Blended Learning & Spring Break Feeding

All Huntsville City Schools remain closed through April 3rd.  Beginning Monday, April 6th, Huntsville City Schools will begin implementation of a Blended Learning Plan.  The Rock Worship Center & The Dream Center, in partnership with The Manna House, will be continuing curbside meal distribution during spring break.  We are grateful for the support of our community!  For more information about the blended learning plan, academic enrichment activities, and spring break feeding sites, please use the More Information button below to visit the Coronavirus & Crisis Contingency Plan page.

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Coronavirus & Crisis Contingency Plan - Updated 3-29-20

For information on how student learning will be implemented beginning Monday, April 6, please visit the Blended Learning Plan page.

Huntsville City Schools is taking the health and well being of our students and staff seriously.  As a proactive measure, our Health Services and Facilities Departments are monitoring student illness and providing additional cleaning in our buildings as needed. Also, we continue to work closely with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) for the latest guidance and recommendations regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), influenza, and other infectious illnesses/diseases.

Huntsville City Schools uses SchoolCast to communicate important updates to parents, students, and staff.  All stakeholders are encouraged to login to SchoolCast to ensure that all information is up-to-date.  Visit the SchoolCast page for more information.


March 29 Update

Beginning Monday, March 30th, all lunch services will be provided by community outreach partners The Rock Family Worship Center and The Dream Center, in partnership with The Manna House.  Meals will be served to any youth age 18 and under between 10:30AM - 1:00PM through Friday, April 3rd.  Huntsville City Schools is grateful for the support of our community!

Contact Information:
  • Pastor Chris Mitchell (The Rock Family Worship Center): 256-394-7331
  • Alicia Gale (food donation and delivery logistics for The Rock Family Worship Center): 256-627-9942
Lunch Site Locations:
  • Chaffee Elementary
  • Lakewood Elementary
  • McDonnell Elementary
  • Highlands Elementary
  • Ridgecrest Elementary
  • Lee High School

Previous Updates
March 25 Update

Huntsville City Schools (HCS) leaders are continuing to work in conjunction with health officials after learning today, March 25, 2020, that an employee has tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The employee is a teacher at Morris Middle School. HCS notified families and staff members at both Morris Middle and Elementary schools. The last known date the teacher was at school is Friday, March 13, 2020. 

Families are encouraged to self-monitor for symptoms of coronavirus including fever, dry cough, body aches, and shortness of breath. Additionally, families are recommended to continue practicing social distancing by remaining at home unless it involves work or obtaining essential items such as food and medicine. 

Anyone exhibiting one or more of these symptoms should call a medical professional immediately. Any HCS families who receive a positive test for COVID-19 are asked to contact HCS Nursing Coordinator, Andrea Penn, by emailing Andrea.Penn@hsv-K12.org.

As a precautionary measure, Huntsville City Schools will also be ceasing curbside meal distribution from the Morris School site.  We will continue to serve the Morris School community via school bus delivery service.  We also encourage our families to visit the other three meal distribution sites, which include:  Chaffee Elementary, Lakewood Elementary and Lee High School.

HCS invites stakeholders to visit the CDC Coronavirus Website to learn more information about COVID-19. Connect with HCS on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and here for official district updates. 

March 20 Comprehensive Update from Superintendent Finley

As we continue to move through uncharted territory with school closure and precautions to keep our Huntsville City Schools family safe and healthy during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we want to ensure that you have information and resources to support your child at home. 

HCS continues to work collaboratively with the Alabama State Department of Education to continuously monitor and assess the situation with other government agencies, and we will reassess the situation as the initial period of closure ends April 6, 2020. We will keep our families informed as this situation progresses.

Meal Services

In an effort to remove transportation barriers for children, HCS is using school buses to deliver free meals to students in select neighborhoods around the city. Through the district’s partnership with the Apple Bus Company, HCS is expanding the reach of its community meal distribution program by delivering breakfasts and lunches to students 18 and under. Students are invited to “Look for the bus, listen for the horn, and receive a free meal.” Buses will be driving slowly through the distribution areas and announcing their arrival by sounding their horns. Meals will be handed to students from the school bus door.

