January 8, 2021
As a precautionary measure, HCS will begin the second semester operating on Level 4 - Maximized Prevention. At this time, a secondary staggered schedule will not be utilized but may be considered in the future as our leadership team continues to work with local health officials. This past week, HCS principals and teachers have been working to physically distance our students to the greatest extent possible in the classrooms, and secondary class schedules have been arranged this semester to allow for additional distancing measures.
This semester, we will continue following the TEAM Homewood Plan’s safety protocols on campus. Parents, students, and staff members are expected to monitor for Covid-19 symptoms each morning before attending school. Students and employees may not come to school if they have Covid-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone with a positive Covid-19 diagnosis. Click here to review the HCS Covid-19 School Health Guidelines.
During the first semester, the advanced safety measures in the TEAM Homewood Plan helped to mitigate the spread of disease in our buildings. We must all continue to do our part so we can provide a safe teaching and learning environment for our students, staff, and community.
Remember to contact your school nurse if your child:
- has been exposed to someone who is Covid-19 positive in the past 10 days
- has tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 10 days
- Is having Covid-19 symptoms
As of today, HCS parents and staff have reported less than 1% of our school community currently in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19 exposure. The HCS Covid-19 dashboard will be updated Tuesday, January 12, to reflect information reported to us from January 4 through January 11.
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.