COVID-19 Updates

04/17/2020 1:00 PM.

N.U.S.D. UPDATE AND COMMUNICATION: 

We hope that everyone is safe and doing well. We want to provide an update on Distance Learning opportunities for our students and the N.U.S.D. Accountability Grading Plan during the school closure. The health and safety of our students, families, school community and the Nogales community continue to be the priority at N.U.S.D. 

As we have communicated, we are continuing with the successful implementation of our district's phase one distance learning plan. On April 15, 2020, the district submitted a formal explanation as part of the documentation required by the State Board of Education to explain the remote learning plan that is in place for our district.

The distance learning plan for Nogales High School and Pierson High School is providing a variety of options that include online learning opportunities through Edgenuity, Google Classroom, Achieve3000, Kahn Academy, and other programs our students have access to. Paper packets are also available for those students that do not have internet connectivity.

Both high schools will continue to communicate and coordinate with students and parents identifying the distance learning needs for all of our students. 

At the K-8 level, paper packets have been mailed successfully to our students. Phase one, which focused upon the first distribution of materials has already occurred. Phase two, the second distribution of packets, is being implemented now as the next packets are being prepared. For those students who have internet and technology devices, the optional resources provided in the packets include instructions for access to blended learning programs such as Imagine Learning for grades kindergarten through eighth grade and Achieve3000 for grades six through eight.

The needs of our special education students are also being addressed through our distance learning plan. Learning materials have been scaffolded to provide student support and designed to support accommodations provided to students. Additionally, several leveled packets were provided for pre-K through eighth grade as an alternative to traditional grade-level distance learning activity packets will be provided for those students who receive related services.

To support all students and families during the closure, school staff and teachers will be communicating with our students and parents as needed starting next week. This check-in with our students and families will be done district-wide for all N.U.S.D. students. School staff will be checking in and asking if students are having any difficulties or questions regarding the learning materials being provided as part of the distance learning plan. Additionally, our professional staff and special education teachers will also be communicating with our students and parents to check in and provide needed assistance and support. 

Grading accommodations and flexibility have been considered at N.U.S.D. in the best interest of our students due to the school closure. District administrators and principals have worked together to identify a grading method that will be used for fourth quarter grades. As per legislation, grades must not penalize students due to the pandemic and cannot be lower than those earned third quarter. To this end, the proposal agreed upon by the N.U.S.D. administrative team is to provide a "P" Grade for passing for the fourth quarter for all students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. 

At Nogales High School, as outlined in Governing Board Policy, the Senior Exhibition is an additional requirement for graduation. Senior students had successfully completed almost all components of the project prior to spring break and school closure. To meet the remaining project requirement, students have been asked to complete a PowerPoint Presentation according to a template that they have been provided. This PowerPoint will take the place of the oral presentation that is typically presented in May. Nogales High School teachers are providing a great deal of support and flexibility to our senior students as they remotely complete this component and we are confident that all seniors will be able to complete this last requirement of the Senior Exhibition.

For those high school students who are enrolled in AP or IB courses, additional considerations are in place. The College Board will be providing opportunities for the administration of AP assessments in a timed format from home and teachers are working to support students who plan to complete the AP assessments. Similarly, IB teachers are working closely with IB students to meet internal assessment requirements and pass those tests that will then take the place of IB external assessments, enabling seniors to earn the IB Diploma if they were already on track to do so prior to the school closure.

Both the IB/AP Programs have made significant modifications/accommodations as well as flexibility for our students to be able to successfully complete their program and assessments. 

At the K-8 level, a passing grade will be given for all core and elective/specials classes as they currently appear on the report card for the fourth quarter. At the high school level, a passing grade will also be given for all classes in which the student is currently enrolled for the fourth quarter, including Edgenuity courses at Nogales High School, Pierson High School and N.U.S.D. Online.

Semester grades will be based upon an average of their third quarter grade and the passing fourth quarter grade, which an analysis of student grades indicate will fairly enable students to earn credits for work completed this spring, particularly seniors who need the spring semester credit to graduate and receive their Diploma. 

These will be the processes and accountability measures followed by N.U.S.D. based upon a recognition of the state’s statutory guidance and a desire to hold students harmless for situations outside of their control related to the pandemic. This decision is also based on the health concerns for families and staff to avoid bringing people together for the collection of student papers and for individual teacher grading. In light of this pandemic and the many unknowns regarding this virus and the unpredictable way in which it is progressing in the community, it is best to avoid the collection of paper packets as we move into late April and May. Your understanding and support of this approach are appreciated! 

However, please know that with this accountability proposal we fully recognize that some students may require support in the fall when classes resume. Supports will be in place to assist students for learning gaps that are identified during benchmark assessments. As needed, additional tutoring and remediation opportunities will be provided beyond that which we normally offer to support student learning as students’ transition to the next grade level content.     

In addition to this accountability plan, the district is working on the following items: address changes, open enrollment and registrations to benefit and assist our students, parents, families, and school community. We have already pushed out a Google Form to assist parents in making address changes. The form has worked well and parents have been responding to assist us in making needed changes. 

