Dear Parents and Guardians,
When the COVID-19 pandemic first began in our state last 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 beginning of the pandemic, Harmony has looked at a specific group of informed and reliable data sources to determine the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in our local community. 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:
In short, Stage 3 means campuses will open only for specific groups of high-need students such as in the primary grades and some of the SPED students. Additionally, it will be safe to host a limited number of students in Harmony classrooms. Students and staff members will be required to follow all safety protocols outlined in the Harmony Public Schools Back to School Playbook, as well as any others deemed necessary for safe, productive learning.
For Harmony Science Academy Odessa Campus students who opted into in-person learning will be able to report to school in phases according to following schedule:
Phase 1- September 14th,2020: K-3 Grade Levels + All Self Contained and Life Skill students who opted in-person learning.
Phase 2- September 28th, 2020: 4-8 Grade Levels- who opted in-person learning.
For those of you who opted to remain virtual please continue to follow your schedules.
Please continue watching out your mail and email for more information for in-person learning students and parents.
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