Apison School Updates

Summer meal locations at schools to open Tuesday, May 26

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, summer meal pickup sites available at Hamilton County Schools will start food service. These sites will be open on Tuesdays and Friday each week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Each Tuesday, families will be able to pick up three meals for each person at the sites. On Friday, families will receive four meals for each person in the family. The sites will continue to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and personal protection recommendations throughout the summer. At this time, guidelines recommend appropriate social distancing between families at the location and the wearing of protective masks.

Sites are located at:

  • Bess T Shepherd
  • Harrison Elementary
  • Spring Creek
  • East Ridge Elementary
  • East Lake Elementary
  • Clifton Hills
  • Orchard Knob Elementary
  • Hardy Elementary
  • Soddy Elementary
  • Middle Valley Elementary
  • Hixson High
  • Red Bank Elementary
  • Nolan Elementary

The last day for student meal delivery in the current schedule and at sites now providing meals, is this Wednesday, May 20.The locations will not be open for meal pickup on Friday, May 22, or Monday, May 25, as the program switches over to the summer service locations and schedule.

2020 - 2021 Registration Information


Returning Students: If your student attended a Hamilton County School at any time during 2019-2020, they are already enrolled. However,  Hamilton County School students are required to update their information each year. Update your student's information here
New Students: If your student is not currently enrolled in a Hamilton County School, you will need to complete a new student registration found here. The link will be active beginning June 1, 2020 for new students enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year.
There are video instructions about completing student registration on the Returning Students link above (click "here" to go to the registration links). 

School-Aged Child Care Summer Information

School-aged child care in Hamilton County Schools will begin on June 1, 2020, and will be expanded to 25 school site locations this year. The additional sites will help to keep the number of children at each site lower than summer programs in the past.


Important revisions to registration for School Age Child Care due to demand

Early demand the district has received about School Aged Child Care has resulted in some changes to the process on Wednesday.  The time for registration has been extended to allow those working to register earlier, and slots will be determined by lottery so that all interested have an equal chance to get into the program.  Registration times will now be accepted Wednesday, May 20, from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the School Age Child Care locations.  Each site will be limited to 25 children, but the lottery will give an equal chance for getting a slot for a child registered at any time during the registration period.  Registrations will be accepted at the Child Care entrance locations at each school providing the service.  The lottery is planned for Friday and will be streamed live on the district’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The registration fee for participation in school age childcare for the summer will be $10.00 for each child and will be due after a registration is selected in the lottery.  The family’s account with the School Age Child Care Program of Hamilton County Schools will be required to have a zero balance before a child’s registration can be completed.  Past balances can be paid Wednesday before submitting a registration.

The change in procedures has also required a change in payment in the program.  The 2020 charge for the program is $75.00 a week for each child with additional siblings at a weekly rate of $37.50.  Please note that it will be necessary to pay for the entire week regardless of the number of days your child attends in a week. The program will not be able to apply credits, and funds will not carry over to the following week for days not used in a week.  Fees are due on Monday of each week and must be paid each week to continue child care services.

School-aged child care in Hamilton County Schools will begin on June 1, 2020, and will be expanded to 25 school site locations this year.  The additional sites will help to keep the number of children at each site lower than summer programs in the past.  The number of children at each location is limited to 25 children.  The smaller number of children will help to provide the safest environment possible for children, staff, and families.  It will be necessary to have a letter from your employer stating that you are an essential employee at registration, to turn in a registration for a child for the summer program.  The state has interpreted essential employee broadly and includes those involved in healthcare, government, infrastructure, first responders, food, religion, media, transportation, finance, insurance, trades, delivery, manufacturing, education, hospitality, and more.   

For additional safety precautions, no field trips will be taken during the 2020 summer program.  Parents should keep students at home that are exhibiting symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, sneezing, runny nose, fever, vomiting, or diarrhea in the 24 hours before a scheduled day a child is to spend in the Child Care Program.  A child must have no fever without medication to reduce the fever for 24 hours before returning. Students will be required to have temperatures taken upon arrival at the sites each day.  Students with a temperature above 100 will not be permitted to attend that day. Children who begin to display symptoms of coughing, shortness of breath, sneezing, runny nose, fever, vomiting, or diarrhea while in care will be required to be picked up.  Children will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer numerous times throughout the day.

