Back-to-School FAQ

When is the first day of school?
What school will my child attend?
When can I view student schedules and homeroom assignments?
How do I find my student’s bus route?
Do I need to update my child’s immunization record?
What is Home Access Center?
What is Canvas?
How do I enroll my student?
How do I update my home address?
How do I check the school calendar?
What’s for lunch?
How do I find my student’s school supply list?
How can I update my preferences for receiving notifications?


When is the first day of school?

  • Grades K-12: Wednesday, August 21
  • Preschool: Friday, August 23

What school will my child attend?

  • Use the interactive attendance map to enter your address and view a listing of all the schools associated with your current attendance area.

When can I view student schedules and homeroom assignments?

  • Find student schedules and homeroom assignments in Home Access Center (HAC). View the information after the scheduled release dates:

Elementary: Wed, Aug 14, 4pm
Sixth Grade: Fri, Aug 16, 8am
Middle Schools: Thu, Aug 8, 7am
Davidson HS Mon, Aug 12, 11am
Darby HS: Fri, Aug 16, Noon
Bradley HS: Mon, Aug 12, 7am


How do I find my student’s bus route?


Do I need to update my child’s immunization record?


What is Home Access Center?

  • Home Access Center (HAC) is a communications tool that allows parents and students to view student registration, scheduling, attendance, and grade information. Use HAC to find update guardian and emergency contact information.

What is Canvas?

  • Canvas is a learning management system that helps keep students and parents up-to-date and in contact with their teachers throughout the year. Use Canvas to find daily classroom assignments, scores, and more.

How do I enroll my student?

  • Visit our Welcome Center webpage to begin the online registration process. We offer online registration for grades K-12. The final step of the online registration process will prompt you to bring documentation to the Welcome Center (located at 2140 Atlas Street) to complete your registration. The Welcome Center is currently registering students on a walk-in basis. Office hours are 7:30am – 4:30pm.

How do I update my home address?

  • To update your address, please visit Welcome Center inside the Central Office at 2140 Atlas Street. See the Welcome Center webpage for the required documents.

How do I check the district calendar?


What’s for lunch?


How do I find my student’s school supply list?

  • From the district website, click on “Our Schools”, select your school from the drop-down to visit your school website and view your school’s supply list, calendar for the open house, orientation and curriculum night dates.

How can I update my preferences for receiving notifications?

Hilliard City Schools uses School Messenger for delivering important school and district news and announcements via email, phone, and text message. We encourage parents, employees, and community members to take full advantage of the platform, which provides these important benefits:

  • Customize your notification preferences. Choose which phone numbers and email addresses should receive which types of communications – emergency, weather-related, attendance or general school/district news and announcements.
  • No more annual updates. For current parents, guardians, and staff, the new system automatically recognizes your associated school(s), grade level(s) and even language preference, and will update as this information changes in our databases to ensure you receive information pertaining to those associations. If you wish to sign up for general school communications outside of your immediate school associations, you will want to create a second account through our self sign-up portal.
  • Manage your contact information. We ask that parents and guardians keep their information in Home Access Center updated.

If you are the official parent or guardian of a current HCS student or a current employee with a valid HCS email address, please log into School Messenger or use the app to set your preferences. For your username, use the primary email address associated with your personal Home Access Center account (parents/guardians) or your Hilliard City Schools email address (staff).


To-Do List

  1. Update your emergency contact information 
  2. Create or check the balance of your My Payments Plus account which covers lunches and other school fees.
  3. Check on bus route information.
  4. Preview the lunch menus.
  5. Review the handbook for your school:
    Preschool – Elementary School Handbook
    6th-Middle School Handbook
    High School Handbook