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Front Page - Friday, May 22, 2020

School-age child care adds locations for the summer




School-aged child care at Hamilton County Schools will begin June 1 and be expanded to 25 schools.

The additional locations will 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 the first 25 children registered.

The smaller number of children will help to provide the safest environment possible for children, families and staff, says the school system in a new release.

Parents and guardians must have a letter from their employer at registration stating they are an essential employee.

For additional safety, no field trips will be taken during the 2020 summer program. Other precautions include:

The school system is asking parents to keep students who exhibit symptoms (coughing, shortness of breath, sneezing, runny nose, fever, vomiting or diarrhea) during the 24 hours before a child is to spend a day in the child care program at home.

Students will be required to have temperatures taken upon arrival at the sites.

Children with a temperature above 100 will not be permitted to attend.

Students who begin to display symptoms 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. 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.

Cell phones will not be permitted.

“The district put together plans for school age child care with the best information available to us at this time, and we hope this will help working parents as they make plans for the summer,” says Justin Robertson, chief operations officer for Hamilton County Schools.

“As we have seen over the last two months, our situation can change rapidly and require adjustments to plans that are in place. We will work closely with the health department and county government to be aware of the latest health developments in our community.

“Please be patient and understand that any decisions made will have the health and safety of children as the most important consideration.”

The summer 2020 sites include:

  • North River Learning Community
  • Allen Elementary
  • Big Ridge Elementary
  • Daisy Elementary
  • DuPont Elementary
  • Hixson Elementary
  • McConnell Elementary
  • Middle Valley Elementary
  • Soddy Elementary
  • Missionary Ridge Learning Community
  • Apison Elementary
  • Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts
  • East Ridge Elementary
  • Westview Elementary
  • Opportunity Zone Learning Community
  • Barger Academy
  • Harrison Bay Learning Community
  • Harrison Elementary
  • Ooltewah Elementary
  • Bess T. Shepherd Elementary
  • Wallace A. Smith
  • 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

The registration fee for participation in school age child care for the summer will be $10 for each child, due at the time of registration.

The family’s account with the school age child care program will be required to have a zero balance before a child can be registered. Past balances can be paid on the day of registration.

Registrations will be accepted Wednesday, May 20, 9-11 a.m., at the school age child care locations. Each site will be limited to the first 25 children. Registrations will be accepted at the child care entrance locations at each school providing the service.

The change in procedures has also required a change in payment in the program. The 2020 charge for the program is $75 a week for each child with additional siblings at a weekly rate of $37.50. The school will require parents and guardians to pay for the entire week regardless of the number of days the child attends.

Source: Hamilton County Schools