THIS EXTENSION WILL EXTEND THROUGH AT LEAST MONDAY, SEP 14

 

DEAR PARENTS, STUDENTS, AND STAFF!

Creating a safe and academically-focused learning environment for our students and staff members is the top priority at Harmony Public Schools. After careful consideration, today we are announcing an extension of remote learning for your campus.

This extension will extend through at least Monday, September 14 and perhaps longer as Harmony continues to weigh guidelines from the Texas Education Agency and guidance from local and state health officials.

During this extension, campus and district leaders will continue to further evaluate the current and potential future impact of COVID-19 in our communities, as well as make final campus preparations based upon needs determined during our Learning Location selection period, which took place the past two weeks.

We understand that this extension may be a hardship for some families who opted to return to campus when possible. We assure you our campus and district staff are working tirelessly to make sure our campuses are ready for students as soon as in-person learning can safely and responsibly begin.

As a reminder, once students and staff return to campus, they will find a number of improvements and new wellness protocols designed to increase student and staff safety while retaining a fun, collaborative, and academically-focused campus culture.

Among these safety enhancements 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.

 

Additional details on these and other safety protocols can be found in Harmony Public Schools Back to School Playbook.

We are excited to open our doors to our students and staff hopefully very soon. Thank you for your ongoing support and feedback throughout the reopening process.

DEADLINE: Next Week on Monday, August 31, 2020, at 4:00 pm.

 

Dear Mustang Students & Parent/Guardians;

I would like to inform you all that we have some IMPORTANT schedule updates apply to all students on our campus as follows:

 

  1. Any student who has 6 courses in his/her schedule currently is eligible to request a 7th course by submitting this online SCHEDULE CHANGE REQUEST FORM by next week on Monday, August 31, 2020, at 4:00 pm.
  2. Due to the new scheduling limitations, all students (Except seniors who have short credits for graduation per counselor approval) may take up to 7 courses and these will be scheduled in Skyward with synchronized classes ONLY. Counselors will have meetings with students who have 8 courses in their schedules to reduce course numbers from 8 to 7.
  3. Counselors will use alternative courses for available spots If students have conflicts scheduling 7 courses. If this does not work, then counselors are able to select other courses informing parents and students in the same endorsement plan students are assigned to.
  4. If a conflict is not solved trying everything as stated in the #2 option, then a student may take the 7th course as an asynchronous learning option on our campus. (Fully Online) This option applies to ONLY students who have conflicts that are not fixed by counselors.
  5. Senior students who are short of credits for graduation are eligible to take 8 courses per counselor’s approval.

Due to the high volume of workload for counselors, requests received by emails will NOT be taken into consideration.

Please submit your request via online SCHEDULE CHANGE REQUEST FORM by next week on Monday, August 31, 2020, at 4:00 pm.

Please contact your assigned counselor for further assistance.

Have a wonderful evening!

Best,


Mr. Alper Ciftci, M.Ed

Dean of College & Career | Harmony School of Innovation-Sugar Land
Address: 13522 W. Airport Blvd. Sugarland, TX 77478 | Phone: 2813026445 Ext: 323

Fax: 2813026745 | Website: https://hsisl.harmonytx.org/

Dear parents, students, and staff!

Our campus will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, August 26-27, in anticipation of Hurricane Laura.

HPS continues to monitor the weather as Hurricane Laura approaches the Texas Gulf Coast. Due to precaution, our school will be closed on Wednesday 26th and 27th August and Thursday.

All Virtual Classes are canceled. We will continue to monitor and evaluate local conditions and communicate plans for Friday as additional information becomes available.

Dear parents/guardians,

The MAP testing window has been moved to September 8-28. Please continue to check if your device is compatible with the NWEA MAP system as explained in the parent letter you received last Friday. An updated schedule and more information will be sent home at the beginning of next week.

Additional Questions

For any troubleshooting or additional questions, please contact your Campus Testing Coordinator at dgerard@harmonytx.org.

