November 17, 2020
Our leadership team has been working diligently to prepare for the second semester for our traditional and virtual students and our faculty and staff. We are continuing to work with our local health departments and reviewing our health and safety protocols as well as our instructional models. We wanted to share some important information with you regarding school operations and teaching and learning next semester.
All Homewood City Schools families are asked to select their child’s learning preference for the second semester below. Families will have until 3 p.m. on December 1 to determine if they want their child to participate in traditional school or virtual school for the rest of the school year (January 5 - May 27, 2021). If we do not receive a survey response for your child by December 1, please know that your child will remain in their current learning placement.
We acknowledge that this is a challenging time to be asked to make a decision which impacts the rest of the school year. No one can predict the future. We plan to use what we have learned this fall to make important adjustments to the spring semester. However, in order to more effectively plan for 6 feet of physically distanced classroom space while ensuring quality instruction both virtually and traditionally, we need stable numbers with which to base scheduling decisions.
Changes for the Second Semester
In August, families chose either the virtual or traditional learning option for their child. Despite the scheduling and operational challenges created, students were allowed to change to virtual school at any point. Now that we have all had the opportunity to experience the TEAM Homewood plan in action during the first semester, we are asking you to make a more permanent learning choice for the second semester. In order to construct a schedule that is both safe and conducive to learning, this will be the only opportunity for parents and students to make a change to their virtual or traditional school choice for the second semester.
The link below provides parents and students with an opportunity to determine their placements for the second semester. Throughout the month of December, school administrators will be making adjustments to the master schedule in order to provide the high quality, rigorous instruction that the Homewood community expects. Great attention will be given to class size, both in virtual and traditional classes. Students will remain in either the traditional or virtual classroom setting for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.
Elementary - will my teacher remain the same?
- Elementary students currently enrolled in traditional school and choose to remain in traditional school - students will remain with their same teacher during the second semester.
- Elementary students making a switch from traditional or virtual school - We cannot guarantee students will remain with their same teacher until we have accurate numbers for virtual school. Please be mindful that your child could have a different teacher next semester. Teacher changes will be communicated before the end of the semester.
- Be mindful that the daily schedules for your child in virtual school may change second semester depending upon the unique needs of the classroom.
TEAM Homewood Plan
HCS will start the second semester operating on at least a Level 3 for traditional, in-school operations. Students and staff will still be required to wear facial coverings at school. Click here to view the TEAM Homewood Plan.
HCS Covid-19 School Health Guidelines
Please click here to review the important information about what happens when a student tests positive for Covid-19, comes in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or has Covid-19 symptoms.
HCS Covid-19 Dashboard
The HCS Covid-19 Dashboard shows new positive cases and quarantine numbers from each school by week. The percentages in the dashboard are determined by the reported positive cases/quarantine cases by the total population coming on each campus everyday.
Throughout the second semester, HCS’ leadership team will continue to monitor the health and safety of our schools and will work with our local health departments to determine if a change needs to be made to the operational level for traditional school students.
As we move forward this school year, HCS will remain committed to our mission of educating and empowering all students to reach their unique potential. With the Thanksgiving holiday around the corner, we want our families to know how thankful we are for each of you for your partnership and teamwork during this school year. #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.