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Mexican American Student Services

Mexican American Student Services
Maria Federico Brummer, Director | 3645 E. Pima St., Tucson, AZ 85716 (Catalina HS: AERO Bldg-Upper Level) | (520) 232-8566 | Email Us

We are committed to integration, diversity, and racial equity.

Resources for Families

Travel Recommendations and Updates

Questions about travel? See Travel Recommendations and Updates (in PDF)

For more information and the latest advisories, please see CDC's Travel Notices

COVID-19 Notification - Sample Letter for Parents

If a positive COVID-19 case has been identified at a school, parents/guardians will receive a version of the following general notification letter: Sample Letter to Parents or Staff - COVID-19 Case On Site (in PDF)
Translations (in PDF): Arabic | Kirundi | Somali | Spanish | Swahili | Vietnamese

Get your Free Masks from AZ

La Frontera's Behavioral Health Services for Families and Children

If you need help with your children, La Frontera provides a range of services. See the La Frontera Child Services flier (in PDF) for more information, or call 884-9920 or email

Coronavirus Guide from

This comprehensive guide provides useful information for the public.

Coronavirus Guide

Need help with rent or preventing eviction?

COVID-19 Exposure Reference and Guidelines For TUSD Staff, Students, and Families

Coronavirus Testing Sites

Coronavirus Testing Sites (in PDF)
FREE COVID-19 Tests at Kino Event Center - Register online at

List of All ADHS/ASU Free Saliva Testing Sites in AZ by County:

Teachers and staff have access to sites in AZ:

  • free, saliva-based PCR testing
  • on a walk-in basis (no appointment needed)
  • for the remainder of the spring
  • use the Agency Code: TUSD1
  • see below for a list of all sites and hours of operation

Additionally, parents and students may use these sites:

  • register online ahead of time:
  • free testing using the code: SALIVATEST

Pima County Sites

Ellie Town
1660 W. Ruthrauff Road, Tucson 85705
W, F, & Sun 7-11 AM
Pima Community College, Desert Vista Campus
5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz, Tucson, AZ 85709
Pima Community College, East Campus
8181 E Irvington Road, Tucson, AZ 85709
Pima Community College, West Campus
2202 W Anklam Rd, Tucson, AZ 85709
M 9 AM-1 PM
Tucson, El Pueblo Center
101 W Irvington Rd, Tucson, AZ 85714
Tuesday 2pm-6pm, Thursday 2pm-6pm, Saturday 7am-11am

Coconino County Sites

Coconino Community College
2800 S Lone Tree Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86005
M-F 10:00 AM-3:00 PM; Sat 8 :00AM-12:00 PM
NAU Fieldhouse
1050 S Knoles Dr., Flagstaff, AZ 86011
M-Sat 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sinagua Middle School
3950 E Butler Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86004
T & Th 11:00 AM-4:00 PM

Maricopa County Sites

Capital Mall Parking Garage
100 N 15th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007
T & Th 6:00-9:30 AM
Mesa Convention Center
46 East Martin Luther King Junior Way, Mesa, AZ 85201
Th 3-7 PM; Sat & Sun 8AM-12PM
this site will be closing at the end of April
1475 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
T-Sat 7-11 AM
State Farm Stadium
State Farm Stadium – 1 Cardinal Dr., Glendale, AZ 85305
Southeast corner of 95th Ave & Cardinals Way
Saturdays from 7-11 AM
Valley View Elementary School
8220 S 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85041
Sat 8AM-12PM

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



Childcare at TUSD Schools

If you need childcare while you work, we offer childcare at many of our schools through our Community School program and KIDCO. Learn more by reading Childcare options at TUSD Schools.

Boys & Girls Club Tucson

Flier for Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson - 2020-2021 (in PDF)

Looking for a safe place where your child can engage in recreation, arts, and other enrichment activities? The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson are open to serve working families during the pandemic.

Program Details:

  • Ages 7 to 17 years old
  • Masks/face coverings required in the Clubs and safety measures must be followed
  • Meals provided through partnership TUSD Meals Program
  • Members asked to bring their school-provided devices to the Club

Register and Learn More at the Boys & Girls Club website

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 .

Community Resources for Family Support

Free WiFi Map for Arizona

Use this free WiFi map from Connect Arizona to find free public WiFi hotspots at public libraries, schools, businesses, and other sites. Some sites may offer indoor public access during business hours, others provide access in the parking lot only. Everyone using the sites - outside or inside - is encouraged to practice social distancing precautions, including staying in your vehicle or at least six feet from other users and wearing a mask if necessary.

Internet Access for TUSD Families

TUSD will help you with Internet access through loaner hotspots. Learn more at the TUSD Loaner Hotspot FAQ.

You can also look into several of the low-cost Internet programs 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.

Positive Parenting

Section 504

Talking with Children: Tips for Caregivers and Parents

Beginning in April 2021, Benefits Issued for Food Purchases (P-EBT)

Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides families of eligible children additional funds to purchase food during this school year for the months of August 2020-May 2021.

P-EBT is intended for children who did not have access to receive free or reduced price meals at school due to schools being closed or learning remotely this school year.

To ensure the information being provided to DES is current, please make sure that you update your student information (such as current address, parent/guardian, phone number etc) at your child’s school.

For more details, visit School Meal Programs from Food Services.

Our Services

  • What we do and how we do it
    Mexican American Student Services is a service-oriented department serving Tucson Unified School District Latino students from asset-based approach.

    We are...

    • serving Mexican American/Latino students and families district wide.
    • advocating for equitable education.
    • preparing students and parents for college.
    • mentoring and tutoring K-12 students.
    • connecting community organizations and colleges to families

    The Department is housed inside AERO Bldg- Upper Level at Catalina High School; the physical address is 3645 E. Pima St.

  • Department Goals
    • Work to eliminate the opportunity gap for Mexican American/Latino students.
    • Offer K-12 mathematics and reading tutoring services.
    • Establish mentoring and advocacy programs to increase Latino students' attendance, academic performance and graduation rates.
    • Engage with community organizations and college partnerships to offer mentoring, tutoring and community services to TUSD families.
    • Increase Mexican American/Latino students' academic achievement for college preparation.
    • Implement mentoring and tutoring programs to meet students’ academic and social goals.
    • Collaborate with community organizations and colleges to increase educational opportunities.


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