Apison School Updates

Student Meals During Summer


Student meals will continue to be available this summer thanks to funding from the FDA! Families can pickup free meals for children ages 0-18 at the following locations on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm and Thursdays from 4-7pm. 
Pick-up Locations
Harrison Bay: Central HS
MidTown: Hardy ES
Missionary Ridge: East Side ES
North River: Hixson HS
Rock Point: Red Bank ES


 
School Lunch Hero Day
Friday, May 7, is School Lunch Hero Day! Between preparing delicious food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate.
To celebrate their hard work and commitment, Hamilton County Schools will celebrate National School Lunch Hero Day on May 7 to provide an opportunity for parents, students, school staff and communities to thank those who have provided over 5 million meals since the beginning of the pandemic. Thank you School Lunch Heroes!
Lunch Hero Day


 
May 4, 2021

Good Evening Apison Parents and Guardians,

As we enter the final month of school, please keep in mind that school-issued devices will need to be returned.  Returns will begin on Monday, May 10th for all in-person Kindergarten through 2nd grade students and may continue dropping off through May 24th.  In-Person 3rd through 5th grade students may return their school-issued devices on May 20th, 21st, 24th, and 25th.  At HOME K-5th grade students may return their devices from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25th.  Students who fail tor return school-issued devices and chargers will not participate in 5th grade promotion nor will they receive promotion materials or final report cards.  As a reminder, parents are responsible for any and all damage to devices or missing cords. Smart Tech Insurance was offered at the time of pick up for $25.00.  This is affordable insurance for a replacement cost of $500 to $600 for devices without insurance.  

Thank you for keeping this information and these dates in mind as we approach the end of school.

Have a good evening.


 

April 29, 2021

Good Afternoon Apison Families,

This is Mrs. Stewart, the principal.  The health and safety of the staff and students at Apison Elementary are our top priority, and we aim to be totally transparent with our school family.  I'm notifying you that someone associated with our school has tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share the person's name or role in the school building. In an abundance of caution, the areas affected will be cleaned and we will conduct contact tracing.  

Thank you for your continued support and flexibility during this time.

Have a good evening.


 

Mini Cheer Camp


 

Return to School
March 30, 2021
Good Afternoon Apison Parents:

Apison will plan to reopen for Wednesday and Thursday prior to Spring Break which begins on Friday, April 2nd.  Secondly, Aspire After-School tutoring will be cancelled for this week and will resume on Tuesday, April 13th.  Finally, if you would like to purchase an Apison Yearbook, the deadline has been extended through April 4th. Please visit http://www.memorybook.com/online-pay/parent-pay/, enter school code 013664, then click "Go to your school account log in", click on the link below your school name, and register as a new user.  The cost is $15.00 without personalization and $20.00 with personalization.  Please check your email for this information.

Spring Break is scheduled for April 2nd through 9th.

As a reminder, we'll reopen for tomorrow and Thursday.  All returning students who were on quarantine will need to stop by the cafeteria to have temperatures checked prior to being allowed to go to classrooms.

Have a good evening.


 

March 28, 2021
Good Afternoon Apison Parents,

Due to continued reported COVID-19 cases, it is with abundant caution that Apison Elementary School will close for Monday, March 29th, and Tuesday, March 30th.  Hamilton County Schools will continue to monitor the infection rate at Apison and if the need arises, they will notify me of an extension of the closure.

In order for us to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, please remember your commitment to the S.A.F.E. Pledge.  As you are engaging in extracurricular activities and resuming your normal lives, keep in mind that your children's exposure outside of school can affect our ability to consistently remain open.  We are continuing our efforts within the school that were begun at the beginning of school.  Daily cleaning, sanitizing high touch points, reminding students to sanitize and to correctly wear masks continue.  We highly encourage you to allow your children to remain home when they are not well.  All of these efforts can reduce the spread of coronavirus. 

As a reminder, Apison will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. Individual classroom teachers will contact each of their classes about digital learning directions. 

Have a good remainder of your evening.

 
 

March 27, 2021

Good Afternoon Apison Families,

This is Mrs. Stewart, the principal.  The health and safety of the staff and students at Apison Elementary are our top priority, and we aim to be totally transparent with our school family.  I'm notifying you that someone associated with our school has tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share the person's name or role in the school building. In an abundance of caution, the areas affected will be cleaned and we will conduct contact tracing.  

