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 linked survey below to help us understand the availability of the internet and devices in your home.

This will allow us to determine what supports we can provide our students to support continued learning at home. 

We may be able to lend our students Chromebooks so that they can keep up with their classwork online.

https://forms.gle/wYbu96mdYV9re5gU6

If you have any questions please reach out to mvines@harmonytx.org  for K-5 grades and rcooper@harmonytx.org  for 6-12 grades.  

 

En respuesta a los recientes cierres de las escuelas, estamos reuniendo información sobre la capacidad  de nuestros estudiantes para continuar aprendiendo en casa utilizando materiales en línea y/o un aula virtual. 

Por favor complete las siguiente encuesta  vinculada a continuación para ayudarnos a entender la disponibilidad de internet y dispositivos en su hogar.

Esto nos permitirá determinar qué ayuda podemos ofrecer a nuestros estudiantes para poder apoyar el aprendizaje continuo en el hogar.

Es posible que podamos prestar Chromebooks  a nuestros estudiantes para que puedan mantenerse al día con su trabajo de la clase  en línea.

 

https://forms.gle/wYbu96mdYV9re5gU6

 

Si tiene alguna pregunta por favor comuníquese con mvines@harmonytx.org para los grados K-5 y rcooper@harmonytx.org para los grados 6-12.

Harmony Public Schools will utilize the Google G-Suite platform to provide learning plans for students during extended school closures. Students will sign in to my.harmonytx.org portal to reach integrated software and google classrooms on Chromebooks or other devices. Students without computers or access to the internet at home should contact their school. For further details on accessing technology, you may visit https://www.parent.harmonytx.org/athomelearning and Free Internet access for 60 days.

Parent guide to access my.harmonytx portal and Google classrooms can be seen in the Parent Guide English and Spanish presentations. Live webinars will be hosted by the district representatives and webinar dates, times, and information can be seen below.

 

HPS Houston South West Distance Learning Google Classroom Parent Webinars
Sessions (Sessions are repeating) Date Time Zoom Info Zoom Link
Session 1 March 31, 2020 1:00 pm -2:30 pm HPS – Houston South-West Distant Learning

Parents will learn how to use and navigate Google Classroom.

Join Zoom Meeting by computer

https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/356570243

Meeting ID: 356 570 243

or Dial by your location

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Session 2 April 1, 2020 9:30 am – 11:00 am HPS – Houston South-West Distant Learning

Parents will learn how to use and navigate Google Classroom.

Join Zoom Meeting by computer

https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/405158210

Meeting ID: 405 158 210

or Dial by your location

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Session 3 April 2, 2020 4:00 pm -5:30 pm HPS – Houston South-West Distant Learning

Parents will learn how to use and navigate Google Classroom.

Join Zoom Meeting by computer

https://harmonytx.zoom.us/j/840409594

Meeting ID: 840 409 594

Dial by your location

+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Dear Harmony Families & Team Members,

For the past 20 years, Harmony Public Schools has established an educational model built strongly on the foundations of science-based learning and responsible citizenship in our communities.

Currently, all available science from community health experts continues to tell us that the best way to be responsible members of our communities is to have our students and staff remain at home.

This is why we have determined that it is in the best interest of our students, team members, and communities to discontinue in-person schooling at our campuses and administrative offices statewide until further notice.

While these facilities remain closed, instruction and learning at Harmony schools will continue. Our classes are operating online through our established digital learning tools, taking advantage of many of the technology tools and blended learning methods already practiced in Harmony’s  physical classrooms. Because our teachers and school leaders will remain available to guide our students each school day, we anticipate instructional continuity during these unusual and difficult times. To request access to a Chromebook and/or for questions regarding internet access, please contact your child’s campus.

(For more information on our at-home learning program, visit HarmonyTX.org/AtHome . To request access to a Chromebook or internet access, contact your child’s campus.)

We will also continue to offer free meal services to children in our communities, as local and state safety guidelines allow.

We thank you for your support and understanding in making this critical decision. We also are profoundly grateful for the extreme determination and Harmony pride shown by both our students and team members these past several weeks. Time and again you have proven why Harmony Public Schools is an institution where excellence is the standard.

We will continue to provide timely updates as new, relevant information comes available, and inform you immediately if our campuses reopen prior to the end of the school year.

Thank you and be well,

 

Fatih Ay

CEO | Harmony Public Schools

Hello Harmony Parents and Guardians,

During this time of social distancing in order to ensure our families’ health, Harmony will be moving to a virtual/online learning.