Meals will be delivered weekdays between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. in the following areas:  

  • Cherokee Bend Apartments
  • Squaw Valley Apartments
  • Edmonton Heights Housing Community
  • Meadow Hills Housing Community
  • Northwoods Homes
  • Shady Grove Mobile Homes
  • Merrimac Manor Mobile Homes

This service will last through Friday, March 27, 2020. 

HCS is also providing FREE Curbside Lunch Service for students at four schools across the city. Children 18 and under are invited to pick up a free meal weekdays from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the following locations through Friday, March 27, 2020:

  • Lee High — 2500 Meridian Street, Huntsville, AL 35811
  • Lakewood Elementary — 3501 Kenwood Drive, Huntsville, AL 35810
  • Morris Elementary/Middle — 4801 Bob Wallace Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35805 (removed 3-25-20)
  • Chaffee Elementary — 7900 Whittier Road, Huntsville, AL 35802

In addition, City of Huntsville Transit will be operating all fixed route service on regular normal published schedules Monday through Friday.  Any child or individual that tells a Bus Operator that he/she is riding to get to a feeding site may ride for free.

  • Monday through Friday:  6 a.m. – 9 p.m.

 Use the Citywide Route Map for route info.

Enrichment Activities and E-Learning

Please be mindful that Huntsville City Schools has not employed e-learning. E-learning requires that students work at home to complete their work electronically and does not require their physical attendance in school buildings. An eDay is recognized by the ALSDE as a “regular day of instruction”.  During this period of state-mandated school closure, E-learning or eDays are not permissible because schools are closed. As such, HCS is not implementing e-learning.  

However, listed below is a wealth of resources that are available for academic engagement during the mandated school closure period. These links contain activities that support and engage all students in all grades and for all content areas. Our HCS ETV team is also working with faculty and staff members to produce a series of instructional enrichment videos that we will make available on the HCS website. We will share these as they are made available.

Technology and Digital Learning

We encourage families and staff members to utilize the IT Help Desk Direct Line by dialing 256-428-6900. It is open Mondays through Fridays beginning at 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Please note the IT Help Desk can assist with the following:

  • Providing the user with passwords and usernames.
  • Directing the user to the correct URLs for programs.
  • Walking the user through troubleshooting tips.

The IT Help Desk cannot assist with the following:

  • Hardware issues
  • Install printers

We also encourage families with technology access at home to utilize the following resources:

  • Clever Portal: Students can access digital programs through the Clever portal. The Clever portal may be accessed from any device using this website https://clever.com/in/huntsvillecityschools/student/portal.
    • Students will need to log in to the Clever portal using the full login of firstname.lastname@stu.hsv-k12.org. Unless a student has changed his or her password, the student’s password is his or her birthday typed as six digits with no spaces, dashes, or slashes.
    • For example, if your student was born on January 19, 2012, the password would be 011912.
  • Accelerated Reader Tests: Students may now take Accelerated Reader tests at home Monday through Friday from 7:30 am until 7:30 pm. Accelerated Reader can be accessed through Clever, using the instructions above.
  • Student Hotspots: The monthly data allotment on all student hotspots has increased from 2GB to 20GB for the next 60 days. 

Report Cards and Checking Grades

Third nine-week report cards were sent home Friday, March 13, 2020. If your child was not present at school on March 13, 2020, please email your school principal letting him/her know you would like a copy of your child’s report card. Families may also log in to iNow to view student grades. Please contact the IT Help Desk at 256-428-6900 if you need support.

Attendance and Reopen Date

All Huntsville City Schools are closed, and formal grading and instruction are not taking place. Students will not be marked absent during the school closure.

Students are set to return to school on Monday, April 6, 2020, unless otherwise determined by the State of Alabama or the Alabama State Department of Education. We will keep you informed of any changes to this plan.

Thanks...