When feasible, children and staff should wear face coverings inside and outside of the facility as recommended by the CDC.  Parents are responsible for providing face coverings for children. Water fountains will not be accessible in the facility. It is recommended that children bring a water bottle with their name on the bottle each day.  Electronic devices will be allowed for personal use only, not to be shared. Cell phones will not be permitted.

The sites for the summer of 2020 include:

North River Learning Community

Allen Elementary

Big Ridge Elementary

Daisy Elementary

DuPont Elementary

Hixson Elementary

McConnell Elementary

Middle Valley Elementary

Soddy Elementary

Opportunity Zone Learning Community

Barger Academy

Rock Point Learning Community

Battle Academy

Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences

Lookout Valley Elementary

Nolan Elementary

Normal Park Lower

Normal Park Upper

Red Bank Elementary

Rivermont Elementary

Missionary Ridge Learning Community

Apison Elementary

Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts

East Ridge Elementary

Westview Elementary


Harrison Bay Learning Community

Harrison Elementary

Ooltewah Elementary

Bess T. Shepherd Elementary

Wallace A. Smith

Apison Elementary Intent for 2020-2021 School Year
The end of the school year is quickly approaching. We hope your child has had a rewarding year at Apison and appreciate your patience and flexibility as we've navigated this unprecedented situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In order to start planning for the 2020-2021 school year, we would like to find out your intent for the upcoming school year.
The information will be used to form classes for the upcoming school year. (Requests for teachers will not be honored.) Class rosters will be posted in the fall.
You will need to complete a copy of this form for each child in your family.

Student information update replaces registration for returning students this year in Hamilton County Schools

Beginning today, Friday, May 1, a student information update is available online for parents of returning students currently enrolled in Hamilton County Schools.  The district needs information updated for all returning students in kindergarten through eleventh-grade for the 2020-2021 school year.  The information update replaces the prior registration required of returning students. 

Parents or guardians may update information by logging into their PowerSchool Parent Portal at any time before May 22, 2020.  Updating information in PowerSchool is essential for schools to have up-to-date contact details to allow the best possible communication between school and the home.  The vital information also provides schools with current emergency and dismissal contacts for children.  Completing an update will save parents and guardians time because the only information that has changed will need to be entered into the system.

A link is provided to the parent portal on the Hamilton County Schools website at, as well as a short video walking parents through the information update process on PowerSchool.  Additional assistance is also available by contacting the PowerSchool contact at the local school.  The school contacts will be available to assist with difficulties logging on to the PowerSchool Parent Portal.   

New student registration will open June 1, 2020, for students who will be new to Hamilton County Schools for the fall.

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.


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.

American Red Cross Information

American Red Cross volunteers and staff are working with local officials to provide help for those affected by severe storms that tore through Hamilton and Bradley counties on Easter Sunday.

Contact: If you or someone you know is need of assistance due to the storms, please call 1-800-RED CROSS.

How to Help: The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by storms and countless other crises by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to help people prepare for, respond to and recover from these disasters.


Parents, if you would like to get individual pictures or class pictures. Please contact Lifetouch, as they are handling all of the picture purchases directly. They will also be able to tell you how to receive your class picture, if you have already paid for a class picture. Their contact information is below.

Apison Elementary
Picture Day - February 13
An update from the office: I finally heard back from Lifetouch regarding the class pictures that parents have already paid for. Lifetouch is going to send those to the school. Not exactly sure when they will come. As soon as we get them, we will figure out a way to get these to the parents.

Swing for Kids Golf Tournament Bear Trace at Harrison Bay Golf Course

The Swing for Kids golf tournament at Bear Trace onMay 29is a fundraiser for Arts & Innovation programs in the Hamilton County Schools.Proceeds from the Swing for Kidsgolftournament will be allocated to arts and innovation programsin the Hamilton County Schools, which strive to ensure that all students are future ready by providing opportunities for robotics, coding, design thinking, problem solving and learning through the arts.


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.

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.

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.

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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