Thank you for your continued support and flexibility during this time.

Have a good evening.



 

American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge
Our American Heart Association Kids Heart Challenge event will kick off on April 12th

On the 12th, we'll launch our KHC program that will bring our school community together in a fun way, to rally around physical and mental wellness. Students will learn how they can have happy & healthy hearts, families will be challenged to get active, and we’ll all learn how we can help others with special hearts!

Every student who raises $50 online before April 12th will receive Agent KHC!

You can take the challenge and register today:  http://www2.heart.org/goto/apisonelm

or search, “Kids Heart Challenge” in your app store.
Next Steps

Check out the video link below and meet the new heart heroes! 

https://www.youtube.com/embed/FU1W8NXnnx0?feature=oembed

Let’s have healthy and kind hearts together!

Next Steps:

1. Go online and download the app

2. Register and take the challenge

3. Send 10 emails

THANK YOU!


 

Good Afternoon Apison Parents,

We acknowledge that the last week and a half has been extremely difficult for families, students, faculty and staff as we navigate contact tracing and quarantining for students.  As life outside of school resumes and families engage in normal activities, we realized that schools would be impacted.  Apison Elementary is impacted.  We encourage you to continue to review the S.A.F.E. Pledge and to engage in healthy and safe practices as your lives resume.   

In order for our school to continue to be a place of safety and well-being for our students, it is with abundant caution that we close for Thursday and Friday of this week.  School-aged childcare will not be available on either day.  Remote learning will continue for both days and your child's teacher will communicate with you regarding student expectations for performance.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope that next week will prove to be a healthier week for our students.

Have a good evening.


 

March 24, 2021

Good Afternoon Apison Families,

This is Mrs. Stewart, the principal.  The health and safety of the staff and students at Apison Elementary are our top priority, and we aim to be totally transparent with our school family.  I'm notifying you that someone associated with our school has tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share the person's name or role in the school building. In an abundance of caution, the areas affected will be cleaned and we will conduct contact tracing.  

Thank you for your continued support and flexibility during this time.

Have a good evening.



 

March 23, 2021

Good Afternoon Apison Families,

This is Mrs. Stewart, the principal.  The health and safety of the staff and students at Apison Elementary are our top priority, and we aim to be totally transparent with our school family.  I'm notifying you that someone associated with our school has tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share the person's name or role in the school building. In an abundance of caution, the areas affected will be cleaned and we will conduct contact tracing.  

Thank you for your continued support and flexibility during this time.

Have a good evening.


 

March 17, 2021

Good Afternoon Apison Families,

This is Mrs. Stewart, the principal.  The health and safety of the staff and students at Apison Elementary are our top priority, and we aim to be totally transparent with our school family.  I'm notifying you that someone associated with our school has tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share the person's name or role in the school building. In an abundance of caution, the areas affected will be cleaned and we will conduct contact tracing.  

Thank you for your continued support and flexibility during this time.

Have a good evening.


 

Lots of Socks Flyer

Apison Elementary will be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day on Friday, March 19. Everyone is encouraged to wear CRAZY SOCKS on Friday to support the Lots of Socks campaign. Weather permitting, we will do a Smile Day greeting Friday morning. 

For more information about Down Syndrome, and the Lots of Socks campaign, please check out this document.


 

March 16, 2021

Good Afternoon Apison Families,

This is Mrs. Stewart, the principal.  The health and safety of the staff and students at Apison Elementary are our top priority, and we aim to be totally transparent with our school family.  I'm notifying you that someone associated with our school has tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share the person's name or role in the school building. In an abundance of caution, the areas affected will be cleaned and we will conduct contact tracing.  

Thank you for your continued support and flexibility during this time.

Have a good evening.


East Hamilton Spirit Night


ESS Art Contest 2021

We are excited to announce the ESS Art Contest 2021 has begun! The contest is open to public and charter school students in grades K-12 throughout the continental United States.

Quick Facts About the Contest
- The contest information is located at ArtContest.ess.com.
- To enter, students must submit a drawing or painting with an image representing 
“What would it be like to go to school for superheroes?”
- The contest ends on 
March 21st, 8:00 pm Eastern Time.
- The top five finalists in each Grade Group will be featured on ESS’ Facebook and Instagram during the week of April12th for public voting.
- Voting ends on 
April 18th, 8:00 pm Eastern Time.
- Winners will be announced on 
April 21st.