I cannot thank you enough for what you all do for our Huntsville City Schools students.  We know that no one was planning for an event like this.  We understand the stress that each family must be facing.  That is why I feel compelled to thank each of you.

Our Huntsville City Schools family has stepped up in this crisis in more ways than I can count.  From our dedicated staff members supporting our efforts to feed students to community members reaching out to take care of those staff members, I have been truly touched by the outpouring of love and support.  Please know that I will continue to be there with my staff as we work to move past this.  We will do everything we can to make this process as seamless and painless as possible. 

Stay healthy and stay safe!

March 15-20 Updates

March 20 Update

The HEALS Clinic at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary will be open to provide medical care to all of our patients.  You can call the office at 256-428-7110 to schedule an appointment.    Due to COVID-19, we have made some changes in our procedures to minimize the spread of the virus and keep our patients and staff safe. The waiting room will be closed until further notice. You will be asked to wait in your car until we can take you straight to the exam room.  Please call the office at 256-428-7110 upon arriving.

All dental cleanings have been canceled at this time.  We will be available on a limited basis for emergencies only.  Please call 256-428-7276 should your child have dental emergency.

HEALS accepts students from Huntsville City Schools that have Medicaid or AllKids. 


March 19 Update

Reminder: We are currently offering FREE Curbside Lunch Service. 

The following school locations will continue to offer the FREE meal service for youth 18yrs. of age and under Monday-Friday from 10:30AM - 1:00PM through March 27th.

Participating School Sites:
  1. Lee High School – 2500 Meridian St., Huntsville, AL 35811
  2. Lakewood Elem. – 3501 Kenwood Dr., Huntsville, AL 35810
  3. Morris Elem/Middle – 4801 Bob Wallace Rd., Huntsville, AL 35805
  4. Chaffee Elem. – 7900 Whittier Rd, Huntsville, AL 35802
New! Beginning Tomorrow, Friday, March 20th:

We will be offering 2 school bus delivery options in our community from 11:00am-12:00pm thanks to our partnership with Apple Bus.

  1. We will have a School Bus parked in the Cherokee Bend Apartment Complex, 4177 Newsome Rd.
  2. We will have another School Bus driving a continuous loop through the Edmonton Heights neighborhood (Wilkerson Dr., around Melody Dr. and back to Salem Dr., exiting Wilkerson Dr.)

This School Bus delivery service will be offered March 20th - Friday, March 27th from 11:00am-12:00pm (Weekdays Only)

City of Huntsville Transit

In addition, City of Huntsville Transit will be operating all fixed route service on regular normal published schedules Monday through Friday.  Any child or individual that tells a Bus Operator that he/she is riding to get to a feeding site may ride for free.

  • Monday through Friday:  6:00AM – 9:00PM

Use the Citywide Route Map for route info.


March 17 Update

We have consolidated our FREE Curbside Lunch Service Sites.  The following school locations will continue to offer the FREE meal service for youth 18 yrs. of age and under Monday-Friday from 10:30AM - 1:00PM through March 27th.

Participating School Sites:
  1. Lee High School – 2500 Meridian St., Huntsville, AL 35811
  2. Lakewood Elem. – 3501 Kenwood Dr., Huntsville, AL 35810
  3. Morris Elem/Middle – 4801 Bob Wallace Rd., Huntsville, AL 35805
  4. Chaffee Elem. – 7900 Whittier Rd, Huntsville, AL 35802

In addition, City of Huntsville Transit will be operating all fixed route service on regular normal published schedules Monday through Friday.  Any child or individual that tells a Bus Operator that he/she is riding to get to a feeding site may ride for free.

  • Monday through Friday:  6:00AM – 9:00PM

Use the Citywide Route Map for route info.


March 16 Update

In order to continue to support the well-being of our students, Huntsville City Schools began providing free lunch service today from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at all school locations.

