Topic: Distance Learning Begins; Thank You to Staff, Students and Parents
Dear Friends of the Southwest Technology Center District:
This week marks the beginning of a new and unexpected experience for SWTC students, teachers and school staff. Although we did not anticipate ending the year this way, I am proud of the distance learning plan SWTC has developed to allow students to learn from home. We know this change is difficult, and there is sadness about missing or delaying special events and activities. During this time, students and their families can count on SWTC to support them, both academically and emotionally.
While this health crisis has presented many challenges, it also has given us opportunities to help one another. SWTC donated multiple boxes of supplies to our community partner, Jackson County Memorial Hospital, from our Health Careers and Cosmetology programs. Additionally, our staff completed the massive task of developing a distance learning plan in just a matter of days. On behalf of the board and our community, I commend and thank all school employees for their hard work and commitment. SWTC has an incredible team.
The next few weeks will unveil a temporary new normal for us all. Kitchen tables will double as classroom/office spaces, and our world will be limited to the walls of our own homes. I would like to thank our students for partnering with SWTC on this journey. Teachers will be just a phone call, email or videoconference away.
We are fortunate to serve a community that values Career Tech education and understands that flexibility is necessary to meet the needs of students. A school is not a building; it is a family of caring, knowledgeable professionals making a difference for students every day. Our district is home to the best, and they will finish the school year strong.
Thank you for your support of SWTC.
President, SWTC Board of Education
April 1, 2020
Southwest Technology Center
As a school district, we are closely monitoring the situation regarding the increased spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019. On March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19, also referred to as the coronavirus, a global pandemic due to the broad spread of the virus to more than 100 countries.
There are no confirmed cases on any of our campuses at this time; however, as local, state, national and global public health recommendations shift to include mitigation of transmission, Southwest Technology Center is proactively taking steps that will help to protect the community. We are closely monitoring the current safety levels with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the event a confirmed case occurs in our school community, we will work with the Health Department to notify staff, students and parents/guardians within our community. At Southwest Technology Center, the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. We will continue to provide updates as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience as decisions regarding this matter are made. The situation is being monitored and employees, students and parents/guardians will be notified as soon as any decisions occur. Should you have questions or individual concerns, please contact Southwest Technology Center at 580-477-2250
In response to the most recent CDC guidelines for social distancing, Southwest Technology Center locations will remain closed and training will continue in online learning environments for the remainder of the current school year for our full time programs, as our state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19.
Southwest Technology Center is continuously evaluating and developing online learning environments for short-term courses and training provided by the BIS Team. Individuals and companies will be contacted directly if an online learning option is available for training, classes or meetings. In-person training and on campus events will continue to be suspended through the end of April or until further guidance is confirmed. This includes, but is not limited to meetings, events, tours, programs, conferences and social events at all Southwest Tech locations.
Should you have questions or individual concerns, please contact Southwest Technology Center at 580-477-2250 or our visit at swtech.edu
Southwest Technology Center