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First Day School Packet

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Academic Year at Southwest Schools!

Welcome to the 2020-2021 academic year at Southwest Schools! We know this school year may look a bit different, but we are excited to reconnect and provide an engaging learning experience for your child.

Go to www.swschools.org/firstday to download and submit your packet.



Pandemic-EBT Application

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act includes a benefit called Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) for children up to age 21 who received free or reduced-price school meals in the 2019-2020 school year but their school is now closed. Your child must attend school in Texas to be eligible.

Who needs to apply for P-EBT?
  • If your family got SNAP benefits for the month of March this year and you have children between the ages of 5 and 18, YOU DO NOT NEED TO APPLY.
  • Everyone else must apply to get P-EBT benefits. (This includes if you applied for SNAP benefits in April or May.)
  • Complete the entire application to see if your child is eligible. Answering all questions will help us process your application more quickly.
  • Applications will be processed in the order they are received. The P-EBT amount for each eligible child is up to $285.00.
  • If your household currently receives SNAP and you are eligible for P-EBT benefits, they will be put on your current Lone Star Card. If you are not currently receiving SNAP, we will mail you a new card with P-EBT benefits.
  • A child is eligible for only one P-EBT benefit, even if they are a part of multiple households. P-EBT benefits are nontransferable.

SWS P-EBT app




Online Enrollment Now Available

Southwest Schools Enroll Now

Southwest Schools is now accepting enrollment applications for the 2020-2021 school year online!

The process is fast and simple!  Go to www.swschools.org/enrollnow to secure your spot for the coming school year.

Complete the Enrollment Application Online

Southwest Schools Enroll Now




Southwest Schools 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




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.

SWS Student Device Loaner Agreement 19-20

Stay Connected at: www.swschools.org/VirtualLearning 

 

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.

SWS Student Device Loaner Agreement 19-20




School Suspended Through May 1st

IMPORTANT UPDATE

Southwest Schools Community,

This afternoon, the Governor of Texas announced Texas schools must remain closed until Friday, May 1st. Southwest Schools will continue the suspension of normal operations through Friday, May 1st . As of now, our earliest return date will be Monday, May 4th.  However, the district will continue to mobilize efforts to provide students with remote instruction and digital learning experiences during this school closure. This is a fluid situation and the school district leadership team will reevaluate the closure during the week of April 27th. We will continue to keep you informed via our district website, call outs and social media.

Over the past couple of weeks, Southwest Schools’ teachers have been delivering remote instruction through several platforms. The plan is to continue to offer these learning opportunities for our students. We ask for your patience and understanding as our team continues to navigate the many details of this unprecedented situation. If you have any questions or concerns regarding online learning, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

The health and well-being of Southwest Schools students, staff and our community remains our top priority.  We miss our students, families and staff, and we look forward to returning to normal operations.

Stay safe, stay home.

 

ACTUALIZACIÓN IMPORTANTE

Comunidad de Southwest Schools:

Esta tarde, el gobernador de Texas anunció que las escuelas de Texas deben permanecer cerradas hasta el viernes 1 de mayo. Southwest Schools continuará la suspensión de las operaciones normales hasta el viernes 1 de mayo.  A partir de ahora, nuestra primera fecha de regreso será el lunes 4 de mayo.  Sin embargo, el distrito continuará movilizando esfuerzos para proporcionar a los alumnos instrucción a distancia y experiencias de aprendizaje digital durante el cierre de escuela.  Esta es una situación fluida y el equipo de liderazgo del Distrito Escolar reevaluará el cierre durante la semana del 27 de abril.  Continuaremos manteniéndolos informados a través de nuestro sitio web del Distrito, llamadas y redes sociales.

Durante las últimas dos semanas, los maestros de Southwest Schools han estado impartiendo instrucción a distancia a través de varias plataformas. El plan es continuar ofreciendo estas oportunidades de aprendizaje para nuestros estudiantes.   Le pedimos su paciencia y comprensión mientras nuestro equipo continúa navegando por los muchos detalles de esta situación sin precedentes.  Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud con respecto al aprendizaje en línea, comuníquese con el maestro de su hijo.

La salud y el bienestar de los alumnos de Southwest Schools, el personal y nuestra comunidad sigue siendo nuestra principal prioridad.  Extrañamos a nuestros alumnos, familias y personal, y esperamos volver a las operaciones normales.

Mantente a salvo, quédate en casa.

 

Important Update 4.1.20



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