Beginning tomorrow, March 17th through Friday, March 27th, free lunch service will be offered at the following locations between 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Participating School Sites:

  1. Lee High School – 2500 Meridian St., Huntsville, AL 35811
  2. Lakewood Elem. – 3501 Kenwood Dr., Huntsville, AL 35810
  3. Morris Elem/Middle – 4801 Bob Wallace Rd., Huntsville, AL 35805
  4. Dawson Elem. – 5308 Mastin Lake Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810
  5. Chaffee Elem. – 7900 Whittier Rd, Huntsville, AL 35802
  6. Highlands Elem. – 2500 Barney Terrace, Huntsville, AL 35810
  7. Sonnie Hereford Elem. – 2755 Wilson St., Huntsville, AL 35816
  8. McDonnell Elem. – 4010 Binderton Pl., Huntsville, AL 35805

At each of these sites, the HCS Child Nutrition Program team will provide free Grab N’ Go lunches for all youth, ages 18 years and under.  This program is offered at no cost to all youth in our community.

We like to think of this as a drive-thru meal service to make it convenient for our families.  Walk-up participants are also welcomed.  There will be a separate meal station for the walk up service.

We do want to remind our community that our school buildings will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17th through Friday, April 3rd.


March 15, 7:00PM Update

Effective immediately, all scheduled Athletic events are postponed until at least April 6th.  This includes any activities related to Athletics.  All HCS Athletic Facilities will be closed during this time as well.


March 15, 4:00PM Update from Superintendent Finley

Effective immediately, Huntsville City Schools will close for students Monday, March 16th through Friday, April 3rd, 2020. Huntsville City Schools remains proactive in promoting the safety of students, families, employees and stakeholders.

  • At this time, athletic events will continue through Tuesday, March 17, 2020, per AHSAA guidance.
  • All school sponsored activities scheduled during the state-wide school closure are suspended until April 30, 2020.

Staff and teachers will be in the building on Monday, March 16th so that families can pick up essential items, such as medications, technology devices, student materials, gym clothes, etc. between 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. We urge and remind families that Monday will be the only day in which families can pick up these items. The school buildings will be locked and secured after Monday, March 16th.

Huntsville City Schools will serve grab-and-go meals from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16th, Tuesday, March 17th and Wednesday, March 18th. Meal pick-up will take place in your child’s school car line. Information on HCS meal services from Thursday, March 19th through the remainder of the school closure will be provided on the district website.

March 9-14 Updates
March 14 Update

As a school district, we have been closely monitoring the news and best practices regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We want to assure the community that we are reviewing and updating all contingency plans for e-learning, operations, child nutrition program, etc.  We are working closely with our community partners in hopes that they can fill in the gaps for services when students are not in school.

We have an update to share regarding school attendance, based on recent information we received from the Alabama State Department of Education.  Parents/Guardians who wish to keep their child/children home beginning Monday, March 16th are welcome to do so.  The absences will be excused.

District teachers and staff have been preparing e-learning plans for our students. Your child’s school will be providing more information.  If you have any questions, please contact the school directly. 

We continue to receive updates from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Alabama State Department of Education and will adjust our plans accordingly. 

Your patience is appreciated as we finalize our plans for school closure.


March 13 PM Update from Superintendent Finley

Pursuant to direction we received from Governor Ivey and State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey, Huntsville City Schools will be open for regular school days from Monday, March 16th through Wednesday, March 18th. Athletic events will continue as planned during this period; however, this is subject to change as we receive additional information.

Huntsville City Schools will then close beginning Thursday, March 19th through Friday, April 3rd to minimize exposure and risk of COVID-19.  All schools, offices, and campuses will be closed during this period. 

We are working closely with local and state authorities to monitor the situation.  Updates will be provided to students, parents, and guardians as we receive them from state officials.


March 13 AM Update

  1. Huntsville City Schools will not cancel any of the events currently scheduled for this Friday through Sunday, March 13th through 15th, 2020.
  2. Except for athletic events, all currently planned events and field trips will be canceled beginning Monday, March 16th, through Thursday, April 30th, 2020. This includes, but is not limited to, all plays, concerts, recitals, career fairs, dances, and other school related gatherings. Your child’s school principal will send additional communication regarding affected school events.
  3. Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, Huntsville City Schools will be limiting attendance at all athletic events. Each player will receive six vouchers, per athletic event, to give to people of their choice. No one will be admitted without a voucher.
  4. Effective today, Friday, March 13, 2020, all non-school related rental contracts between outside organizations and the Huntsville City Schools Facility Use Office are canceled through April 30, 2020. The Facilities Use Coordinator will be in touch with individual renters.

