Harmony to offer flexible classroom plan for 2020-2021

Harmony Public Schools will allow families to choose whether to continue learning from home or return to campus for inperson classes for the 2020- 2021 school year.

Families can also switch between the two as local COVID-19 conditions or family situation change.

Harmony CEO Fatih Ay announced the flexible learning plan in a recent letter to families.

“The best choice for Harmony in 2020-2021 is the choice that’s best for your family,” he said. “While this flexible plan may be an uncommon approach, we firmly believe it is the right approach for families during these uncommon times,” Ay said in the letter.

Harmony has two campuses in Brownsville, the Harmony Science Academy at 1124 Central Boulevard for pre-k through eighth-grade students, and the college preparatory Harmony School of Innovation at 3451 Dana Ave.

Families who choose at-home learning will have access to the same rigorous academic environment that they have come to expect from their neighborhood Harmony campus, taught by teachers trained for educating and engaging students in a virtual environment.

Families who choose to send their students for inperson learning will find a safe and organized learning environment that they can feel comfortable sending their child to each day.

This includes enhanced health and sanitary protocols, as well as possible adjustments to daily routines to help keep all of our students and team members as safe as possible, the letter stated.

All students will continue to receive the same full academic and support services from their teachers, counselors, and school leaders that they would receive on-campus, including English-language learners and students receiving Special Education services. Helping to keep families connected regardless of their learning location is Harmony’s new, all-in-one learning management system Schoology.

Through Schoology, students and families will have full access to instructional materials, assignments, grading, calendars, and parent messaging in one platform that follows them seamlessly from athome to in-person learning and back, if needed.

Harmony Public Schools is a Texas-wide public charter school system with campuses serving prek-12th grade students in 23 cities across the state, including Greater Houston, DFW, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Waco, Lubbock, Odessa, Bryan, Beaumont, and the Rio Grande Valley.

Harmony’s curriculum places a heavy focus on STEM skills, character education, project-based learning, and college readiness. Harmony is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year for both students and team members.