COVID-19 FAQs

Free Meals for Kids!

Free Grab-and-Go Meals for Kids

Free meals for all kids 18 and under! Find schedules at www.tusd1.org/GrabAndGo

COVID-19 Taskforce. Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected

Resources for Families

Coronavirus Testing Sites

Crisis Information

If you or a loved one are in  immediate crisis, please call:

Community Wide Crisis Line: 520-622-6000

Or 911

Other non-emergency numbers:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Phone Number: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: Text 741741

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10 Things You Can Do to Prepare for Returning Back to School

Ready to prepare for returning to school?

Please review 10 Things You Can Do to Prepare for Returning Back to School (in PDF).

Screening Questions - Asked before entry to schools and district offices

Screening Questions: These questions will be asked of everyone before they are permitted to enter schools or district offices.

Help for Speakers of Arabic, Kirundi, Somali, and Swahili

Please call the number below and leave a message, including a phone number where we can reach you. We will call you back. Thank you!
  • 225-6591 = Swahili
  • 225-6592 = Arabic
  • 225-6593 = Kirundi
  • 225-6594 = Somali

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) provides assistance to households with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, while schools are out of session due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arizona P-EBT Pandemic School Meal Replacement Benefits program is a partnership between DES, the Arizona Department of Education, and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

For more information, see DES's Arizona P-EBT webpage .

Rental Eviction Protection and Prevention

Community Resources for Family Support

Low-Cost Internet Programs for Families

Low-cost Internet programs are available to TUSD families. See the following information for details.

Low-Cost Internet Programs

Coping with Stress and Anxiety

For suggestions on coping with stress and anxiety during this time, please see these resources.

Food Banks and Pantries

Dental Issues - What to do

Wondering what to do about dental issues? See these dental issues guidelines from Pima County Health Department.

Health Tips

Please check the CDC website for the latest prevention tips and information.

Prevention Measures

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds (the time needed to sing happy birthday) or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Keep children home when sick, and stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze, then immediately discard any tissues.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact, like holding hands.

Note: Please be aware the District has suspended Attendance Award tracking for the 4th quarter. Thus please have students remain home if not feeling well.

Learn from Home

Sample Schedule, Daily Tips, and Online Resources

Our Curriculum and Instruction team have put together a Sample Daily Schedule that you can follow or adapt while your children are at home. Please see www.tusd1.org/LearnfromHome for online learning resources, a letter to families from our Assistant Superintendent of Education, Flori Huitt, and Daily Video Tips from our Senior Director of Curriculum Development, Heidi Aranda.

Positive Parenting

Section 504

Talking with Children: Tips for Caregivers and Parents

Resources for Employees During School Closures

COVID-19 Return-to-Work Trainings

Payroll - Important Information for 2020-2021

Be sure to check this memo from Payroll for important information for the 2020-2021 school year!

Important Information from Payroll for 2020-2021 (in PDF)

Letter to Staff from Dr. Trujillo, July 3, 2020 - Start Dates for 2020-2021 School Year

Please read the Letter to Staff - Start Dates for the 2020-2021 School Year from Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo on July 3, 2020, for important information about the first day for teachers, first day of instruction, professional development dates, and new teacher induction dates.

Return to Work Options Memo from HR - June 25, 2020

Screening Questions - Asked Prior to Entry at Schools and District Offices

Screening Questions: These questions will be asked of everyone before they are permitted to enter schools or district offices.

COVID-19 Quick Reference Guide and Recommendations For TUSD Staff - 07/30/20

Checking Devices In or Out Using Destiny

You'll check devices out using Destiny Resource Manager and back in when they are returned. Devices may include laptops, Chromebooks, tablets.

For instructions, please see Checking Devices In or Out Using Destiny (in PDF).

Getting Tech Support Remotely

The TS Service Desk is still available to help you with technology issues. However, in our new circumstances, we ask that teachers and staff working remotely follow the process below.
  1. Teachers/Staff Working Remotely: If you experience a technology issue and need help, please call your school and request that a Track-It work order be logged in for your issue.
  2. Schools (On-Site Staff): The staff person on site at your school who takes your call will create a new work order in Track-It. Be sure you provide a contact number to be included in the work order.
  3. TS Service Desk: A TS Service Desk staff member will contact the teacher or staff person directly to resolve the issue.