Parents have been inquiring about open enrollment during the closure. To assist parents, we are creating another Google Form that parents will be able to utilize to apply for open enrollment. To simplify this process, anyone who is currently on open enrollment during the 2019-2020 school year but whose parent has not yet submitted a form will not need to do so for the 2020-2021 school year. We will "roll" students over for the next year's grade level at their current or feeder school.

Only new open enrollment requests will need to be made for the 2020-2021 school year and we anticipate having that Google Form available in the next week for parents to access on the N.U.S.D. website. 

For registration of new students, we are working to make online registration available. This process has been in the planning stage to start using it for the new school year. So we are currently working on this task to have it complete within the next few weeks. We are hoping to have it available in late May or early June by the latest. When it is ready for use, we will make sure that we are messaging this information out to schools and parents. Guidance and directions will be made available throughout this process. 

These are several of the recommendations and procedures we are currently working on. We will continue to provide the best services and opportunities for our students and families at Nogales Unified School District #1.

We want to thank you for all your support, patience and understanding as we move forward through this process and school closure. Be safe, stay healthy, wash your hands consistently with soap and water, and follow all the health guidelines and social distancing practices. 

Superintendent Parra 


ACTUALIZACIÓN Y COMUNICACIÓN DE NUSD:

Esperamos que todos estén seguros y que les vaya bien. Queremos proporcionar una actualización sobre las oportunidades de aprendizaje a distancia para nuestros estudiantes y el Plan de calificación de responsabilidad del NUSD durante el cierre de la escuela. La salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, familias, comunidad escolar y la comunidad de Nogales siguen siendo la prioridad en N.U.S.D.

Como nos hemos comunicado, continuamos con la implementación exitosa del plan de aprendizaje a distancia de fase uno de nuestro distrito. El 15 de abril de 2020, el distrito presentó una explicación formal como parte de la documentación requerida por la Junta de Educación del Estado para explicar el plan de aprendizaje remoto que está vigente para nuestro distrito.

El plan de aprendizaje a distancia para Nogales High School y Pierson High School ofrece una variedad de opciones que incluyen oportunidades de aprendizaje en línea a través de Edgenuity, Google Classroom, Achieve3000, Kahn Academy y otros programas a los que nuestros estudiantes tienen acceso. Los paquetes de papel también están disponibles para aquellos estudiantes que no tienen conectividad a Internet.

Ambas escuelas secundarias continuarán comunicándose y coordinando con estudiantes y padres identificando las necesidades de aprendizaje a distancia para todos nuestros estudiantes.

En el nivel K-8, los paquetes de papel se han enviado con éxito a nuestros estudiantes. La fase uno, que se centró en la primera distribución de materiales, ya ha ocurrido. La fase dos, la segunda distribución de paquetes, se está implementando ahora a medida que se preparan los siguientes paquetes. Para aquellos estudiantes que tienen dispositivos de internet y tecnología, los recursos opcionales provistos en los paquetes incluyen instrucciones para acceder a programas de aprendizaje combinado como Imagine Learning para grados de jardín de infantes a octavo grado y Achieve3000 para grados de sexto a octavo.

Las necesidades de nuestros estudiantes de educación especial también se están abordando a través de nuestro plan de aprendizaje a distancia. Los materiales de aprendizaje se han andamio para proporcionar apoyo a los estudiantes y diseñados para apoyar las adaptaciones proporcionadas a los estudiantes. Además, se proporcionaron varios paquetes nivelados para pre-K hasta octavo grado como una alternativa a los paquetes de actividades de aprendizaje a distancia de nivel de grado tradicional para aquellos estudiantes que reciben servicios relacionados.

Para apoyar a todos los estudiantes y familias durante el cierre, el personal escolar y los maestros se comunicarán con nuestros estudiantes y padres según sea necesario a partir de la próxima semana. Este registro con nuestros estudiantes y familias se realizará en todo el distrito para todos los estudiantes del N.U.S.D. El personal de la escuela se registrará y preguntará si los estudiantes tienen dificultades o preguntas con respecto a los materiales de aprendizaje que se proporcionan como parte del plan de aprendizaje a distancia. Además, nuestro personal profesional y maestros de educación especial también se comunicarán con nuestros estudiantes y padres para registrarse y brindar la asistencia y el apoyo necesarios.

Las adaptaciones de calificaciones y la flexibilidad se han considerado en N.U.S.D. en el mejor interés de nuestros estudiantes debido al cierre de la escuela. Los administradores y directores del distrito han trabajado juntos para identificar un método de calificación que se utilizará para los grados del cuarto trimestre. Según la legislación, las calificaciones no deben penalizar a los estudiantes debido a la pandemia y no pueden ser inferiores a las obtenidas en el tercer trimestre. Con este fin, la propuesta acordada por el equipo administrativo del N.U.S.D. es proporcionar una calificación "P" para aprobar el cuarto trimestre para todos los estudiantes de jardín de infantes a duodécimo grado.

