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COVID-19 Information

We realize that with the closing of school, the 24-hour news coverage of COVID-19, social distancing and other health precautions, that this can be a time of extreme stress and anxiety for our students. Please note that Counselors (and Social Workers) are available by email and will phone or telecommunicate with students if they need social/emotional, academic, and/or college and career support. Counselor contact information is on the right side of this webpage (scroll down to see all Counselors). You can find other staff contact information on the Southwest website. You will also find additional strategies to reduce stress and anxiety at this link:

During this time, the Southwest Counseling Department is emailing all students and families a weekly newsletter on Wednesdays. Each newsletter will be posted here after it has been emailed.

"Don't Get Gaggled:" An important message from MPS.

MPS District Career and College Readiness Management have asked that we share this video and the following information with all students and families:

  • This time of Distance Learning presents specific challenges in supporting the mental and emotional health needs of students. We must remember that there is no such thing as confidentiality online. To ensure student safety while online and to provide an added payer of support for school teams, MPS has recently enlisted Gaggle to help monitor student interactions on the G-Suite.

SWHS Counseling Department Mission Statement

The mission of the SWHS Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program addressing the academic, career-post secondary, and social/emotional development of all students. With the support of the AchieveMpls Career & College Center Coordinators, SWHS Counselors implement appropriate programming to assist students in career and college preparation and readiness. Licensed School Counselors advocate, facilitate and leverage resources to ensure that all students have access to, and are prepared with, the knowledge and skills to contribute as productive members of society. SWHS Counselors work with all stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, administration, and the community, to meet the diverse needs of our population.

Counseling Support Staff                         

Leif Kurth

Counseling Office Phone: 612.668.3050            

Counseling Office Fax: 612.668.3128

Students may make appointments to see their Counselor either by stopping by the Counseling Office before or after school, during lunch, or during passing time or by calling Mr. Kurth to make an appointment.

AchieveMpls Career & College Center (CCC)

The CCC is located on the 1st floor of the West Building, connected to the Counseling Office. College reps, please visit RepVisits to schedule a visit to SW.

CCC Bulletin Archive