School News Regarding Conoravirus

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 6:00pm

SWP Seguin Campus closure update

Dear SWP Seguin Family,

We have recently learned that despite collaborative calls with other area superintendents, Seguin ISD issued a statement earlier today indicating a return to school on April 14th. We at SWP, certainly understand the inconvenience this could cause some of our families.  We will review our closure prior to Seguin ISD opening and if it is safe and we have the support for the Texas Governor and the Commission or Education for our students, families, and employees to return, we will do so. 

Christinn Jean

Deputy Superintendent

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 4:40pm

Continued Closure through April 24th

Dear SWP Family,

As we all work through the changing situation surrounding Covid-19, SWP understands the difficulties that our staff, students and families are facing.  These past two weeks have been a challenge for us all, and I appreciate your patience as we navigate these unusual times.  Social distancing and the restriction of movement is making life difficult for everyone, and we appreciate everyone working together to help slow the spread of the virus while continuing student learning.

As you are aware, yesterday, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Judge Nelson Wolff expanded their emergency order for Bexar County and the City of San Antonio, to include a ‘stay at home’ order.   Area superintendents met today to review the latest information, and SWP is extending the current closure and suspension of on-site instruction until April 24, 2020.  This closure continues to apply to instructional classes, after school and extracurricular activities.  Please remember to look at your campus’ school calendar for regularly scheduled closures, such as Good Friday.  

SWP is continuing to serve curbside meals, Monday through Friday, for families in need. Locations and times are listed below.

 

New Directions Campus

Southeast Campus

1258 Austin Hwy 

735 SWW White Rd

Breakfast 7:00am-9:00am

Breakfast 7:00am-9:00am

Lunch 11:00am-1:00pm

Lunch 11:00am-1:00pm

   

Northwest Campus

Seguin Campus

6535 Culebra Rd

2400 East Walnut St

Breakfast 7:00am-9:00am

Breakfast 7:00am-8:30am

Lunch 11:00am-1:00pm

Lunch 10:30am-12:30pm

 

Our curriculum team, teachers and campus administrators will continue to work with students on distance learning. We remain dedicated to educating children, regardless of the circumstances. Our teachers have worked hard to adapt to this new way of teaching, and we know you all have had to adjust as well.  

Our counselors are available and have posted resources for our families online at https://www.swprep.org/apps/news/article/1191214.

We are in unfamiliar territory and recognize this is challenging for everyone involved. Please know, SWP is here for you.  

Christinn Jean

Deputy Superintendent

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 10:00 am

Community Food Assistance Program

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For more important information visit the links below:

Education Opportunities for Students During School Closure

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

Distance Learning Resources

Coronavirus Safeguard

 

 

Monday, March 23, 2020, 7:30 pm

Shelter-In-Place

Dear SWP Family, 

This evening shelter-in-place orders were issued by Bexar County and the City of San Antonio. We have not seen anything from Guadalupe County or the City of Seguin regarding shelter-in-place orders.  Should those be issued, we will send a follow-up message and pass those along to you. 

We are pleased to share that in anticipation of these orders SWP has been planning diligently and as a result, we are ready. Learning will continue as outlined in our previous correspondence and communication with your child(s) teachers.   

SWP will continue to serve breakfast and lunch as outlined below.  If you know of someone in need, please pass this information along as we are now serving all students under the age of 18.    

All San Antonio area campus:

Breakfast will be served from 7:00 am-9:00 am

Lunch will be served from 11:00am-1:00pm

 

Seguin campus:

Breakfast will be served from 7:00 am-8:30 am

Lunch will be served from 10:30 am-12:30 pm  

We continue to be impressed in our community’s response to this extraordinary worldwide event. Thank you for your patience, support, and assistance as together we navigate this challenge.  

Christinn Jean

Deputy Superintendent

 

 

Friday, March 20, 2020 5:00pm

Latest Update

Dear Southwest Preparatory families,

As you are aware, since we first announced our district’s closure last week, much has changed with the nation and city’s response to the Coronavirus.  The updates have certainly elevated our concerns with the health and well-being of all in our community.  Additionally, the closing of our campuses has most likely been stressful for you and your family, so we want to provide you with an update on our work as well as some additional resources that may be helpful in the coming weeks.  This letter will address academic, counseling, and child nutrition, so please read it in its entirety. 

