Harmony Public Schools is encouraging our families to take a few moments to complete the 2020 U.S. Census online, by phone, or mail.

The 2020 Census is a count of everyone who lives in the United States and its territories. The 2020 Census questionnaire asks a few simple questions like the age, sex, and the number of people living in your home.  Individual responses are confidential and cannot be used against you by any court or government agency.

When it comes to schools, the 2020 Census will determine funding for special education, teacher training, technology, school lunch assistance, Head Start and after-school programs. The census will also help determine funding for other important programs for families, such as maternal and child health programs, and housing, heating and food assistance.

People should count all children who live in their homes, including newborns and others too young for school. That’s important because responses to the census help schools plan for the resources they will need when the new generation of children is ready for school.

To begin, click here or call one of the numbers below, or look for the Census form in your mail.

CENSUS BY PHONE:

  • English: 844-330-2020
  • Spanish: 844-468-2020
  • Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020
  • Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020
  • Vietnamese: 844-461-2020
  • Korean: 844-392-2020
  • Russian: 844-417-2020
  • Arabic: 844-416-2020
  • Tagalog: 844-478-2020
  • Polish: 844-479-2020
  • French: 844-494-2020
  • Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
  • Portuguese: 844-474-2020
  • Japanese: 844-460-2020
  • English (for Puerto Rico residents): 844-418-2020
  • Spanish (for Puerto Rico residents): 844-426-2020
  • TDD (Telephone Display Device): 844-467-2020

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

DISTRICT ACADEMIC CALENDAR

 

Dear Families,
In an effort to continue to meet the food and nutritional requirements of every student while our campus is in closure for the COVID-19 outbreak while also observing recommended practices for containment, we are changing our meal distribution procedures effective tomorrow, Monday, March 23, 2020.

We will now distribute multiple days’ worth of meals twice weekly:
• Mondays from 11am – 1pm: breakfast, lunch and milk will be distributed for each student to have nutritious meals for Monday lunch – Thursday breakfast.
• Thursdays from 11am-1pm: breakfast, lunch and milk will be distributed for each student to have nutritious meals for Thursday lunch – Monday breakfast.
While the meal pickup location for our campus will remain the same, in order to maintain the safety of school personnel, vendor servers, and parents/guardians, the distribution process will change as follows:
• All individuals will maintain a 6 feet social distance during meal distribution.
• Tables will be set-up with the meal sacks on them. Parents should drive up, step out of the car, approach the table, and take the number of bags per child 18 and under in the vehicle.
We look forward to serving you soon.

Harmony Public Schools
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Queridas familias,

En un esfuerzo por continuar cumpliendo con los requisitos alimenticios y nutricionales de cada estudiante mientras nuestro campus está cerrado por el brote de COVID-19 y al mismo tiempo observar las prácticas recomendadas para la contención, estamos cambiando nuestros procedimientos de distribución de comidas a partir de mañana, lunes 23 de marzo, 2020.

Ahora distribuiremos comidas de varios días dos veces por semana:

• Lunes de 11am a 1pm: se distribuirá desayuno, almuerzo y leche para que cada estudiante tenga comidas nutritivas para el almuerzo de lunes a jueves.
• Jueves de 11 am a 1 pm: el desayuno, el almuerzo y la leche se distribuirán para que cada estudiante tenga comidas nutritivas para el almuerzo del jueves y el desayuno del lunes.

Si bien la ubicación de recogida de comidas para nuestro campus seguirá siendo la misma, para mantener la seguridad del personal escolar, los servidores de los proveedores y los padres / tutores, el proceso de distribución cambiará de la siguiente manera:

• Todos los individuos mantendrán una distancia social de 6 pies durante la distribución de comidas.
• Se colocarán mesas con los sacos de comida en ellas. Los padres deben conducir, salir del auto, acercarse a la mesa y llevar el número de bolsas por niño de 18 años o menos en el vehículo.

Esperamos servirte pronto.

Escuelas públicas de la armonía

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.

Dear Students and Parents,

As of now, Harmony Public Schools campuses are closed until March 31st. Our goal is to maximize learning during this time and keep our students engaged. Our teachers will be updating your google classrooms with assignments for this week.

The link to your classroom can be found on our school website under student quick-links. Hard copies of your assignments can also be picked up from the HSA front office from 10-2 daily. Students are asked to complete the work in google classroom and submit to their teachers when they return to campus.

We will continue to provide education to the best of our abilities while prioritizing the wellbeing and safety of our students, families, teachers, and staff. For continued updated information regarding our school’s response to the Covid-19 quarantine please visit our website regularly at hsadvancement.harmonytx.org. To help us better serve you at this time and prepare for additional distance learning requirements please complete the survey linked below.

Technology access survey

Thank you, Fatih Oner, Principal

foner@harmonytx.org

Astacia Payton, Dean of Academic

amorocco@harmonytx.org

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.

