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May 12, 2020


Dear SW Families,

 

As we near the end of the school year, I want to take this time to thank our incredible school community. Together, we have achieved the obstacle of transitioning to an Emergency Virtual Learning Platform, a challenge we conquered together. A huge shoutout to all students, families, central/campus staff, campus leadership, support staff, and especially our teachers. Though these are difficult times, I am continuously inspired by how our community comes together for the same goal, our students. 

 

As our state and local authorities continue to ease restrictions, the District is developing plans around our families, such as the pick-up and drop-off of items at our campuses. Families can expect a notification from their campus on when this will take place. This will be done in the safest means and aligned with strict social distancing guidelines. As far as the end of the 2019-2020 school year ceremonies for our Seniors, we are looking at opportunities to possibly have some face-to-face events for our Seniors while practicing safety guidelines. Onsite and outdoor graduation is in planning design for final consideration. We will continue to keep communication open and inform you of decisions as they are finalized. There is also a high possibility that we will have a modified summer and blended structure for the 2020-2021 start of the school year. We are expecting and planning for it. 


Tonight and every night until June 6, a beacon of hope will shine over Southwest. A green cannon laser will be displayed in a rotation at each high school as a representation of the bright future that lies ahead for our seniors. We hope this beacon serves as a reminder that our seniors are about to complete a very long and important journey. One that we feel our entire community should be proud of. Thanks for all you do! We Are SW!

 

Sincerely,



Dr. Lloyd Verstuyft

Superintendent of Schools


LATEST HEALTH UPDATE - March 31, 2020 Southwest Families, Following an executive order by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Southwest ISD will extend its closure to Friday, May 1, 2020.

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.