En Nogales High School, como se describe en la Política de la Junta de Gobierno, la Exposición para personas de la tercera edad es un requisito adicional para la graduación. Los estudiantes de último año habían completado con éxito casi todos los componentes del proyecto antes de las vacaciones de primavera y el cierre de la escuela. Para cumplir con el requisito restante del proyecto, se les ha pedido a los estudiantes que completen una presentación de PowerPoint de acuerdo con una plantilla que se les ha proporcionado. Este PowerPoint tomará el lugar de la presentación oral que generalmente se presenta en mayo. Los maestros de la Preparatoria Nogales están brindando una gran cantidad de apoyo y flexibilidad a nuestros estudiantes de último año a medida que completan remotamente este componente y estamos seguros de que todos los estudiantes de último año podrán completar este último requisito de la Exposición de estudiantes de último año.

Para aquellos estudiantes de secundaria que están matriculados en cursos AP o IB, existen consideraciones adicionales. El College Board brindará oportunidades para la administración de evaluaciones AP en un formato cronometrado desde casa y los maestros están trabajando para apoyar a los estudiantes que planean completar las evaluaciones AP. Del mismo modo, los profesores del IB están trabajando estrechamente con los estudiantes del IB para cumplir con los requisitos de evaluación interna y aprobar las pruebas que luego reemplazarán a las evaluaciones externas del IB, lo que permitirá a los estudiantes de último año obtener el Diploma del IB si ya estaban en camino de hacerlo antes de la escuela cierre.

Ambos programas IB / AP han realizado modificaciones / adaptaciones significativas, así como flexibilidad para que nuestros estudiantes puedan completar con éxito su programa y evaluaciones.

En el nivel K-8, se otorgará una calificación aprobatoria para todas las clases básicas y electivas / especiales tal como aparecen actualmente en la boleta de calificaciones para el cuarto trimestre. A nivel de escuela secundaria, también se otorgará una calificación aprobatoria para todas las clases en las que el estudiante está inscrito actualmente para el cuarto trimestre, incluidos los cursos de Edgenuity en Nogales High School, Pierson High School y N.U.S.D. Online.

Las calificaciones semestrales se basarán en un promedio de su tercer trimestre y la calificación aprobada del cuarto trimestre, lo que un análisis de las calificaciones de los estudiantes indicará que permitirá a los estudiantes obtener créditos por el trabajo completado esta primavera, particularmente los estudiantes de último año que necesitan el crédito del semestre de primavera para graduarse y recibir su diploma.

Estos serán los procesos y las medidas de responsabilidad seguidos por el N.U.S.D. basados en el reconocimiento de la orientación legal del estado y el deseo de mantener a los estudiantes indemnes por situaciones fuera de su control relacionadas con la pandemia. Esta decisión también se basa en las preocupaciones de salud de las familias y el personal para evitar reunir a las personas para la recolección de documentos de los estudiantes y para la calificación individual de los maestros. A la luz de esta pandemia y las muchas incógnitas con respecto a este virus y la forma impredecible en que está progresando en la comunidad, es mejor evitar la recolección de paquetes de papel a medida que avanzamos a fines de abril y mayo. ¡Su comprensión y apoyo de este enfoque son apreciados!

Sin embargo, sepa que con esta propuesta de responsabilidad reconocemos plenamente que algunos estudiantes pueden necesitar apoyo en el otoño cuando se reanuden las clases. Habrá apoyos para ayudar a los estudiantes a aprender las brechas de aprendizaje que se identifican durante las evaluaciones de referencia. Según sea necesario, se brindarán oportunidades adicionales de tutoría y remediación más allá de lo que normalmente ofrecemos para apoyar el aprendizaje de los estudiantes como transición de los estudiantes al siguiente contenido de nivel de grado.

Además de este plan de responsabilidad, el distrito está trabajando en los siguientes elementos: cambios de dirección, inscripción abierta y registros para beneficiar y ayudar a nuestros estudiantes, padres, familias y comunidad escolar. Ya hemos presentado un formulario de Google para ayudar a los padres a realizar cambios de dirección. El formulario ha funcionado bien y los padres han estado respondiendo para ayudarnos a hacer los cambios necesarios.

Los padres han estado preguntando sobre la inscripción abierta durante el cierre. Para ayudar a los padres, estamos creando otro formulario de Google que los padres podrán utilizar para solicitar la inscripción abierta. Para simplificar este proceso, cualquier persona que esté actualmente en inscripción abierta durante el año escolar 2019-2020 pero cuyos padres aún no hayan presentado un formulario no necesitarán hacerlo para el año escolar 2020-2021. Vamos a "pasar" a los estudiantes para el nivel de grado del próximo año en su escuela actual o secundaria.

Solo se deberán realizar nuevas solicitudes de inscripción abierta para el año escolar 2020-2021 y anticipamos tener ese Formulario de Google disponible en la próxima semana para que los padres accedan al sitio web del N.U.S.D.

Para el registro de nuevos estudiantes, estamos trabajando para que el registro en línea esté disponible. Este proceso ha estado en la etapa de planificación para comenzar a usarlo para el nuevo año escolar. Por lo tanto, actualmente estamos trabajando en esta tarea para completarla en las próximas semanas. Esperamos tenerlo disponible a fines de mayo o principios de junio a más tardar. Cuando esté listo para usar, nos aseguraremos de enviar esta información a las escuelas y a los padres. La orientación y las instrucciones estarán disponibles a lo largo de este proceso.