Our SWP family is very important and one of our main concerns is how to continue learning for your children during the time we remain closed.  SWP has been notified that STARR testing has been cancelled for this year.  Beginning Monday, March 23, all students are expected to complete two learning assignments per week, per subject. Students will continue to receive grades and support.  We will be providing a high-tech and low-tech option.  The good news is that most programs being implemented are currently in use and students are familiar with them. 

Parents, please use the new emergency phone numbers posted at the end of this letter to notify your campus if you will need the low-tech option, otherwise, all assignments will be completed using the high-tech option. The district has a limited number of internet hot-spots and devices available on a first come, first serve basis.  If you are in need, phone the campus number listed later in this letter.  To use the high-tech option, your child will need internet access and a technological device. The online programs that will be used are listed below according to grade level.

Pre-Kindergarten:

Waterford

https://studentportal.waterford.org/

Kindergarten through grade 8:

Exact Path Reading:

https://login.edmentum.com/

Exact Path Math:

https://login.edmentum.com/

Social Studies/Science:

Social Studies:

https://app.studiesweekly.com/online/

All High School Courses

Edmentum/Plato:

https://login.edmentum.com/

You will receive additional information, guidance, and resources from your home campus, on an individual basis.  Some of you may have already been in contact with administration and teachers and we understand that additional questions and needs will arise. If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, feel free to contact them through your preferred method of communication that may already be established or via the new phone numbers for each campus.  This number will be answered Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Northeast Campus (210) 993-4759

New Directions Campus (210) 993-9844

Northwest Campus (210) 993-4730

Northwest Elementary Campus (210) 992-7558

Southeast Campus (210) 993-4783

Seguin (210) 992-7866

In addition, if you wish to supplement your child’s education above the two assignments per week, the district has created a webpage of additional resources at  

https://www.swprep.org/apps/news/article/1191518

SWP recognizes that the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.  SWP is dedicated to providing tools, resources and counseling to support our families during this time of crisis. 

Our school counselors are currently developing a plan to better serve all our families which will be released soon. In the meantime, a list of resources is available on our website at https://www.swprep.org/apps/news/article/1191214

Our Child Nutrition Program continues to serve our school community and has extended its reach to other school age students not currently enrolled with us.  Beginning, March 23, SWP opens its doors any student under the age of 18 and offers a free breakfast and lunch.  Students must be present during pick up.  You need to arrive during one of the scheduled service times but you can pick up breakfast and lunch at the same time. For convenience, the following link has been set up. https://txschools.gov/ to assist in finding the most convenient location for your family. 

All San Antonio area campus:

Breakfast will be served from 7:00 am-9:00 am

Lunch will be served from 11:00am-1:00pm

 

Seguin campus:

Breakfast will be served from 7:00 am-8:30 am

Lunch will be served from 10:30 am-12:30 pm

To continue receiving the most up to date information regarding the district news, we encourage you to visit our website at https://www.swprep.org/.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and continued support of SWP as we navigate these unchartered waters.  I hear daily from that your child(ren) are missed and that teachers are excited about the adventure ahead. 

Christinn Jean

Deputy Superintendent 

 

To contact the district office or your campus during school closure, please use the following phone numbers:

District Office: 210.535.0491

New Directions Campus: 210.993.9844

Northeast Campus: 210.993.4759

Northwest Campus: 210.993.4730

Northwest Elementary Campus: 210.992.7558

Southeast Campus: 210.993.4783

Seguin Campus: 210.992.7866

 

For more important information visit the links below:

Education Opportunities for Students During School Closure

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

Distance Learning Resources

Coronavirus Safeguard

 

 

Wednesday, March 20th at 3:00 pm

Meal Finder Map for Texas Students 

TEA

MealFinder Map for Texas Students Now Live—

Visit TXSchools.gov to find more than 1,000 sites for free school meals  

AUSTIN, Tex. – March 20, 2020 Texas parents can now visit the TXSchools.gov MealFinder Map to find locations near them where local school systems are offering free school meals—both breakfast and lunch—for pick-up while school buildings are closed because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  Launched by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), in partnership with the Office of the Governor and Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), the TXSchools.gov MealFinder Map is designed to help parents and students easily find school meals during the unprecedented disruption to schools caused by COVID-19.

Once parents go to the site, they click “Meal Pick-Up Locations” to bring up a map of locations.  Parents can type their address, and the map will zoom into meal pick-up locations that are up and running near them.

