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Archive for month: August, 2020
The first day of meal distribution for the 20-21 school year will be Friday, August 14th from 4 pm-5:30 pm for HSA-Lubbock students who are enrolled in virtual learning as part of the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program. If you have child/ren enrolled in HSA, you will pick up your student meals from HSA Lubbock Campus according to the schedule below.
The following meal distribution will be Monday, August 17th from 4 pm-5:30pm. Meal distribution will be every Monday and Thursday from 4 pm-5:30 pm thereafter. Only those students enrolled as Harmony students will be eligible to participate.
|Date to Pick Up||Meals Given||Time|
|Friday, August 14
(one time only)
|Monday B & L||4pm-5:30pm|
|Monday, August 17||Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday B & L||4pm-5:30pm|
|Thursday, August 20||Friday and Monday B & L||4pm-5:30pm|
MEAL DISTRIBUTION PROCEDURES
Parents or guardians may only pick up meals for children in their guardianship.
- At the designated date and time, parents will approach the pickup zone and wait for cafeteria staff to approach the driver side window. Students are not required to be in the vehicle.
- If parents/students walk to the distribution site, follow school staff instructions to pick up meals at the designated table. Please maintain 6 foot social distance from others in line and school staff. Masks must be worn at all times.
- When a parent or guardian arrives to pick up a meal without a child, they will need to present one of the following items:
- Official Letter/email from school listing children enrolled at the campus
- Student ID number
- Student ID cards
- The parent will roll down their window (masks are required), or approach the table when called, and cafeteria staff will maintain appropriate social distance. The parent will tell the cafeteria staff their child’s ID number, show the ID card, or show the official letter/email for each child who attends that school. Once enrollment is verified, the student or parent may select their meals. Only one breakfast and one lunch may be selected from each day offered.
- The student/parent may select one milk for each meal purchased. Selections include white milk, chocolate milk, or no milk. Milks will be placed in a bag and tied closed.
- The parent will open their trunk and the bags of meals and milk will be placed in their trunk.
- If they have walked to the distribution site, they will approach the table when called and pick up their meals. Tables will be sanitized between uses.
If you have any questions or need assistance with your lunch application please contact your child nutrition assistant, Mrs. Ramos at email@example.com.
Harmony Science Academy- Lubbock
ATTENTION PARENTS: Please complete the technology survey,link below, to help us understand the availability of internet and laptop, desktop, Chromebook devices in your home. This will allow us to determine which students need a Chromebook and/or hotspot device so we can provide our students support during virtual learning.
Technology Survey Form:
Student Chromebook Request form:
Dear Harmony Science Academy-Lubbock Parents and Guardians,
We hope you and your family are safe and doing well.
The official first day of school is approaching. Monday, August 17, 2020 is the first day of school for all Harmony students. It has been determined that all Harmony students will begin the school year with virtual learning.
We are inviting parents to attend a first-time Parent-Admin Orientation scheduled for Friday, August 7, 2020. The orientation will be offered virtually through the Zoom meeting. The zoom links for the orientation are below. You can simply click on the zoom link related to your child’s grade and participate in the orientation at designated time. During orientation, new information about our academic and safety plans for our campus will be shared. A question and answer session will be held at the end of the orientation. We encourage our Harmony parents to attend this orientation.
You will also have an opportunity to “Meet the Teachers” virtually through Zoom on Friday, August 14, 2020. We will send a separate email for this invitation. Please continue checking your emails for campus communication and plans due to COVID -19. Harmony Science Academy-Lubbock appreciates your patience and flexibility during these unprecedented times. We look forward to a successful school year!
Parent /Admin Orientation – Friday, August 7, 2020:
Pre-K-3rd Grade Parents between 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 850 8422 8318
4th thru 8th Grade Parents between 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 858 8569 1340
Virtual Meet the Teacher Schedule for August 14th.
Dear Harmony Family,
HSA Lubbock will be in virtual classrooms from August 17th, 2020 through September 8th, 2020, due to the ongoing issues with COVID-19. Students will be issued a device to access our new virtual classroom, “Schoology.” We will be distributing Chromebooks on August 10th, 2020 starting at 8:00 am. Below you will find a schedule of times per grade levels to retrieve your device for your child(ren). For safety and procedural reasons, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines: First, make sure that you have filled out the survey that shows you will need a Chromebook or other electronic device. It is also essential that you have your driver’s license ready to show for identification purposes. Second, follow the designated cones (on the map) through the entry points, and exit points to retrieve the Chromebook. You will stop by the doors by the flagpoles. Third, remain in your vehicle, and someone will come out to assist you. Fourth, make sure to exit following the area marked. We want to express our deepest gratitude for your patience, understanding, and thoughtfulness during this stressful time. We miss seeing your children and are ready to see their smiling, wonderful faces. We are planning on having a safe, exciting, and productive school year and are ready to see your child(ren) face to face very soon.
