Brooks Bulletin

7th and 8th Grade Update

Jr High Virtual Tour

Once you click the button above, you can click on the pictures to open the various pieces of the Jr High Virtual Tour. We hope this helps our seventh and eighth graders have more information about the upcoming school year. See you next week!

Frequently Asked Questions (especially for 7th and 8th graders)

Brook High School Procedures and FAQ



Attendance


Brooks High School and Brooks Elementary School have worked cooperatively to develop our hybrid schedules for face-to-face learning. Our counselors and administrators have divided students into two groups, the PRIDE Group and the LION Group, as determined by each student's last name.

PRIDE Group: A-J

LION Group- K-Z

  • Mondays/Tuesdays — Students in the PRIDE group will attend traditional/on-campus learning and students in the LION group will participate in remote, at-home learning.

  • Wednesday — All students will learn remotely using e-learning this day. We will clean classrooms and have online office hours.

  • Thursdays/Fridays — Students in the LION group will attend traditional/on-campus learning and students in the PRIDE group will participate in remote, at-home learning.

All students will be expected to participate in virtual learning activities each day they are not physically present on campus.

Siblings residing in the same household will attend traditional school on the same day. If siblings in the same household have different last names, they will attend school on the day assigned to the oldest sibling. If this situation applies to your family, please contact the school(s) to inform us of your situation.


With the new Hybrid Schedule (PRIDE Group/ LION Group) attendance will only be taken on the day that your child attends school.



  • What if I am absent on the day that I am supposed to go to school?

    • On the day you return to school, students will need to bring an excuse to Mrs. Kelley in the front office.

      • Students may be excused 5 days per semester with a parent note .

      • All other days must be excused by a doctor or legal document.

  • What do I do if I must check my child out of school?

    • Parents will be limited on entering the building during this crazy time.

    • If you must check your child out of school, ring the buzzer on the left hand side of the main entrance.

    • When asked, tell the office staff member the name of your child, the grade of your child, and the reason for the check-out.

      • You will be asked to show proper identification by holding your ID up to the camera on the buzzer.

      • Once you are verified as an authorized pick-up person, you may wait for your child in your car.

    • Check-outs count as absences for each class missed.

    • You must provide valid reasons for a check-out absence to be excused.

  • What should I do if my child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?

    • If your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 at home, PLEASE DO NOT SEND THEM TO SCHOOL. Contact our school nurse, Mr. Fenn, and let him know that your child is experiencing symptoms


Morning Drop Off/Afternoon Dismissal

  • Please follow all Morning Drop Off and Afternoon Dismissal procedures. These traffic procedures are in place to ensure the safety of your child. Thank you for your cooperation.



FAQS:

*Most parent/student questions can be answered through our county Parent/Student Handbook located on the county website (www.lcschools.org).



  • What should I do/Where should I go on the first day of school?

    • On the first day of school, BHS Faculty and staff along with BHS Pride Ambassadors will be outside directing you to either the lunchroom (if you are eating breakfast), or your homeroom teacher’s classroom.

    • Homeroom rosters will be posted on the glass windows in the front office and outside teachers’ classrooms.

    • Make sure to wear your mask and follow all enter/exit doors and “one way” hallway signs.

  • What materials/supplies should I bring on the First Day of School?

    • We are asking that NO SUPPLIES be brought on the first day of school. We will be assigning lockers the first week of school. Once students have been assigned and paid for their locker, they will be able to bring the school supplies.

    • We encourage parents/guardians to send the $10 Locker Fee and $40 Chromebook fee the first day of school.

      • These fees can be cash (correct change) or check (made out to BHS)

      • Parents/Guardians can write one check to BHS for a total of $50 (locker fee & Chromebook fee)

      • Students will receive a receipt upon payment

  • Do I need to bring a lock for my locker?

    • Yes, if you plan to keep your locker locked during the school day; you will need to provide a lock.

  • When will I get my schedule and INOW login information?

    • 7th graders will receive their schedules and login information on the first day of school.

      • All 7th graders will have math, English, science, social studies, and physical education.

    • 8th Grades can log in to their INOW account and view their schedules.

