Dear Parent or Guardian,

During the school closure last spring and over the summer months, Harmony offered meals to all children ages 18 and under in the community.  Meals were distributed at select schools at no charge.  The last distribution day will be the week of August 10th and will include meals through August 16th.

Online school begins on August 17th, and with the start of a new school year begins meal service under the National School Lunch Program.  Just as if meals were served on site, all students will be charged for meals according to their eligibility of free, reduced, or paid.  For students of paid eligibility, breakfast cost $1.75 and  lunch is $3.30.  For students of reduced price eligibility, breakfast cost $0.30 and lunch is $0.40.  Parents are encouraged to submit an application for free or reduced price meals by going to www.schoolcafe.com and setting up a parent account.  Paper applications may also be picked up from the school on meal distribution days.  Once a student is approved for free or reduced price meals, they will remain that eligibility for the rest of the school year and the first 30 days of the next.  Parents are encouraged to reapply whenever there is a loss of income or new participation in SNAP/TANF.

Your child’s school will distribute meals on Monday between 8:00 am – 1:00 am. Meals will only be provided to students who are enrolled at that school.  If you have children enrolled in multiple Harmony schools, you will need to visit each campus to pick up meals.  For every day in the distribution cycle, your child may choose which days they would like a breakfast and/or lunch meal.  A choice of milk is available, but they are not required to take it.  If your child has special dietary needs, visit the school website to download the Special Dietary Accommodations form and have it completed and signed by a licensed medical authority.

Listed below are the meal distribution procedures.  If you have any questions, contact the Child Nutrition Assistant: Alma Avdic, 281-861-5105, aavdic@harmonytx.org

MEAL DISTRIBUTION PROCEDURES

Parents or guardians may only pick up meals for children in their guardianship.

  • At the designated date and time, parents will approach the pickup zone and wait for cafeteria staff to approach the driver side window. Students are not required to be in the vehicle.
  • If parents/students walk to the distribution site, follow school staff instructions to pick up meals at the designated table.  Please maintain 6 foot social distance from others in line and school staff.  Masks must be worn at all times.
  • When a parent or guardian arrives to pick up a meal without a child, they will need to present one of the following items:
    • Official Letter/email from school listing children enrolled at the campus
    • Student ID number
    • Student ID cards
  • The parent will roll down their window (masks are required), or approach the table when called, and cafeteria staff will maintain appropriate social distance. The parent will tell the cafeteria staff the their child’s ID number, show the ID card, or show the official letter/email for each child who attends that school.
  • Once enrollment is verified, the student or parent may select their meals.  Only one breakfast and one lunch may be selected from each day offered.  Each meal will be charged to the students meal account based on eligibility.
  • The student/parent may select one milk for each meal purchased.  Selections include white milk, chocolate milk, or no milk.  Milks will be placed in a bag and tied closed.
  • The parent will open their trunk and the bags of meals and milk will be placed in their trunk.
  • If they have walked to the distribution site, they will approach the table when called and pick up their meals.  Tables will be sanitized between uses.

If you have any questions regarding meal distribution, please contact Alma Avdic, 281-861-5105, aavdic@harmonytx.org.

Harmony School of Discovery

Administration

Estimado padres de familia y tutores,

Durante el cierre de la escuela, la primavera pasada y durante los meses de verano, Harmony ofreció comidas a todos los niños menores de 18 años en la comunidad. Las comidas se distribuyeron sin costo, en escuelas seleccionadas.  El ultimo día de distribución será durante la semana del 10 de agosto e incluirá comidas hasta el 16 de agosto.

La escuela en línea comienza el 17 de agosto y con el inicio de un nuevo año escolar comienza el servicio de comidas bajo el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares. Al igual que si las comidas se sirvieran en la escuela, a todos los estudiantes se les cobrará de acuerdo con su elegibilidad, ya sea gratis, precio reducido o pago.  Para los estudiantes con elegibilidad pago, el costo del desayuno es $1.75  y el del almuerzo es $3.30. Para estudiantes con elegibilidad de precio reducido, el costo del desayuno es $0.30 y el del almuerzo es $0.40. Se anima a los padres a llenar una solicitud para recibir comidas gratis o a precio reducido en www.schoolcafe.com y configurar una cuenta para padres. Las solicitudes impresas también se pueden recoger en la escuela los días de distribución de comidas. Una vez que se aprueba a un estudiante para recibir comidas gratis o a precio reducido, seguirá siendo elegible durante el resto del año escolar y los primeros 30 días del siguiente. Se le anima a los padres a volver a presenter una solicitud cada vez que haya una pérdida ingresos o una nueva participación en SNAP/TANF (por sus siglas en inglés).

