Date: April 1, 2020
As students will not physically return to their schools this academic year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Homewood City Schools is transitioning to an eLearning environment at home. Starting April 6, instruction will consist of activities distributed online designed to reinforce core academic standards as outlined in Homewood’s Learning Targets. The last day of eLearning will be May 21, 2020.
Although work will be posted for students each day, school will not be hosted in real time. Students will have the opportunity to work on eLearning assignments at the times that parents determine to be the best fit for their family - which could vary day-to-day. Teachers will be communicating with students consistently and in varying formats, relative to the age and development of the children.
Homewood Schools recognizes that these uncertain times call for great flexibility. Know that Homewood teachers are prepared to work with whatever your individual situation may be, for the betterment of your child. Our focus will be on learning, and much grace will be given to our students and families in this ever changing time.
Please see the important information below regarding eLearning for the remainder of the academic year:
Elementary: From April 6 to April 17, elementary students will transition into online instruction through grade-level tic-tac-toe assignment boards which will be sent through a link by your child’s school. Elementary teachers will be sending more details and information regarding these assignments. Starting April 20, eLearning will take place through individual classroom teachers as they will provide weekly lessons for students through Schoology or Google Classroom.
Homewood Middle School: eLearning will take place within each teacher’s Schoology course. The week of April 6, HMS students will complete extension activities in each core academic area to reinforce content area learning targets. Starting April 13, core content area, PE, and elective teachers will resume 4th nine weeks coursework via their Schoology courses. For 6th and 7th grade students, core academic content areas include Language Arts, Math, and Social Studies OR Science. For 8th grade students, core academic content areas include Language Arts, Math, Social Studies AND Science. All work will be submitted through the Schoology platform. There will be no final exams for HMS students.
Homewood High School: eLearning will take place within each teacher’s Schoology course beginning April 6. HHS students will have instruction and assignments in Schoology from each of their high school classes, and all work will be submitted through the Schoology platform. There will be no final exams for HHS students.
Homewood High School Seniors:
Seniors who are on track to graduate and have passed all of their classes during the 3rd nine weeks will be considered qualified for graduation. The grades that seniors earned at the end of the 3rd nine weeks can be posted again as their 4th nine weeks’ grades. Seniors who would like to improve their semester average should complete the eLearning course work. Each nine weeks’ grade will count as 50% of the semester average, and seniors will not be required to take semester exams. Seniors must email Mrs. Meeks, senior counselor, of their intentions for each class no later than Monday, April 13.
Homewood High School Students Enrolled in AP Classes:
All students who are enrolled in AP classes must take the online AP exam in order to receive the quality point/weighted GPA for the AP course (HCS Board Policy IHA). Seniors who are enrolled in AP courses are strongly encouraged to continue to review the content in these courses in order to best be prepared for the AP exams.
To assist students who do not have a device at home, HCS will allow students to check out a used Chromebook from their school. Additional details regarding Chromebook distribution for those needing a device will be sent out tomorrow. Please monitor your email or HCS website for this information.
This process is new to us all, and we will be working throughout the remainder of the school year to refine it. 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.