Letter from Principal Thomas Regarding School Closure

Dear SWA Families, 
As we indicated yesterday, things are changing by the minute when it comes to the Coronavirus and the decisions that are being made by schools and districts. 
SWA wants to be proactive rather than be reactive. We do not have any confirmed cases within our school community and we would like to safeguard all our families over the next few weeks. SWA will not hold classes on campus from March 16 through Spring Break with the possible return on April 13. The week of March 16th will be designated Portfolio Conference days, beginning on Wednesday, March 18. 
We will have teacher workdays on March 16-17. 
During these teacher workdays, we will focus on training our staff on the following: 
              - Online portfolio conferences
              - Virtual/Online Learning
              - Virtual IEP/504 training
If you have a Portfolio conference scheduled, please keep that time as we will transition all these conferences virtually. We will be sending out links and trainings over the next few days in order for you to become familiar with our platforms before the actual conferences begins. 
If your household does NOT have a device to use at home, we are allowing students to check out one of our Chromebooks through Ms. Maria Smith. We have sent out a survey in regards to device and internet accessibility. Please fill out this survey if you have not done so. https://forms.gle/AqwgoYshUY9E2C5Y9 
This will allow us an idea of how many devices we will need to have ready for checkout as well as a means for students to access the internet if there is no access at home. 
**Device checkouts will be on Tuesday beginning at Noon in the lobby of Building 4.** 
The weeks of March 23 and March 30 will be all virtual learning. We will be sending out more information next week in regards to those weeks after we train our staff on Monday and Tuesday. Attendance will be taken during those two weeks for each class. No classroom instruction and attendance will be taken during the week of Spring Break, April 6-10. 
PLEASE BE PATIENT! As the State Superintendent indicated to us this morning, this is uncharted territory for us all and we are having to tweak plans as we go. I know we are going to have many questions, setbacks, and issues. We are going to do our best to accommodate all our students and their needs. 
We are also working in conjunction with local and state authorities for further insight, direction, training and planning. Our goal is to continue classroom instruction as seamless as possible. We are aware that, when it comes to technology, things can happen, devices can break, access can be spotty, etc. and we address those concerns and issues as they arise. We also ask that as parents, that you monitor your child's classroom progress as we are not able to do that from your home. 
Please stay safe but also stay calm. We want to continue to be a safe space for our students to learn virtually and to remain successful academically. 

Mr. David Thomas
Southern Wake Academy
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