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SWS Letter to Community 6-26-20

June 26, 2020

Dear Southwest Schools Community:

We at Southwest Schools (SWS) value you and your safety. I am reaching out to urge our students, families, and staff to follow the recent advice of our Houston area medical professionals and County Judge Lina Hidalgo. As you may have learned from the news conference earlier today, the Houston area has moved into the Red Zone, which is the highest alert for COVID-19. Judge Hidalgo is asking all Houstonians to stay home. The governor has acknowledged the spike in COVID-19 cases and has ordered certain businesses to close and/or limit occupancy.

As previously stated, we at SWS value you and your safety. Please, to the extent possible, stay home and stay safe. If you must leave your home, please wear a mask, follow the recommended safety protocols with hand sanitation, and maintain physical distancing.

As we get closer to the 2020-2021 school year, I will update you on what school will look like. There are many options, and we are in the process of gathering information to make the right decisions for a safe school opening.

Warmest regards,
Janelle James
Superintendent of Schools


26 de junio de 2020

Estimada Comunidad de Southwest Schools:

Southwest Schools (SWS) valoramos a usted y a su seguridad. Esta comunicación es para instar a nuestros alumnos, familias y personal a seguir el consejo reciente de nuestros profesionales médicos del área de Houston y la Jueza del Condado Lina Hidalgo. Como habrán aprendido de la conferencia de prensa de hoy, el área de Houston se ha trasladado a la Zona Roja, que es la alerta más alta para COVID-19. La Juez Hidalgo está pidiendo a todos los residentes de Houston que se mantengan en casa. El gobernador ha reconocido el aumento de los casos COVID-19 y ha ordenado a ciertos negocios que cierren y/o limiten la ocupación.

Como se ha indicado anteriormente, en SWS valoramos a usted y a su seguridad. Por favor, en la medida de lo posible, quédese en casa y manténgase a salvo. Si debe salir de su casa, por favor use una máscara, siga los protocolos de seguridad recomendados, lavarse las manos y mantenga el distanciamiento físico.

A medida que nos acercamos al año escolar 2020-2021, los mantendremos al tanto de posibles cambios. Hay muchas opciones y estamos en el proceso de recopilar información para tomar las decisiones correctas para una apertura escolar segura.

Atentamente,
Janelle James, Superintendente de Escuelas


Instructional Plan for School Closure

While the district is closed in an effort to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19, we expect our students to continue learning at home with the remote support of our teacher and support personnel.

Students will receive direct communication and instruction from their teachers through a virtual learning platform and/or teacher developed packets.  Each campus in the district will communicate with families the virtual platform that will be utilized campus wide.  Through the platform parents/students can find support videos, documents and resources.  The school’s virtual platform and other instructional software programs can be accessed online through Classlink.

Teachers will communicate directly with families and students with specific information regarding their classes and required lessons for students. Resources will be updated frequently for families to access additional activities to support the lessons assigned by their teachers. It is important for parents and caregivers to monitor this work so that learning is on-going as we wait to re-open schools.

District Instructional Continuity Plan (Revised-4/28)

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Mientras el distrito está cerrado a razón del esfuerzo por proteger a nuestra comunidad de la propagación de COVID-19, esperamos que nuestros alumnos continúen aprendiendo en casa con el apoyo remoto de los maestros y personal.

Alumnos recibirán comunicación e instrucción directamente de sus maestros por una plataforma virtual de aprendizaje y/o paquetes creado por el/la maestro(a).  Cada plantel en el distrito comunicará con las familias que plataforma virtual utilizarán.  Por la plataforma padres/alumnos pueden encontrar apoyo por videos, documentos y recursos.  Tendrán acceso a la plataforma virtual escolar y otros programas instruccionales por Classlink.

Los maestros se comunicarán directamente con los alumnos y sus familias referente a la información específica de sus clases y las lecciones requeridas para los alumnos.  Los recursos se actualizarán con frecuencia para que las familias accedan a actividades adicionales para apoyar las lecciones asignadas por sus maestros.  Es importante que los padres y cuidadores monitoreen este trabajo para que el aprendizaje continúe mientras esperamos volver a abrir las escuelas.


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Southwest Schools is a choice-based Texas education district with an understanding that true learning is not based on standardized testing or college entrance, but on offering a fulfilling educational experience that can be adjusted for each student.

We understand a successful education is one where boundaries are overcome, opportunities are experienced and possibility is realized. Regardless of how a student got here, from the day they start at Southwest Schools we rally around them with the promise of acceptance, encouragement and success.

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