• Please notify the school of any absences by sending an email to hms-attendance@homewood.k12.al.us

    If we are not notified that your student will be absent by 1:00 pm, the school will send an automatic notification that your child has an unexcused absence.
    A written explanation of the reason for the absence must be sent to the school within 3 days of your child's return to school. You may email the written explanation to the email address above, or you can send the note with your child when they return to school.

    Excused Absences
    The Homewood Board of Education sets as a guideline to allow up to five (5) absences excused by parent-written notes for student illness or travel per year and sets a guideline to additionally allow up to five (5) principal’s permission excused absences per school year (not including Death in the Immediate Family).  

    School-sponsored or sanctioned activities do not count towards the total absences allowed.  Pre-approved and documented college visits are exempt and do not count towards the total absences allowed.  Arrangements must be made to make up work as required.  

    Unexcused Absences
    Any absences not excused shall be considered unexcused.  Seven (7) unexcused absences within a school year constitute a student being truant for the purpose of filing a petition with the Jefferson County Juvenile Court Early Warning System.

    Administrators and teachers will make every effort to promote regular attendance by students and solicit assistance from parents and guardians in accomplishing this objective.  An absence is defined as non-attendance in a regularly scheduled class or activity, regardless of the reason for such non-attendance.  Students involved in school-related activities sanctioned by school administrators are counted as attending.  To participate in extracurricular activities after school, students must have been in attendance at school that day.