Students in grades 9 and 10 will take MAP tests in Reading, Math, and Language.  Test days are September 1-3.  Since all teachers will be needed to administer the exams, there will be no live classes on MAP testing days.  Non-testing students are required to log into their classes and complete independent study lessons.  Please see the attached parent informational letter for more details about MAP testing.

 

Parent Information for Fall 2020 NWEA MAP Administration

 

Harmony Public Schools administers the NWEA MAP Growth tests at the beginning of the year each year to establish baseline data for our scholars as well as to measure growth for our returning scholars that tested the previous year.  This data is used to drive our instructional focus for each scholar as well as to identify trends within our campuses and district.  As you know, this year is unique in that we are all beginning this instructional year remotely and we will need your assistance in ensuring that the integrity and validity of our assessments are maintained.  To do this, we have created this document for you to help you navigate the NWEA MAP assessment and answer any questions you may have.

 

Who

            At the high school level, students in grades 9 and 10 (with limited exceptions) will take the NWEA MAP Growth Test.  Please use the chart below to see which tests each grade will be administered.

Grade Reading Math Language
9-10 6 + Reading Growth 6 + Math Growth 2-12 Language Growth

 

The only students that are not required to test (but may if the campus would like) are STAAR Alt2 students.  Campus Testing Coordinators will submit names of STAAR Alt2 students to the central office to have those students removed from internal reporting.

 

Technology

Your scholar is scheduled to take these online assessments the week of August 31st – September 4th .  We are asking each family to complete this technology check by August 26th so that we may help you troubleshoot any issues that your family may experience before the testing window begins.  To check if your device meets the minimum requirements, please click here.

 

Log in

Each student will log on to the NWEA MAP testing platform from their MyHarmony student portal account.  The student will click the “nwea student” icon.

 

 

If you receive an error message, check to see if you have a red error indicator in the address bar blocking pop-ups.  If so, click on the icon and choose “Always allow.. “ and “Done” to fix it.

On the log in screen, there will be an opportunity to take a practice test if your student is unfamiliar with this testing platform.  The practice test is not scored in any way and will simply serve as a tool to help familiarize them with the platform and format of the assessments.

 

How

All NWEA MAP Sessions will be proctored via Zoom by personnel from your scholar’s campus.  Your scholar’s instructors will provide them with the Zoom session information as well as any required test-specific log in information for your scholar.  Zoom session links will also be emailed to your scholar’s school email address.

 

 

 

When

The Fall 2020 NWEA MAP Administration is scheduled to be administered from August 31st  – September 18th.  In this unique time of all online learning, we have developed a standardized schedule to administer MAP to make sure that it is done uniformly across the system.  The administration window will be as follows.  Testing will begin at 9:00 AM each day.

Date Reading Math Language
August 31 (Monday) Practice MAP Sessions (completed by this date)
Sept 1 (Tuesday) X    
Sept 2 (Wednesday)   X  
Sept 3 (Thursday)     X

Make-up testing may be completed after the student tests on the same day or into the next week at the guardian’s request.  While these tests do not have a time limit, the average time spent by Harmony students in 2019 was just over one hour.  We urge our families to monitor their scholar(s) closely when they are taking this assessment to make sure that their scholar is taking their time, using their testing strategies, and putting forward their best efforts to ensure that we receive the most accurate data about your student.

 

Test Security

            During an in-person administration of this assessment, the test proctor is able to walk around the room to monitor each scholar and make sure that each scholar is taking their time and behaving responsibly.  In this new virtual setting, we are asking for your assistance in making sure that your scholar’s test is secure and they are following testing expectations such as the following

  • Make sure they have completed the technology check by August 26th
  • If your scholar is unfamiliar with the MAP testing platform, please have them complete the practice test by August 31st to help them become familiar with the platform. Additionally, ELA teachers will be going over MAP log-in and Zoom testing norms with students the week of August 24.
  • During the Zoom test administration, please monitor your scholar to make sure they are taking their time and using their testing strategies
  • During the Zoom test administration, please do not allow your scholar to have any other windows open on their computer other than their MAP test and their Zoom.
  • During the Zoom test administration, please do not allow your scholar to use any outside resources. Students are allowed to use dictionaries on the Reading test only.
  • During the Zoom test administration, please make sure that your scholar does not have access to their cell phone.