Estas son varias de las recomendaciones y procedimientos en los que estamos trabajando actualmente. Continuaremos brindando los mejores servicios y oportunidades para nuestros estudiantes y familias en el Distrito Escolar Unificado Nogales # 1.

Queremos agradecerles por todo su apoyo, paciencia y comprensión a medida que avanzamos a través de este proceso y el cierre de la escuela. Esté seguro, manténgase saludable, lávese las manos constantemente con agua y jabón, y siga todas las pautas de salud y prácticas de distanciamiento social.

Superintendente Parra





Good afternoon,


The produce industry- produce association along with N.U.S.D. volunteers will be distributing produce boxes for the Nogales Community/and N.U.S.D. Families.  The distribution of the produce will be held at Nogales High School Student Parking Lot starting at 9:00 AM Thursday, April 16th.

A complete produce packet/pick up will be provided and placed in your vehicle.

Thank you!
Superintendent Parra

04/08/2020 4:30 PM

DEAR NOGALES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT COMMUNITY :

AT THIS TIME THE NOGALES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT #1 DOES NOT HAVE A DETERMINED TIME/DATE FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONIES. 

NOGALES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT #1 HAS NOT MADE A FINAL DECISION AND IS BEING MINDFUL OF THE HEALTH SCARE CRISIS BEING EXPERIENCED AT THIS TIME.
ALL SAFETY, SECURITY AND HEALTH GUIDELINES WILL CONTINUE TO BE FOLLOWED REGARDING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND LARGE GROUP GATHERINGS.  
WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR, ADJUST AND EVALUATE THIS SITUATION ON A DAY BY DAY BASIS. 

NUSD#1 IS BEING MINDFUL THAT THIS VERY IMPORTANT DECISION WILL BE MADE TAKING ALL THE SAFETY GUIDELINES/ FACTORS INTO CONSIDERATION AS WELL AS GETTING INPUT/RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OUR SENIOR STUDENTS, PARENTS, TEACHERS, SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, GOVERNING BOARD AND OUR ENTIRE SCHOOL COMMUNITY.  


IT WOULD BE IRRESPONSIBLE IN OUR PART TO MAKE SUCH A DETERMINATION OR SET A DATE/TIME AT THIS TIME. 


WE APPRECIATE YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT IN THE BEST INTEREST, SAFETY, SECURITY AND HEALTH OF OUR STUDENTS AND ENTIRE NUSD#1 COMMUNITY.


BE SAFE AND FOLLOW ALL THE SAFETY/HEALTH GUIDELINES!


SUPERINTENDENT PARRA 

04/02/2020 6:00 PM


Dear NUSD Students ; Apaches, Wolves, Eagles, Diamondbacks, NUSD on Line, Hawks, Dolphins, Road Runners, Conquistadores, Challenger Rockets  and Lions:


I understand how difficult this is for you as students going through this National Pandemic that is impacting not only our Community, but our City, County, State, Country and World as well. This is beyond unprecedented, due to the uncertainty of how this virus is continuing to spread, and breaking every "Norm" and way of life as we have known it. Just know that everyone is going through this difficult situation and we will get through it together.


But at this time as a community our number one concern and priority is the safety, security and health of our students, families, and our teachers/employees. It is very difficult to understand that from one day to another our lives have completely changed and come to a stop. More difficult is not knowing how long this will continue or if the health of our families is or will be affected by this health scare.


For now, we need to be patient and understand that this situation is out of our control. We hope that in the near future we will be able to get back to our way of life. 

The intention of our schools and teachers is to continue to provide distance learning opportunities for all of our students. You should have already received your student lessons if you are doing your assignments/activities on line/remotely or through learning packets. Your schools will continue to communicate with you regarding distance learning opportunities and other teaching and learning resources that will be provided. This will not be a perfect situation, but please know that we will be doing our very best in providing these distance learning opportunities as we continue to monitor and adjust. Later on we will also be informing you and your parents about other school accountability measures regarding grades or any other school related matters. For now, please do your very best working on your distance learning lessons. 


To our senior students we understand how very difficult this situation is for all of you. You are all deserving of being able to close out your senior year. It is very difficult for us as your teachers and educators having to experience this situation along with you, and your family. As a parent myself, it is an extremely difficult process to understand and have to go through. But as I mentioned, this situation is out of our control. Together as a community we will stand strong and deal with this crisis. 


At a later time we will also be reaching out to you and your parents regarding receiving your graduation diplomas, credits, grades and all other specific procedures for you to successfully conclude your senior year. Please know that all considerations and flexibility will be implemented during this difficult time.


Even though we do not know what the future will hold, together with your principals and teachers we will be trying to find other means of providing a graduation ceremony if possible. 


During difficult times such as these, it is important to appreciate your family, practice social distancing, stay home and follow all the safety guidelines to keep yourselves and all your loved ones safe and healthy.


We miss you, we appreciate you, and we hope you are healthy and safe throughout this National health crisis. 


