March Newsletter

Posted on 03/04/2021

Principal’s Message

Dear South Washington Alternative High School Families,

As we begin the month of March spring is on the horizon, with that change in season, we also are experiencing a change in our learning model for our dial students. Starting on March 18th AHS will be shifting to a full in person model of learning, where dial students will be attending four days a week with flex days scheduled most Fridays. Please visit the district calendar ( for updates on Friday schedules.


A detailed daily schedule is listed below with need to know procedures as we transition to a different learning model. For verification of your student’s class schedule for trimester three please visit parent portal on Infinite Campus.


As noted in our upcoming dates section of this letter March 16th and 17th are additional transition days added for the change in learning model that begins on March 18th.


Graduation information has been included for students planning on graduating in June. Advisors will be in contact with seniors and their families over the next three months to provide an accurate picture of a student’s graduation timeline. If you have questions about graduation, please don’t hesitate to call our main office at (651) 425-7000.


As always, thank you for your continued support of your student(s) while they attend AHS, we truly appreciate your efforts and look forward to connecting with you.





Nick Falde

Principal, South Washington Alternative High School


Upcoming Events

March 2021


  • Mar 5th – Last day of tri 2.2


  • Mar 8th – 12th – Spring Break (No School)


  • Mar 15th – Teacher Workday (No School)


  • Mar 16th – New Learning Model Transition Day (No School)


  • Mar 17th – New Learning Model Transition Day (No School)


  • Mar 18th – Full In Person Learning Begins


Note – Additional school updates and resources (family and counseling) are posted on the South Washington Alternative High School website at



Graduation Information

As we look towards trimester 3, graduation is just a few short months away. The South Washington Alternative High School Graduation will be held on June 4th starting at 3:30. Our hope is to have our ceremony on campus this school year and provide an opportunity for our students to be recognized in a personalized way by our SWAHS staff. If your student is looking at attending their boundary high school ceremony, links for information regarding those ceremonies as well as SWAHS’s ceremony are below. Continue to check back on these links throughout the spring as they update often.





AHS Student and Family Need to Know Procedures


Full In Person Daily Schedule





Student arrival and attendance

8:35-8:45 a.m.

10 minutes


8:45-9:49 a.m.

64 minutes


9:57-11:01 a.m.

64 minutes

PERIOD 3 - Advisory

11:09 a.m.-11:39 a.m.

30 minutes

PERIOD 4 and


11:47 a.m. – 1:15 pm


63 minutes


Lunch: 12:50 – 1:15

Student Dismissal

1:15 p.m.

Distance Learning & Teacher Office Hours*

1:15-2:15 p.m.

60 minutes

All teachers will be available online with office hours for student support.

Teacher Preparation Period

2:15-3:30 p.m.

75 minutes

Friday: VLA & Distance Learning and support for all students:

Period 1: 8:45-9:30 a.m.

Period 2: 9:45-10:30 a.m.

Period 3: 10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

Period 4: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 pm

Teachers will be meeting with VLA students and may schedule real-time with video classrooms with students based on this schedule.

12:30 -2:15 pm PLC/Staff Meetings/ Professional Development


VLA students will follow the class schedule noted above.


Teachers may decide to offer real-time virtual instruction on Monday through Thursday, during their class period, to VLA students (based on the Governor’s order this is not required).


Attendance Procedures and Information:

  1. Students who have opted into the district dial method of learning will be transitioning to full in person learning starting March 18th.
  2. Students who have opted into this method are expected to attend in person Monday through Thursday using the schedule listed above. Please visit the South Washington County Schools calendar website for updates on Friday in person days.
  3. If a student is unable to attend please contact the SWAHS Office on the day of the absence by 8:30 AM to report the absence at (651) 425-7006. Please leave the student’s first and last name, reason for absence (If COVID-19 like symptoms please provide that information), your relationship to the student and a phone number where you can be reached.

  4. It is recommended that families and students get a COVID-19 test every two weeksby finding a testing site through theMinnesota Department of Health.

  6. If a student must leave prior to the end of the day, they must be checked out in the office by a parent and/or guardian. This can be with a phone call to our main office or by stopping in and signing the student out for the day. If a student leaves without parent and/or guardian permission, a parent and/or guardian will be contacted regarding their student’s departure from school.


General Procedures and Information:

  1. Students and staff, while inside the South Washington Alternative High School building will wear masks/face coverings and follow strict social distancing guidelines.
  2. Students will not be issued a locker. Having a durable backpack to hold their Chromebook, school supplies, personal items, etc… will be necessary.

    Note: The AHS will provide backpacks for students upon request.

  3. Student desks have been placed in classrooms to meet the Minnesota Dept. of Health guidelines for social distancing- desks cannot be rearranged/moved/etc…
  4. One Way hallway walking patterns:
    1. The SWAHS hallway has been divided in two parts, a continuous one-way walking pattern designated by arrows and a standing/waiting section while students wait to enter a room, designated by 6 ft. social distancing circles.

Morning Arrival:

  1. Students will need to plan to enter the building after 8:30 a.m.
  2. All people are required to apply hand sanitizer when they enter the building. Hand Sanitizer stations are positioned just inside the doors for easy access. People will need to maintain proper social distancing while waiting to apply sanitizer.
  3. Students, upon arrival to school, will check-in with the main office for breakfast and lunch sign ups then will report directly to their first period classroom and go to their assigned seat.
  4. Students will not be permitted to congregate in large groups, staff will remind students and ask them to move apart.


Classroom Procedures:

  1. Students will have 8 minutes between class periods to report to their next class.
  2. Teachers may keep students out of classrooms during passing time as desks are wiped down and prepared for the next class of students.
  3. Students will be encouraged to keep walking in the hallway until the teacher is ready to receive students into the classroom.
  4. Teachers will explain to students the health and safety procedures for their classroom’s unique layout, i.e. science labs, art labs, technology and computer labs, etc...


Cafeteria Procedures:

  1. Students will be dismissed for lunch in a staggered pattern from their classrooms at 12:50 p.m.
  2. Students will either wash their hands or apply hand sanitizer prior to entering the cafeteria. Hand sanitizer stations will be positioned just inside the entrances to the cafeteria for students to access.
  3. Student lunch period will include individualized seating in the cafeteria and in other designated locations. Again, seating provided is arranged to meet the Minnesota Dept. of Health guidelines for social distancing- seating cannot be rearranged/moved/etc…
  4. Student lunches will have limited menu choices. Nutritional service staff will directly serve students menu choice and/or individually wrapped selection. Disposable trays will be used.

Dismissal Procedures:

  1. Students will be dismissed from lunch at 1:15 p.m.
  2. All students and staff will continue to wear masks/face coverings and maintain strict social distancing while students exit the building.
  3. Students who will be using district transportation will continue to wear their masks/face coverings and social distance.
  4. Students who use district transportation and are in an activity at East Ridge, Park, or Woodbury High School, and do not have transportation to leave and return, may choose to wait inside that activities respective building at a designated area where an individual seat is available and meets the social distance criteria. In this case, a student will be required to continue to wear their masks/face coverings.