Harmony School of Discovery distribuirá comidas Lunes entre 8:00 am – 11:00 am.  Las comidas solo se proporcionarán a los estudiantes que estén inscritos en esta escuela.  Si tiene niños inscritos en varias escuelas de Harmony, deberá visitar cada escuela para recoger la comida. Para cada día en el ciclo de distribución, su hijo puede elegir qué días le gustaría un desayuno y / o almuerzo. Hay una variedad de leche disponible, pero no es necesario que la tomen. Si su hijo tiene necesidades dietéticas especiales, visite el sitio web de la escuela para descargar el formulario Adaptaciones dietéticas especiales y que una autoridad médica autorizada lo complete y firme.
A continuación se enumeran los procedimientos de distribución de comidas. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con el / la Asistente de nutrición infantil Alma Avdic, 281-861-5105, aavdic@harmonytx.org

PROCEDIMIENTOS DE DISTRIBUICION DE COMIDA

Los padres o tutores solo pueden recoger comida para los niños bajo su tutela.

  • En la fecha y hora designadas, los padres se acercarán a la zona de recogida y esperarán a que el personal de la cafetería se acerque a la ventana del lado del conductor. No se requiere que los estudiantes estén en el vehículo..
  • Si los padres / estudiantes caminan al sitio de distribución, siga las instrucciones del personal de la escuela para recoger las comidas en la mesa designada. Por favor mantenga una distancia social de 6 pies de otros en la fila y del personal de la escuela. Deben usarse máscaras en todo momento.
  • Cuando un padre o tutor llega a recoger una comida sin un niño, deberá presentar uno de los siguientes artículos:
    • Carta / correo electrónico oficial de la escuela que enumera a los niños inscritos en la escuela.
    • Número de identificación estudiantil
    • Credencial de estudiante
  • Los padres bajarán la ventana (se requieren máscaras) o se acercarán a la mesa cuando se les llame, y el personal de la cafetería mantendrá una distancia social adecuada. El padre le dirá al personal de la cafetería el número de identificación de su hijo, mostrará la tarjeta de identificación o mostrará la carta / correo electrónico oficial de cada niño que asista a esa escuela.
  • Una vez que se verifica la inscripción, el estudiante o los padres pueden seleccionar sus comidas. Solo se puede seleccionar un desayuno y un almuerzo de cada día ofrecido. Cada comida se cargará a la cuenta de comidas de los estudiantes según la elegibilidad.
  • El estudiante / padre puede seleccionar una leche para cada comida comprada. Las selecciones incluyen leche blanca, leche con chocolate o sin leche. Las leches se colocarán en una bolsa y se cerrarán.
  • El padre abrirá su baúl y las bolsas de comida y leche se colocarán en su baúl.
  • Si han caminado hasta el lugar de distribución, se acercarán a la mesa cuando los llamen y recogerán sus comidas. Las mesas se desinfectarán entre usos.

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre la distribución de comidas, comuníquese con Alma Avdic, 281-861-5105, aavdic@harmonytx.org.

Harmony School of Discovery
Administración

 

August Parent and Family Engagement Newsletter is available now…Find the link below

Hello HSD families!

We are excited for the 2020-2021 school year. In response to recent school closures we are gathering information about the ability of our students to continue learning at home using online materials and/or a virtual classroom. Please complete the following survey to help us understand the availability of internet and devices in your home. This will allow us to determine which students need Chromebook and hotspot device so we can provide our students to support continued learning at home. HSD students will be online for at least 8 hours a day. If you have two or more students attending our campus, EACH student will have to have a computer for at least 8 hours a day, including live sessions, recorded sessions, and homework.

* Please fill out this form for each Harmony student you have.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScug8pyevLmtct8zU2yVaQrWYYH4zy0ozGEKO07GwrWwXFo8A/viewform?usp=sf_link

