Apison School Updates

HCS Food Locations Open During Spring Break

Community locations also to help families during the break

During spring break beginning today, Friday, April 3, meals will continue to be available at the 11 Hamilton County Schools cafeteria locations around the county from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. except for Good Friday.  The food is available as curbside service at the school locations and includes breakfast and lunch for two days.  You do not need to enter the school cafeteria.  Meals at the cafeterias will be open Friday, April 3; Monday, April 6; Wednesday, April 8; and Monday, April 13.  The 11 sites will not be open on Good Friday, April 10.  The district did not have enough resources to continue bus meal deliveries during the break.

Additional community food sites are available throughout spring break, including on Good Friday.  A schedule for each day is available on the district website.

Once again, the locations in Hamilton County Schools for food pick up are:

Harrison Bay
Wallace A Smith Elementary
Wolftever Creek Elementary
North River

Hixson Elementary 
Soddy Elementary
Opportunity Zone 

East Lake Elementary 
Orchard Knob Elementary 
Missionary Ridge

East Brainerd Elementary
East Side Elementary
Spring Creek Elementary 

Rock Point

Brown Academy 
Red Bank Elementary

If a site is not convenient to where you live, there are additional community sites available across Hamilton County.  The link will provide days, locations, and meal times for different community locations.

Yearbook Notice
Yearbooks are available to purchase online until April 9th.

The link and the school code are below.

 Click here to follow the Yearbook link.
Then enter the 
school code: 013664

#HCSReads2020 Challenge

Hamilton County Schools' librarians are asking students (and teachers!) to participate in the #HCSReads2020 Challenge over Spring Break! Use #HCSReads2020 on social media to share what you’re reading during the break.

HCS Reads 2020 


HCS Continued Learning TV Broadcast

On Monday, March 30, Dr. Johnson, along with other district officials, will host an HCS Continued Learning live broadcast on WTCI to share information and answer questions during the school closure.

We'll also be doing shout outs during the show, so share a message for a teacher or student by emailing

Tune in at 8 p.m.!

You may watch a replay of all of the Hamilton County School's WTCI PBS TV Broadcasts here:   or they are posted to our PortaPortal page under the Hamilton County WTCI TV Broadcaststab.

PBS Broadcast Information 

STEAM Day - Thursday, April 2

We are so proud of the efforts of our teachers, leaders, staff, and community during this unprecedented moment. We recognize the need for teachers to plan new unique learning opportunities, and for students to engage in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) activities and pursue individual interests. Next Thursday, April 2, the district will have a STEAM Day. We want students to use this time to engage in art, music, physical activity, STEM, and other areas that excite them.

STEAM Day will provide time for all teachers to continue planning lessons to engage our students in the coming weeks. It will also allow students to take a break and explore art, music, science explorations, dance, or the related art form of their choice.

We will be sharing more information next week!

Additional Student Device Pickup Sites

The district has consolidated devices that aren't currently being used available for loan to students who need one. Starting today, there will be school sites throughout the district where families can pick up a device to use during the time schools are closed. Students do not have to attend the school where they are getting the device. The limit is two devices per household, and students need to be present when picking up the device.

There is a contract that is signed and all devices will eventually need to be returned to the zoned school. The devices are limited to two per family. The following reminders are directly from the contract; that must be signed upon receipt of a device.

· Devices will be treated like school property. 
· Parents will monitor use at home. 
· Devices will be treated as school devices even when at home. 
· Devices will be kept away from food and drink. 
· Students cannot download apps. Devices are on a management system and monitored while at school and home.
· All students will follow the policies outlined in the HCDE Technology Compact while at school, as well as outside the school day.  

There are no additional scheduled times for device pickup at this point. If any are announced, they will be posted here.

