Update: Hamilton county schools to remain closed through April 24th

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.

Signal Mountain town facilities closure

The following facilities will be closed beginning tomorrow, until further notice, as we strive to protect our citizens and our staff from the risk of exposure:

  •  The Signal Mountain Town Hall (will be open today from 8-4:30)
  •  The Signal Mountain Transfer Station (will be open today from 8-4)
  •  The Recycle Center (will be open today from 11-6)

This is in addition to our facilities that have already been closed including the Mountain Arts Community Center, the Signal Mountain Library, and the Town Hall Gym.

We apologize for any inconveniences. We will be putting out much more information today and in the days to come about affected services, our contingency plans, and how things will work moving forward.

Hamilton County Schools to remain closed through April 13th

Today Governor Bill Lee issued a statement urging all schools in the state of Tennessee to close through March 31. With this announcement and the continued uncertainty of the progression of COVID-19, we are not recommending any shifts to our calendar. Students will remain out until Monday, April 13. Spring Break will begin on April 3 and continue the week of April 6 through April 10. We will continue virtual learning during this period and we appreciate your support with ensuring students stay engaged during the school closure. In the coming days additional resources for continued learning will become available. We are thankful for the continued support of community partners as we navigate these difficult circumstances. The district will continue to monitor the situation and provide regular updates regarding the anticipated return to school on Monday, April 13. For information on COVID-19, feeding locations and community resources, please log onto www.hcde.org/coronavirus

Hamilton county announces free food-pick up for children throughout school closure period

Hamilton County have 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.

Drive-thru/pick-up service consisting of a cold meal, both at breakfast and lunch will be available at the sites below.

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

Breakfast will be served from 7:00 am – 9:00 am.
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.

If you are aware of additional resources please share them here.

If you would like to help, please share your information here. Our Family & Community Engagement Team will connect you to district and partner opportunities as we work together to support our students.

Harrison Bay

  • Bess T Shepherd Elementary (map)
  • Harrison Elementary (map)
  • Hillcrest Elementary (map)
  • Lakeside Academy (map)
  • Ooltewah Elementary (map)
  • Snow Hill Elementary (map)
  • Wallace A Smith Elementary (map)
  • Wolftever Creek Elementary (map)

Missionary Ridge

  • CSLA (map)
  • East Brainerd Elementary (map)
  • East Ridge Elementary (map)
  • East Side Elementary (map)
  • Spring Creek Elementary (map)

North River

  • Allen Elementary (map)
  • Big Ridge Elementary (map)
  • Daisy Elementary (map)
  • Hixson Elementary (map)
  • McConnell Elementary (map)
  • Middle Valley Elementary (map)
  • North Hamilton County Elementary (map)
  • Soddy Elementary (map)

Additional Food Serving Sites as well as other much needed resources for our families are being made available constantly.

We have compiled a spreadsheet and continue to update it in real-time. Be sure to click on each tab to explore resources your family may need at this time.

Opportunity Zone

  • Barger Academy (map)
  • Calvin Donaldson Elementary (map)
  • Clifton Hills Elementary (map)
  • East Lake Elementary (map)
  • Hardy Elementary (map)
  • Orchard Knob Elementary (map)
  • Woodmore Elementary (map)

Rock Point

  • Alpine Crest Elementary (map)
  • Battle Academy (map)
  • Brown Academy (map)
  • CSAS (map)
  • Lookout Valley Elementary (map)
  • Nolan Elementary (map)
  • Normal Park Upper (map)
  • Red Bank Elementary (map)
  • Rivermont Elementary (map)

Community Sites

  • College Hill Courts (Westside) – 1300 Grove Street Ct in the parking lot behind the old James A Henry Elementary School (map)
  • East Lake Salvation Army – 2140 E 28th Street (map)
  • Emma Wheeler Homes- 4900 Edinburg Drive in the main center (map)
  • Highland Park Commons – 2000 Union Ave in the Pavilion
  • Orchard Park Seventh -Day Adventist Church – 951 N Orchard Knob Avenue (map)

Hamilton County has first confirmed case of Coronavirus

Testing LocationTotal COVID-19 Tests Completed
Number NegativeNumber Positive
TN State Public Health Laboratory12911613
All other commercial and private laboratories13
Total positives in TN26

