Dear Harmony Families,
When the COVID-19 pandemic first began in Spring, we promised our Harmony community that our response to the pandemic would always be focused on keeping our entire Harmony community safe and our students focused on learning. As a school system that places a heavy emphasis on science and math, we also promised that all of our decisions would be based on the best science and data available.
Today, we wanted to share with you an important update about the reopening of your child’s school. Just as importantly, though, we wanted to share with you more detailed information about how that determination was made and what specific steps toward reopening will happen next.
From the pandemic’s beginning, HPS has looked at a specific group of informed and reliable data sources to determine the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in our local communities. These sources are the Harvard University Data Center, the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Department of State Health Services, our city and county health agencies, and information from our neighboring school systems.
From this data, Harmony Public Schools has developed a four-stage reopening plan for its 58 campuses across Texas that allows the specific COVID-19 conditions in each community to determine each school’s individual reopening plan.
Those stages are:
Our campus is currently in Stage 1, and, as approved by the HPS Board, we will begin Stage 3 on Monday, SEPTEMBER 14, 2020.
Stage 3 (UPDATED as of 09/09/2020):
- For the first phase, Monday, September 14, 2020, our Campus will open for targeted, in-person instruction only for Students in grades 6-8 and their High School siblings in grades 9-12 who are attending the same campus. (This applies only to those students whose parents indicated on the Survey for in-person learning.)
- Other HIGH SCHOOL students (whose parents indicated on the survey they would return to in-person learning) will be on campus on Monday, September 28, 2020.
- Students and staff will be required to follow all safety protocols outlined in the HPS Back to School Playbook, as well as any other protocols deemed necessary for safe and productive learning.
- Students will not move from room to room for their classes; they will join by Zoom session. Students will be assigned classrooms to stay in for the full day.
All campus decisions are based on local COVID-19 conditions and guidelines from TEA and local agencies. We will announce all changes and updates as soon as possible.
Sept-11–HSAC Reopening 2020-2021 document to be released to families
Sept-14–In-person instruction starts for middle school students and their high school siblings
Sept-28–In-person instruction starts for high school students
Thank you for your support during these unprecedented times and for helping keep our students safe and focused on learning.
We will continue to keep you updated as new developments take place. If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Harun Bozdag at firstname.lastname@example.org.