The following is a list of questions commonly asked by parents and students about the start of the 2021-22 school year at Harmony Public Schools.

For more information, visit https://www.HarmonyTX.org/playbook.

Harmony Public Schools
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:  Will Harmony Public Schools offer virtual learning this year?

A:  No. Harmony will return to  face to face instruction  at all campuses for the 21-22 school year as mandated by the Texas Education Agency. We are excited to have our students back in the classroom and will continue to support their social, emotional, and academic growth.

Q:  What will on-campus instruction look like for this year?

A:  Just as before the pandemic, students will attend in-person learning  according to the academic calendar. This calendar can be found on your campus website.  Teachers will provide in-person learning, which includes hands-on activities, small group projects and intervention, station rotations, teacher one-on-one support, etc.

Q:  What COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place for students and teachers?

A:  Face masks are optional for both students and Harmony team members, but are strongly recommended.  Physical distancing may be maintained to the extent possible.  Hand sanitizer will be provided, and students will be encouraged to practice frequent hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, and physical distancing.  Teachers will sanitize high-touch areas in the classroom when necessary.  Because the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving, we may update protocols as the situation dictates.

Q:  My child struggled with virtual learning, and I am concerned they are academically behind.  How will Harmony help my child regain academic progress?

A:  We understand that some students struggled last year.  Our educational teams are here to diagnose learning loss and provide an intervention plan to address it.  This will include regular Response to Intervention (RTI) system implementation, after school tutoring, small group instruction, Saturday school, and summer school options.

Q:  My child excelled with virtual learning last year.  Will they be academically challenged this year?

A:  Yes!  We will continue to provide rigorous instruction with differentiated options for students including emphasis on college and career readiness.

Q:  Will extracurricular activities resume this year?

A:  Yes!  We anticipate all extracurricular activities to resume for students, including academic clubs, athletics, fine arts, UIL, competitions, etc. Check the Clubs page of your campus website throughout the year for new clubs and extracurriculars.

Q:  After a year out of the classroom, how will students and staff be supported in transitioning back to a social setting?

A:  Harmony will provide mental health support to our students and staff during and after the back to school transition period.  Each campus will utilize a Behavioral Counselor and implement support systems to ensure all students and staff receive the help they need.

Q:  Where can I apply for free or reduced price meals?

A:  All students eat FREE this year at all schools! Your child will automatically receive their free meal(s) each day in your campus cafeteria. You may, however, still be asked to complete a Free & Reduced Meal eligibility form once the school year starts, as this plays a crucial role in determining the amount of federal and state funding your child’s school may receive.

Q:  What safety protocols will be in place during breakfast and lunch?

A:  Cafeteria teams will continue to clean and sanitize dining areas.  Physical distancing will be maintained to the extent possible.  Students will sanitize their hands before and after eating, and will not be allowed to share food or utensils.  Harmony will maintain adult supervision in the cafeteria to reinforce mealtime safety measures.

Q:  Will water fountains be available for students?

A:  Students will have access to touchless water fountains and are encouraged to bring their own reusable clear water bottles to use throughout the day.  Water bottles should be taken home daily to be cleaned.

Q:  What if my child displays symptoms of COVID-19 while at school?

A:  The teacher will immediately call the Health Aide, who will pick up the student from the classroom and place the student in isolation to minimize interaction.  The school Health Aide will communicate with the parent/guardian, and the student will be sent home.  The student may not return to school until clearance is given by the school Health Aide.  Additional guidance on the criteria that must be met prior to the student’s return to school is located in the Harmony Public Schools Back to School Playbook, 2021-2022.

Q:  Should I notify the school if my child tested positive for COVID-19 or was in close contact with someone who tested positive?

A:  Yes, families will self-report within 48 hours to the Health Aide if their child(ren) tested positive for COVID-19 or if they believe the child(ren) has been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Q:  How will I be notified if my child is exposed to COVID-19 at school?

A:  If classroom exposure occurs, families will be notified via letter home, call, or school messaging services and the classroom will be sanitized.

Q:  May I visit my child’s school?

A:  Harmony always welcomes visitors to campuses and district offices, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic we will implement some limitations to minimize risk.  Visitors will check in through the front office security system, and we will continue utilization of temperature checks.  All visitors should complete a self-check before entering a school building, and visitors with COVID symptoms should NOT enter school buildings or offices.

 

 

Dear Harmony Community,
 
Harmony Public Schools South Texas District is proud to announce the appointment of Ms. Christian K. Parra to the position of Principal of HSE San Antonio.
 
Ms. Parra joined Harmony 7 years ago. For the past year, she has served as District Instructional Coach K-5 Math of our district and became the District Principal Resident.
 
Ms. Parra earned her Master’s of Education in Education Administration from Lamar University in Beaumont.
 
Ms. Parra’s goal is to have a strong start for the year with a growth mindset and a positive outlook. She would like to focus on the following areas:
– Emphasize a caring and inclusive school environment. Every child matters.
– Equip staff and faculty to embrace their own leadership and development
– Collaborate with the community.
 
Please join us in welcoming HSE San Antonio Principal Ms. Parra to her new role in the HPS South Texas District.

Dear Harmony Parents,

Please find below our updates for the 2021-2022 school year:

100% In-Person Learning

At this time, state leaders have declined to continue funding for full-time virtual learning in 2021-2022 at all Texas public schools. We are closely monitoring the situation and will provide families updates as new developments may occur. In the meantime, we are eagerly looking forward to greeting all of our scholars back in person when the 2021-2022 school year begins.

Classroom Structure

Harmony is dedicated to providing a safe, collaborative, and academically-focused learning environment for both students and team members. Families should expect a robust and engaging in-person learning experience that includes many of the programs and opportunities available prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Class structures also will have a “back to normal” feel as students are able to interact face-to-face with both teachers and classmates, engage in hands-on learning and group activities, and participate in a wide variety of campus-based extracurricular activities and clubs.

Mask Guidelines

As per Texas mandate, masks will be optional for both students and staff members at all Texas public schools, including Harmony. This means that wearing a mask will be a matter of personal choice for both students and Harmony team members. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends mask use for individuals who have not been fully vaccinated from COVID-19 including those under the age of 12.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at (210) 645-7166.

Harmony Families,
Please find below the links to our 2021-2022 School Calendar and School Supplies List:
If you have any questions, please give us a call at (210) 645-7166.