We understand that currently, some homes do not have the internet.

To this end, some of the major internet providers are stepping up to provide to these homes so their children’s education can continue.

Companies like Charter, Spectrum, Xfinity, and Comcast are offering internet to households with school-age children to this end.

These companies are also aware that some homes are in areas that wired internet as not been run. To this end, Spectrum is opening up its public Hotspots as well.

If you currently do not have the internet, we urge you to contact the number below.

Charter/Spectrum: 1-844-488-8395 or 1-844-579-3743
Comcast/Xfinity: 1-855-765-6995

There is no charge for these services but you must contact them to set it up for your household.
Thank you for taking the necessary steps to help with the children’s education,

Our goal is to maximize learning during this time and keep our students engaged. Our curriculum directors have prepared two-week self-study modules for our students. Students are asked to complete the work and submit to their teachers when they return to campus.

We will have Learning Packets available for parent pick-up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 24,  and Wednesday, March 25 in front of the school. For more information or print packets yourself, see link below:

Packet Link

Meal Service will be from 11am to 1pm each weekday. It will be a sack lunch for that day and a sack breakfast for the following day. Any student, regardless of enrollment status, will be eligible for the service. Please see the attached link for more details:

Meal Service

 

The safety of our students and staff is our top priority at Harmony Public Schools. As new developments continue to unfold regarding the COVID-19 situation, we wanted to provide you an important update regarding the potential impact of the virus on our schools.

While there have been no cases of COVID-19 reported on our campuses or within our school family at this time, out of an abundance of caution we are announcing a temporary closure of all Harmony Public Schools campuses through Monday, April 6. All school activities, field trips, athletics events, and competitions have also been cancelled during this time.

At this time, we are anticipating classes will be able to resume for students on Tuesday, April 7. Staff will return for a work-day on Monday, April 6.

This decision was made after discussions with, and upon the recommendations of, local health officials.  We strongly believe it is the best decision for helping to keep our students, staff, and communities safe at this time.

During this closure, our Harmony team members will continue to work remotely to finalize the details of distance-learning plan to make sure students continue to receive educational services with minimal  interruption.You will receive regular updates how this plan will be implemented.

Additionally, all full-time, non-exempt and exempt employees will continue to be paid according to their normal rate and schedule.

We continue to urge families and team members to stay informed of current Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines related to the prevention of the spreading of viruses, including limiting out of town travel, “social distancing,” and self-quarantine for those who have recently traveled to impacted areas.

We recognize this is a rapidly evolving situation and will continue to aggressively monitor new developments and respond with appropriate actions based on the best interests of our Harmony families and the guidance of local health officials. Throughout this process, we will continue to communicate with you new information as soon as possible. We anticipate further updates no later than the week of March 23-27.

Thank you for your support during these unusual circumstances. With your continued collaboration, together we can provide a healthy learning environment for our students and staff.

As students return from spring break, we would like to ask the Harmony community for your renewed diligence in helping our schools maintain the best-practices for clean campuses established before break.

That of course includes the normal requests regarding washing hands, covering your mouth when coughing, and staying home when sick. However, we also need your help keeping viruses and germs contained by asking your student to immediately report to their campus health office if their experience any of the following symptoms while at school:

  • Suspected fever: Student is flushed, student unusually pale, complaints of body aches/pains student is lethargic or unusually tired, student statements of having had a fever or taken medication at home to make them feel better.
  • Respiratory symptoms: Dry cough with or without nasal drainage, difficulty breathing (visibly difficult breathing includes using abdominal muscles to breathe, inability to speak more than a couple of words at a time, flaring nostrils when breathing) or statements of feeling short of breath, chest or lung pain, wheezing or grunting with breathing.

Additionally, families should be aware that any student returning from a travel area on the CDC list of at-risk countries for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) MUST see their medical provider before returning to campus. Students will have 48 hours to submit a clearance letter from their doctor before returning to campus. After this, student absences will not be excused. A student cannot return until they have clearance from their doctor or have finished quarantine if medically recommended.

With your continued support and collaboration, together we can provide a healthy learning environment for our students and staff.

Thank you.

P.S. … For more information about COVID-19 and our school system’s response, including additional resources for families, visit https://www.HarmonyTX.org/coronavirus.

 

Afrosa Islam posing for a picture at a table

Harmony Science Academy would like to congratulate Afrosa Islam. She is the 2020 recipient of the Lamar B. Mirabeau Scholarship valued at 80,000 dollars. She has demonstrated excellent prior academic work and a variety of leadership, service, and/or creative endeavors. Good luck Afrosa!!