    • Parents can get their INOW login information beginning September 21, from Mrs. Ashley Himber, our school secretary. Please bring an ID in for verification.


  • Where do I turn in my excuses for absences?

    • Mrs. Donna Kelley’s office located in the front office (See Tours of Our School to locate Mrs. Kelley’s office)


  • What time will 7th & 8th graders eat lunch? -10:50 AM


  • What is the best way for a parent to contact a teacher/school employee?


  • How can I keep up to date with school happenings?

    • Go to www.lcschools.org; Click on the Schools tab at the top of the page and select BHS or use the link in the About Us section of this newsletter.

    • You can also follow

      • Official Brooks High School Facebook page @BHSLions

      • Official Brooks High School Twitter feed @BrooksHSLions

Internet Connectivity for Students

Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students



The Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students program will provide free internet access for eligible students who are enrolled in the National School Lunch Program through their schools. We are working to make the process as easy as possible for students who choose to participate.

If your student is enrolled in the National School Lunch Program through their school, you are already enrolled in the Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students program. You will receive a prepaid voucher by U.S. mail by the end of August. Then all you’ll have to do is call the internet service provider of your choice, give them your voucher code, and sign up for service.

For more information go to https://abcstudents.org/2020/08/04/example-post-3/

Why does the Census matter?


In 2020, we as Alabamians have a tremendous opportunity to positively affect our state’s future for the next 10 years and beyond. How? By taking less than 10 minutes to complete a 2020 Census form.


Not only that. Saying “I Count” by completing your census form also helps secure a brighter future for yourself, your family, and your community.


Your opportunity to say “I Count” is coming in the spring of 2020. The mission of Alabama Counts! is to ensure you understand what is at stake for Alabama in 2020 and to ensure you are prepared to complete and return your census form.


Data from the census affects everyone. We all have something to gain from a full census count.


Funding for Programs that Impact You, Your Family and Our Communities


Funding to Alabama for many important programs that affect health care, education, housing assistance, infrastructure development, and more is tied in some form to census data. An accurate count will ensure that the state receives its fair share of funding for these important programs. A recent study by George Washington University indicates that the U.S. government returned almost $1,600 to the state in 2015 for every Alabamian counted in the census.


George Washington University also indicated that a total of more than $13 billion was allocated to Alabama in 2016 from 55 programs that are guided in some part by data derived from the census. All of us either depend on the assistance provided through these programs or know someone who does.


Just a few of the programs affected in Alabama are:



  • Nutrition Programs- Your children’s nutrition is on the line. Your census helps to secure funding used to ensure a nutritious school lunch for your child.


  • Head Start- Your children could lose early learning experience. Early learning is essential to your child’s development and is only possible with funding secured by the census.


  • Education Grants- complete yours at census.gov Your child could lose better learning opportunities. Your census helps to ensure billions of dollars are provided to improve learning experiences in Alabama.



We must do everything we can to ensure that the state receives its fair sharing of funding for these programs so they remain available for those who greatly benefit from them and those who may need them in the future. If we do not, the need for this assistance will remain and state and local governments will be forced to replace the lost funds through alternative means. This alternative will affect everyone.


Congressional Representation

The population count taken in the 2020 Census will determine the allocation of the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. States with the most population gains are projected to gain additional seats while states with population losses or slow growth are at risk of losing seats.


A projected slowed population growth in Alabama has put the state in danger of losing one of our seven congressional seats after the 2020 Census. These are the voices that represent us and stand up for our needs on the federal level. The loss of a Congressional representative would mean one less critical voice advocating for Alabama on the national stage. The only way to potentially avoid this outcome is for all Alabamians to participate in the 2020 Census.


Economic Development

Data collected by the Census Bureau is considered by business and industry as valuable, unbiased data collected by a neutral third party. An improvement in a community’s Census data could mean additional retail and restaurant growth as well as more consideration from companies wishing to expand or relocate, creating job opportunities.

In 2010, Alabama had a 72 percent response rate to the census with lower rates particularly in west Alabama and in some urban areas. This participation rate won’t be enough for 2020. Together, we can make sure that Alabama’s voices are heard. You count. Alabama counts.


TAKE THE CENSUS ONLINE: MY2020CENSUS.GOV