Supply Kit 6th Grade

Qty.        Brand                  Description

1 Pr          Fiskars                 Scissors, ‘For Kids’, 5″, Blunt Tip, Latex Free, Asst.

2 Pk         Staples                 Filler Paper, Wide Rule, 10.5″ x 8″, 100/Pk

2 Pk         Maped                Pencils, #2, Sharpened, All Wood, Dz.

1 Pk         Expo 2                 Markers, Dry Erase, Chisel, Low Odor, Asst 4/Pk

4 Ea         Elmer’s                Glue Stick, Washable, Purple, Dries Clear, .77 oz.

2 Ea         Elmer’s                Glue, School, Elmer’s Washable, 4 oz., White

1 St          Crayola                Markers, Washable, Classic Colr, Wide Tip, 8/Set

2 Ea         Papermate/Bic   Pen, Ballpoint, Medium Point, Blu

2 Ea         Papermate/Bic    Pen, Ballpoint, Medium Point, Red

2 Bx         Scotties                Facial Tissue, ‘Scotties’, Hypo-Allergenic, 185 Ct.

1 Ea         C-Line                   Folder, Poly, 2 Pocket, w/Prong, Green

4 Ea         C-Line/Bazic        Composition Book, Marble Cover, WR/BLK, 100 Sheets,

1 Pk        Staples                  Notebooks, Spiral, 4Pk, WR, 70Ct, Be/Rd/Gn/Yw

1 Ea        Staples                  Binder, 3 Ring, Economy, 2″, Asst.

1 Ea        Maped                  Sharpener, Pencil & Crayon, Dbl Barrel, Canister

2 Ea        CLI/Staples           Eraser, Pink, Large Latex Free

2 EA        Purell                    ORM-D Hand Sanitizer, Gel, Pump, 16 oz.

2 Ea        Clorox                    Wipes, Disinfecting, Lemon Scent, 80 Ct.

 

Supply Kit 7th Grade

Qty.        Brand               Description

1 Pr           Fiskars                   Scissors, ‘For Kids’, 5″, Blunt Tip, Latex Free, Asst.

2 Pk          Staples                   Filler Paper, Wide Rule, 10.5″ x 8″, 100/Pk

2 Pk          Maped                   Pencils, #2, Sharpened, All Wood, Dz.

1 Pk          Expo 2                    Markers, Dry Erase, Chisel, Low Odor, Asst 4/Pk

4 Ea          Elmer’s                  Glue Stick, Washable, Purple, Dries Clear, .77 oz.

2 Ea          Elmer’s                  Glue, School, Elmer’s Washable, 4 oz., White

1 St           Crayola                 Markers, Washable, Classic Colors, Wide Tip, 8/Set

2 Ea          Papermate/Bic    Pen, Ballpoint, Medium Point, Blue

2 Ea          Papermate/Bic    Pen, Ballpoint, Medium Point, Red

1 Pk          CLI/Staples           Highlighters, Chisel Tip, Yw/Bl/Gn/Pk/Or/ 5/pk

1 Pk          Pacon/Bazic         Copy Paper, 20 lb, 8.5″ x 11″, 80/Pk, Asst. Brights

2 St           Crayola                 Pencils, Colored, 7″, Sharpened, 12/Set

2 Bx          Scotties                 Facial Tissue, ‘Scotties’, Hypo-Allergenic, 185 Ct.

1 Ea          C-Line                    Folder, Poly, 2 Pocket, w/Prong, Green

1 Pk          Staples                  Notebooks, Spiral, 4Pk, WR, 70Ct, Be/Rd/Gn/Yw

5 Ea          Staples                  Binder, 3 Ring, Economy, 2″, Asst.

1 Ea          Maped                  Sharpener, Pencil & Crayon, Dbl Barrel, Canister

2 Ea          CLI/Staples           Eraser, Pink, Large, Latex Free

2 Ea           Purell                    ORM-D Hand Sanitizer, Gel, Pump, 16 oz.

2 Ea           Clorox                   Wipes, Disinfecting, Lemon Scent, Cnstr, 80 Ct.

 

