School Calendar Update

School Calendar Update
Posted on 03/25/2020

Dear SWSC Parents, Students, and Community,

As a reminder, Monday, March 30, 2020 through Sunday, April 5, 2020 is a continuing or extension of Spring Break.  We have put together a tentative plan to resume classes the week of April 6, 2020.  The plan is tentative based on any new directives we might receive from Governor Holcomb or Dr. McCormick and the Indiana Department of Education.

Governor Holcomb has directed us to use eLearning or alternative methods of instruction through May 1, 2020.  Our hope is that we can return on May 4, 2020 to each of the Southwest School Corporation school locations.  We have developed a calendar, which is enclosed, that shares our plans for April as well as May if a return is not possible. Communicating a full eLearning calendar plan throughout May is intended to inform families of our schedule if the Governor’s order is not lifted.

School will resume the week of April 6, 2020 by the implementation of eLearning.  The schedule includes a combination of eLearning days and the use of the Governor Waiver Days.  While our eLearning platform was not designed for long term delivery of school curriculum, I do believe in these unprecedented times that it is a way for teachers to continue the educational process.  Teachers will continue to have office hours via email on assigned eLearning days.

Upcoming Schedule: Spring Break and The Week of April 6, 2020 –April 10, 2020

·      Spring Break will be extended for families through Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

·      Tuesday, April 7, 2020 will be a work day for our teaching staff.

·      New eLearning Content will be delivered on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 and Thursday, April 9, 2020.

·      On Friday, April 10, 2020 school is closed – Good Friday. 

Schedule Beginning with the week of April 13, 2020:

·      eLearning will be conducted 3 days each week—Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

·      Tuesday and Thursday will not be student days, but this time may be used  to finish and submit work.

·      Assignments will be due on Friday of each week.

·      See Calendar Below:
(Click here for a printable Revised Calendar)

Other important notices

Our facilities are closed to the public.

We love and miss our students and families, but we're closed. There will be custodial, maintenance, and grounds at each of our school sites during this extended shutdown.  The Administrative staff will continue to have critical (socially distanced) meetings about our constantly changing school year, essential repairs to be completed this summer, and so on, but we are not open to the public.

Kindergarten Round-Up.  This has been postponed.  This will be rescheduled for May if we are able to reopen.  We are also going to be exploring registering our kindergarten online this year.  More Information will be coming as the situation unfolds.

AP Tests:
 This afternoon we learned that Advance Placement (AP) course tests will utilize NO face-to-face testing. AP testing will occur but will be administered via computers on two separate dates yet to be announced. Test length will be approximately 45 minutes and focus on material normally taught by early March. Further details will be shared when available. 

Prom and Commencement: Since the Governor has closed our school and facilities until May 1, 2020, our prom scheduled for May 2, 2020 has been postponed.  We will continue to evaluate options for conducting both prom and graduation as we await clear information and guidance about May and beyond.

While Southwest School Corporation has always taken much pride in our implementation of technology and providing students with an opportunity to be prepared for the world they will live and work in, we all prefer live, face-to-face school. 

We miss our students and interacting with them.  Our preparation over the last several years has given us the ability to continue some form of the student’s educational process.  It is not perfect nor as fulfilling as what we are accustomed to, but we will get through this by working together.  We appreciate your patience and flexibility during this unprecedented time. 

We will survive and will be stronger.  Parents, guardians, and all others involved—thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate through this pandemic event.

Be Safe. Stay Home. Social Distance.

Thanks again for your support of the Southwest School Corporation.

We are the Best! We are Southwest!

Chris Stitzle, Superintendent 

School Calendar:

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