Coronavirus Testing Sites

Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) - Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Update for Remote Workers from COVID-19 Task Force - May 13, 2020

May 13, 2020

To TUSD employees:

As you are aware, Governor Ducey has updated the Stay at Home order to allow Phase 1 opening of businesses starting on Saturday May 16th. At this time, Tucson Unified will remain status quo, working remotely where possible, until all social distancing and safety protocols have been determined. If you are currently working remotely, please do not return to your regular Tucson Unified work location until further notice.

Also please remember when you are around others, TUSD employees are required to wear face coverings to help protect everyone in our community.

Thank you for your support and all you have been doing for our students and families.

TUSD COVID-19 Taskforce

TUSD COVID-19 Task Force

Letter to Employees: Face Masks and Other Prevention Measures

5/10/20

Dear TUSD Employees:

The safety of our Tucson Unified community is the highest priority. There are specific recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the Pima County Health Department to protect yourself and others.

As a public agency and performing many critical functions visible and in contact with our co-workers and the community, TUSD employees have a responsibility to those with whom we come into contact to model and follow the recommendations form the public health experts. Among these recommendations is wearing a face covering when in public and around others. As the Pima County Health Department says, "act like you got it."

Employees are expected to wear a face covering anytime they are on duty in public and will be around others. If you do not have a face covering to use while in public around others, please contact the Health Services department at healthservices@tusd1.org.

According to the latest CDC recommendations, schools will ensure the following guidelines are enforced as programs begin to open on a limited basis.

Promote healthy hygiene practices - Phases 1-3

  • Teach and reinforce washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes among children and staff.
  • Teach and reinforce use of cloth face coverings among all staff.
  • Have adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol, tissues, and no-touch trash cans.
  • Post signs on how to stop the spread of COVID-19, properly wash hands, promote everyday protective measures, and properly wear a face covering.

Ensure social distancing - Phase 1 and 2

  • Ensure that student and staff groupings are as static as possible by having the same group of children stay with the same staff. Restrict mixing between groups.
  • Cancel all field trips, inter-group events, and extracurricular activities (Phase 1)
  • Limit gatherings, events, and extracurricular activities to those that can maintain social distancing, support proper hand hygiene, and restrict attendance of those from higher transmission areas.
  • Restrict nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving other groups at the same time.
  • Space seating/desks to at least six feet apart.
  • Close communal use spaces such as dining halls and playgrounds if possible; otherwise stagger use and disinfect in between use.
  • If a cafeteria or group dining room is typically used, serve meals in classrooms instead. Serve individually plated meals and hold activities in separate classrooms.
  • Create social distance between children on school buses where possible.

Thank you for all you are doing for our staff, students, and families.

Stay Safe, TUSD COVID-19 Task Force

COVID-19 Taskforce. Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected

Information for Staff Required to be On-Site

Dear TUSD Employee:

Governor Ducey's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected" Executive Order requires that "all individuals in the State of Arizona shall limit their time away from their place of residence." That is not a problem for many of us who are now working from home. However, there are also many TUSD employees whose duties cannot be done from home all, or even some, of the workday.

The Governor's Executive Order contains an exception for those conducting certain "essential activities." The Governor recognizes that, even though the schools are empty of students, you are still, in many ways, a lifeline to the students and families you serve, so he has designated public education to be an essential activity. This means that if your duties require you to be at a school site or office at all, or even occasionally when needed, you will not be in violation of the letter, or spirit, of the Governor's Executive Order.

While the Executive Order specifically states that, "no person shall be required to provide documentation or proof of their activities to justify their activities," we all have documentation with us anyway - our TUSD photo ID card. If your duties must take you away from your home and law enforcement happens to inquire, your TUSD ID card proves you are conducting an essential activity.

If you have any questions, please contact HRAnswers@tusd1.org

Thank you for all you are doing for our students and families.

Stay Safe,

TUSD COVID-19 Task Force

COVID-19 Taskforce. Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected

Low-Cost Internet Programs for TUSD Employees

Low-cost Internet programs are available to TUSD families and employees. See the following information for details.

Low-Cost Internet Programs

Log In to Office 365

To access many of the resources and shared files and forms we will be using while working remotely, you will need to log into Office365.

Log in here: https://portal.office.com/. Enter your TUSD email (firstname.lastname@tusd1.org) and your TUSD network login.

Time Clock - Clock In/Out for Hourly Employees

Hourly employees can clock in and out following the instructions listed here:
How to Clock In or Out.

