Homewood City Schools Newsletter
Information & Updates from Homewood City Schools
June 25, 2021
As Homewood City Schools leadership team continues to meet throughout the summer to plan for the upcoming school year, we wanted to provide you with some important dates and information. We hope that you continue to have a great summer break, and we look forward to seeing our students and families in August.
Dr. Justin Hefner
Registration & Save the Dates
The Online Data Verification Portal for Returning Students will launch June 28 and will close July 11. Updates for New and Returning Students are located on the HCS Registration Newsletter. The HCS Registration Newsletter also includes information and dates for elementary class lists, elementary Meet the Teacher, and HMS & HHS Orientations.
2021-2022 School Year Updates
At this time, HCS is planning a return to normal school procedures in the fall including regular lunch schedules and traditional school activities. Facial coverings will also be optional. As always, students and staff who do not feel well are expected to stay home until they are symptom free. We will continue to engage with local health officials and adjust fall plans if and when needed.
Devices - Students will need a Chromebook or laptop for school. Students who have a personal device can utilize it; otherwise, a Chromebook can be checked out from the school for each student who needs one. All school issued devices for grades K-1 will be stored in the classroom each day. More information regarding school issued devices will be sent out closer to the start of school.
Student Meals - The HCS Child Nutrition Program is pleased to announce that we will continue offering daily breakfast and lunch to students at no cost through the end of the 2021-2022 school year. This program is made possible through a recent extension of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Coronavirus relief program.
Please note, students who purchase additional meals or "a la carte" items during the school day will be charged for those items as applicable. Starting this year, all HCS cafeterias will be cashless. Please login to Titan to check or add funds to your child’s account.
Families that qualify for the Free and Reduced Meals program must still complete an application for the 2021-22 school year in order to qualify for additional benefits such as PEBT cards and free internet vouchers by September 21. For application information, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact the Child Nutrition Program Director, Rachel Fowler, at email@example.com.
HMS/HHS Virtual School Program
Homewood City Schools will offer a virtual school option to students in grades 6-12 for the 2021-22 school year. The virtual school option will be provided by Educere, a virtual learning platform, not HCS teachers. Educere courses are self-paced and aligned to AL course of study standards. Each student enrolled in an Educere course will have live access to an AL certified teacher in that content area from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST Monday - Friday.
If you are interested in choosing the 6-12 virtual school option for the 2021-22 school year, please click here for more detailed information including the registration form. Students planning to attend school virtually in the fall will need to complete the registration form no later than Wednesday, July 7.