Southwest School Closure

Superintendent Letter-School Closure 2020

April 17, 2020


Dear Southwest Schools Community:

On behalf of the district, I hope you and your family are safe and well. This past month has been difficult to say the least, but we are so proud to serve you, and extremely grateful for all that you have done and continue to do for our students. In spite of COVID-19, you continue to put the well-being and education of our students first, and for that, I say THANK YOU.

This afternoon Governor Abbott extended campus closure through the end of this school year.  This decision is in alignment with the priorities of Southwest Schools (SWS).  The safety and health of our students and staff is our highest priority. Due to safety concerns and the ongoing need for social distancing, our campuses will remain closed for the remainder of this school year.  The need for safety through social distancing warrants that SWS  continues to keep campuses closed during this pandemic.

While our school campuses will be closed, learning is not closed and is ongoing!  I want to emphasize that school is not over for the year. SWS, including teachers, administrators, parents, and other student support systems, will strengthen our efforts to create and implement learning outside of the school campus. Our students will continue with their home learning. We will continue to do our best to provide our students and families with optimal learning as we develop and implement this new district-wide system.

During this time, communication between our educators, students, and parents becomes ever more crucial. To that end, it is very important that our school administrators have the correct contact information for students and families. If you have not received information directly from your school, please call your school’s main office and provide your current contact information. By this time, every student/family should have received multiple communications from both their campus and SWS district office.

We know that many families are experiencing challenges and hardships during this unprecedented time. Every day seems to bring changes, and these changes can be stressful for us all. Please remember this unwavering fact:  we are in this together for as long as it takes. We care deeply about the well-being of each and every student.

For our high school seniors and their families, you have our commitment that the closure will not impact your ability to graduate as long as you work with your administration and teachers to complete the assignments that are being sent to you. We are working to plan a graduation ceremony later this year.  We understand that this will be different from what was expected.  We will work together to make sure that you have a memorable graduation experience. #SWSclassof2020

This experience is testing all of us. It also serves as a strong reminder that we are a resilient community. There is no place else that I would rather be than working to serve our students, staff, and families.

Stay home.  Stay safe.

Warmest wishes,

Janelle James

Superintendent of Schools

17 de abril de 2020


Estimada Comunidad de Southwest Schools:

En nombre del distrito, espero que ustedes y su familia estén sanos y salvos. Este último mes ha sido difícil, pero estamos muy orgullosos de servirles y estamos extremadamente agradecidos por todo lo que han hecho y siguen haciendo por nuestros alumnos. A pesar de COVID-19, ustedes continúan poniendo en primer lugar el bienestar y la educación de nuestros alumnos, y por eso les digo GRACIAS.

Esta tarde, el gobernador Abbott extendió el cierre de los planteles hasta el final de este año escolar. Esta decisión está alineada con las prioridades de Southwest Schools (SWS).  La seguridad y la salud de nuestros alumnos y personal es nuestra máxima prioridad. Debido a preocupaciones de seguridad y la continua necesidad de distanciamiento social, nuestros planteles permanecerán cerrados por el resto de este año escolar.  La necesidad de seguridad a través del distanciamiento social amerita que Southwest Schools (SWS) continúe manteniendo los planteles cerrados durante esta pandemia.

Aunque nuestros planteles estarán cerrados, ¡el aprendizaje no está cerrado y continua!  Quiero enfatizar que la escuela no ha terminado por el año. SWS incluyendo maestros, administradores, padres y otros sistemas de apoyo estudiantil, fortalecerán nuestros esfuerzos para crear e implementar el aprendizaje fuera de los planteles escolares. Nuestros alumnos continuarán con su aprendizaje en el hogar. Continuaremos haciendo nuestro mejor esfuerzo para proporcionar a nuestros alumnos y familias un aprendizaje óptimo a medida que desarrollamos e implementamos este nuevo sistema en todo el distrito.

Durante este tiempo la comunicación entre nuestros educadores, alumnos y padres se vuelve cada vez más crucial.  Es muy importante que los administradores de nuestra escuela tengan la información correcta de los datos de contacto de los alumnos y las familias. Si no ha recibido información directamente de su escuela, llame a la oficina principal de su escuela y proporcione su información de contacto actualizada. A la fecha, cada alumno/familia debió haber recibido múltiples comunicaciones tanto de su plantel como de la oficina de Distrito de SWS.

Sabemos que muchas familias están experimentando desafíos y dificultades durante este tiempo sin precedentes.  Todos los días parecen traer cambios, y estos cambios pueden ser estresantes para todos nosotros.  Recuerde este hecho inquebrantable: estamos juntos en esto y por el tiempo que sea necesario.  Nos preocupamos profundamente por el bienestar de todos y cada uno de los alumnos.

Para nuestros alumnos del último año de preparatoria y sus familias, es nuestro compromiso que el cierre de las escuelas no afectará su capacidad de graduarse siempre y cuando trabajen con su administración y maestros para completar las tareas que se le envían.  Estamos trabajando para planificar una ceremonia de graduación a finales de este año.  Entendemos que esto será diferente de lo que se esperaba.  Trabajaremos juntos para asegurarnos que tengan una experiencia inolvidable de su graduación.  #SWSclassof2020

Esta experiencia nos está probando a todos. También nos sirve como un fuerte recordatorio de que somos una comunidad resistente. No hay otro lugar en el que quisiera estar que estar trabajando para servir a nuestros alumnos, personal y familias.

Quédese  en casa. Manténgase a salvo.

Los más cálidos deseos,

Janelle James

Superintendente de Escuelas

New Rankings!


New rankings show Houston’s top-rated and most-improved charter elementary schools

Happy Wednesday, Southwest Team!

“Academically, 87% of Southwest Schools Bissonnet El Campus’s students scored as proficient or above in math, and 77% did so in reading. That’s compared to city averages of 72% in math and 69% in reading.”

Thank you, MSN, for highlighting one of our campuses!

Congratulations Bissonnet for a fantastic 2018-2019 School Year! We are looking forward to an even better year with all of our campuses!

To read more check out…/new-rankings-show-houstons…/ar-AAGpC5G


1st Annual Golf Tournament

November 5th, 2019, we invite you to join us in “Teeing Off for Educational Success” by choosing from one of our Sponsorship Opportunity Levels. We are very excited to host our annual golf tournament in style at Top Golf, Katy! Sponsorships and tickets include unlimited rounds of golf, food, and an opportunity to change lives through education.

Not a golfer? Not a problem! We will have a special evening planned just for everyone, showcasing the best that Top Golf has to offer. All guests will have the opportunity to bid on a sensational array of prize packages at this year’s silent auction.  We will distribute raffle prizes at the Awards Dinner following the tournament, and you will have a prime time to network and bid on your preferred Silent Auction item!

Please see the sponsorship forms for additional information! Proceeds from this event will benefit Southwest Schools S.T.E.A.M programs, the athletic department, as well as provide students with educational and engaging field lessons.

We thank you for continuing to support Southwest Schools, and we cannot wait for you to join us in making this event successful!

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Roneshia Ray at

Sponorship Forms

Teeing Off for Educational Success

November 5th, 2019


Top Golf Katy