Hello HSA-B Family,
 
We apologize for the delay, you may find our school supply lists in the images below for the 2020-2021 school year. These supplies will help ensure your child has the necessary essentials to start the school year through our hybrid learning system.
 
Please keep in mind that if your child’s supplies run out, they may need to be replaced throughout the school year. If you have some of these items at home, we recommend to please use those before making an extra expense.
 
Thank you.
 
 
Hola familia HSA-B,
 
Nos disculpamos por el retraso, puede encontrar nuestras listas de útiles escolares en las imágenes a continuación para el año escolar 2020-2021. Estos útiles ayudarán a garantizar que su hijo/a tenga los elementos esenciales necesarios para comenzar el año escolar a través de nuestro aprendizaje híbrido.
Tenga en cuenta que si se agotan los útiles de su hijo, es posible que sea necesario reemplazarlos durante el año escolar. Si tiene algunos de estos artículos en casa, le recomendamos que los use antes de hacer un gasto adicional.
 
Gracias.

 

Dear HSA-B Parents and guardians,
 
The 2020 – 2021 lunch application is now available on School Cafe for completion. You may visit www.schoolcafe.com to apply online with last years credentials. For any questions or concerns you may contact Mrs. Macias at nmacias@harmonytx.org or by telephone at 956-574-9555.
 
Thank you,
 
HSA – Brownsville
 
Estimados padres y tutores de HSA-B,
 
La solicitud de lonche para el año escolar de 2020 – 2021 está disponible en School Cafe para completar. Puede visitar www.schoolcafe.com para solicitar en línea con las credenciales del año pasado. Para cualquier pregunta o inquietud, puede comunicarse con la Sra. Macias a nmacias@harmonytx.org o por telefono a 956-574-9555.
 
Gracias,
 
HSA-Brownsville

Dear Harmony Families,
we’d like to share our most updated academic calendar.

 

Estimadas familias de Harmony:
Nos gustaría compartir nuestro calendario académico más actualizado.

Harmony Tigers!

We are thrilled at the start of our new school year and our teachers are too. Our excited teachers will be hosting virtual Meet and Greet on Wednesday, August 12 starting at 3:00 pm. Each session will last about thirty minutes with three available sessions to choose from. Links will be shared with you via email from your Skyward account. Looking forward in seeing everyone.

 

Harmony Tigers!

Estamos encantados al comienzo de nuestro nuevo año escolar y nuestros maestros también. Nuestros maestros entusiasmados serán anfitriones virtuales de Meet and Greet el miércoles 12 de agosto a partir de las 3:00 pm. Cada sesión durará unos treinta minutos con tres sesiones disponibles para elegir. Los enlaces se compartirán con usted por correo electrónico desde su cuenta de Skyward. Esperamos verlos a todos.

HSA-B Tiger Family!

Our schedule of Chromebook distribution and orientation drive-thru will begin August 11th – 14th from 9:00 am -3:00 pm. You will receive items to start the school year for our Tigers during this time.

Please make sure to wear a mask when interacting on campus and all pre-forms are filled prior to your arrival. Parents or listed guardians must be present to receive items.

Familia de HSA-B!

Nuestro cronograma de distribución y orientación de Chromebook drive-thru comenzará del 11 al 14 de agosto de 9:00 a.m. a 3:00 p.m. Recibirás artículos para comenzar el año escolar de nuestros Tigres durante este tiempo.

Asegúrese de usar una máscara al interactuar en el campus y todos los formularios previos se llenan antes de su llegada. Los padres o tutores legales deben estar presentes para recibir los artículos.

Dear Harmony Families,
 
In our first phase of technology at home, we would like to have parents complete our initial technology survey for the 20-21 school year. Based on your responses, you will receive a second email with additional instructions in order to complete the Chromebook distribution. Our first phase will distribute to our families in need to start distant learning. In our second phase, we will have additional Chromebooks that will begin to cover additional families. Please complete a survey for each one of your Harmony children.
 
Estimadas familias de Harmony,
En nuestra primera fase de tecnología en el hogar, nos gustaría que los padres completen nuestra encuesta de tecnología inicial para el año escolar 20-21. Según sus respuestas, recibirá un segundo correo electrónico con instrucciones adicionales para completar la distribución de Chromebook. Nuestra primera fase se distribuirá a nuestras familias que necesiten comenzar a aprender a distancia. En nuestra segunda fase, tendremos Chromebooks adicionales que comenzarán a cubrir familias adicionales. Complete una encuesta para cada uno de sus hijos de Harmony.

Tiger Family,

We will be hosting our first Virtual Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, August 11th. We will host two-different sessions; a morning session at 10:00 am and an afternoon session at 5:30 pm. This meeting will have information on the start of the school year, important school updates, technology updates, questions and answers. We will send an email with the meeting link to the email address registered with Skyward to join the meeting.

In order to better serve you, please feel out the survey to help us answer your questions on the day of the town hall:

Please click here in order to help answer any additional questions you may have.

 

Querida familia de Tigres,

Celebraremos nuestra primera reunión del Ayuntamiento Virtual el martes 11 de agosto. Seremos anfitriones de dos sesiones; una sesión en la mañana a las 10:00 a.m. y una sesión de la tarde a las 5:30 p.m. Esta reunión tendrá información sobre el inicio del año escolar, actualizaciones importantes de la escuela, actualizaciones de tecnología, preguntas y respuestas. Enviaremos un correo electrónico con el enlace de la reunión a la dirección de correo electrónico registrada en Skyward para unirse a la reunión.

Para brindarle un mejor servicio, no dude en consultar la encuesta para ayudarnos a responder sus preguntas el día del ayuntamiento:

Haga clic aquí para ayudar a responder cualquier pregunta adicional que pueda tener.

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.”