March 9 Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • ADPH reminds the public to follow normal precautions to prevent illness and the spread of disease
  • The CDC website provides up-to-date information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Influenza (Flu)

  • Significant Influenza activity continues to be detected across Alabama and most of the United States
Elementary Academic Engagement Activities
Elementary ETV Lessons - HCS PREVAIL

Even though schools are closed, Huntsville City Schools (HCS) is taking the classroom experience to families’ homes in the community.  The district’s ETV Department is partnering with teachers to produce HCS PREVAIL, which stands for “Provide Relevant Enriching Valuable Access to Innovative Learning.”

These instructional enrichment videos are made available for students to watch in the comfort of their own homes during the school closure.  The videos will also be aired on the district’s over-the-air broadcast on channel 25.5, Comcast cable channel 17 and WOW! cable channel 3.  New videos will be debuted as they are made available by the district.


Social Studies
Pre-K Academic Engagement Activities for Students & Parents

Resources:                   

K-5 Core Subject Activities for Students & Parents
Reading Activities
  • Practice reading sight words. Try finding the sight words on cereal boxes or other packages in your home, appropriate magazines at home, etc. Make a collage of words or write the words you find.
  • Read a book to an adult- draw a picture/write to share the gist of the reading
  • Activity related to phonics focus and possible recording of lesson

Math Activities

Practice specific grade appropriate math facts.


Science & Social Studies
Alabama Bicentennial links:
Secondary Academic Engagement Activities
Secondary ETV Lessons - HCS PREVAIL

Even though schools are closed, Huntsville City Schools (HCS) is taking the classroom experience to families’ homes in the community.  The district’s ETV Department is partnering with teachers to produce HCS PREVAIL, which stands for “Provide Relevant Enriching Valuable Access to Innovative Learning.”

These instructional enrichment videos are made available for students to watch in the comfort of their own homes during the school closure.  The videos will also be aired on the district’s over-the-air broadcast on channel 25.5, Comcast cable channel 17 and WOW! cable channel 3.  New videos will be debuted as they are made available by the district.


English Language Arts
Math
Science
Art & Music
Counseling
Parent Outreach
Core Subject Instructional Resources & Ideas
Most instructional enrichment resources can be accessed through a single login to clever. For instance, Pearson Easybrige, Discovery Ed, Renaissance Learning, Canvas, Newsela, Khan Academy, CCC Learning Hub, Freckle by Renaissance are all available through Clever. Students that have their computer devices should be able to access the above digital platforms through a single login to Clever.

Canvas & Google Classroom Resources

English Language Arts

Math

Science

Social Studies

Additional Academic Engagement Activities
GATE Academic Engagement Activities for Students & Parents
Magnet Engagement Activities
French Music & Videos

Students will have a varying degree of comprehension for each song. Please don’t ask your child to translate into English since this is a very difficult skill even for older bilingual children. Third and Fourth grade students may not recognize some of the songs since we sing more in the lower grades. For 3rd and 4th graders activities in google classroom are still available and www.sheppardsoftware.com is a great place to learn the names of countries.

