HST TIGER NEWS
July 21 , 2020
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NOTICE OF CHANGE TO SCHOOL REOPENING PLAN FOR HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AVISO DE CAMBIO EN EL PLAN DE REAPERTURA DE LAS ESCUELAS PÚBLICAS DE HARMONY
Dear Harmony Families,
At Harmony Public Schools, our top priorities are the health and safety of our students and staff, as well as the academic and developmental growth of our scholars.
In response to the continued spread of COVID-19 in the communities which we proudly serve, Harmony Public Schools is announcing the following revised plan for the start of the 2020-21 school year.
Students at all HPS campuses statewide 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. During these three weeks, you will receive a survey asking your family to choose the option of either continuing classes online only, or returning to campus for in-person learning after Labor Day, if possible. Harmony will announce no later than the first week of September whether there is a need to extend online-only learning further, or if families who have opted for on-campus learning may return for in-person instruction. Students who opted for at-home learning will continue to learn remotely throughout the remainder of the school year, unless they notify their campus of a change request through Skyward.
All HPS staff will continue to work remotely while campuses are closed, unless a specific and essential job function requires their presence on campus or at an administrative office.
SUPERIOR NEW ONLINE LEARNING SYSTEM, FEATURING ENHANCED STUDENT ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Accelerating your child’s education – even when learning from home – is one of our core missions. That’s why we’ve spent the summer completely revamping our online learning system to create a more interactive learning environment that’s easier to use for families, better connects students to their teachers and classmates, and – most importantly – promotes academic growth even while our campuses are closed.
With our new Schoology learning management system, students attending classes online will experience a robust academic experience with more one-to-one engagement with teachers through live classroom sessions, regular online office hours, as well as academic tutorial sessions, and intervention services for students who need them.
Students also will enjoy options for at-home, online extracurricular activities -- including club activities, and both e-sports and academic competitions -- that will allow them to stay connected with their classmates online, even if they can’t be together in person.
Parents will have full access to instructional materials, assignments, grading, calendars, student progress updates, and parent messaging in one simple platform.
Best of all, when it’s time for your student to return to campus, the Schoology system will follow them seamlessly back to campus, making the transition easier for both your student and your family.
Harmony teachers have spent their summers learning the intricacies of Schoology and will be prepared to incorporate it into their learning beginning on the first day of class.
ENHANCED ON-CAMPUS SAFETY PROTOCOLS
To make sure our on-campus learning experience is as safe as possible for HPS students and staff members, Harmony will institute a broad spectrum of campus safety protocols once on-campus instruction resumes. Some of the new safety protocols include:
- 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.
HANDLING OF COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
Whether screened at school or self-screened at home, the following conditions are considered symptomatic of COVID-19 by the Centers for Disease Control and could lead to a required leave from campus:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
- Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19
RETURNING TO CAMPUS AFTER COVID DIAGNOSIS OR SYMPTOMS
After a diagnosis of COVID-19 or display of symptoms, students and staff must be symptom-free for at least 72 hours before returning to campus, including a temperature of less than 100 degrees without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Those diagnosed with COVID-19 must also have a doctor’s note allowing return.
FAMILIES NEEDING ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE
We look forward to partnering with your family this school year to help your child continue to grow academically. We understand that any adjustments to the normal school environment or calendar may create unexpected challenges for some families. If you would like to discuss specific needs for your student or family that are not addressed above, please contact your local Harmony campus or contact us via our Let’s Talk online platform.
2018-2019 Report card
We were aiming to be an A school this year. Our prediction was to get 94 out of 100
Schedule may look different next school year due to Covid-19
DROP OFF AND DISMISSAL PLAN
HST requires all school students to use clear backpacks for the 2020-2021 school year.
What you need to know about HST's clear backpack policy please click here.
Additional State Required Shots for 7th Graders
The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the immunization requirements that will impact rising 7th-grade students. Students entering 7th grade are required to have one dose of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) vaccine and one dose of Meningococcal conjugate vaccine for individuals who have not already received those vaccines.
- · Tdap Booster
- · Meningococcal ( MCV4, Menactra)
Please contact your health care provider or local health department if your child needs these vaccines. For additional information on immunization requirement, please visit The Department of State Health Services website at www.ImmunizeTexas.com
All immunization should be completed by the first day of school. However, you will have 30 calendar days from the first-day school to provide the required up-to-date immunization record for your child. If at the end of the 30-day period, a student has not received a subsequent dose of vaccine, the student is not in compliance and the school shall exclude the student from the attendance until the required dose is administered. Please contact the school for any questions or concern.
HST 2020-2021 School Supply List
Harmony School of Technology 2020-2021 School Supply List
All Middle school students ( 6th – 8th Grade) will need the following:
1 – 8-CT THICK WASHABLE MARKERS
1 – 12-CT PRESHARPENED COLORED PENCILS
12 – BLUE MEDIUM PEN
12 – BLACK MEDIUM PEN
12- RED MEDIUM PEN
24 – NO. 2 YELLOW PENCILS
1 – SET OF EARBUDS
1 – 4-PK HIGHLIGHTERS
1 – PINK ERASER
8- SMALL PURPLE GLUE STICKS
3 –BLACK DRY ERASER MARKERS
2 – 8 X 10.5 COLLEGE RULED NOTEBOOK FILLER PAPER 150-CT
7 – ASSORTED PLASTIC POCKET FOLDERS W/BRADS
7 – 70 ct WIDE RULED SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS
4 – 100 PAGE WIDE RULED COMPOSITION BOOKS
1 – 1.5 INCH HARD VINYL BINDER
1 – 2 INCH HARD VINYL BINDER
2 – ASSORTED INDEX PAPER 8-TAB DIVIDERS
1 – 3 X 5 RULED WHITE INDEX CARDS 100-CT
If needed, additional supplies may be requested later in the year. Teachers may request additional items.
HST Admin & Coordinator Team
Please contact us if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.
If you have any questions regarding our programs, please contact the correct coordinator.
- Principal – Celil Basol – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Assistant Principal – Mehmet Cellik- email@example.com
- Assistant Principal – Lynn Hagemier- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Principal Resident – Kaitlin McIntyre - kmcIntyre@harmonytx.org
- Instructional Coach – Kari Waterworth- email@example.com
- Instructional Coordinator- Cali Nguyen- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Operation Manager - Samra Didic- email@example.com
- Engagement and Support Coordinator – Ayse Tas- firstname.lastname@example.org
- ESL Coordinator – Maria Piralla- email@example.com
- Student Discipline Coordinator – Deirdre Johnson - firstname.lastname@example.org
- GT Coordinator- Elif Ergul - email@example.com
- Special Education Coordinator – Mola Gayle
- Testing and Federal Program Coordinator