Frequently Asked Questions
When will students return to school? Tentatively, as announced by Governor Kay Ivey, students and staff members will return to schools and offices on Monday, April 6th, 2020
Will school-sponsored events still take place during this time of closure? No, school-sponsored events such as athletic games, performances, and proms will not take place during this time of closure.
Are students still permitted to work as part of apprenticeships, internships, etc. that are supervised by the school? No, BCS suspends all work placements, including the Birmingham Promise, effective Monday, March 16th, 2020.
Will absences count against my child’s attendance record during this time of closure? No, all absences during this time of closure will not count against any BCS students.
Will absences count against employees during this time of closure? No, these absences will not be counted against employees.
Will BCS employees get paid? Yes, employees should expect pay on Friday, March 20th, 2020.
Will meals be provided to students? If so, how? Yes, nutritious meals will still be available to all students who need them during the temporary closure. From Monday, March 16th through Wednesday, March 18th, ‘Grab and Go Meals’ will be provided from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at all Birmingham City Schools sites. Starting on Thursday, March 19th through Friday, April 3rd, specific school sites will be used for meal distribution services. Visit 'BCS & NEIGHBORING SCHOOL DISTRICTS PARTNERING TO PROVIDE MEALS FOR STUDENTS' for more information.
What is the difference between ‘Grab and Go Meals’ and the extended meal service after Thursday, March 19th, 2020? ‘Grab and Go Meals’ will be served Monday, March 16th, 2020 through Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 and will consist of fruit, cereal, milk, and non-perishable items. 'Grab and Go Meals' will be served at all schools within the district. Extended meals will be served from Thursday, March 19th, 2020 to Friday, March 27th, 2020 and will each consist of a sandwich, fruit, juice, milk, and a snack. Extended meals will be served at all Birmingham City Schools except Carver High School, which will be serving as the central kitchen. Meals will be provided as needed until the date of Friday, April 3rd, 2020. Visit 'BCS & NEIGHBORING SCHOOL DISTRICTS PARTNERING TO PROVIDE MEALS FOR STUDENTS' for more information.
What if my child is not a student at Birmingham City Schools? How will he or she get fed? There are food service locations around the community that have free meals available for ALL children under the age of 18 regardless of where the child lives or attends school. Visit http://bit.ly/FeedJEFFCO for more information.
How can organizations support meal services at Birmingham City Schools? BCS leaders are grateful for the outreach of those offering to provide meal support for scholars. The district invites any individuals and organizations offering to provide support to email BCS_Eats@bhm.k12.al.us.
How will the district support learning during the closure? BCS will focus on providing scholars and their families with enrichment options to continue educational opportunities while away from school. Visit Curriculum and Instruction Enrichment Resources for more information.
Have there been any confirmed coronavirus cases within Birmingham City Schools? Currently, one central office employee has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). BCS encourages anyone feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus to contact a medical professional. Learn more at 'MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020: CORONAVIRUS CASE CONFIRMED IN BCS'
What can I do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during school closure? BCS encourages families to follow prevention tips promoted by the CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html
How can I stay informed on the latest news regarding BCS and the coronavirus? Be sure to check the 'BCS Coronavirus Updates' page on our website: BCS Newsroom. To be the first to receive updates, download the BCS App at bhamcityschools.org/app. You can also follow BCS on Instagram at @bhmcityschools. Follow BCS on twitter at @bhmcityschools Add BCS on Facebook at BhamCitySchools.