It’s time again to recognize all of the students for a job well done!!!

What: 3rd Nine Weeks Award Ceremony

When: Friday, March 13th

Time: Schedule listed below:

  • K-2nd Grade: 7:45 – 8:25
  • 3rd – 5th Grade – 8:30 – 9:15
  • 6th – 8th Grade – 9:20 – 10:00
  • 9th – 12th Grade – 10:05 – 10:55

Where: HSA Gymnasium

Looking forward to seeing all of you there as we recognize our students for their accomplishments!!

Spring Break is almost here for our students and staff members across the state.  We sincerely hope everyone in our Harmony community has a fun and relaxing break before together we begin the final stretch toward the end of the school year.

We understand that many of you will be traveling this spring break. With concerns about the Coronavirus in the minds of many, we want to share a few tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about staying healthy when traveling, as well as provide more info about a few Harmony policies related to returning to school after visiting certain risk-prone destinations.

Tips for Healthy Travel

In general, the same advice for fighting germs and bacteria  applies when traveling as it does when staying home:

  • Wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer;
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth;
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • When greeting others, consider an alternative to hugs or handshakes, such as an elbow bump.

Additionally, here are a few additional tips related specifically to those traveling:

  • Be aware of your surroundings (including people who are sick) and try to distance yourself as appropriate;
  • Avoid areas that you feel might make your more likely to be exposed;
  • Know how to get reliable local information about any possible changes to the situation;
  • Avoid public transportation, if possible. Confined spaces such as buses, trains, subways, and airplanes may put you at a higher risk of infection;
  • When eating animal-based products, make sure they are thoroughly cooked before eating.

Returning to School After Visiting Risk-Prone Areas

Due to CDC travel guidelines, students and families that have traveled to locations that are marked as a Coronavirus risk by the CDC must have a letter of clearance from their medical provider before returning to campus. Failure to provide a clearance letter will result in the student being dismissed home. Students will have 48 hours to provide proof of doctor’s clearance. Any additional absence will require further documentation from the parents or doctor. For a list of countries with COVID-19 travel advisories, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Currently these countries include: 

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • South Korea

Additionally, please be aware that families travelling to China’s Hubei province or mainland China may face a mandatory quarantine and be monitored by public health officials. Any health department guidelines should be followed by any affected families and absences will be waived upon return to school with provision of proof of quarantine. 

At Harmony Public Schools, we take the health and safety of our students and staff members seriously. Harmony is closely tracking all new developments regarding the Coronavirus and will continue to share timely, relevant updates, as needed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please refer to your campus health staff. 

We appreciate your help in supporting healthy and happy learning environments for our Harmony community. 

 

To Our Harmony Community,

Wednesday night, Health Department officials in Fort Bend County announced the first presumptive case of COVID-19 — better better known as Coronavirus — in the Greater Houston area. The patient, a man in his 70s who had recently traveled overseas to a high-risk country, is in stable condition.

While no cases of Coronavirus have been reported in our schools, Harmony Public Schools is continuing to proactively monitor each new development in the Coronavirus outbreak and working closely with local officials to make sure any and all measures are followed to keep our students and staff safe.

At this time, HPS will continue to hold classes as normal. However we will continue to seek direction from health officials and reassess, if necessary. We urge families to continue best practices for the prevention of spreading germs — wash hands frequently, cover mouth when coughing, avoid touching your face — and to please seek medical attention, if needed.

We appreciate your collaboration in keeping your campus a healthy learning environment for our students and team members.

Sincerely,

Harmony Public Schools

To Our Harmony Community,

Wednesday night, Health Department officials in Fort Bend County announced the first presumptive case of COVID-19 — better better known as Coronavirus — in the Greater Houston area. The patient, a man in his 70s who had recently traveled overseas to a high-risk country, is in stable condition.

While no cases of Coronavirus have been reported in our schools, Harmony Public Schools is continuing to proactively monitor each new development in the Coronavirus outbreak and working closely with local officials to make sure any and all measures are followed to keep our students and staff safe.

At this time, HPS will continue to hold classes as normal. However we will continue to seek direction from health officials and reassess, if necessary. We urge families to continue best practices for the prevention of spreading germs — wash hands frequently, cover mouth when coughing, avoid touching your face — and to please seek medical attention, if needed.

We appreciate your collaboration in keeping your campus a healthy learning environment for our students and team members.

Sincerely,

Harmony Public Schools