March 18, 2021
A little over a year ago, the world completely changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As a school community, we have continued to work together to educate and empower our students in safe learning environments - virtually and on campus.
As a school system, we have had to implement many new instructional and safety practices and procedures this year. We continue to adapt and adjust to the many challenges and changes in the world around us, and we are thankful for our teachers, staff, and parents for working with us to make this a successful school year so far.
As we enter into spring, the weather will continue to get more pleasant. This will give our classes more opportunities to be outside. While inside the school buildings, facial coverings will be required for our students and staff for the remainder of the school year. To finish out this school year strong, we must continue to do our best to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in our schools.
This week, hundreds of Homewood City Schools employees will receive their second Covid-19 vaccine thanks to UAB Medicine. If Covid-19 cases continue to decline and vaccinations become more available, we are hopeful that we will be able to see more normalcy for our schools in the coming months. Reminder - HCS will be closed this Friday, March 19, for an eLearning Day while our employees are receiving their second vaccine.
We continue to be so thankful for our community’s support throughout this challenging year. We have all overcome so much, and we have many milestones to celebrate! Let’s end this school year strong - together! Have a fun and safe spring break! #TeamHWD
The Homewood City Schools TEAM Homewood Reopening Plan has been developed by guidance from the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), Jefferson County Department of Health (JCDH), and various organizations and advisory groups made up of healthcare professionals, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators. We know these are challenging times, but we will continue to support, educate, and empower all of our students, teachers, and staff as we navigate through this unprecedented and changing time in our world. The TEAM Homewood Plan is a leveled system that provides information on coordinated interventions intended to mitigate risks. It will take us all doing our part - students, parents, and staff - to provide a safe teaching and learning environment.