Infectious agent:  severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus2 (SARS-CoV-2)

Situation Summary: In December 2019, Chinese health authorities identified an outbreak of pneumonia associated with a novel, or new, coronavirus which has resulted in thousands of confirmed cases in China. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States. There are ongoing investigations to learn more. Click here to access CDC’s COVID-19 webpage for the most up to date information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

CountyCase Count

City of Chattanooga announces state of emergency

Announcement from Mayor’s office

“The City of Chattanooga is taking several proactive steps through social distancing to ensure the health and safety of City staff and the community as this virus continues to spread across Tennessee and around the world.

On Thursday, March 12, Governor Bill Lee declared a State of Emergency, which will give Tennessee access to additional federal funding to combat the coronavirus. Prior to Thursday’s announcement, Tennessee was set to receive $10 million from the federal government to help with the state’s response. As of Friday morning, there are no confirmed cases in Hamilton County but there are 18 cases in Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

This morning, Friday, March 13, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke signed Executive Order 2020-01, establishing a Communicable Disease Policy for the City of Chattanooga and declaring a state of emergency in Chattanooga, as allowed under the provisions of TCA 58-8-104.

“As your Mayor, my goal is to continue to provide a high-performing government that will be nimble, flexible, and capable of meeting the challenges of this pandemic as they come, which is why this morning I signed an Executive Order establishing a Communicable Disease Policy,” Mayor Berke said.

Beginning immediately, the City of Chattanooga will suspend all public access and activities at the Eastgate Senior Center and cancel all city-sponsored senior activities until further notice. The CDC has stated that one population at serious risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 are those who are ages 60 and older.

The City will also indefinitely suspend the approval of permits for public gatherings and are taking the steps to cancel all currently planned City-sponsored events. This is being done as the CDC suggests avoiding crowds as a way to help slow or stop the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, the City of Chattanooga will suspend all public access and activities at all Chattanooga Youth and Family Development Centers and Chattanooga Library branches beginning on Saturday, March 14 until further notice.

Events at the Tivoli Theatre, Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium, Walker Theatre, and Finley Stadium are also postponed until further notice.

“Nothing slows the spread of COVID-19 as effectively as social distancing, as frustrating as it may be,” Mayor Berke added. “While these decisions are not made easily, and we know how frustrating they will be for many citizens, we have a responsibility to act in the best interests of everyone’s health and safety.”

Department Administrators have created a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) that protects employees and residents and continues to provide a level of service in the face of this emergency.

The City of Chattanooga will be instituting a rolling telecommuting policy to reduce the density of people in open facilities. This will be done at the administrator’s discretion. Additionally, the City of Chattanooga is committed to paying those who are working from home either by City mandate or because of any necessary quarantine.

Core services such as trash and brush pickup, police and fire services will not be reduced. Also, the payment of property taxes, sewer fees, and other financial transactions will still be conducted on the first floor of City Hall, which will remain open during normal business hours.

With the announcement that Hamilton County Schools (HCS) are closed until March 30, all Chattanooga Head Start/Early Head Start Centers will follow HCS’ schedule.

Since this situation is evolving rapidly, Mayor Berke has appointed his senior policy advisor to coordinate the office’s response, including working with our regional governmental partners and other community stakeholders to track the situation and ensure that our response is properly aligned with Hamilton County Government, the State of Tennessee, and federal government agencies.

The City will use a variety of communications methods to keep City staff and the community informed and will evaluate on a weekly basis how to reallocate staff in the most efficient way possible and monitor the situation as it may pertain to the operations of public facilities.

The City has created a website to provide updates to the public, which can be accessed at connect.chattanooga.gov/covid.

Additionally, the Tennessee Department of Health provides daily testing updates at https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

The safety and health of the Chattanooga community and its employees are the City’s top priority and we appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.”

Town of Signal Mountain suspends facilities

Town of Signal Mountain Response to COVID-19

As of March 13, 2020

Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our citizens and our staff. Health experts have stressed that social separation is key to containing the COVID-19 pandemic and that activities in facilities where groups gather in close proximity in an enclosed area are more likely to lead to a transmission. 