Special Education (SPE) Academic Engagement Activities
SPE Support for AAS (K-12)
All Ages

Primary

PreSchool - Upper Elementary

Elementary

Upper Elementary - Middle School

Upper Elementary - High School
SPE Support for Collaborative (K-5)
Resources

Youtube- search for children's books that are read aloud

Apps to Download (Phone or Tablet)
  • Scholastic
  • ABC Mouse
  • Khan academy kids
  • Adventure Academy
Activities
  • Read a book and draw pictures to illustrate
  • Write a letter to a relative
  • Make math facts flash cards using paper or sticky notes. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  • Use a simple recipe to reinforce reading and math (measuring) to make a dish or a snack.
SPE Support for Collaborative (6-12)

Grades 6-8

Resources
Math Resources - Math Game Websites
Free Worksheets Practice Sheets
Interactive Flashcards
Instructional Videos
ELA/Social Studies/Science Resources

Grades 9-12

Resources
ELA
Math
Additional Information
No Cost WiFi Options
Comcast Xfinity

Free Internet Essentials from Comcast for Two Months

  • Be an eligible “qualified low-income household”
  • Comcast/Xfinity Internet Essentials
    English - 855-846-8376
    Spanish - 855-765-6995
    7 am – 11 pm CDT
  • All new customers will receive “a free self-install kit” with no shipping fee

AT&T

Access from AT&T Program - Offering two months of free service to new Access customers who order by April 30, 2020. $5/month or $10/month thereafter, depending on speed.

  • Expanding eligibility based on income and to households participating in National School Lunch Program/Head Start
  • Waiving all home internet data overage fees
  • Access from AT&T
    English   855.220.5211
    Spanish   855.220.5225
    Weekdays, 7 am - 9 pm CDT
    Saturday, 7 am - 4 pm CDT
Community Partnerships & Volunteering
We encourage churches and community organizations to contact Rena Anderson at Rena.Anderson@hsv-k12.org if you would like Huntsville City Schools to list your organization, contact information, and location here for our families to receive your services.

Hope Community Church
1111 Pulaski Pike, AL 35816
Providing Grab & Go Lunches Mon-Fri 11AM-12:30PM through April 3rd

Boys & Girls Club of North AL
Visit their website using the above link for site locations, times, and contact info.
 

Food Pantries in Madison County

Interfaith Mission Service, Foodline
Huntsville, AL 35801
256-534-2424

Northwest Community Service Organization
3210 Hi Lo Circle Meridian Street, Huntsville,
AL 256-532-1505

Manna House Madison County
2110 South Memorial Pkwy, Huntsville, AL
256-503-4848

Mercy Ministries runs a Food Pantry
3301 Westmill Drive, Huntsville, AL
256-881-7419

Operation Stand Down
4440 University Drive, Huntsville, AL 35816
256-715-0556

Whitesburg Baptist Church
3911 Pulaski Pike Huntsville, AL 35810
256-881-0952

Good Sheppard United Methodist Church
1418 Old Railroad Bed Road, Madison, AL 35757
256-232-3331

Inside Out Ministries
181 Hughes Rd #2, Madison, AL 35758
256-325-5193

Care Center of Southeastern Madison County
5439 Main Drive New Hope, AL 35760
256-723-2273

Locust Grove Baptist Church
171 Church Lake Road, New Market, AL 35761
256-379-2813

Huntsville Assistance Program North
11588 Pulaski Pike, Toney, AL 35773
256-828-8788

First Baptist Church Meridianville
175 Monroe Road, Meridianville, AL 35759
256-828-1607

Counseling Resources

We recognize the closing of schools due to COVID 19 may affect students and families on multiple levels, including socially and emotionally.  In an effort to provide additional online support for students and families coping with COVID 19, we are providing a list of links below that contain excellent information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What can I do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during school closure?

HCS encourages families to follow prevention tips promoted by the CDC.

What should I do if I think I or my child have COVID-19?

HCS encourages families to follow CDC recommended guidelines regarding COVID-19.  

Can my child engage in academic tasks at home during the school closure?

Yes.  Students may use the links relevant to their grade level above to engage in online and digital academic resources while at home.

How can I communicate with my child's teacher or school principal.

The best way to communicate with your child's teacher or school principal is via email.  All teacher and administrator emails can be found on their respective school websites.  View a list of school websites.

How can I communicate with my child's teacher if I need an interpreter?

We have several interpreters available to support. You may also use Google Translate to translate your message before sending  to your teacher. Contact ann.batista@hsv-k12.org or leave a message at 256-428-6990 with your name and phone number.

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