School-Related FAQ's During COVID-19 Pandemic

Please refer to this page for school-related frequently asked questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


When will school resume?

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced on March 30, 2020, that all Arizona schools would remain closed through the end of the school year. That includes all schools in the Tolleson Union High School District (TUHSD). TUHSD will continue to provide online instruction and support for students and their families.

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What does this mean for the school calendar and days/minutes that students have to complete?

On March 27, Governor Doug Ducey signed HB 2910 into law which states that public schools are not required to extend the number of school days or add additional instructional hours to make up for the days missed after the statewide closure ends.

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How are students supposed to learn if schools are closed?

Both teachers and students will continue their classes by logging into Edgenuity or related course platforms for unique courses during their regularly scheduled classes in accordance with their school’s schedule.

Students:

  • Students follow their daily schedule by logging into their online classes at the exact same time they would report to each and every class during the closure.
  • Students access Edgenuity from the district Home page using their username and password.
  • Students complete and upload work and access class progress in Edgenuity.
  • Students see their assignments and current course grades via StudentVUE.

Parents:

  • Check TUHSD website for updates during the school closure.
  • Provide feedback to staff as needed during the closure.
  • Check on student progress in Synergy using ParentVUE and support students in Edgenuity.

If you are new to using Edgenuity, please access a tutorial on on YouTube on how to use Edgenuity. If you have questions, please use your email to reach out to your teacher.

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What do I do if I don’t have an Internet connection?

Cox Connect2Compete is an affordable, in-home internet product for low-income families with school-aged children. Cox Communications committed to promoting digital inclusion by providing connectivity, digital literacy training, and low-cost equipment. Please visit the Affordable Internet Program page for more information.

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What about graduation and other school events?

At this time, all events for the duration of the school year have been canceled, including graduation as currently scheduled. TUHSD has made the difficult decision knowing full well how disappointing this must be to our seniors. We know that those students were looking forward to celebrating their kindergarten through 12th-grade accomplishments. It is our hope that we will be able to offer seniors the opportunity to experience graduation at a later date. We will share additional updates with you once those details are available.

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Will food services still be provided for families?

Since March 30, Tolleson Union High School District students have been able to receive a five-day meal pack for the week. Monday meal packs include breakfast and lunch for five days for Tolleson Union High School District students. Schools will distribute meals from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. each Monday until further notice. Tolleson Union High School District students must be present in order to receive the five-day meal pack.

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My child has personal items or medications at school. Will I be able to retrieve them?

If there are medications at the school that parents/students need, parents need to contact the school principal to make arrangements. As far as personal items left at the school, the district will schedule a date and time for that to happen after restrictions are lifted.

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Will these school closures impact school registration for next year or registration for any summer programs?

No. Online enrollment for the 2020–2021 school year is continuing like normal. Visit our online enrollment information page for more details. 

Please visit our summer school page that is now active on the TUHSD homepage. 

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What can I continue to do to protect myself and my family from COVID-19?

Please visit the Tolleson Union High School District’s COVID-19 Resource page for more information on dealing with the pandemic and resources available to families.

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How and when will parents receive graduation items they purchased through Balfour?

You will need to contact Balfour directly to pick up your graduation items. Their phone number is (623) 385-8230. Normally, graduation items are distributed at graduation practice but due to COVID-19, Balfour has decided to retrieve all items from our schools and handle the delivery personally. Balfour has asked parents to come to their location on 67th Avenue and Peoria (10150 N. 67th Ave #112, Glendale, AZ 85302) to retrieve the graduation items. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a delay with getting the caps and gowns shipped from the manufacturer. The district will work with Balfour on a distribution plan once the caps and gowns arrive.

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What about state testing and other assessments this year, including end of quarter exams (finals)? In accordance with the Arizona Department of Education Guidance to Schools: COVID 19, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shared that students ca

In accordance with the Arizona Department of Education Guidance to Schools: COVID 19, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shared that students cannot be negatively impacted as a result of the school closures. With that in mind, final exams have been suspended. This decision was made due to variables that could have negatively impacted students, for example, personal or family illness, internet connectivity, or financial vulnerabilities.

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How are CTE programs affected due to COVID-19?

Students in CTE programs are encouraged to engage with their program area teachers throughout the closure. Industry certification opportunities and CTE internship models have been adjusted to meet the industry needs. Dual enrollment is being delivered electronically via the TUHSD teacher; if credit is earned in the TUHSD course, it will also be earned via the postsecondary partner in the usual fashion.

Arizona CTSO conferences since the closure, live and virtual and CTE State Technical Skills Assessments have been canceled this spring.

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