Homerooms have faded from most high schools but are still popular in many junior high schools. These periods are generally used to establish the tone for the school day. During this time, teachers do administrative tasks, such as taking attendance, distributing notices for parents and making announcements.
If you are assigned a homeroom, you are relieved from selecting a professional menu activity to perform during your professional period. If you are not assigned a homeroom but are asked to cover a home room for an absent teacher, you will be paid at the contractual coverage rate of pay as soon as you have completed the time equivalent to a full teaching period.