Supply Kit 8th Grade

Qty.        Brand               Description

1 Ea          Staples                  Protractor, Plastic, Clear, 6″, 180 Degrees

1 Ea         CLI/Helix                Compass, Plastic, Safety, w/Pencil

3 Ea         CLI                           Ruler, 6″, Plastic, Inch & Cm, Transparent

5 Ea         Staples                   Binder, 3 Ring, Economy, 1″, Asst.

5 Pk         C-Line/Tops           Filler Paper, College Rule, 10.5″ x 8″, 100/Pk

2 Ea         Staples                    Binder, 3 Ring, Economy, 3″ w/ dividers

3 Pr          Fiskars                    Scissors, ‘For Kids’, 5″, Blunt Tip, Latex Free, Asst.

6 Pk         Maped                    Pencils, #2, Sharpened, All Wood, Dz.

6 Pk        Expo 2                      Markers, Dry Erase, Chisel, Low Odor, Asst 4/Pk

3 Ea        Elmer’s                    Glue Stick, Washable, Purple, Dries Clear, .77 oz

4 St         Crayola                    Markers, Washable, Classic Colors, Wide Tip, 8/Set

3 Ea        Papermate/Bic       Pen, Ballpoint, Medium Point, Black

3 Ea        Papermate/Bic       Pen, Ballpoint, Medium Point, Blue

4 Ea        Papermate/Bic       Pen, Ballpoint, Medium Point, Red

4 Pk        CLI/Staples              Highlighters, Chisel Tip, Yw/Bl/Gn/Pk/Or/ 5/pk

4 St         Crayola                    Pencils, Colored, 7″, Sharpened, 12/Set

4 Ea        C-Line/Bazic           Composition Book, Marble Cover, WR, 100 Sheets, BLK

9 Bx        Scotties                   Facial Tissue, ‘Scotties’, Hypo-Allergenic, 185 Ct.

4 Ea        C-Line                      Folder, Poly, 2 Pocket, w/Prong, Green

1 Pk        Staples                    Notebooks, Spiral, 2Pk, WR, 70Ct, Blue/Red

3 Pk        Pacon                      Construction Paper, 9″ x 12″, 50/Pk, Asst.

1 Pk        Pacon                      Construction Paper, 9″ x 12″, 50/Pk, Bright White

3 Ea        Maped                    Sharpener, Pencil & Crayon, Dbl Barrel, Canister

5 Ea        CLI/Staples             Eraser, Pink, Large, Latex Free

5 Pk        Staples                    BULK Copy Paper, 20 lb, 8.5″ x 11″, 500/Pk, White

6 Ea         Purell                      ORM-D Hand Sanitizer, Gel, Pump, 8 oz.

6 Ea         Clorox                     Wipes, Disinfecting, Lemon Scent, Cnstr, 35 Ct.

 

Supply Kit 9th Grade

Qty.        Brand               Description

1 Pk          Staples                     BULK Copy Paper, 20 lb, 8.5″ x 11″, 500/Pk, White

2 Ea          C-Line/Bazic            Composition Book, Marble Cover, WR, 100 Sheets, BLK

2 Pk          Maped                     Pencils, #2, Sharpened, All Wood, Dz.

2 Pk          Staples                     Filler Paper, Wide Rule, 10.5″ x 8″, 100/Pk

1 Pr          Maped/Westcott   Scissors, 5″, Pointed Tip, Latex Free, Asst.

4 Ea         CLI/Staples              Glue Stick, Staples Brand, Washable, White, .26 oz.

2 Ea         Staples                      Binder, 3 Ring, Economy, 2″, Asst.

1 Pk         C-Line                        Folders, 2 Pkt/Prong, 6Pk, Be/Rd/Gn/Yw/Pu/Blk

2 Ea         Sanford/SPLS           Pen, Stick, Medium Point, Blue

2 Bx         Scotties                     Facial Tissue, ‘Scotties’, Hypo-Allergenic, 185 Ct.

1 PK         Staples                      Notebooks, Spiral, 6Pk, WR, 70Ct, Be/Rd/Gn/Yw/Pu/Blk

1 Pk         Staples                      Graph Paper, 4 Sq/In, 10.5″x 8″, 100/Pk, 3 Hole

1 Pk         Expo 2                        Markers, Dry Erase, Chisel, Low Odor, Asst 4/Pk

1 Ea         Bazic                           Board, Dry Erase, 9″x12″, Dbl Sided, 3mm, 1 side ruled, Wht

2 Ea         CLI/Staples                Eraser, Pink, Large, Latex Free

1 Ea         Maped                       Sharpener, Pencil & Crayon, Dbl Barrel, Canister

2 Ea         Purell                         ORM-D Hand Sanitizer, Gel, Pump, 16 oz.

2 Ea         Clorox                        Wipes, Disinfecting, Lemon Scent, Cnstr, 80 Ct.

 