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

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

Notice

Con preocupaciones sobre el coronavirus y la gripe prominentes en la comunidad, nos gustaría
recordarles a las familias que, para evitar la propagación de enfermedades contagiosas en la
escuela, recomendamos que su hijo permanezca en casa fuera de la escuela si experimenta
síntomas de gripe o resfriado. Para decidir si enviar o no a su hijo a la escuela, considere las
siguientes recomendaciones:


Considere mantener a su hijo en casa por un día adicional de descanso y observación si tiene
alguno de los siguientes síntomas:
• Congestión nasal o goteo nasal y / o tos
• Dolor de garganta leve (sin fiebre, sin exposición conocida al estreptococo)
• Dolor de cabeza
• dolor de estómago leve

Definitivamente mantenga a su hijo en casa para recibir tratamiento y observación si tiene alguno
de estos síntomas:
• Fiebre (más de 100, su hijo puede regresar a la escuela solo después de que su temperatura
haya estado constantemente por debajo de 100 grados, por vía oral, durante un mínimo de 24
horas)
• Vómitos (incluso una vez)
• Diarrea
• escalofríos
• malestar general o sensación de fatiga, incomodidad, debilidad o dolores musculares
• Tos congestionada (húmeda) o malhumorada frecuente
• Mucha congestión nasal con sonarse la nariz con frecuencia
Para ayudar a prevenir la gripe y otros resfriados, enseñe a sus hijos buenos hábitos de higiene:
• Lavarse las manos frecuentemente
• No toque los ojos, la nariz o la boca.
• Cúbrase la boca y la nariz al estornudar o toser, use un pañuelo de papel, tírelo y luego lávese
las manos.
• Evitar el contacto cercano con personas que están enfermas.


Los resfriados son los más contagiosos durante las primeras 48 horas. Un niño que tiene fiebre
debe permanecer en casa hasta que esté "libre de fiebre" por un mínimo de 24 horas. Un niño que
comenzó a tomar antibióticos debe tomar el medicamento durante 48 horas antes de considerarlo
no contagioso y poder regresar a la escuela. A menudo, cuando un niño se despierta con vagas
quejas (la forma en que comienzan los resfriados y la gripe) es aconsejable observar a su hijo en
casa durante una hora o dos antes de decidir si traerá o no a la escuela. Su hijo debe poder
participar físicamente en todas las actividades escolares al regresar a la escuela. Mantener a un
niño enfermo en casa minimizará la propagación de infecciones y virus en el aula.
Gracias de antemano por ayudar a que este año en la escuela sea lo más saludable posible.
Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, no dude en llamarnos al 281-741-8899

 

Sinceramente,

Asistente de salud

Contagious illness letter Spanish

Notice

With concerns about Coronavirus and the Flu prominent in the community, we would like to remind families that, to prevent spread of contagious illness in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:


Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:
• Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
• Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
• Headache
• Mild stomach ache

Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:
• Fever (greater than 100 degrees by mount and your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 100 degrees, by mouth, for a minimum of 24 hours)
• Vomiting (even once)
• Diarrhea
• Chills
• General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
• Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
• Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose

To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:
• Wash hands frequently
• 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.


Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until “fever free” for a minimum of 24 hours. A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on the medication for 48 hours before considered non-contagious and able to return to school. Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin) it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not to bring to school. Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

Thank you in advance for helping make this year at school as healthy as possible.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 281-741-8899

Sincerely,
Health Aide

OP-34 Contagious Illness_Health Notice

 

CNA & CIP Meetings 2020-2021

You are cordially invited to attend our Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) meeting on Wednesday, March 18th and Campus Improvement Plan (CIP) Meeting on Thursday, March 19th at 3:10 pm.

The purpose of the meetings is to review 2019-2020 CNA & CIP and identify campus needs, revise and develop goals, objectives, and strategies for the upcoming year. The meeting is open to all of our parents.

If you are planning to attend these meeting contact Mr. Ersoy at iersoy@harmonytx.org or simply RSVP here

Agenda

  • Purpose of CNA-CIP
  • Review 2019-2020 Campus Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) and Campus Improvement Plan –CIP
  • Review of Data
  • Areas for Improvement and Priority of Needs
  • Revise and Develop Goals, Objectives, and Strategies for the new CNA and CIP
  • Comments, Q&A
Harmony Reading Challenge 'Read Learn, and Explore' is March 2-May 1, 2020.

This spring, Harmony is challenging our students to participate in a friendly reading competition across classrooms and other campuses.

Beginning March 3, students are challenged to read books and advance through pre-determined advancement levels in order to earn rewards at each stage.

With Spring Break coming up, we urge parents to help encourage their children to take advantage of this time to read books they are excited about.

You can find challenges for each grade level by clicking the link to our Spring Reading Challenge PDF below.

HPS Spring Reading Challenge