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School systems around the state have responded to coronavirus with an outpouring of compassion and operational excellence. In less than 8 days since the first school closures were announced, more than 1,000 schools have launched Meal Pick-Up Locations. That number is expected to rise daily, so parents should check back on TXSchools.gov next week and the week after as more and more meal locations are launched. 

In terms of eligibility, TDA has provided extensive guidance to help school systems, based on federal rules. In locations where more than 50 percent of students are eligible for a free or reduced-price lunch, free meals can be made available for every child who visits the meal site. In places below that threshold, closed enrolled sites can be established to target individually eligible students.

TEA 2

With Governor Greg Abbott’s issuance of an Executive Order on Thursday to temporarily close schools statewide through April 3, Texas is taking the lead to ensure that our students will continue to have uninterrupted access to meals, no matter how long school campuses are closed. We all remain committed first and foremost to the health and safety of our students, families, and communities.

 

Wednesday, March 18th at 4:30 pm

Child Nutrition Changes

Under the latest guidance, the Texas Department of Agriculture has approved schools to provide both breakfast and lunch at the same time.  You may pick up your breakfast and lunch during either of the two specified service times.  

All San Antonio area campus:

Breakfast will be served from 7:00 am-9:00 am

Lunch will be served from 11:00am-1:00pm

Seguin campus:

Breakfast will be served from 7:00 am-8:30 am

Lunch will be served from 10:30 am-12:30 pm

 

Additionally, there has been a change in locations....

Northwest and Northwest Elementary Campus students will be served at 6535 Culebra Rd. (Northwest Campus) at the front entrance of the school.

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 17th at 3:30 pm

Charter Communications- Free broadband and Wi-Fi Access

As we all continue to prepare for our students to learn from home, we realize that internet access may be limited for some families. Charter Communications, better known as Spectrum, has committed to the following for the next 60 days, to ease the strain during this challenging time, beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.

  • Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
  • Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high-speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.
  • Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.
  • Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees.

"As the coronavirus outbreak spreads and causes a series of disruptions to the economic, educational, medical and civic life of our country, it is imperative that Americans stay connected," said Chairman Ajit Pai. "Broadband will enable them to communicate with their loved ones and doctors, telework, ensure their children can engage in remote learning, and -- importantly -- take part in the 'social distancing' that will be so critical to limiting the spread of this novel coronavirus."

Tuesday, March 17th at 2:00 pm

Update on School Closure

Dear Southwest Preparatory employees, families and students,

We at SWP know the closure of schools is not easy for many of you. Logistics and schedules are hard to navigate right now. We are in unprecedented territory, and developments, as they relate to the coronavirus (COVID-19), are evolving daily.

We want to be as transparent as possible with you, and we want to make decisions that will give families as much time as possible to plan. SWP will remain closed for an additional two weeks. Effectively, this will close campus operations through April 3. SWP hopes to re-open on April 6.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending that for the next eight weeks, organizers cancel all gatherings that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. This recommendation does not apply to the day-to-day operation of organizations like schools or businesses. However, this recommendation is certainly something that will weigh into our decision on whether to extend our closure of SWP schools beyond April 6. We are not there yet – but, the reality of the situation is that we need to prepare for potential long-term closure.  

We realize there are many spring events that students look forward to. There are field trips, proms, etc. We are sorry to say that events scheduled within the time of our closure are canceled. As far as graduation ceremonies, a decision cannot be made yet. It’s too early to determine how important events may be modified in the event of a prolonged closure.

In the meantime, we will continue to offer free, drive-thru meals for students at designated locations around the District. Please visit www.swprep.org for more information related to the Child Nutrition Program.

This week, district leadership and principals are finalizing plans for distance learning. Beginning on March 23, we will begin making learning opportunities available.  Please realize that there will be deadlines and expectations for student participation. As part of that plan, we will have different options regarding technology and/or paper packets. It’s important that we provide a continuity of education for our students, and we are dedicated to making sure that happens. This will be communicated to you on Monday 23, via email, social media, and the SWP homepage.

We remain in constant communication with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) who continues to work with the Office of the Governor, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to coordinate and plan the state’s response to COVID-19. We are also in contact with our local health officials and other school districts as well.

SWP’s commitment to you is that when decisions are made, we will share them with you as quickly as we can. We know this is a time of extreme uncertainty, and we will try to ease your concerns with factual, up-to-date information.