Respectfully, 


Your Superintendent 
Mr. Parra 


04/02/2020 11:00 AM

ALL THE SCHOOL GROUNDS/ATHLETIC FIELDS WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC, DUE COVID -19 FOR THE SAFETY, SECURITY & HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY

03/30/2020 2:20 PM

Good afternoon N.U.S.D. PARENTS AND N.U.S.D. COMMUNITY : 

THE GOVERNOR OF ARIZONA HAS EXTENDED THE SCHOOL CLOSURES THROUGH THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. HOWEVER, SCHOOL DISTANCE LEARNING WILL CONTINUE TO BE PROVIDED THROUGH THE END OF THE OFFICIAL SCHOOL CALENDAR TO THE EXTENT THAT WE CAN. THIS WILL BE EVALUATED ON A DAILY BASIS. 

ADJUSTMENTS AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITY CHANGES WILL BE MADE AS WE MONITOR AND ADJUST THROUGH THIS PROCESS AND AS WE ARE PROVIDED FURTHER OFFICIAL GUIDELINES FROM STATE OFFICIALS. 

AT THIS TIME IN AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY FOR N.U.S.D. IS AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY/HEALTH OF OUR STUDENTS, OUR FAMILIES, ALL ENTIRE N.U.S.D. COMMUNITY AND COMMUNITY OF NOGALES...

N.U.S.D. IS REMINDING OUR PARENTS, STUDENTS AND SCHOOL COMMUNITY TO CONTINUE TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND ALL THE SAFETY/HEALTH GUIDELINES. 

ACCORDING TO THE HEALTH EXPERTS THE VIRUS PEAK WILL BE HITTING ARIZONA IN MID APRIL AND END OF APRIL FOR SANTA CRUZ COUNTY AS THE DATA IS CHANGING RAPIDLY EVERYDAY.

AT THIS TIME OUR SCHOOLS HAVE REACHED OUT TO OUR PARENTS/STUDENTS REGARDING THE DISTANCE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS AND WE CONTINUE TO UPDATE YOU ON THESE PROCEDURES AS WE CONTINUE TO MONITOR AND ADJUST ACCORDINGLY; CONTINUING TO WORK THROUGH THIS CHALLENGING HEALTH CRISIS...

THE DISTANCE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY PACKETS ARE GOING OUT TODAY DISTRICT WIDE FOR ALL K-8 STUDENTS AND THE HIGH SCHOOLS HAVE SUBMITTED DIRECTION AND PICK UP SCHEDULES FOR LEARNING PACKETS FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO WILL BE DOING LEARNING PACKETS. FOR OTHER STUDENTS DOING ON LINE LEARNING THEY HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED DIRECTION AND INSTRUCTION FROM THE SCHOOL AND GRADE SUBJECT TEACHERS. THIS COMMUNICATION WILL BE ONGOING...

WE APPRECIATE YOUR UNDERSTANDING, SUPPORT, COOPERATION AND PATIENCE AS WE WORK TOGETHER IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR N.U.S.D. STUDENTS/ COMMUNITY AND OUR ENTIRE NOGALES COMMUNITY. 

AS MENTIONED, WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE UPDATES AND DIRECTION REGARDING SCHOOL LEARNING, ACCOUNTABILITY AND SCHOOL BUSINESS MEASURES. THE DISTRICT WILL BE USING FLEXIBILITY REGARDING LEARNING MEASURE ACCOUNTABILITY SUCH AS STUDENT GRADES AND OTHER SCHOOL POLICIES. 

WE ARE PERFORMING AND ACTING DURING A VERY CHALLENGING SITUATION UNPRECEDENTED TIME. 

PLEASE BE SAFE, PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCE AND FOLLOW ALL THE SAFETY/HEALTHY HYGIENE GUIDELINES.

THANK YOU!

SUPERINTENDENT PARRA 



03/20/2020 5:45 PM


Good afternoon Parents, Students, and ALL N.U.S.D. School Community: 

WE WANTED TO REACH OUT WITH A NEW UPDATE TO ADVISE THAT SCHOOL CLOSURE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO APRIL 10, 2020.

THE DISTRICT IS CURRENTLY IN AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION WORKING ON A DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN THAT WILL BE IN PLACE TO PROVIDE POTENTIAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENTS TO START MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020 DISTRICT WIDE. WE WILL BE PROVIDING/EXPLORING DIFFERENT METHODS AND OPTIONS FOR POTENTIAL DISTANCE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENTS. 

AT THIS TIME THE DISTRICT'S NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS THE SAFETY, SECURITY- HEALTH OF ALL OF OUR STUDENTS, FAMILIES, AND ALL OF OUR N.U.S.D. COMMUNITY AND WILL CONTINUE TO ENSURE AND PRIORITIZE A SAFE AND ORDERLY PROCESS FOR POTENTIAL DISTANCE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL STUDENTS AT N.U.S.D. 

OUR SCHOOLS WILL BE REACHING OUT AT A LATER TIME TO PROVIDE FURTHER DETAILS, INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION REGARDING POTENTIAL DISTANCE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS/FAMILIES.