Here is the past schedule:

Thursday, March 26
    • Battle Academy – 5-6 p.m.
    • Hixson Elementary – 1-3 p.m.
    • East Brainerd Elementary – 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Hardy Elementary – 1-3 p.m.
Friday, March 27
    • Wolftever Creek Elementary – 12-2 p.m.
    • East Ridge Elementary – 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    • Clifton Hills Elementary – 1-3 p.m

EPB Quick Connect Free WiFi Sites Added

As of yesterday, March 25, EPB has added several new sites with free WiFi:

  • Ooltewah Middle/Wolftever Creek
  • Wallace A. Smith Elementary
  • Hixson Elementary
  • Middle Valley Elementary
  • Red Bank Elementary
  • Soddy Elementary
  • Boys & Girls Club - Highland Park
  • Spring Creek Elementary
  • Boys & Girls Club - East Lake
  • Missionary Heights (CHA)
  • College Hill (CHA)

EPB continues to install EPB Quick Connect free WiFi locations across the community. Sites will continue to be added, so check this website regularly for updates.

Suddenly the children are at home. How do you even start to educate them yourself? The article below has some expert tips from fellow teachers:

Sample Student and Parent Checklists

The district created student and parents checklists to help guide families through remote learning. Download the checklists below.

Student Checklist

 Parent Checklist

UPDATE: Student Meal Delivery

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, our bus drivers deliver meals to students in need. The buses run the elementary school bus routes. To find your stop, select the elementary school closest to you on our Bus Stop Finder or call the transportation hotline at (423) 498-5555. Once you've found your bus stop, find the corresponding bus number here.

Below are the time-frames for the student meal delivery:

  • Special Education Routes - 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Buses 1-111 - 11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Buses 300-499 - 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

All meals are provided free to children up to age 18. Families do not need to provide proof of school enrollment, income, or free/reduced lunch eligibility. Children must be present to receive the meals.

There will still be some school sites available if families prefer to pick up the meals. The list of school sites is on our website.

If you're interested in helping with meal deliveries, sign up here.

Food Pick-Up

HCDE has designated sites throughout the community that will provide meals for pickup for students that are in need during the closure. All meals are provided free to children ages 0-18. Families do not need to provide proof of school enrollment, income, or free/reduced lunch eligibility. Children must be present to receive the meal. Extra meals cannot be provided if additional children are not present. You can go to any site; it does not have to be your child's school. 

Drive-thru/pick-up service consisting of a cold meal, both at breakfast and lunch will be available at the sites in the link below. East Brained Elementary is one such site.

Service will begin Tuesday, March 17th through Friday, March 20th. 

Breakfast & Lunch will be served from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.

We will communicate about other options for the week of March 23rd as we finalize those details.

Playgrounds at Hamilton County schools closed due to the Safer at Home Executive Order

Playgrounds at Hamilton County schools are closed at this time due to the Safer at Home Executive Order Governor Lee issued on Monday, March 30, 2020.  Signs and caution tape will be visible in the areas that are closed at local schools.  Groups gathering at locations such as school playgrounds is discouraged as we work to slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.

Please help our community slow the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home as much as possible and observing the CDC guidelines.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • You should maintain a distance of at least six (6) feet between yourself and other individuals.
  • Do not gather in groups of 10 or more and always practice social distancing in groups.
  • 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.
  • 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.

UPDATE: School Closure Extended

Today, Governor Bill Lee announced all schools in the state of Tennessee will remain closed through Friday, April 24. With this announcement, Hamilton County Schools will remain closed through April 24, with schools opening and students returning to school on Monday, April 27. The district’s teachers and students will continue virtual learning during this period with the exception of Spring Break.  The break begins on April 3, and continues the week of April 6 through April 10. District leadership will monitor the situation and provide regular updates regarding the anticipated return to school on Monday, April 27.

HCS Building Hours During Closure

Beginning tomorrow, March 20, the hours for all buildings in Hamilton County Schools will change from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These hours are only for essential business functions/bills, to answer phones, and provide access to the building as requested/needed (i.e., medication, instruments, learning packets).

Our school lobby is open from 7 AM to 3 PM. This is for parents to access classroom packets or turn in materials to the teacher's bins.

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.

UPDATED HOURS: Staples Printing Learning Packets

Staples has generously offered to help our school communities by printing our HCS Continued Learning packets at no cost during the school closure for families that do not have the ability to print at home.
Packets can be picked up from the Staples locations below:

 2220 Hamilton Place Blvd Suite 126
Chattanooga TN 37421
Updated Hours:
M-F 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun.11 a.m.-6 p.m.

  Northtowne Center, Hixson
   5450 TN-153
   Chattanooga, TN 37343




HCS Resources Page

On the district's website there is a landing page ( 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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