Hoover students adjust to new absentee policy, rezoning plans

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HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — Wednesday is a busy day for students and parents attending 17 school districts. They’re all headed back to school. 

One of those districts include Hoover City Schools.

Hoover City Schools is celebrating its 30th year with plenty of improvements and changes.

Deer Valley Elementary School will probably see the largest impact from this year’s rezoning plans. The school’s population has dropped because of the rezoning plans. 

For some parents the change can be difficult. 

Superintendent Kathy Murphy tells CBS542 have already opened their doors to students and parents to help them get acclimated to their new school buildings.

“We understand that that’s difficult and trying but Hoover City Schools has such terrific schools throughout the city that regardless of what school you land in it’s an awesome opportunity to attend a Hoover school,” said Murphy. 

Students and parents will also be met with new changes to the school system’s absentee policy.

Students were previously allowed nine parent notes a semester, this year it’s just nine a year. 

“This change came about because of chronic absenteeism the state says a student is chronically absent if the student misses 15 days a year, that’s whether it’s excused absences or unexcused,” said Tera Simmons, assistant Superintendent. 

The school system is looking forward to the completion of the new Riverchase Career Connection Center, .

everything from building construction, electrical welding, hvac, information technology, our health science academy will move there so lots of opportunities for our students to learn skill trades and opportunities to either graduate with credentials in hand and or credentials that help them go to college”

The new career center is expected to open around this time next year

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