OUR FOOD SERVICE MEAL PROGRAM HAS SERVED OVER 1,200 MEALS THIS WEEK AND AN ADJUSTED NEW MEAL CALENDAR WILL BE IN AFFECT FOR BETTER ACCESSIBILITY FOR OUR FAMILIES AND SAFETY/HEALTH PROTOCOL STARTING ON MONDAY,  MARCH 23rd. THE NEW CALENDAR HAS BEEN POSTED AND SHARED WITH OUR N.U.S.D. COMMUNITY AND FAMILIES. N.U.S.D. IS LOOKING FORWARD TO CONTINUING PROVIDING MEALS FOR OUR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES. 

WE WANT TO THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN FOR YOUR PATIENCE, UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT AS WE ALL WORK TOGETHER IN THE BEST INTEREST, SAFETY AND HEALTH OF ALL OF OUR STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND N.U.S.D. COMMUNITY.

BE SAFE AND PLEASE FOLLOW THE HEALTHY HYGIENE GUIDELINES.

WISHING THAT ALL OF OUR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES ARE DOING WELL AND STAYING SAFE THROUGH OUT THIS UNPRECEDENTED HEALTH SCARE AND SCHOOL CLOSURE.

THANK YOU!
SUPERINTENDENT PARRA 


03/20/2020 2:00 PM

Beginning Monday N.U.S.D. will have a new schedule for the Grab and Go meals.  Please see attached the meal schedule and menu items.

menu

3/15/2020  1:40 PM


Nogales Unified School District #1 will be providing FREE MEALS during the school closure for children 18 years of age and under. Meals will be served at different locations throughout Nogales during this time. Attached you will find the flyers for the school closure meal schedule.   

meals 


Thank you!



03/18/2020 2:09 PM

Dear NUSD Community,

As we were forwarding to you a current update, we received the following News Release from the Arizona State Legislature. Please review the attachment. Thank you again.

Click on the image to see the document

State





03/18/2020 2:00 PM


Good afternoon NUSD Community,

I hope that everyone is doing well and that you are following safety guidelines and staying healthy.

This corona virus pandemic is creating a great deal of stress and anxiety within our community and across the nation. The virus has several of the same symptoms as the flu virus and there are a number of people dealing with the common cold, flu and allergies at this time in our community. This creates a very difficult situation, as we do not know who may be infected with the corona virus and who is at risk of exposure. We continue to understand more each day about the COVID-19 virus, but we are all experiencing an unknown situation that is affecting all of us directly. 

As you already know, if you have been following the news regarding the latest data for COVID-19 in Arizona (as last updated on 3/18/2020 by the Arizona Department of Health Services), the data is changing quickly. The current numbers indicate that there are 27 total COVID-19 cases; 11 in Maricopa County, 8 in Pinal County, 1 in Graham County, 2 in Navajo County and 5 in Pima County. So far, zero tests have come back positive in Santa Cruz County. Thankfully, there are no deaths reported at this time in Arizona. Unfortunately, even as we write this update, we know that the numbers are changing.

This health crisis makes this school closure unique in comparison with all past school closures that have occurred locally or across the state and nation. This means that ALL NORMAL SCHOOLING MATTERS including  but not limited to instructional calendar, programs, events, small/large group gatherings for traditional teaching/learning, state accountability measures, testing, funding, and ALL related school business COME TO AN END UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THIS UNPRECEDENTED SCHOOL CLOSURE.

This morning NUSD district administrators and school leaders met to discuss the current situation and to review the state guidelines/information provided including the plan for potential learning opportunities. We are working together and will be reaching out to all of you as we formulate a learning plan that is in the best interest of all of our students and NUSD. At this time, we are waiting for legislative changes within the Senate Education Bill being drafted.

As you can understand, over the last 72 hours we have been continually receiving different information and recommendations from the AZ State Department of Education, but we have not received any concrete guidance or direction on how we will be proceeding during an extended school closure. Decisions regarding an extended school closure will be decided and determined by State officials by no later than Sunday, March 22, 2020.

These are the facts that are currently known at this time. As we have been, we will continue to keep you informed and provide direction as we receive updated information and have more specific guidance to share.

Currently, we are fortunate that we are able to provide continuation of pay and benefits to all full-time NUSD employees.  I appreciate your understanding, trust and support at this time as we continue to work in the best interest of NUSD.

Please stay safe and thank you.
Fernando Parra, Superintendent




03/14/2020 4:40 PM


GOOD AFTERNOON PARENTS AND NUSD COMMUNITY, 
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT:

NUSD WILL BE IMPOSING SCHOOL CLOSURE FROM MARCH 16Th- MARCH 27TH TO RETURN ON MARCH 30TH! 

* ALL AIA/ATHLETIC PROGRAM, EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS, SCHOOL EVENTS AT ALL LEVELS INCLUDING ALL SCHOOL TRAVEL HAS BEEN CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

THE FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM WILL BE PROCEEDING WITH PROVIDING MEALS FOR OUR STUDENTS/FAMILIES WITH FOOD SERVICE STATIONS ACROSS THE DISTRICT AS WE DO WITH OUR SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM. THEY WILL BE FOLLOWING ALL FOOD SERVICE SAFETY AND PROCEDURES PROTOCOL.  PLEASE VISIT OUR SCHOOL WEBSITE FOR SCHEDULE AND LOCATIONS. WWW.NUSD.K12.AZ.US.