Supply Kit 10th Grade

Qty.        Brand                Description

4 Ea          C-Line/Bazic            Composition Book, Marble Cover, WR, 100 Sheets, BLK

2 Pk          Maped                     Pencils, #2, Sharpened, All Wood, Dz.

2 Pk          Staples                     Filler Paper, Wide Rule, 10.5″ x 8″, 100/Pk

1 Ea          Maped                     Sharpener, Pencil & Crayon, Dbl Barrel, Canister

1 Pr           Maped/Westcott   Scissors, 5″, Blunt Tip, Latex Free, Asst.

4 Ea          CLI/Staples              Glue Stick, Staples Brand, Washable, White, .26 oz.

2 Ea          Staples                     Binder, 3 Ring, Economy, 2″, Asst.

1 Pk          C-Line                       Folders, 2 Pkt/Prong, 6Pk, Be/Rd/Gn/Yw/Pu/Blk

2 Ea          Sanford/SPLS          Pen, Stick, Medium Point, Blue

2 Bx          Scotties                    Facial Tissue, ‘Scotties’, Hypo-Allergenic, 185 Ct.

1 PK          Staples                     Notebooks, Spiral, 6Pk, WR, 70Ct, Be/Rd/Gn/Yw/Pu/Blk

2 Ea          CLI/Staples              Eraser, Pink, Large, Latex Free

1 Pk          Expo 2                      Markers, Dry Erase, Chisel, Low Odor, Asst 4/Pk

2 Ea          CLI/Staples              Highlighter, Chisel Tip, Yellow, w/Pkt Clip

1 Pk          Staples                     BULK Copy Paper, 20 lb, 8.5″ x 11″, 500/Pk, White

2 Ea          Purell                       ORM-D Hand Sanitizer, Gel, Pump, 16 oz.

2 Ea          Clorox                      Wipes, Disinfecting, Lemon Scent, Cnstr, 80 Ct.

 

Supply Kit 11th Grade

Qty.        Brand               Description

1 Ea        C-Line/Bazic             Composition Book, Marble Cover, WR, 100 Sheets, BLK

2 Pk        Maped                      Pencils, #2, Sharpened, All Wood, Dz.

2 Pk        Staples                      Filler Paper, Wide Rule, 10.5″ x 8″, 100/Pk

1 Pk        Staples                      Notebooks, Spiral, 4Pk, WR, 70Ct, Be/Rd/Gn/Yw

1 Ea        Maped                      Sharpener, Pencil & Crayon, Dbl Barrel, Canister

1 Pr         Maped/Westcott    Scissors, 5″, Blunt Tip, Latex Free, Asst.

4 Ea        CLI/Staples               Glue Stick, Staples Brand, Washable, White, .26 oz.

2 Ea        Staples                      Binder, 3 Ring, Economy, 2″, Asst.

1 Pk        C-Line                        Folders, 2 Pkt/Prong, 6Pk, Be/Rd/Gn/Yw/Pu/Blk

2 Ea        Sanford/SPLS           Pen, Stick, Medium Point, Blue

2 Bx        Scotties                     Facial Tissue, ‘Scotties’, Hypo-Allergenic, 185 Ct.

2 Ea        CLI/Staples               Eraser, Pink, Large, Latex Free

1 Pk        Expo 2                        Markers, Dry Erase, Chisel, Low Odor, Asst 4/Pk

1 Pk        Staples                      BULK Copy Paper, 20 lb, 8.5″ x 11″, 500/Pk, White

2 Ea        Purell                        ORM-D Hand Sanitizer, Gel, Pump, 16 oz.

2 Ea        Clorox                       Wipes, Disinfecting, Lemon Scent, Cnstr, 80 Ct.

 

Supply Kit 12th Grade

Qty.        Brand              Description

1 Pk          Staples                     BULK Copy Paper, 20 lb, 8.5″ x 11″, 500/Pk, White

1 Ea          C-Line/Bazic            Composition Book, Marble Cover, WR, 100 Sheets, BLK

2 Pk          Maped                     Pencils, #2, Sharpened, All Wood, Dz.

2 Pk          Staples                     Filler Paper, Wide Rule, 10.5″ x 8″, 100/Pk

1 Pk          Staples                     Notebooks, Spiral, 4Pk, WR, 70Ct, Be/Rd/Gn/Yw

1 Ea          Maped                      Sharpener, Pencil & Crayon, Dbl Barrel, Canister

1 Pr          Maped/Westcott    Scissors, 5″, Blunt Tip, Latex Free, Asst.

4 Ea         CLI/Staples               Glue Stick, Staples Brand, Washable, White, .26 oz.

2 Ea         Staples                      Binder, 3 Ring, Economy, 2″, Asst.

1 Pk         C-Line                        Folders, 2 Pkt/Prong, 6Pk, Be/Rd/Gn/Yw/Pu/Blk

2 Ea         Sanford/SPLS           Pen, Stick, Medium Point, Blue

1 Ea         Staples                      Binder, 3 Ring, Economy, 1″, Asst.

1 St         Avery/Kleer-Fax       Dividers, 3 Ring, 5-Tab, 11″ x 8.5″, Asst.

2 Bx        Scotties                      Facial Tissue, ‘Scotties’, Hypo-Allergenic, 185 Ct.

2 Ea        CLI/Staples                Eraser, Pink, Large, Latex Free

1 Pk        Expo 2                        Markers, Dry Erase, Chisel, Low Odor, Asst 4/Pk

2 Ea        Purell                         ORM-D Hand Sanitizer, Gel, Pump, 16 oz.

2 Ea        Clorox                        Wipes, Disinfecting, Lemon Scent, Cnstr, 80 Ct.

Note: This document is intended as a simplified version of our “Harmony Public Schools Back to School Playbook.” For further information or clarification on any topic, please refer to the Playbook.

