May 21, 2021
With four days left of school, we should all celebrate. Our school community has worked together to support our students, schools, and each other in such a challenging year. As we celebrate the end of the school year, we wanted to provide you with some important information.
Last Day of School
Students will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 27.
Registration for Returning Students
All returning students will register for the 2021-2022 school year online June 28 through July 10. Parents will receive an email with more information regarding the online data verification process. Please be mindful that all data verification and residency verification will take place online this year. This means that families will be uploading documents to the portal instead of bringing these to the schools. Updates for Returning and New Students will be posted on the HCS Registration Newsletter.
We are so thankful that we have seen a decrease in Covid-19 activity in our schools and community and an increase in vaccine availability this spring. On May 31, the State of Alabama’s health order signed by Governor Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris will expire, allowing facial coverings to be optional for students and staff during our summer programs and activities. Parents will still need to monitor the health of their children for overall wellness each day before sending them to a HCS campus. 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 will retire the TEAM Homewood Plan at the end of the school year. For Summer Programs protocols, please click here.
At this time, HCS is planning a return to normal school procedures in the fall, and facial coverings will be optional for students and staff. According to state officials, vaccinations will not be required for students or staff. We will continue to engage with local health officials and adjust summer and fall plans if and when needed. More information about the upcoming school year will be sent to our families during the week of June 21.
Virtual School Updates
The HCS leadership team has closely monitored our students’ academic, social, and emotional progress and the impact of virtual learning for students K-12. Throughout this year, we have continued to see a decrease in the number of students enrolled in virtual learning. We believe this is due to declined Covid-19 cases and close contacts in our school community, the increase of vaccine availability, and the need for in-person instruction and peer socialization. With lower virtual school numbers at the elementary level and the impact on virtual learning for young students, HCS does not plan to offer an elementary virtual option next school year.
For the 2021-22 school year, there will be a virtual option for 6-12 grade students delivered through the Educere or ACCESS online platforms. Virtual instructors will be Alabama certified teachers, but will not be HCS employees. Virtual students will be assigned a Homewood teacher who will facilitate the virtual program and serve as a point of contact. More information regarding the middle and high virtual school program will be sent out the week of June 21. Families will be able to review the information to determine if virtual school is the best option for their child prior to making a decision for the fall semester. Middle and high school students will be asked to make their selection by July 7.
As always, thank you for your continued support. We have made it this school year thanks to the teamwork of our schools, families, and community. We are so thankful for each of you. #TeamHWD
Dr. Justin Hefner