Winning students will receive a $500 gift card, plus a $500 gift card for their school.
ESS corporate employees’ children cannot win. Any questions, email ArtContest@ESS.com.
2021 Art Contest


 

An Important Traffic Reminder . . .
  

Good Evening Apison Parents & Guardians,

We've completed the first week of in-person school and are grateful that the students have been able to return to school.  Some of the procedures we have in place are unfamiliar to the new families at Apison as well as those who were previously enrolled in atHOME learning.  As a reminder, the arrival and dismissal traffic pattern is not only new to these students but is new the entire student body for the 20-21 school year.  Please take a moment to review the arrival and dismissal traffic pattern located at apison.hcde.org under the drop down heading News.  Specifically, the arrival and dismissal process begins on Bentwood Cove Drive and wraps around the playground before entering the front drive.  Please do not enter nearest the East Hamilton exit lanes to enter the front of the building.  This impedes traffic and you will be asked to turn around and enter on Bentwood Cove Drive to ensure proper traffic flow.

Thank you for continuing to support our efforts to ensure a safe environment for our students.

Have a good evening.


 


Tomorrow's Engineers Today

Every year UT Knoxville hosts a one day event for elementary, middle and high school girls to learn and get excited about a career in STEM. This event includes fun experiments, laboratory tours and demos, and presentations on various engineering majors. Parents also get insight into the field of engineering at the University of Tennessee Tickle College of Engineering through a parent session! Come join UTK SWE for this fun day! 

This is an in-person event hosted by the Society of Women's Engineers on Saturday, February 27, for female students who may be interested in engineering. Sign up for Tomorrow's Engineers Today HERE.
*Transportation is not provided* 

For more information click HERE.


 

Student Meals: Week of Feb. 22

Here is the student meal pickup information for the week of Feb. 22:

HCS at Home/Virtual School Students (7-Day Meal Pickup)
Wednesday, 9-10 a.m. at any HCS school OR Thursday 4-7 p.m. at:

  • Harrison Bay: Central HS
  • Missionary Ridge: East Lake ES
  • North River: Hixson ES
  • MidTown: Hardy ES
  • Rock Point: Red Bank ES


 

Good Evening Apison Parents and Guardians:

As we prepare for 2nd Semester, K-2nd grade students will be divided into the other classes.  Third thru fifth grade returning students will remain with the atHOME teachers. The new teachers of the K-2nd grade returning students will contact you to welcome your student to their class, share classroom expectations, learning objectives, ZOOM links, and student responsibilities.  All teachers receiving the students who are transitioning will share school-wide expectations and experiences for students who have not entered the building this school year.

Thank you for being flexible with us as we created a plan that is in the best interest of teaching and learning.  We welcome to in-person learning all previously designated atHOME students.  This will be a learning experience for the students who have not entered the building since last school year and if they were newcomers to Apison in August.  Students in grades K-5 are required to wear a mask while on campus.  K-2nd students are now required to wear a mask while in the classroom as well as while traveling throughout the school.  Frequent handwashing and sanitizing are required while in the building.  In addition, traffic flow is designated on each hall. Throughout the day, ABM and SMS employees clean and sanitize the building to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  As a reminder, please keep your child at home if symptoms of COVID-19 are experienced.

Once again, we welcome you to the second semester at Apison Elementary School.  Have a good evening.


What is Ready4K?
Ready 4K, Next Steps
Ready4K FAQ
Ready 4K Samples

Here are some Ready4K Sample Messages! 

  • Week of January 4th : We are so excited to announce that our district has a new tool just for parents like you, with students in pre‐K through 3rd grade! Ready4K will send you tips and activities to help support your child’s learning at home! Stay tuned for more information.
  • Week of January 4th : Next week, you will begin receiving text messages from Ready4K. This is a free service provided through a district partnership for all families of students pre‐K through 3rd grade. Ready4K will send you text messages with easy tips and activities to help you support your child’s learning at home!
  • Week of January 11th : This is the week! You will start receiving texts three times a week from Ready4K—a free service available to all our pre‐K through 3rd grade families to help you support your child’s learning at home. We are excited to support our amazing families with this new tool.
  • Week of January 11th : Families are juggling a lot right now, and on top of that, you are working hard to help your children keep learning despite an unprecedented year. We are excited to offer Read4K! This week you will start receiving text messages from Ready4K that provide easy tips and activities to support learning at home.