 

When is the first day of school?

The first day of school for all Harmony campuses is Monday, August 17. It will be held online-only.

 

When will campuses re-open?

As of August 1, 2020, campuses are scheduled to open Tuesday, September 8 for in-person learning to those students who wish to attend in person. Families may also elect to continue learning in a virtual setting from home. 

 

Could the campus reopening date change?

Possibly. Harmony Public Schools is closely following guidance from the Texas Education Agency, public health officials, and others in determining when to reopen our campuses. Our top priority is ensuring the safety of our students, team members, and communities while preserving academic continuity for our learners.

 

Is anything different about online learning this year?

Yes, quite a bit. Harmony has upgraded its online learning by switching to a new system called Schoology. Through Schoology, students will be able to interact and engage with their teachers and peers in real-time throughout the school day to provide and more advanced and enriching school experience. Families will also have full access to grades, progress reports, assignments, classroom learning materials, calendars, and more from within the Schoology platform, providing a simple one-stop-shop for all things related to their student’s learning experience. Students and families will receive more instruction on accessing and logging into Schoology as classes begin.

 

What safety measures will be in place when campuses open?

Harmony is instituting a wide variety of health protocols, which are described in detail in the Harmony “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.” Among the new measures are:

  • Temperature screenings for students and staff.
  • Requiring all students and employees to wear a mask when on campus or in other group settings. (Students may bring their own mask, or the school will provide them.)
  • Limiting average class sizes to allow for social distancing. (Exact class size will be dependent on number of students attending in-person versus online-only.)
  • Spacing desks at least six feet apart to maintain proper social distancing and/or installing partitions where students cannot be kept six feet apart.
  • Severely limiting classroom rotations/switches to prevent the spread of germs across campus and to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Staggered drop off and pickup times to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Modified drop off and pickup procedures (ex. Students going directly to class after drop off and/or waiting in classroom at the end of the day until parent arrives for pickup).
  • Requesting all students wash hands frequently.
  • Detailed nightly cleaning by contracted company.
  • Required Coronavirus Awareness & Prevention trainings for all employees.
  • Remaining flexible regarding student and team member absences due to COVID-19, as allowed by TEA guidelines and applicable employment laws.

 

How do I inform my campus that I would like to continue learning from home or return to campus to learn once campuses re-open?

Parents will be sent a survey in Skyward the first week of school asking them to inform the campus of their choice.

 

Once campuses reopen, how do I switch between online and on-campus learning later in the school, if needed?

Parents should notify their campuses in advance through Skyward of their decisions to change learning environments. Failure to notify campuses could result in a student to be marked as absent.

 

What hours of the day will online classes be taught?

Your campus will announce the specific schedule for your student, but generally speaking, classes will be taught online in real-time by their teachers during normal school hours (instructional minutes may vary by grade, according to Texas Education Agency requirements). This is called “synchronous learning.” Students needing to learn outside this timeframe can choose to learn independently. This is called “asynchronous learning.”

 

How will absences and attendance be counted for online learning?

Students who are logged in and learning alongside their teacher and classmates during normal school hours (synchronous learning) will be counted in attendance when they lo in to learn. 

 

Student who learn independently through self-guided instruction (asynchronous learning) will be counted in attendance when they meet daily learning benchmarks and/or turn in daily assignments by no later than 11:59 p.m. on the given schoolday.

 

What will my child need to complete their schoolwork from home? 

At-home learners will need consistent access to a computer and the internet (see next question for more information). Headphones, especially noise-canceling headphones, may be helpful for online learning, but are not required. 

 

Do I still need to buy school supplies from the campus school supply list?

Yes. All students regardless of learning location (i.e. home or campus) will be completing assignments alongside their peers using the supplies listed by their campus.

 

What happens if my child doesn’t have a computer to do their schoolwork on while learning from home?

Harmony will supply a computer device and/or internet access for the purpose of completing schoolwork to any student that does not have consistent access at home. These will be provided beginning the first week of August and distributed by drive-through pickups at your nearby Harmony campus.

 

Will my child have to wear a Harmony uniform for online learning?

Students may choose to wear a uniform if they would like to when learning online, however they are not required to. Instead, they are required to follow the dress code guidelines set forth for “Free Dress Days” set forth in the Student & Parent Handbook. This states:

 

“Garments must be free of holes, tears, inappropriate wording, logos, messages or advertising. No short, skin tight, or legging dresses, or skirts may be worn. All dresses must have sleeves. Students may not wear low cut, midriff-baring, or backless blouses. Students may wear jeans, but they cannot be tight pants including jeggings, tights or skinny style pants. Clothing items must not depict images of violence.”

