March 30, 2020
SCHOOL CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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.
(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,
CEO | Harmony Public Schools
AT-HOME LEARNING PROGRAM
Harmony Public School’s At-Home Learning Program is a three-phase distance learning curriculum that allows students to continue their studies at home during times when campuses must be closed due to unforeseen circumstances.
In Phase I, students of all ages levels are provided paper-based academic packets to complete at home and return once classes resume. To ensure fairness, students will be given feedback on their work, but not actual grades.
In Phases II and III, students and teachers go online for a comprehensive digital learning experience that includes elements of independent learning, video-based lessons, and a variety of online softwares, including Google Classroom. (IMPORTANT NOTE: Students without computers or access to the internet at home should contact their school, which can access.)
Through each phase, teachers will be available via email and other digital platforms to provide structure, guidance, and feedback.
To learn more, click this link.
Update to Harmony DFW Meal Service During "Shelter-in-Place"
Dear Harmony DFW Families,
As the situation with the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve, so must our methods for ensuring our students continue to receive as much support as possible during this changing situation.
Now that our schools are closed through at least April 6 and our communities are being asked to stay at home or “shelter-in-place,” Harmony is making an adjustment to our meal service and pick-up options to help limit the number of people needing to leave their homes.
Beginning tomorrow, March 26, we will offer once-a-week meal delivery—on Thursdays—in which families can pick up meals for an entire week.
Meals will continue to be served drive-up style and will be available for all car passengers under age 18, regardless of enrollment status. The meal pickup locations for our district are listed below and will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. During this time, children can pick up sack breakfasts and lunches for the entire week. You can visit the location you live closest to.
(Please note that families who picked up meals at Harmony School of Innovation-Carrollton will, beginning April 2, need to pick up their meals at Harmony School of Innovation-Dallas: 8080 W. President George Bush Turnpike, Dallas, TX 75252.)
We look forward to continuing to serve you, and stay well!
-Harmony Public Schools DFW
GRAB & GO MEAL LOCATIONS:
As the school is currently closed please call the number below if you need information. Please leave a voice message and we will do our best to return your call.
In this difficult time, we wanted to share with you some important resources with you. It is important for all of us to consider our mental health. The fear and anxiety created by this disease and the stress of changing situations can be very hard on students as well. Many of them are missing out on social interactions that mean a lot to them. Some students are stressing out now about grades and classes. It is important to check in with kids and see where they are and try to find ways to help. As parents and caregivers it is important to also monitor our own feelings so we can keep ourselves healthy as well. Be sure to take care of yourself as well!
The CDC has some great information about how to handle stress and anxiety during this time. It includes some great tips for yourself as well as information about what you can expect from kids and how to help them.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has also compiled some tips for dealing with stress during this time and have included a list of symptoms that can be related to stress. They include some great resources including the National Helpline for treatment referral and the National Suicide Hotline.
This PBS Kids site includes great information on how to talk to kids about the Coronavirus and includes video links to show kids important lessons on cleaning hands and how germs spread. This is geared towards our younger children.
One of the biggest challenges can be keeping kids active and engaged during this time. This list includes tons of ideas for activities to do with your children. This also includes a list of educational websites that have waived their fees at this time.