HCS Shifting to Remote Learning Beginning Dec. 14 Due to Increase in Cases


(Watch Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson's Video HERE.)


The health and safety of Hamilton County Schools staff and students is our top priority, and we are proud of the work our team has done this semester to ensure our learning environments are safe. It was our hope to finish the semester on the Phase 2 schedule, but due to the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in our community,
 we feel it is best at this time to transition to a Phase 1 learning schedule for all students beginning Monday, Dec. 14, through Friday, Dec. 18. In addition to the rising cases in our community, staff and students cases are also increasing and on pace to surpass November’s numbers for the month of December. 

Phase 1 follows a full-time remote learning schedule, and students are expected to attend classes virtually five days a week. This schedule can present challenges for families including internet access, childcare, and learning support, so the district has partnered with organizations across our community to provide resources for families who may need more support in a remote learning environment. 

Here are some resources available to families:

  • Student Meals - For Phase 1, meal pickup will continue on Wednesdays at all elementary schools with expanded hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Middle/High families should go to their closest elementary school for pickup. Next Friday, Dec. 18, there will also be fresh produce boxes distributed at the below school locations between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. thanks to the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. You do not need to attend the school to pick up meals at that location.
    • Harrison Bay: Harrison Upper ES
    • MidTown: Woodmore, Orchard Knob ES, Hardy ES
    • Missionary Ridge: Bess T. Shepherd ES, East Lake ES, East Side ES
    • North River: Daisy ES, Hixson ES
    • Rock Point: Rivermont, Lookout Valley ES
  • Virtual Learning Centers - The district has partnered with organizations throughout Hamilton County to establish Virtual Learning Centers. These centers offer an in-person environment for students to gather in small groups, under the supervision of qualified adults (volunteer or staff), to engage in remote learning. There are Virtual Learning Centers currently operating to support HCS at Home families, and there are more centers being added during Phase 1 to provide additional support for families. Education Well-Check services are also available for students who meet certain criteria. This service provides a Virtual Success Coach for remote learning students who are disengaged or struggling academically. 
  • HCS EdConnect Powered by EPB - Hamilton County Schools has joined with EPB of Chattanooga to offer high-speed internet services at no cost to families who receive free-or-reduced lunch. To sign up for HCS EdConnect, eligible families can call their child’s school to opt in to the service. After opting in, families must contact EPB to schedule their installation.
  • Parent Toolkit - To support families with virtual learning, the district has created a Parent Toolkit on our website that includes technology tips, our family resource center, and a guide to our Parent University courses.
  • School-Age Child Care - A limited number of School-Age Child Care sites will be open to provide support for families. Click here to view the sites.

Although students won’t be at school next week and through the holidays, it is important for us all to continue to follow the healthy behaviors outlined in the HCS SAFE Pledge to keep those around us safe. These preventative measures are making a difference in our schools, and can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

The district will share plans for the beginning of the second semester next Friday, Dec. 18. To view the latest Phase Tracker, visit www.hcde.org/reentryplan.




2nd Semester Configuration at Apison Elementary School


As we prepare for 2nd Semester, students returning as in-person students will be placed as follows:

Kindergartenstudents will be divided into the other classes.

First Gradestudents will be divided into the other classes.

Second Gradestudents will be divided into the other classes.

Third Gradestudents will become the homeroom students of Mr. Bevil.  Mr. Bevil and Mrs. Painter will continue to teach atHOME students.

Fourth/Fifth Grades:  students will become the homeroom students of Mrs. Pratt. Mrs. Pratt and Mr. Wilson will continue to teach atHOME students.

Thank you for being flexible with us as we created a plan that is in the best interest of teaching and learning.  We welcome to in-person learning all previously designated atHOME students.  This will be a learning experience for the students who have not entered the building since last school year and if they were newcomers to Apison in August.  


Students in grades K-5 are required to wear a mask while on campus.  K-2nd students are not required to wear a mask while in the classroom but are required to wear a mask while traveling throughout the school.  Frequent handwashing and sanitizing are required while in the building.  In addition, traffic flow is designated on each hall. Throughout the day, ABM and SMS employees clean and sanitize the building to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


Finally, students are required to bring home all academic materials daily in the event of school closure.  If 3rd-5th grade students have a Chromebook, they are allowed to bring the fully charged device for academic purposes.  Each grade level will share with parents when devices should be brought to school.  HCS embraces blended learning and as these devices are made available to students, they will be required to bring them for academic purposes.