 

Christinn Jean

Deputy Superintendent

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 9:30 am

Important Child Nutrition Program Information

In order to continue to serve our students and families, Southwest Preparatory will begin serving breakfast and lunch to eligible students on Thursday, March 19, 2020 on a modified schedule and at specific locations. Times and locations are listed below. Meals will be prepackaged with the exception of milk and will be served "drive-thru" style.  Meals are on a first come first serve basis.  

Eligibility rosters will be verified in order for each student to pick up their meal and the student must be present at the time of pickup.  Breakfast may only be picked up during the specified breakfast hours and lunch during its specified time.  

 

Meal service times and locations:

 

All San Antonio area campus:

Breakfast will be served from 7:00 am-9:00 am

Lunch will be served from 11:00am-1:00pm

Northeast and New Directions students will be served at 1258 Austin Hwy at the main entrance of Building 1 (New Directions).  

Southeast Campus students will be served at the campus near the registrar's office.

Northwest and Northwest Elementary Campus students will be served at 4151 Culebra Rd. (Northwest Elementary Campus) at the front entrance of the cafeteria. 

 

Seguin 

Breakfast will be served from 7:00 am-8:30 am

Lunch will be served from 10:30 am-12:30 pm

Seguin campus students will be served from the Walnut Street entrance.  

 

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 8:00 am

Cybersecurity during Coronavirus

Sadly, cybercrooks love a crisis, because it gives them a believable reason to contact you with a phishing scam.

Here’s an exploitative example of a current scam that uses the coronavirus as its lure:

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Fortunately, the criminals have made numerous spelling and grammatical mistakes that act as warning signs that this is not what it seems.  The link you’re asked to click on is similarly, and fortunately, dubious.   What can you do? 

  • Never let yourself feel pressured into clicking a link in an email. Most importantly, don’t act on the advice you didn’t ask for and weren’t expecting. If you are genuinely seeking advice about the coronavirus, do your own research and make your own choice about where to look.
  • Don’t be taken in by the sender’s name. This scam says it’s from “World Health Organization”, but the sender can put any name they like in the From: field.
  • Look out for spelling and grammatical errors. Not all crooks make mistakes, but many do. Take the extra time to review messages for telltale signs that they’re fraudulent – it’s bad enough to get scammed at all without realizing afterward that you could have spotted the fraud upfront.
  • Check the URL before you type it in or click a link. If the website you’re being sent to doesn’t look right, stay clear. Do your own research and make your own choice about where to look.
  • Never enter data that a website shouldn’t be asking for. There is no reason for a health awareness web page to ask for your email address, let alone your password. If in doubt, don’t give it out.
  • If you realize you just revealed your password to imposters, change it as soon as you can. The crooks who run phishing sites typically try out stolen passwords immediately (this process can often be done automatically), so the sooner you react, the more likely you will beat them to it.
  • Never use the same password on more than one site. Once crooks have a password, they will usually try it on every website where you might have an account, to see if they can get lucky.
 

Friday, March 13, 2020

School Closure

Dear Southwest Preparatory employees, families and students,

Before and during spring break, SWP has continued to actively monitor developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) in conjunction with local and state public health officials and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

With the declaration of a public health emergency by the City of San Antonio regarding social distancing for groups larger than 500 and the alert from the World Health Organization designating COVID-19 as a pandemic, we understand that proactive measures are superior to reactive measures in terms of controlling the number of new cases.  

Therefore, because of the rapidly evolving nature of this situation and out of an abundance of caution, SWP is joining other San Antonio and Guadalupe area districts to close schools the week of March 16 – 20 to help prevent exposure to students, staff and the community.

We do not make this decision lightly. We fully realize it presents significant difficulties to working parents who have young, school-aged children. But we are hopeful that these measures will better ensure the long-term health and safety of children, staff, and the larger community. 

Additionally, all extracurricular activities, practices and athletic events are suspended while we are closed. 

Beginning Monday, March 16, no employees are to report to work unless specifically requested by a supervisor. All the facilities are closed.

The district is finalizing logistics on distance learning options for students. More information and guidance will be made available on our website by the middle of next week.  In addition, our Child Nutrition Department will be announcing procedures for the distribution of food to address children's nutritional needs while school is out.

We will also take this week to further clean schools and buses and resupply custodial and nursing supplies.

The coronavirus is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge you to speak to your child about the following prevention measures:

Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
 
Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
 
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.

As you know, this is a rapidly-developing issue. We will remain in close communication with local and state health authorities and will provide updates to our community.

Thank you for your support of Southwest Preparatory schools.

 

Christinn Jean

Deputy Superintendent