With the start of school just under a week away, Dickson administrators and teachers are welcoming parents and students to a special event Monday geared toward getting everyone ready for back to school.

Called Parent Academy, Dickson schools will have all school buildings’ doors open Monday from 5 to 7 p.m., allowing parents and students to drop in to meet their teachers, pick up their class schedule and gather information about the coming school year.

Parent Academy is for any parent and student enrolled in Dickson schools, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Superintendent Larry Case says this is the first year the district has offered Parent Academy, which is aimed at reaching parents and allowing them to interact with staff, learn about various school programs and become more familiar with the district. For students, the evening will serve as a time to meet their teachers, learn where their classrooms are located and become more prepared for the start of school.

“We always have questions about the different programs we are running, like the YW8 for students in the sixth through ninth grades. This is an opportunity for parents to come hear about that program from a representative of YW8,” Case said. “We will have someone from SOTC, which helps the younger kids in grades 9 and 10 to realize what they need to do attendance-wise and classroom-wise that will affect getting into SOTC.”

There will also be an online grade book tutorials to teach parents how to keep track of their student’s grades and attendance record. The tutorial will take place in the high school library.

Case said parents will also be instructed on how to complete lunchroom forms and learn about students’ opportunity to enroll in Dickson 4-H.

Parents and students will also be invited to visit the cafeteria for a hot dog cookout during Parent Academy.

Dickson Public Schools begins academic classes on Wednesday.