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Installation Overview -- Naval Support Activity Mid-South, Tennessee

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Schools

There are no DoDDS Schools aboard the base. There are three public school systems that serve the Memphis area. Memphis City Schools: 901-416-5300; Shelby County Schools: 901-321-2500; and Tipton County Schools: 901-476-7148.

Transportation is provided by each school system. Children living on base receive bus transportation. Before/after school programs are available for a fee that is determined by the organization providing the service.

Children must be 5 years old on or before September 30 of the calendar year to enter kindergarten. They must be 6 years old on or before September 30 of the calendar year to enter first grade. A Student entering kindergarten must have a physical examination (within last six months), Permanent Tennessee Certificate of Immunization (green form) or a temporary Certificate of Immunization, birth certificate (certified copy) and social security number. Parents may be asked to provide a Proof of Residence.

All other grades require a copy of the last report card and proof of address. Students transferring into the system from out of state or from a non-public school must provide a Permanent Tennessee Certificate of Immunization or Temporary Certificate of Immunization which is up to date.

Both city and county schools offer special education at various locations, and transportation is provided to the school offering classes for the particular need.

The Clue program, which services the gifted child, is offered at both city and county schools.

There are compulsory school attendance laws. Some pertinent laws are: (1) Every parent of a child 7 - 17 years of age must require the child to attend school. A person who fails to do so may be fined $50.00 for every day a child is unlawfully absent. (2) A child who is unlawfully kept out of school may be found by Juvenile Court to be a dependent and neglected child and removed from the home. The parent may be punished by fine and/or imprisonment. (3) The school principal is required by law to report to the school superintendent children who are absent without proper excuse as much as five days during the school year. The school superintendent must report to the Juvenile Court Judge. (4) Memphis Police Officers, and other law enforcement officers, have been instructed to take into custody and deliver either to school or to the Juvenile Court Detention Center children found in the community during school hours who are truant from school.

Private and parochial schools abound in the Memphis metropolitan area. There are also schools for exceptional children. Memphis also has four-year degree granting colleges, junior colleges, and many business and technical schools. Check your yellow page directory.

The Navy College Office located in building S-241 assists active duty personnel in pursuit of higher learning. Please contact 901-874-5290 for further information. Several colleges have representatives on the base.

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