 

Note: This document is intended as a simplified version of our Harmony Public Schools “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.” For further information or clarification on any topic, please refer to the Playbook.

 

When will campuses re-open?

As of August 1, 2020, campuses are scheduled to open Tuesday, September 8 for in-person learning to those students who wish to attend in person. Families may also elect to continue learning in a virtual setting from home. 

 

Could the campus reopening date change?

Possibly. Harmony Public Schools is closely following guidance from the Texas Education Agency, public health officials, and others in determining when to reopen our campuses. Our top priority is ensuring the safety of our students, team members, and communities while preserving academic continuity for our learners.

 

What safety measures will be in place when campuses open?

Harmony is instituting a wide variety of health protocols, which are described in detail in “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.” Among the new measures are:

  • Temperature screenings for students and staff.
  • Requiring all students and employees to wear a mask when on campus or in other group settings. (Students may bring their own mask, or the school will provide them.)
  • Limiting average class sizes to allow for social distancing. (Exact class size will be dependent on number of students attending in-person versus online-only.)
  • Spacing desks at least six feet apart to maintain proper social distancing and/or installing partitions where students cannot be kept six feet apart.
  • Severely limiting classroom rotations/switches to prevent the spread of germs across campus and to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Staggered drop off and pickup times to limit person-to-person exchanges.
  • Modified drop off and pickup procedures (ex. Students going directly to class after drop off and/or waiting in classroom at the end of the day until parent arrives for pickup).
  • Requesting all students wash hands frequently.
  • Detailed nightly cleaning by contracted company.
  • Required Coronavirus Awareness & Prevention trainings for all employees.
  • Remaining flexible regarding student and team member absences due to COVID-19, as allowed by TEA guidelines and applicable employment laws.

 

How often will the campus and/or my student’s work station be cleaned and disinfected.

At the end of the day, custodial services will clean and sanitize all desk surfaces including seat, chair back, desk, any dividers if available with soap and water or all-purpose cleaning agents and sanitizers that meet state and local food safety regulations. Staff, including teachers, may also perform more frequent cleanings throughout the day, as needed.

 

What happens if a child or staff member attending school on-campus tests positive for COVID-19, is exposed to someone who is positive, or displays symptoms of COVID-19?

Anyone displaying the signs or symptoms of COVID-19 should follow below self-quarantine policy:

Exposure (confirmed or unconfirmed) or Illness with Positive Testing

The following criteria must be met in FULL:

  • at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

  • the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

  • at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Exposure (confirmed or unconfirmed) or Illness with Negative Testing or MD Note

If an individual has symptoms of COVID-19 and wants to return to campus before completing the above stay at home period, the following criteria must be met in FULL:

  • Either obtain a medical professional’s note clearing the individual for return based on an alternative diagnosis OR obtain a negative COVID-19 test AND

  • at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications).

  1. Exposure (confirmed or unconfirmed) or Illness with No Testing and No U.S. Based Medical Provider’s Note

The following criteria must be met in FULL:

  • at least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

  • the individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

  • at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Readmittance will be granted when the following has been completed:
  1. Proof of negative COVID tests or U.S. based medical provider’s alternative diagnosis delivered to campus health staff or registrar if no health staff is available OR

  2. when all three of the following criteria are met:

  • At least three days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);

  • The individual has improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and

  • At least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

For more information on quarantine measures, including requirements for specific scenarios, see the “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.”

Can parents visit their child at school during the school day?

Harmony is asking parents to limit visits to campus only to necessary appointments which cannot be done through virtual meetings. Harmony requests that all in-person visits be scheduled in advance. All visitors who enter the building will be required to wear a face covering and those who proceed beyond the reception area (pre-arranged and approved appointments) will follow campus guidelines for visitors. 

 

How do I purchase uniforms for the new school year?

Uniforms can be ordered online using the Revtrak online ordering site listed on your campus website. Uniforms will be available to pick up once campuses reopen. Campuses will remain flexible with the enforcement of uniform policies until families are given an appropriate amount of time to order and pick up uniforms. Students will not be required to wear uniforms for online learning.

 

Will drop-off and pick-up change?

Yes. Both drop-off and pick-up times will be staggered to limit potential cross-exposure among persons. 

 

What will lunchtime and breakfast look like?

Lunch will be served in the classrooms, however breakfast may be served either in the classrooms or in the cafeteria based on the number of students attending in-person. If eating in the cafeteria, students will be socially distanced.