We are grateful to have this opportunity to continue the educational journey with your student.  The second semester holds enumerable opportunities for your student to show growth and achievement.  Our expectation continues to be that your child will be prepared for the next grade level.  With your continued support and your child’s perseverance and effort, this is achievable.


Warmest Regards,

Mrs. C. Stewart

Principal





Online Payment Change for School Meals

Hamilton County Schools is changing our online payment process to a new vendor. The link to the old vendor My Payments Plus is no longer accepting payments as of November 27.  Parents will need to send cash or check in the transition time between the Thanksgiving and Winter breaks (11/30-12/17).

The new system will go online during the Winter Break, and those funds will be available for use when school resumes on January 6, 2021. Meals are free through the end of the school year, so this is only for a la carte/extras and adult meals.



Student Security Officers

Student security officers in Hamilton County Schools work alongside the student security coordinator at the district level and school administrators to help provide a safe and secure campus for the children and staff in our schools. The student security officers supplement the safety work of school resource officers provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department. All safety efforts are put in place with the safety and security of children as top priority.

The SSO will be highly visible on school campuses with a focus on building relationships with students and the community. The SSOs will patrol the campus and be highly visible in the schools. The safety professionals will also foster relationships with local law enforcement agencies serving the local schools to further supplement safety in our schools.

Meet the Apison Elementary School SSO:
Michael Darty

Michael Darty Student Security Officer (SSO)

I am excited for the opportunity to be a School Security Officer for the Hamilton County Schools as it allows me to maximize my past experience in both security and education. I served as a police officer for ten years where I commanded the SWAT team and supervised the E-911 system. I am also a current member of the Alabama National Guard, where I have served for 32 years as a military police officer, Security Advisor and Senior Religious Affairs Advisor. I am particularly proud of my two post 9/11 deployments: Operation Noble Eagle (2001-02) where I was responsible for security for Alabama’s five commercial airports and Operation Enduring Freedom (2013-14) where I commanded the soldiers and contractors operating the Persistent Surveillance System at Camp Bala Hissar, Afghanistan.

I am also a certified teacher for grades 6-12. I taught history for 17 years at Pleasant Grove High School, a 5A school in a Birmingham suburb decimated by the April 2011 tornadoes. I also served as the Head Varsity Soccer Coach and an Assistant Coach for both the high school and middle school football teams. I retired in August 2020 from the State of Alabama.

A native of Carbon Hill, Alabama, I graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in History. Roll Tide! After living in Vestavia Hills (a Birmingham suburb) for almost 20 years, I relocated to Chattanooga in Summer 2020 after my wife accepted a job with McKee Foods. My wife is an attorney and family-business consultant. My daughter is a sophomore at the University of Mississippi in the Early-Entry Pharmacy Program and my son is an 8th grader at East Hamilton Middle School. As a family, we love to attend sporting events (especially Alabama football and professional soccer) and travel. We are also huge Disney World fanatics and have been every year since 2005. I also enjoy hunting and woodworking.

As you and your student(s) see him on campus, please welcome him to Apison!  We are grateful to have Officer Darty here to keep us safe at Apison Elementary School. 





Good Afternoon Apison Families,

This is Mrs. Stewart, the principal.  The health and safety of the staff and students at Apison Elementary are our top priority, and we aim to be totally transparent with our school family.  I'm notifying you that someone associated with our school has tested positive for COVID-19.  Due to privacy laws, we cannot share the person's name or role in the school building. In an abundance of caution, the areas affected will be cleaned and we will conduct contact tracing.  

Thank you for your continued support and flexibility during this time.

Have a good evening.



Be Prepared. Be SAFE.
Be Prepared. Be SAFE.

As Hamilton County Schools begins, the second quarter of the school year, we want to take a moment to remind you of several resources we have available for families. Although we are currently in Phase 3, it is important for families to make a plan now in case the district does enter Phase 2 at any point in the next few months. To be clear, we have every desire to remain in Phase 3 for the foreseeable future, but we also feel the responsibility to ensure families are prepared should any shifts be warranted.


Here are resources available to families:

Virtual Learning Centers 
Parent Toolkit 

As a reminder, it is important for us all to continue to follow the healthy behaviors outlined in the HCS SAFE Pledge, including staying at home when sick or with a pending COVID-19 test. 