AS WE MENTIONED AND COMMUNICATED EARLIER THIS WEEK THAT WE WOULD BE MONITORING THIS HEALTH CRISIS ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS AS WELL AS COMMUNICATING WITH STATE OFFICIALS AND HEALTH SERVICES EXPERTS. 

AT THIS TIME I AM RECOMMENDING SCHOOL CLOSURE BASED ON THE HEALTH CRISIS WE ARE BEING CHALLENGED WITH AT THIS TIME/WHAT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST, SAFETY/HEALTH OF OUR STUDENTS AND SCHOOL COMMUNITIES. WE ARE DEALING WITH AN UNKNOWN HEALTH CRISIS SITUATION AND WE DO NOT KNOW HOW SEVERE THIS WILL BE OR WILL GET. THIS IS THE RECOMMENDATION AT THIS TIME AS WE CONTINUE TO MONITOR THIS HEALTH CRISIS SITUATION AT THE LOCAL, COUNTY AND STATE LEVELS. 

WE APPRECIATE ALL THE FEEDBACK AND UNDERSTANDING WE HAVE RECEIVED IN THE BEST INTEREST OF NOT ONLY OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITIES, BUT OF OUR NOGALES COMMUNITY.

WE UNDERSTAND ALL THE CONCERNS THAT THIS HEALTH CRISIS HAS BROUGHT TO OUR COMMUNITY.....WE ARE ACTING IN THE BEST INTEREST AND SAFETY- HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITIES. 

THANK YOU!
FERNANDO PARRA, SUPERINTENDENT



03/13/2020 10:30 AM


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COVID-19




03/12/2020 7:25 PM

A letter to our educators regarding COVID-19
March 12, 2020
Dear Arizona Educators, 
Today, Governor Ducey, Director Dr. Cara Christ, and I held a conference call with district, charter, and private school leaders regarding guidance on COVID-19. 
Like many other states, Arizona is following the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s Mitigation Strategies in responding to novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Our state and local health officials are using the most up-to-date information to make data-driven and evidence-based recommendations, including guidance around school closures. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) shares these recommendations with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) who then works with our schools and communities to provide accurate guidance and support.  
School Closures
Right now, the question of whether or not a school will be asked to close is top-of-mind for our school communities. In Arizona, school closures can occur if/when:
  1. The Governor declares a State of Emergency and State & County Health Departments provide direction to counties and schools to close in order to mitigate potential damage of an epidemic;
  2. County Health Departments provide direction to some or all schools to close based on data/evidence in their county;
  3. Charter Operators choose to close one or more of their charter schools under A.R.S. § 15-183;
  4. School Districts or Charter Operators choose to close one or more of their schools under A.R.S. § 15-806 B. 
While some school districts are making the decision to close, the Arizona Department of Health Services does not currently recommend school closures at this time.  
In today’s conversation, Dr. Christ shared with school leaders that school closures could potentially lead to an increase in community spread if students were to be placed in a different congregate area outside of their regular communities for childcare purposes. Importantly, when community spread is minimal, keeping our schools open also provides children with a regular routine that helps reduce panic and fear in the midst tense times. 
Should ADHS and county health departments’ recommendations change regarding school closures, ADE will work with our school leaders and state officials to help schools in the process. ADE is committed to keeping families, students, and educators as healthy and safe as possible. 
To be proactive, we shared information with district and charter leaders today on how they can continue to provide school meals, special education services, and alternative instruction, should their local county health department recommend a school closure. That guidance can be found on our website here.
I know that our schools have very valid concerns about the health of their communities. We encourage all schools to be in close contact with your county departments of public health who are the foremost experts in your community’s health and who can provide the most appropriate guidance on whether or not your school should remain open.  
Impact on Students, Teachers, Communities
Lastly, I want to acknowledge the impact of the fear surrounding this new virus on our students, teachers, families, and communities. Our students have important questions about the global outbreak of COVID-19, and we know you want to respond with great care. The CDC has shared resources for talking to children about COVID-19, and in the coming week, ADE will be posting more resources on our website for teachers to use in their classrooms. 
We will continue to communicate with you, our educators and school leaders, as this situation develops. And we are grateful for all you are doing to keep your school, your students, and yourself healthy & safe.
Sincerely,
Kathy Hoffman, MS, CCC-SLP
Superintendent of Public Instruction




03/12/2020 6:50 PM

ADE COVID-19 Response and Webinar
ADE Webinar: Tuesday, March 17th at 2:00 PM (Arizona Time)
Dear Superintendents, Charter Leaders, and Stakeholders,
The Arizona Department of Education and our partners at ASBA will be hosting a webinar to provide guidance and updates to district and charter schools on contingency planning for COVID-19 and its effect on our school communities. We encourage all district superintendents, charter leaders, and stakeholders to tune into this webinar to learn about the steps ADE is taking to provide guidance on the COVID-19 outbreak.
COVID-19 Webinar Registration
To support district and charter leadership during this COVID-19 pandemic, the Arizona Department of Education has issued updated guidance regarding pandemic preparedness.
To view this document on our website, please visit: http://www.azed.gov/communications/2020/03/12/pandemic-preparedness/ 
ADE Pandemic Preparedness - PDF






03/12/2020  06:30 PM
UPDATE COVID-19 CONFERENCE CALL/FOLLOW UP 

Good evening


I along with many other state leaders and superintendents had a conference call earlier this afternoon with Arizona Governor Ducey, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Hoffman and Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ.
At this time there are 9 confirmed cases/3 in Maricopa, 5 in Pinal and 1 in Pima County. But as you know this can rapidly change. 