 

Accessibility

            For our scholars with documented supports needed for STAAR testing, we will implement those supports as much as possible for the corresponding MAP tests.

 

Troubleshooting and Additional Questions

For any troubleshooting or additional questions, please contact your Campus Testing Coordinator at dgerard@harmonytx.org.

 

 

Parent Information for Fall 2020 NWEA MAP Administration

 

 

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

We created a support team for you.

For questions regarding your school accounts, schedule, or if you need other general first-day assistance.

Please visit our live assistance desk via the zoom link below.

When:

Monday, August 17, 2020

8:00am – 3:00pm

General Questions;

First Day Assitance Zoom Link

 

For the scheduling question, please contact your counselor by the following links. (Click your assigned counselor name for the live zoom session)

Last Name Alpha Split

Mr. Alper Ciftci

Alpha-Split:

9th: A-Aj 10th: A-Ak 11th: A-An 12th: A-An

Mrs. Sevinc Dok

Alpha-Split:

9th: Ak-Fe 10th: Al-De 11th: Ao-Gi 12th: Ao-Ga

Mrs. Seher Kose

Alpha-Split:

9th: Ff-Ma 10th: Df-Kh 11th: Gj-M 12th: Gb-Mi

Ms. Jasmin Richardson

Alpha-Split

9th: Mb-Q 10th: Ki-Ri 11th: N-Sa 12th: Mj-Ro

Mrs. Grace Shay

Alpha-Split:

9th: R-Z 10th: Rj-Z 11th: Sb-Z 12th: Rp-Z

 

 

HSI-Sugar Land

Please REVIEW your 2020-2021 schedule in SKYWARD!!!

 

Dear Mustang Students & Parents/Guardians;

Student schedules are ready to review in Skyward.

Changes requested after the Course Plan has been submitted will be made ONLY  for the following reasons per counselor’s approval.

Please check your schedule and if there is any issue stated below, submit this SCHEDULE CHANGE FORM to us:

  • A Senior needs to make up deficient graduation credits
  • A student received a failing grade and needs to repeat the class for high school graduation requirements or to meet college eligibility requirements
  • A student is in the incorrect course level
  • A course requested will not be offered due to budgetary restraints, low-class size
  • A student completed a course credit at summer school
  • Medical/health issues require adjustment in schedule
  • There is a missing or blank course in the schedule.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Please submit your requests by August 24th, 2020 at 4:00 pm. No submissions will be accepted after the deadline.
  • Please submit the form ONLY once, 2nd form will not be considered.
  • Please do NOT send any documents via emails. The requests that are sent by emails or handed to any school staff will NOT be considered

COURSE SELECTION MEETINGS FOR NEWCOMERS:

If you did not have a chance to complete your course selection meeting with your counselor, please reach him/her out as soon as you can so that your schedule will be ready before school starts.

Here is the Alpha Split Plan for your references to find out who your assigned counselor is.

AP Summer ASSIGNMENTS:

Please SUBMIT your AP Summer Assignments to your AP teacher by the First-Day of School.

If you have further questions, please reach out to your ASSIGNED COUNSELOR.

Have a wonderful and safe night!

Best Regards,

Mr. Alper Ciftci, M.EdCampus Head Counselor | Harmony School of Innovation-Sugar Land
Address: 13522 W. Airport Blvd. Sugarland, TX 77478Phone: 2813026445 Ext: 323 | Fax:2813026745 | Website: https://hsisl.harmonytx.org/

Dear HSI Sugar Land Students

I am pleased to welcome you back to the 2020-21 school year! I would like to extend a special welcome to all of the new students joining HSI Sugar Land this year and welcome back all of our returning students as well.

As announced earlier, our campus will start the academic year on Monday, August 17 in an online-only setting. Classes will continue online-only until at least Tuesday, September 8.

