COVID-19 Updates

  • SWRS COVID-19 Programs Overview

    Posted by Steve Noonkesser on 9/15/2020

    This document is designed to provide general information about a variety of topics related to the opening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year.  It covers school schedules, health and safety, student activities, food service, and many more areas.

    Click here for the full document.

    Screenshot of COVID-19 Programs Overview

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  • SWRS Smart Start 2020 Framework

    Posted by Steve Noonkesser on 8/25/2020

    To prepare for reopening our schools folowing the statewide closure this past spring and in response to a requirement by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development that all districts submit a reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year, Southwest Region Schools has developed a school year 2020-2021 Smart Start Framework based on guidance and a framework provided by the department, which addresses a variety of areas related to public education in our communities.

    This plan is based on guidance from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, the AK Department of Health & Human Services and health professionals. This plan is intended to allow us to operate school in a changing environment as safely as possible and will be revisited regularly to ensure that it is meeting the needs of our students and communities.

    Click here or on image below for full SWRS Smart Start FrameworkSWRS Smart Start Framework

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  • Statewide School Closure Through School Year End

    Posted by Steve Noonkesser on 4/13/2020

    As per State of Alaska Health Mandate 013 - K-12 Public and Private Schools released on April 20, 2020, the statewide school closure of all K-12 public and private schools is being extended from May 1, 2020 to the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Despite the need to extend school building closures, student learning will continue, per each school district's individual plan, to provide distance-delivered educational services to students.

    As school districts contemplate how to properly celebrate this year's graduates, COVID-19 Health Mandate 011 - Social Distancing is still in effect, which prohibits gathering for events, such as graduation.

    We are saddened that we will not be able to gather this school year in a traditional manner for graduation, but want you to know that we are looking at options for celebrating our graduates and their accomplishments.  We will have more information on plans for celebrating our senior class available in the coming days.

    We will also be contining our meal service and current educational activities for students through our normal end of school year in May.  As always, staff remains dedicated to our focus on student safety and learning.

     Health Mandate 013

    State of Alaska Health Mandate 013

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  • Statewide School Closure Preapproval

    Posted by Steve Noonkesser on 4/2/2020

    As per the memorandum from Commissioner Johnson to public schools on March 20, 2020. 

    Pursuant to the Declaration of Public Health Disaster Emergency issued by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020, and Alaska Statutes 26.23.020(g)(1) and (7), the Governor is suspending the regulatory requirement that school districts apply to the Commissioner for approval to substitute emergency closure days or up to ten in-service training days for days in session under AS 14.03.030 and 4 AAC 05.090(h). All other requirements of 4 AAC 05.090 are suspended. This suspension applies to any school closure during the period of March 20, 2020 through May 1, 2020.


    Governor's Memo on Statewide School Closure Preapproval

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  • AK Health Mandate 011 - Social Distancing

    Posted by Steve Noonkesser on 4/2/2020

    Per the Governor's public 11th health mandate on 27 March 2020, statewide social distancing will go into effect on March 28th, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

    The purpose of this mandate is to restrict the movement of individuals within the State
    of Alaska in order to prevent, slow, and otherwise disrupt the spread of the virus that
    causes COVID-19.


    AK COVID-19 Health Mandate 011


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  • PEAKS and WIDA Testing cancelled

    Posted by Kyle Schneider on 3/23/2020

    The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development has announced that the Performance Evaluation for Alaska Schools (PEAKS), the Alaska Science Assessment, the alternate assessment, and WIDA ACCESS for ELLs have been cancelled. The U.S. Department of Education has reviewed a request to waive certain requirements of the assessment and accountability system, and is in the process of issuing a formal approval.


    EED Press Release

    EED Press Release cancelling PEAKS testing

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  • AK Governor extends school building closure through May 1, 2020

    Posted by Kyle Schneider on 3/20/2020

    The Governor has extended the closure of school buildings until May 1, 2020. Students will receive instruction through distance delivery methods.

    Governor's Memo

    Governor's Memo

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  • School building access limited until May 1, 2020

    Posted by Kyle Schneider on 3/20/2020

    By order of the Governor, all public and private schools have been closed to students through May 1st, 2020 and students will receive instruction through distance delivery methods. In addition, Southwest Region School District has taken additional steps to reduce the number of school staff who are working in our buildings.

    Governor's press release

    Governor's Memo Closing Schools to students through May 1st, 2020.

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  • SWRS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

    Posted by Steve Noonkesser on 3/18/2020 4:00:00 PM

    In an effort to keep you all informed of our work to help stem the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will be posting updates here as we release them.  The situation is changing rapidly and we are responding to updates from health and government officials, as well as preparing for providing both school meals and instruction to students at home. (to view the update message to staff, please click on the image below)March 18 Update

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  • AK Governor closes public facilities

    Posted by Kyle Schneider on 3/16/2020

    Per the Governor's public health mandate on 13 March 2020, visitiation has been suspended at:

    • Department of Corrections Facilities
    • Division of Juvenile Justice Facilties
    • Alaska Military Youth Academy
    • Alaska Psychiatric Institute

    and visition has been limited at:

    • Alaska Pioneer Homes.

    In addition schools are being closed to students from March 16th through March 27th.

    On March 16th, 2020 the governor has also closed to the public, from March 17, 2020 through March 31, 2020:

    • State-operated libraries
    • State-operated archives
    • State-operated musuems

    Staff in state-operated libraries, archives, and museums will continue to serve the public through telephone, web, and other modes.

    In addition, the governor has ordered that residential school programs return students to their families and home communities by March 27th, 2020.

    Governor's Memo

    Governor's Memo

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Suspensions and Cancellations

    • ACT & SAT Testing (Suspended)
    • ANSEP Spring Middle School Academy (Postponed)
    • BBRCTE Sessions 3 and 4 (Cancelled)
    • Exploration Week 3 - March 23rd to March 27th (Cancelled)
    • Exploration Week 4 - April 20th to 24th (Suspended)
    • MAP Assessment - Spring (Cancelled)
    • Performance Evaluation for Alaska Schools-PEAKS (Cancelled)
    • Alaska Science Assessment (Cancelled)
    • WIDA Assessment (Cancelled)