Hamilton County Schools to open school-age child care programs this summer amid coronavirus pandemic

Staff Photo by Patrick Smith Feb 22, 2013 - Big Ridge Elementary School, 5210 Cassandra Smith Road in Hixson, Tenn., is one of the sites.

Hamilton County Schools will open school-age child care at 25 school locations this summer starting on June 1 despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The 25 sites mark an expansion from summer programs in the past, as the district makes an effort to keep the number of children at each location limited.

Enrollment will be limited to 25 children at each site, and parents will have to provide proof that they are essential employees to register their children for the summer program.

"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 with you at registration, stating that you are an essential employee to register a child for the summer program," according to a news release from the district.

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