Please read below important reminders and click on the links to watch the videos explaining how to access Harmony Portal. Once students get access to Harmony Portal, they will have access to all other resources such as Student Emails, Schoology, CLEVER, etc.

Please follow these steps to ensure you have access before Monday, August 17, 2020.

  • Logging into Schoology through My Harmony Portal : If you do not remember your Student ID, or are new and did not receive it, please ask your parents to check their emails listed in Skyward. Student IDs have been sent to parent email addresses individually.
  • Schoology Student View : Watch this video to learn the basics of navigating Schoology. All of the classes on your schedule in Skyward will automatically appear in Schoology on 8/17 – please note that unfortunately, you won’t be able to see your classes in Schoology until the first day of school. Students will not need access codes for classes – as long as they are on your Skyward schedule, they will be added to your Schoology automatically. Parents will need parent access codes, which will be shared by the school on August 17, 2020.
  • On the morning of August 17, the first day of school, students must log in to Skyward and check which class they have Lesson 1 on Monday. Then log in to Schoology and visit that class to find the Zoom link for the class meeting.
  • Messaging a Teacher :  You can send messages to your teachers or other school staff by clicking on the little envelope near your username and typing your teacher’s name. This feature is already active.
  • Schedule Briefing : Read this document for a quick overview of this year’s schedule, grade level by grade level
  • For additional support on Schoology, please click here.

 

Gokay Besli

Principal

 

Dear students, parents/guardians,

 

Please click on the below link for accessing the HSI-Sugar LAnd Student/Parent Orientation 2020-2021.

 

HSI- Sugar Land – Student/Parent Orientation 2020-2021

 

Schoology is an all-inclusive learning environment that brings everything students, parents and teachers need into one, easy-to-use digital platform that can be utilized for both in-classroom and at-home learning.

 

What’s In Schoology

Links to Instructional Materials Assignments & Due Dates
Course Grade Books Parent Communications Tools
Easy Access to Zoom Student & School Calendars
Progress Reports Access to Skyward
& Much More!

LOGIN INTO SCHOOLOGY NOW!

Video Library

Dear Parents and Guardians,

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 the internet and devices in your home. This will allow us to determine which students need Chromebook and hotspot devices so we can provide our students to support continued learning at home.

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

Technology Survey Form

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Harmony Public Schools is committed to helping students and their teachers continue learning outside of school. Students with no technology devices available for at-home learning may receive a Chromebook for their use at home. The limit for checkout is one device per Harmony family.

HSI Sugar Land

Student Chromebook Request Form

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

We continue to adapt our operational procedures during these strange times and that will have to include this year’s Student Orientation, as we’re preparing it in a (you guessed it!) virtual format. Expect a link for Student Orientation to be published on the school website, hsisl.harmonytx.org, and emailed on Thursday, August 13th. We recommend that students and parents participate in this virtual orientation together so that everyone will be familiar with the information that is reviewed.

Orientation will cover topics including required forms, new software such as Schoology, remote learning expectations, schedules, campus core values, and clubs.

The orientation presentation will not be live, so you will be able to view it at your convenience and pace. We will strive to explain everything but will provide a link that you can submit questions about anything that may be unclear or that you have specific inquiries about.

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and look forward to tackling the challenges this unique 2020-2021 school year will present together as an HSI Sugar Land family.

Thank you.

Tommy Duff | Dean of Students | Harmony School of Innovation – Sugar Land

(281) 302-6445 | 13522 W. Airport Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77498

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Dear Students,
Please click on the links below to see your summer assignments for the AP and PLTW classes.

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?

If the person is on-campus, they will be immediately removed from the classroom setting. For students, parents will be notified immediately and required to pick up their child within one hour. For staff members, employees will be asked to leave the campus immediately.

Before returning to campus, the student or staff members must self-quarantine until 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 (not required with proof of Negative test result).  

If physically able, the student can continue classwork from home using HPS online learning system. 

 

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

 

Can parents 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.

 

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.”