Schedule (to retrieve an electronic device):
8:00 am to 11:00 pm Pre- K through 3rd grade
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm 4th grade through 8th grade
HSA Lubbock Administration Team
Please see supply lists for all grade levels.
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.”
- Media & Public Relations
Harmony Public Schools (“Harmony”) is committed to making the information on its website accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader, eye tracking device, voice recognition software, etc.) and have difficulty accessing information on the Harmony website, please contact HPS Webmaster by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include the following when communicating with Harmony regarding accessibility issues:
A description of your accessibility concern.
The format in which you prefer to receive the materials.
The web page address of the requested material(s).
The best way to contact you (email address or phone number, or both).
Harmony will make appropriate accommodations to facilitate access to any website content.
Complaints regarding website accessibility may be submitted through the Public Complaint process outlined in Board Policy PG-1.12 (Public Complaints).
Please note that some pages on the Harmony website contain links to third-party sites, which are not within Harmony’s control. If you notify Harmony of problems with accessing a third-party site that is necessary to participate in one of Harmony’s programs or activities, we will make the material or information available in an accessible format.
If you are experiencing a problem with bullying at Harmony, or have other discipline-related concerns regarding one of our schools, please fill out the form at the link below for the Dean of Students.
HPS Child Find Policy
It is the policy of the Harmony Public Schools to ensure that
- All children with disabilities enrolled in the charter school regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located, and evaluated; and
- A practical method is developed and implemented to determine which children are currently receiving needed special education and related services.
These requirements apply to:
- Homeless children;
- Children who are wards of the state;
- Highly mobile children (including migrant children); and
- Children who are suspected of being in need of special education but who are advancing from grade to grade.
20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(3)(A); 34 CFR 300.111(a)(1)(i), (c).
As required by Title IX, Harmony Public Schools does not (and is required not to) discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs or activities. This non-discrimination requirement applies to admission to and employment with Harmony Public Schools. Inquiries into issues related to Title IX may be referred to Harmony’s Title IX Coordinator(s) (identified below), to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education, or both.
Title IX training presentation link
Harmony’s Title IX Coordinators:
Director of Internal Investigations
HPS Central Office
713-343-3333 x1104 Employee and applicant matters
Kelly Ann Hebeler
Director of Employee Relations
HPS Central Office
Non-discrimination Statement as Part of the School's Admission Policy
It is the policy of HPS not to discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability in its programs, services, or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, please contact Section 504/ADA Coordinator at (713) 343-3333 located at 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099.
Non-discrimination Statement in Career and Technical Education Programs
HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS offers support to school district for career and technical education programs in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications; Business Management and Administration; Education and Training; Finance; Government and Public Administration; Health Science; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security; Manufacturing; Marketing; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics. Admission to these programs is based on enrollment in HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS secondary schools.
It is the policy of HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its CTE programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
It is the policy of HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age in its employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
HARMONY PUBLIC SCHOOLS will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and CTE programs.
For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the Title IX Coordinator, CHARLES LAMBERT, and/or the Section 504 Coordinator, IHSAN KARA, at 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099, Phone: (713) 343-3333.
Aviso de No discriminación en los Programas de Educación Profesional y
Las Escuelas Públicas Harmony ofrecen programas vocacionales en Agricultura, Alimentación y Recursos Naturales; Arquitectura y Construcción; Artes, Tecnología de Audio / Video y Comunicaciones; Administración de Negocios y Administración; Educación y Entrenamiento; Finanzas; Gobierno y Administración Pública; Ciencias de la salud; Hospitalidad y Turismo; Recursos Humanos; Tecnología de la Información; Derecho; Seguridad Pública, Correccionales y Seguridad; Manufactura; Mercadeo; Ciencias, Tecnología, Ingeniería y Matemáticas; Transporte, Distribución y Logística. La admisión a estos programas se basa en el número de estudiantes de secundaria registrados en las Escuelas Públicas Harmony.
Es norma de las Escuelas Públicas Harmony no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo o impedimento, en sus programas, servicios o actividades de CTE, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.
Es norma de las Escuelas Públicas Harmony no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, impedimento o edad, en sus procedimientos de empleo, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, la ley de Discriminación por Edad, de 1975, según enmienda, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.
Las Escuelas Públicas Harmony tomarán las medidas necesarias para asegurar que la falta de habilidad en el uso del inglés no sea un obstáculo para la admisión y participación en todos los programas educativos y CTE.
Para información sobre sus derechos o procedimientos para quejas, comuníquese con el Coordinador del Título IX, CHARLES LAMBERT, y/o el Coordinador de la Sección 504, IHSAN KARA, a la siguiente dirección: 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S. Houston, TX 77099, Teléfono: (713) 343-3333.
TX Transition and Employment Guide
The Texas Transition and Employment Guide provides youth, young adults, parents and professionals with secondary transition resources to facilitate a young person’s progress towards post-secondary goals to education, employment, and community living.