HCS EdConnect
Anyone on free or reduced lunch in Hamilton County Schools is now eligible for no-cost home internet. Hamilton County Schools has joined with EPB of Chattanooga to offer HCS EdConnect, a first-of-its-kind initiative to bridge the digital divide. This service will provide high speed internet services to about 28,500 students in Hamilton County Schools, at no charge to their families.

For more information, CLICK HERE.


 



Virtual Field Trips to the Tennessee State Museum

The Tennessee State Museum is excited to announce FREE Virtual Field Trips to the Tennessee State Museum with live interactive gallery tours and much more! From virtual field trips to Junior Curator’s Blog and professional development, check out the link below to see the many ways they're helping you teach Tennessee during these challenging times.

 






Download the PowerSchool App

This year many of our students are attending school through remote learning, so it is essential that our families know how to access and use the PowerSchool Parent Portal. This platform houses all of the information families need to track their child's progress in school including grades, attendance, and teacher communications. The PowerSchool Parent Portal is especially helpful for HCS at Home parents because they can monitor if their child is attending virtual classes.

PowerSchool can be accessed through a computer or via mobile app. We strongly encourage families to download the PowerSchool app on their phones for quick and easy access to their child's school information. The app is available for download on Apple and Google Play.

For more information about how to sign into PowerSchool Parent Portal, visit our website.



Enroll in Virtual Learning Centers Through PowerSchool

The district has partnered with organizations throughout Hamilton County to establish Virtual Learning Centers. These centers offer an in-person environment for students to gather in small groups, under the supervision of qualified adults (volunteer or staff), to engage in remote learning. There are Virtual Learning Centers currently operating to support HCS at Home families, and there will be more centers added if the district enters Phase 2 to provide additional support for families. Education Well-Check services are also available for students who meet certain criteria. This service provides a Virtual Success Coach for remote learning students who are disengaged or struggling academically. 

Families can now enroll in all three Virtual Learning Center options through PowerSchool. 

Click here for instructions about how to sign up. 



COVID-19 PRIVACY POLICY

Notice of PRIVACY to all students, parents, and staff associated with the Hamilton County School system:

To promote and protect the health and safety of our students, educators, and the general public during this pandemic, Hamilton County Schools (HCS) and the Hamilton County Health Department (HCHD) will be sharing data and information specifically related to positive COVID-19 cases.  These communications are permitted by federal laws for the purpose of preventing or controlling the spread of disease and safeguarding the health and safety of the community.

The HCHD and HCS will make every effort to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of all parties involved. Only information deemed necessary to minimize and prevent COVID disease spread will be shared. As such, there will be a limited number of designated and trained HCS contacts who will communicate directly with the HCHD. All COVID-19 data/information from the school system will be shared through these persons.

For any questions or concerns about this policy or process, please contact:

Hamilton County Schools - studentcovid@hcde.org
Hamilton County Health Department- (423) 209-8200 or hdteamk-12epi@hamiltontn.gov

For more information click HERE to be directed to the Hamilton County Schools COVID-19 page.



Free Student Meals

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, all students will be able to eat free. Here are a few details:

  • Students that normally pay reduced or full-pay prices will no longer be charged for breakfast or lunch.
  • Each student is permitted one breakfast and one lunch per day. A la carte items are not included.
  • Pickup meals will continue to be provided each week, and all of these meals will be provided free to students.
  • These meals are paid for by a USDA program.
  • At Home (Full Digital) students will continue to pick their meals up on Wednesdays.



HCS Pledge

The HCS Reopening plan outlines specific procedures to ensure a safe environment for students and staff at school, and this plan will require students and staff to commit to certain healthy behaviors to protect those around them. 

We’re asking all Hamilton County Schools employees and families to take the HCS Pledge upon returning to school. Families can review the full pledge and sign the form in Power School.

Click HERE to read the HCS Pledge Instructions.

Click HERE to watch the HCS Pledge Video.

The HCS Pledge



Tech Tips for Families

To support families with remote learning, the district has created a user-friendly Tech Tips Toolkit. This toolkit provides information about the different platforms our schools use and tutorials to help families learn how to use them. Please share this toolkit with your students and families.

