty and staffmembers will be present from 7:50-8:10 am to facilitate drop offs.

All students are picked up outside the driveway to the gym.  Please do not break the line.  Because of the number of cars entering and leaving the lot, please keep children in cars and do not allow them to get out into any areas that either have cars or might have cars.

parents must sign out students in the classroom. You do not have to go through the afternoon traffic line. It may be best to park in the spaces near the Administration building when spots are available to avoid crossing the car line with your child in tow. 

ST NICHOLAS SCHOOL 7525 Min Tom Drive | Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421 | ph: (423).899.1999 | fax: (423).899.0109 | [email protected]