Mask Matrix Designation Jan. 15-21

HCS will be operating in Masks Mandatory beginning Saturday, Jan. 15 through Friday, Jan. 21. HCS utilizes a Mask Matrix which decides between Masks Optional and Masks Mandatory depending on the overall community transmission rate for Madison County during the preceding 10 business days.  Use the More Information button below to access the COVID-19 Infocenter and view the full Mask Matrix.

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Hawk News from the Principal 12/6

Hello HCES families,

We have two more weeks until the end of the first semester. STAR Testing is this week for our students in Kindergarten - Fifth Grade. Mistletoe Market is taking place this week in the library. The Spelling Bee is next Thursday and Holiday parties are next Friday. I'll add the dates below. We have a fun AR celebration planned for January that will celebrate our AR efforts from last year but will also kickoff our spring semester push for students to reach their goals second semester. We are planning AR Mystery Trips for the end of the year for students who reach their 3rd and 4th quarter goals. Please help encourage your child to read and reach their goals for the 3rd and 4th quarters (second semester).

Huntsville City Schools is planning to adjust after-school tutoring programming for the second/spring semester. Our current after-school tutoring program will end on December 17, 2021. HCES will continue to offer afterschool tutoring for our students who have reading needs per the Alabama Literacy Act. We have contacted those parents and have shared the schedule for tutoring for the second/spring semester. Again, after-school tutoring will only be offered for students who are invited for the second/spring semester. The new after-school program, AlphaBEST, enrollment is now open! HCES will offer after-school care for ALL families who are interested beginning in January. All interested families should go ahead and pre-register for our next extended day option. AlphaBEST, the company hiring for our school site, needs to have an idea of how many families will use this service. It will help with hiring if we can have students registered soon.

We are working hard to start our school day on time to make the most of instruction. We will note the car line at 8:00 and once those cars unload, we will be closing the doors and asking parents to park, walk their child in, and sign in as tardy. Please understand that we need to get our day started on time and the closing of the door has progressively pushed later and later. We can do better for our students so I will ask that we all work hard to get our children to school on time each morning. We understand if there is rain or the line is backed up, however, we have lulls in the car line each morning and then another rush right before 8:00.

We are noticing many students come in daily without masks. Our teachers will be monitoring as students unload and reminding students to get their masks before exiting their cars. We still have a mask mandate at this time and we must follow procedures. This also applies to parents who enter our building. Please be prepared to return to your car if you do not have your mask with you. Our safety bubble in the front office is now in place and we are not allowing people in the building without masks per our district policy.

Please continue to alert your child's teacher if your child or someone in your home is positive for COVID. Masking is required while on campus. If you or a member of your family are positive, we ask that you do not enter our building to pick up your children or their materials. Please call us if you need us to walk your children out to you. If you are positive, please send someone else to the school to pick up needed materials for your children. We are happy to work with you, please call us at 256-428-7180.

Please ensure your child's teacher knows how they will go home each and every day. If you tell them they are bus riders, your child's teacher must know which bus they are to ride. Please share with your child's teacher. If you are a car rider, please make a sign with your child's name, grade, and teacher's name to place in the front dash of the car when you come for dismissal pick up. This will help us to call their name and expedite the car rider line. The state has shared that our school menus may be a little different due to the supply chain shortage and staffing shortages experienced around the state.

Thank you all for your support, Ms. Spivey