Click HERE for the Tech Tips Handout in English

Click HERE for the Tech Tips Handout in Spanish






Parents,

We have created a Google Form for Apison's parents to use when they are having a problem with something related to digital learning. This Form can be completed for any technical/access problems for the Digital Learning Groups and the A/B Cohort groups that are also engaging in at home study.

Please click HERE to complete the AES Technology Help Request Form.



Parent University

 

Visit our Parent University webpage or YouTube Playlist for the tools families need to be First Day Ready! From technology training to whole child supports, we’ve added many resources to help you be full partners in your child’s education. Click on the image below for the full list of offerings.
Parent University Links


2020-2021 APISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL UPDATE

Dear Bentwood Cove Parents, Due to the construction of East Hamilton Middle School (East Brainerd Elementary School), a relief lane was created to ease the traffic on Bentwood Cove Drive. Parents are no longer allowed to park along Bentwood Cove Drive to wait for their student(s) to cross the crosswalk. NO PARKING signs will be posted along the drive. As a result, all Bentwood Cove students will become car riders. We will no longer walk the students to the crosswalk. Lane #1 in the front of the building is designated for Bentwood Cove parents allowing you to turn right to return to your neighborhood. Others who may choose to join Bentwood Cove parents in lane #1 are choosing to turn right to either go to your neighborhood or to East Hamilton Middle School/East Brainerd Elementary School.

On Friday, August 7th during registration, you will have an opportunity to pick up your new red car tag. Beginning on Wednesday, August 12th , all previous Bentwood Cove walkers will walk the car rider line and will meet you in lane #1.

We realize this is new to all of you but please understand that changes with new construction create challenges. This is a prime example and we are adjusting our traffic flow/pattern to accommodate the new build. We thank you, in advance, for your understanding and grace as we all become accustomed to this new change.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Callie Stewart
Principal 



HCS COVID-19 Response Procedure

The School Reopening Task Force has developed a protocol for schools to follow if there is a positive COVID-19 case in a school building. The guidelines include information about what qualifies as an exposure and the process that will be followed if a school has a positive COVID-19 case.

In addition, the Tennessee Department of Health has developed the resources below for families:





HCS at Home Handbook

The district has developed an HCS at Home Handbook to guide families through our new full-time remote learning program.


Click here to OPEN the HCS at Home Handbook (English)


Click here to OPEN the HCS at Home Handbook (Spanish)






New principal selected for the fall

 Callie Stewart

Callie Stewart, assistant principal at Apison Elementary, will move into the principal's chair next year, replacing Ron Hughes, who is retiring at the end of this school year.  Hughes was an excellent mentor as he was selected 2014-15 Tennessee Principal of the Year.  Stewart is an accomplished, experienced administrator having served at Hillcrest, Woodmore, Hixson, and Apison elementary schools in Hamilton County as an assistant principal.

During her time as an assistant principal, she was instrumental in creating a parental involvement program as a culminating project for the Principal Leadership Academyserved on a local university education advisory board, and revised the institute's education curriculum and training process.  She also collaborated with faculty to develop an after-school tutorial program.  She taught math and science for six years at East Lake Academy of Fine Arts and Ooltewah Middle School.

In April 1999, she was selected as one of the first participants in the inaugural cohort of the Alternative Certification Program for Hamilton County Schools. She successfully completed the PEF Principal Leadership Academy Cohort 3, was a participant in Columbia University's Teacher College Writers' Program, and completed McRel Balanced Leadership training.

She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a specialist degree from Tennessee Tech University.

 


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Tennessee Aquarium Virtual Student Activities

The Tennessee Aquarium's education department has created a series of science activities for parents to complete at home with their kids, Weekday Wonders. These activities require minimum technology and can be completed with minimal supervision from parents or caregivers.










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Preventative Measure Reminders from the CDC

The CDC recommends the following preventative measures for everyone:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. This means maintain a distance of at least six (6) feet.
  • Do not gather in groups of 10 or more.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you or your child are sick. A fever must be absent for 24-hours with no fever-reducing medication before returning to school.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, use your elbow and not your hands to cover the sneeze or cough.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

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HCS Resources Page

On the district's website there is a landing page (www.hcde.org/coronavirus) with resources for families and staff during the school closure. This website includes information about preventative measures, family resources, student meals, continued learning, frequently asked questions, and more. This page will be updated frequently throughout the school closure, so please continue to check back for more information.

 HCS Hotline

Tech Hotline 

 

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