At this time the Governor, State Superintendent, and Health Services Director ARE NOT RECOMMENDING SCHOOL CLOSURES STATEWIDE. This is based on the recent data/due to the minimal cases (clusters)and the situation being monitored by the Department of Health Services State Wide. Dr. Christ, health expert in this area has concluded that at this time all normal functions and daily routines with schooling and other community functions should continue. No restrictions are in place at this time only recommending senior citizens, students, cohort self-contained students or individual teachers- staff members who are at high risk with underline medical conditions should be monitored or not participate in large group settings. This recommendation might change due to any future increase of cases or outbreaks statewide. The Department of Health Services Director also stated that young adults/children are not being affected severely when exposed or contracting this virus. 

As I mentioned, the health experts are recommending for school districts to continue as routine/normal schedules with classes, after-school programs, and extra-curricular activities. We will continue to monitor and check the following website for daily updates and reports. Please check this website as there are special webinars for educators- school personnel and parents. (azdhs.gov)

This website is being updated daily and anyone can find the latest information regarding the Corona Virus. There will also be a special guideline for schools posted later this evening. 
A follow-up webinar is scheduled for next Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 2:00 PM. 

The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) is not officially canceling any AIA athletic events at this time but is leaving this at the discretion of the individual school districts. The AIA Executive Board is meeting this coming Monday to further discuss and make final determinations- recommendations. Mr. Colgate, Nogales High School Principal has been in constant communication with the executive director and AIA officials to make final decisions and determinations in the best interest and health-safety- of our student-athletes, coaches and staff. He will also be keeping all coaches and staff informed of any event cancelations or changes. The Department of Health Services Director is not recommending these athletic/extracurricular events to be canceled as I mentioned earlier. 

* Regarding if school closures will need to be made in the near future, State Superintendent and ADE are stating that the Department will be flexible and understanding with school districts in the areas of schooling; adjusting school calendars if necessary (not having to make up instructional days/flexibility), working in partnerships and working through these factors including supporting employee contractual/personnel matters as needed, as well as providing additional funding as needed and being flexible and understanding assisting with all these matters/or on a case by case basis.

* State Assessment Schedules/testing windows will also be adjusted and changed as needed. ADE will be making these accommodations and working directly with the districts as needed based on the situation. 

* The same was mentioned regarding absences providing flexibility/understanding with districts due to this health crisis. I will further be communicating with all principals regarding student absences and how these will be handled on a case by case basis including reporting to the state/ADE as it relates with documentation, flexibility and not making these situations punitive. 

We are in an unprecedented situation and collaboration, flexibility, practicality and common sense will be imposed when working and partnering with ADE/accountability measures. It was good to hear the State Superintendent mention flexibility and understanding when dealing with this situation and other impacting schooling issues. 

The recommendations/steps and guidelines to follow are what we have already been communicating: 
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and wash your hands throughout the day/or use an alcohol-based sanitizer
( educate and communicate these simple hygiene steps to our students and school community) 
- Use discretion with shaking hands/ avoiding direct physical contact
- Avoid touching your face/nose 
- Avoid coughing/sneezing directly on individuals ( use your arm/elbow areas) 
- Stay home if you are sick/ experiencing flu-like symptoms and see your medical provider if symptoms worsen 
- Students will be sent home if showing flu-like symptoms and staff should stay home if feeling sick 
- Hygiene (cleaning- disinfecting plan) is already in place at all schools including setting up hand washing/sanitizing stations

Later this evening and tomorrow we will be sending a voice messenger communication to all of our parents and school communities briefly updating them that school will be resuming as normal on Monday, March 16, 2020. If anything changes by then, we will certainly be communicating this directly to all stakeholders, our parents and the NUSD community. We will continue to monitor and be checking the health services website and keeping up with the latest information/health experts reports and updates. 

Thank you,

Superintendent, Fernando Parra

 03/12/2020 10:00 am.
Important Message - the Governor has declared an Executive Order on COVID-19 (Please see link below) : 


The district has implemented a continuous and ongoing plan to disinfect and clean all facilities. All of our custodial and support services staff have received professional training on how to use the cleaning/disinfecting solution and procedures on specific cleaning and disinfecting areas in all school buildings. Hand washing/sanitizing stations are also placed at all school buildings.

At this time we will continue to monitor and to stay informed in the upcoming days. We have not received any further direction or information from any local/state health agency experts regarding any closure of schools or any employee or student being sick from this virus.

We will continue to keep everyone posted as we receive any further communication regarding this health scare situation. 

Enjoy your Spring Break! Be safe and stay healthy! 


Thank you,

Superintendent, Fernando Parra

 You can view the Governor's Executive Order 
here

EO 2020-07