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LATEST HEALTH UPDATE - March 24, 2020

Dear SW Families,


Thank you for your patience and trust as we continue to support the efforts being made by our local health authorities to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As many of you are aware, the city and county announced a combined Stay Home, Work Safe order until Thursday, April 9, 2020. We are committed to maintaining the safety and health of our school community, therefore, and in conjunction with other school districts, Southwest ISD will extend school closures to Friday, April 24, 2020. 


As Southwest ISD officially moves to Phase IV of its school closure plan, we will continue to work on transitioning instruction from the classroom to home. We know this transition has not been easy, it is new to all of us. However, I want to commend our students, parents, and staff for their continued efforts in making sure our instructional continuity plan is effective. We are working diligently to fix the kinks and close the gaps to ensure all of our students are getting the best educational opportunities available under these uncharted circumstances. In addition, the district is also working on a virtual counseling plan with our campus counselors and social workers. All of our students will soon have access to these very important support services.


As area ISD’s continue to extend closures, many families are asking about end of year activities, such as graduation. We will continue to keep you updated on these events as we work alongside our local health authorities. In the event we are allowed to crowd assemble before the end of the school year, we will communicate a plan for these gatherings. Parents, please keep your communication open with us and share any questions or concerns on www.swisd.net/communityquestions. This is an active page where we are uploading responses to your inquiries.


We want our families to know the district is committed to supporting our community. Our meal distribution plan continues to expand to additional sites and will not be affected by the Stay Home, Work Safe order. The latest sites and information can be found on our website, www.swisd.net/covid19. In addition, the SWISD UHS School-Based Clinic is taking phone visits to meet your family's healthcare needs. You can call the clinic at (210) 644-7770 to set up your phone visit. 


Our communication efforts will continue through our social media sites, the Remind app, School Messenger, our media partners, and website www.swisd.net. Thank you for your trust, support, and patience as we continue to work with our local health authorities to ensure we make the best decisions for our students and staff. 



Thank you.



HEALTH UPDATE - March 23, 2020 - (Spanish) Dear Southwest Families, On Monday, March 23, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolfe issued a combined Stay Home, Work Safe order for the City of San Antonio and Bexar County taking effect 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2020. This is a continuous effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and in conjunction with other school districts, we will follow the city’s declaration.

For Southwest ISD, this means effectively moving to Phase IV of our School Continuity of Operations Plan (SCOOP), complete district closure. No SWISD employees should be at any campus or district facility. The only exception being those employees directly involved in our meal distribution sites. As of this point, most of our employees were working remotely and practicing social distancing with the limits of ten people to a location. Our efforts will now be completely remote to include our principals and teachers.

Parents, our communication efforts will continue through our social media sites, the Remind app, School Messenger, our media partners, and website www.swisd.net. Thank you for your trust, support, and patience as we continue to work with our local health authorities to ensure we make the best decisions for our students and staff. 



Thank you.


Health Update - March 17, 2020

Dear Southwest Families,

Thank you for your support and patience as we work together through the COVID-19 pandemic that is affecting our district, nation, and the world. We are committed to the health and safety of our school community and continue to monitor the latest on COVID-19 and its impact on our community. On Monday, March 16, San Antonio’s Mayor issued a third public health emergency and prohibited gatherings of more than 50 people. In response and in conjunction with local and state public health officials, Southwest ISD will close all campuses for an additional two weeks through April 3, 2020. 

During the closure, we will continue to offer curbside meals for our students for breakfast and lunch at designated locations around the district. We are also following the Texas Education Agency’s plan for implementing remote instruction during this time. We are using a combination of student packet work and technology-driven opportunities for students to continue their learning journeys. Please visit www.swisd.net/covid19 for more information on our Instructional and Child Nutrition Plans.

We will continue to communicate with our school communities through social media, email and utilize our automated school messenger. We have developed a community FAQ survey at www.swisd.net/communityquestions. This community FAQ will be posted and shared with everyone on our district website. It is important to have two-way communication and we feel this is a great way to start that process.

We are in an uncharted and unprecedented time because of the COVID-19. We are hopeful that our planning and participation in social distancing will ensure the long-term health and safety of children, staff, and the larger community. Together, we will work through this time in our lives and come out stronger on the other side. We ARE Southwest!

Sincerely,

Lloyd Verstuyft
Superintendent




Health Update - March 13, 2020 (Spanish Version)

Dear Southwest ISD Family,


As always, the health and safety of our school community is our top priority. To ensure this during the COVID-19 situation, Southwest ISD campuses and facilities will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22. This means:


1) All field trips, UIL events, competitions, practices, and extracurricular activities are suspended until further notice.


2) No employee should report to work unless specifically requested by Central Administration. 


3) Students participating in the National School Lunch program at any SWISD campus may pick up breakfast and lunch starting on Tuesday, March 17, on school days which the District is closed. These meals will be distributed curbside at Big Country ES, Bob Hope ES, Hidden Cove ES, Sky Harbour ES, and Southwest ES. Breakfast may be picked up between 7 a.m. -  8:30 a.m. and lunch between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.


We will continue to work with our local health authorities to ensure we make the best decisions for our students and staff. We continue to urge you to speak to your child about the following prevention measures:


  • -Wash your hands regularly using soap and water for 20 seconds. 

  • -Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air, instead use your elbow or tissue if available. Wash your hands afterward. 

  • -As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

  • -As a reminder, if you have traveled during spring break, follow the CDC guidelines regarding the need for health monitoring and possible self-quarantine.


There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in SWISD and the District plans to resume classes on Monday, March 23. In conjunction with other districts, the choice to close down schools is the responsible choice to minimize the risk of exposure. We ask that all employees and students monitor SWISD emails, text alerts, social media channels, and the SWISD webpage for the most up to date information. SWISD will reassess by the end of next week and provide additional information to our school community.


Thank you for your support.



Health Update - March 11, 2020


Dear Southwest ISD Families,
SWISD is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and is aware of recent news regarding local colleges and universities extending Spring Break. As of now, SWISD will resume classes on Monday, March 16. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidance of our local and state health authorities. We will provide updates as they become available. Thank you.