Welcome to Homewood City Schools' COVID-19 website. This page has been established to provide resources and communications from the district to our community members.
By order of the Governor, all Homewood Schools will be closed to the public through June 5, 2020. HCS is providing online instruction, eLearning, for the remainder of the school year which is designed to reinforce core academic standards as outlined in Homewood’s Learning Targets. The last day of eLearning will be May 21, 2020.
By working together we will overcome this challenge and continue to empower all of our students to maximize their unique potential. As always, please reach out to your child’s teacher, counselor, or administrator with any questions or concerns that may arise. While we may not all be together in the classrooms right now, we are still here to support your child just as we have always done.
Please see Homewood City Schools’ Frequently Asked Questions website for answers to helpful questions regarding eLearning, technology, student meals, school facilities, and registration.
HCS Latest Message
May 20, 2020
These last few weeks have been a learning experience for us all. We have had to transition to a new way of connecting, learning, and living through this pandemic. As we end this school year, we have so much to celebrate. We celebrate the successful partnership between school and home which made eLearning meaningful and productive. We celebrate the many accomplishments of our students - especially our Seniors at Homewood High School. And as always, we celebrate the Homewood community who works together to fulfill the mission of our school district: to educate and empower all students to maximize their unique potential. We thank each of you for your support of our teachers and schools this spring. Together we have shown how special Homewood truly is - #WeAreHWD!
The summer is a time for school administrators and staff to plan and prepare for the next school year. This summer will be unique as we do not know what the next few months will look like in our community, state, or country. Homewood City Schools will be working with the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) this summer to plan for the 2020-2021 school year. As we receive guidance from the ALSDE and ADPH, we will be communicating with our families through email and our websites.
School Calendar 2020-2021
Typically HCS has five teacher workdays before students arrive to prepare for the start of school. HCS has delayed the start date for students for the 20-21 school year by one week. This change allows five additional teacher workdays to focus on training for our faculty and staff regarding new health and safety protocols, including processes for cleaning and disinfecting spaces, and any other recommended public health procedures that may be required. Additionally, teachers will be adjusting their typical instructional plans for the coming year to ensure that key concepts from the previous grade level were mastered by students, in light of spring eLearning.
Please see the new academic calendar for the 2020-2021 school year which follows the recommendations of the State Superintendent, Dr. Eric Mackey. The new calendar changes the start of school to August 19 (previously August 12) and the last day for students will be May 27 (previously May 25). Click here for the 2020-2021 school calendar.
We hope that each of you has a good and safe summer break. Our faculty and staff miss seeing each of you in our schools, and we thank you again for your partnership this year in supporting each other. We are always here for you, so do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.
Additional End of the Year Information:
Last Day & Report Cards
The last day of school is tomorrow, May 21. Report cards for all students will be mailed home May 22.
HCS Device Returns
Students who checked out any devices will need to return the devices to the school from where it was checked out. It is preferable that these devices be returned in the same envelope in which it was received including the power cord with charger. Select any of the drive-through return date and times below:
May 20: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
May 21: 11:00 - 2:00 p.m.
May 22: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
The Technology HelpDesk will close for the year Friday, May 22 at noon.
Optional Summer Activities for Elementary Students
Throughout eLearning, Homewood’s elementary librarians, art, music, PE, & STEM teachers have provided fun and engaging activities in their areas for students. Your child may have done some of these - but other academic work was likely of a higher priority during a typical eLearning day. Homewood Schools has collected all of these activities on this website - Quick Clicks: Elementary Summer Learning Activities. If you are searching for something fun and purposeful to engage your child in this summer, feel free to access any of the activities on this page for them to do. These activities are strictly optional and will not be turned in to any of our teachers. In addition to these activities, we will also have 'Quick Clicks' for parents on fostering social and emotional health for all ages (coming next week).
Registration and Enrollment Information for 2020-2021
For registration and enrollment information, including dates/times for on-site registration, please see the Registration Information newsletter. (Note the changes in Elementary Meet the Teacher and HMS/HHS orientation dates)
April 6 - eLearning Begins
All campuses and offices closed through June 5, 2020
Student Meal Distribution
Mondays & Fridays: For more information, click here
May 21 - Last day of eLearning for students
2020-2021 School Registration
For registration information, click here
Summer School 2020 Information
Information coming in May
About Covid-19: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus. To aid in reducing the transmission of Covid-19, all public schools in Alabama are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. Homewood City Schools is providing eLearning for students for the remainder of the academic year. For more information regarding Covid-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.