Important note:: This file is on Office 365. To access this file, log into Office365 first at https://portal.office.com/. Enter your TUSD email (firstname.lastname@tusd1.org) and your TUSD network login.

Time and Effort Reporting Form

All employees who are working remotely will need to complete a Time and Effort form every pay period. This includes hourly and salaried employees.

Only submit this form once per pay period.

Important: This file is on Office 365. To access this file, log into Office365 first at https://portal.office.com/. Enter your TUSD email (firstname.lastname@tusd1.org) and your TUSD network login.

Click this link to access the form: Time and Effort Reporting Form on Office 365.

Remember: you must be logged into Office 365 for the form to work!

Use this same form for each pay period.

Detailed Instructions

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District Services during COVID-19 Closures

District Services during COVID-19 Closures (in PDF)

Our central district services are available to help. Check this sheet for information and contacts.

Shelter in Place Terms and Instructions

Shelter In Place Terms and Instructions (in PDF)

Questions about practices and procedures while working from home? See this infographic from HR!

Educating from Home - Resources for Teachers

Educating from Home Teacher Resources: Please log into Office 365 at https://portal.office.com/ to access these resources.

Zoom How-Tos and FAQ

Guidance for Administrators and Staff from PCHD

Questions about when to practice home isolation and what to do if you live with someone who has COVID-19? Please see these guidlines from Pima County Health Department.

UHC - Resources for Employees from our Medical Benefits Provider

Resources for Coping with Stress and Anxiety

For suggestions on coping with stress and anxiety during this time, please see these resources.

Need to talk with someone?

Jorgensen Brooks, our Employee Assistance Program, offers telephone and virtual, online chat throughout the closure, and at any time: www.jorgensenbrooks.com.

Coronavirus Updates from TUSD

Schools Closed through the End of this School Year

Dr. Trujillo has announced that per Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman's decision today, March 30th, that schools will remain closed for the balance of the year, through May 22, 2020. For the remainder of the year, our students will continue to use the Learn From Home curriculum that they are starting to use with their teachers this week.

At the April 7th Governing Board meeting, the District will be determining the grading policy for the rest of the year, as well as, graduation and promotion requirements.

See Governor Ducey's announcement for more information about statewide school closures: https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2020/03/governor-ducey-superintendent-hoffman-announce-extension-school-closures.

El Superintendte del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Tucson el Dr. Gabriel Trujillo anunció que debido a la decisión del gobernador Ducey y la superindente Hoffman de cerrar las escuelas por el resto del año escolar, a partir del 30 de marzo todas las escuelas del Distrito Escolar permanecerán cerradas hasta el 22 de mayo del 2020. Por el resto del ciclo escolar, los estudiantes continuaran sus estudios bajo el currículo de "Estudiar desde Casa" el que ya están utilizando a partir de esta semana.

En la junta de la mesa directiva del día 7 de abril, el distrito determinará las pólizas de calificaciones para el resto del año, graduación y los requisitos para pasar de año.

https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2020/03/governor-ducey-superintendent-hoffman-announce-extension-school-closures

Learn From Home - Lessons, Online Resources, and Sample Schedule

During school closures, learning still continues. Our Curriculum and Instruction team have put together lessons, online learning resourcs, and a Sample Daily Schedule that you can follow or adapt while your children are at home. Please see www.tusd1.org/LearnfromHome for a letter to families from our Assistant Superintendent of Education, Flori Huitt, and video tips from our Senior Director of Curriculum Development, Heidi Aranda.

Letters to Families

Letter to Families from the Superintendent, March 17, 2020:
English | Arabic | Somali | Spanish | Swahili | Vietnamese

Letter to Employees from the Superintendent, March 15, 2020

Community Resources for Information

Tucson Unified School District recommends using evidence-based resources such as the Centers for Disease Control, Arizona Department of Health Services, and Pima County Health Department for information about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Arizona Department of Health Services

Pima County Health Department

COVID-19 Guidance to Schools and Families from Arizona Department of Education

Letters to Educators from Flori Huitt, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

Tucson Unified teachers and staff, take a look at the latest letter from Flori Huitt, our Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, to learn about plans for fall and other important information for you.

Letter from Heidi Aranda, July 30, 2020
Letter from Flori Huitt, July 9, 2020

Past Letters - Spring 2020

Virus Cleaning and Safety Videos from Tucson Unified

Handwashing Videos: Middle School, High School, and Adults

Handwashing Videos: Grades 3-5

Handwashing Videos: PreK - Grade 2

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