Before and after meals or snacks all students and staff will also be able to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.

Can I eat lunch with my child on campus?

At this time, due to COVID-19, parents and visitors will not be permitted to visit students during mealtimes.

Can I bring lunch to my child on campus?

Parents bringing food during the school day is prohibited.  Students who forget their lunch will be provided a school meal. 

Note: This document is intended as a simplified version of our Harmony Public Schools “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.” For further information or clarification on any topic, please refer to the Playbook.

 

What do I need to learn from home?

Students will need access to a computer device and the internet to complete schoolwork from home. Students without consistent access to either may receive them from their Harmony campus. Campuses will begin distributing them via drive-through pick-ups starting the first week of August. Additionally, students may find that headphones, especially noise-canceling headphones, are helpful for online learning, however they are not required.

 

Will I need to shop for school supplies?

Yes. All students regardless of learning location (i.e. home or campus) will be completing assignments alongside their peers using the supplies listed by their campus.

 

Is anything different about online learning this year?

Yes, quite a bit. Harmony has upgraded its online learning by switching to a new system called Schoology. Through Schoology, students will be able to interact and engage with their teachers and peers in real-time throughout the school day to provide and more advanced and enriching school experience. Families will also have full access to grades, progress reports, assignments, classroom learning materials, calendars, and more from within the Schoology platform, providing a simple one-stop-shop for all things related to their student’s learning experience. Students and families will receive more instruction on accessing and logging into Schoology as classes begin.

 

Will online learners be taught differently than on-campus learners?

No. All students will be taught using the same material and at the same pace by the same Harmony teacher. In most cases, online learners will be taught simultaneously alongside their on-campus peers, unless the student is taking part in asynchronous learning (i.e independent learning outside normal school hours).

 

How will grades be calculated?

Grades will be counted on the traditional 0-100 scale. The “pass/fail” grading system that was implemented out of necessity during the Spring 2020 semester will not be used.

 

What hours of the day will online classes be taught?

Your campus will announce the specific schedule for your student, but generally speaking, classes will be taught online in real-time by their teachers during normal school hours (instructional minutes may vary by grade, according to Texas Education Agency requirements). This is called “synchronous learning.” A sample schedule can be found in the Harmony “Back to School Playbook 2020-2021.” Students needing to learn outside this timeframe can choose to learn independently. This is called “asynchronous learning.”

 

What rules or expectations are there for online learners?

Synchronous online learners will be asked to comply with the following rules:

  • Student’s camera must be on during class time.
  • Student should maintain school-appropriate behavior.
  • Student should be dressed appropriately. (shirt, school shirt, jeans or khakis are OK).
  • Only the student may be visible (no friends or siblings).
  • Student’s microphone should be off unless instructed by a teacher (this prevents background noise).
  • Students are expected to interact through the Zoom chat function.
  • Students must show up on time.
  • Students must use appropriate and respectful language at all times.
  • Students are asked to use tools such as “raising your hand” (available in Zoom) and the chat feature if you have a question or want to answer a question.
  • Student should remove distractions, such as going where there’s less background noise and turning off your phone.
  • Student should use headphones, if possible, for increased privacy and better speaker and microphone quality.
  • Students should have all required materials for class (books, paper, markers, etc..) nearby before the session begins.
  • Students should be prepared to be called on to answer a question or participate in a discussion or activity at any time.

 

How will absences and attendance be counted for online learning?

Students who are logged in and learning alongside their teacher and classmates during normal school hours (synchronous learning) will be counted in attendance when they lo in to learn. 

 

Student who learn independently through self-guided instruction (asynchronous learning) will be counted in attendance when they meet daily learning benchmarks and/or turn in daily assignments by no later than 11:59 p.m. on the given schoolday.

 

What happens if my child doesn’t have a computer to do their schoolwork on while learning from home?

Harmony will supply a computer device and/or internet access for the purpose of completing schoolwork to any student that does not have consistent access at home. These will be provided beginning the first week of August and distributed by drive-through pickups at your nearby Harmony campus.

 

Will my child have to wear a Harmony uniform for online learning?

Students may choose to wear a uniform if they would like to when learning online, however they are not required to. Instead, they are required to follow the dress code guidelines set forth for “Free Dress Days” set forth in the Student & Parent Handbook. This states:

 

“Garments must be free of holes, tears, inappropriate wording, logos, messages or advertising. No short, skin tight, or legging dresses, or skirts may be worn. All dresses must have sleeves. Students may not wear low cut, midriff-baring, or backless blouses. Students may wear jeans, but they cannot be tight pants including jeggings, tights or skinny style pants. Clothing items must not depict images of violence.”