Accordingly, we are announcing the closure of some of our Town facilities:  

The Town Hall Gym will be closed starting today.  

The Mountain Arts Community Center and the Signal Mountain Library will be closed beginning on Monday.  

All of these facilities will be closed through the end of next week.  

The decision on whether to re-open for the following week will be made by the end of business on Wednesday, March 18.  


We have also been informed that the Baseball and Softball leagues have made the decisions to suspend their seasons until further notice.  

All other services

Our other services will continue to operate as normal for the time being as we still strive to offer the highest level of service possible to our citizens.  Town Hall will be open for business, but we would like to encourage everyone to pay their water bills or any other type of Town bill by putting them in the drop box in the pull through area close to the building in the Town Hall parking lot.  We will keep everyone updated on any changes or interruptions to our services.  

Thank you,

Boyd Veal

Town Manager

Job Opening: The Quilt Shops on Signal

The Quilt shops is currently accepting applications with resume for a sewing machine operator-front desk clerk.

This position requires a minimum of two years experience in a factory type setting as a machine operator.

Knowledge of quilting is a plus but, not necessarily a requirement. Please email only your resume with past verification of employment and at least three verifiable references.

We will not accept this at our physical location.
Email mainstquilts@outlook.com

Hamilton County suspends school commencing Monday, Mar. 15th

Hamilton county schools are shutting down March 15th. Message from the county is attached below. While there are still no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Hamilton county, testing for the virus has only reached a confirmed 88 people in the state (18 of which have the virus).

Over the last 24 hours, there has been a change in tone around the coronavirus, as the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic; at the federal level, President Trump restricted travel; and Governor Lee this morning declared a State of Emergency in Tennessee to combat the spread of the virus.   While at this time there are no known confirmed cases of coronavirus in the community, Hamilton County Schools will close for the next two weeks to provide a two-week window for children to be out of school to reduce the opportunity for the virus to spread. We make this decision with the safety of our children and the community in mind.
Tomorrow, March 13, will be a regular school day. We will use this as an opportunity to provide students with learning materials and review with them the process of how we will continue learning while students are out of school.
The district will recommend to the Hamilton County Board of Education that Spring Break be moved up two weeks to March 23-27 to reduce the loss of instruction time. The board will meet on Monday, March 16, to consider the change of the school calendar. 

The district knows moving Spring Break will disrupt family plans, and we will work with parents and students in this situation.  If the board approves the change, planned trips for the original period for Spring Break, April 3 through April 10, will be excused absences for those students.  The district has not changed plans for schools to be out on April 10 for Good Friday. With the already planned student holiday on Monday, March 16, students will miss an additional four days of school in this plan versus the original school calendar.

It is our goal for student learning to continue while we are closed. Through the district’s HCS Continued Learning Plan, the district will provide learning opportunities for children to complete while we are out of school. These assignments will be posted on the www.hcde.org website, and the learning packets will also be available for pick up at schools (if parents are unable to access them on the website). Plans are in place for working through the issue of students and families without internet access so that all students will have access to learning opportunities.
We will coordinate with staff and work with them to set schedules as we move through this process to continue learning opportunities while doing so in an appropriate environment for our teachers and staff.  
Hamilton County Schools has been in consultation with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department as we developed these plans.  As you see in the graphic, Flattening the curve, from the CDC, delaying action is a problem, so the district is seeking to flatten the curve in our community to lessen the impact of the coronavirus on the Greater Chattanooga area.  Thank you for your support of our children and our school district as we work through this global issue together.

Field trips, all school activities and athletic events and practices are canceled through March 30. School-aged Child Care will be closed from March 16-March 27 as well.
We know that access to food can be an issue for some children when school is out.  The district is working with community groups and our School Nutrition Department to determine options to address this concern.   
We are in an extraordinary situation at this time, and out of an abundance of caution, the school district is looking to do its part to help address the problem.  We are planning for students to return to school on Monday, March 30.  This district will continue to monitor the situation over the next two weeks.

Tim Hensley
APR Communications Officer
3074 Hickory Valley Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421-1265
423-498-7043 Ext. 20028