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Considerations and Recommendations for Tucson Unified Schools - SY 2020-2021

Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) is providing the following guidance to support our schools and communities in determining their plans and strategies for reopening schools in 2020–2021. Our approach is built upon the guidance and recommendations of the Arizona Department of Education Road Map, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Arizona Department of Public Health, Pima County Health Department, and other research. It is strongly aligned with the reopening guidelines that have been provided by our state and federal leaders. It is designed to help our schools prioritize the health and safety of students and educators as we open school buildings and deliver instruction. Guidance in this report is subject to change given developments and recommendations from federal and state entities. Please visit the websites for the CDC, Arizona Department of Health, and Pima County Health Department for additional updates.

Considerations and Recommendations for Tucson Unified Schools - SY 2020-2021 (in PDF)
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Additional Plans per Instructional Area

Hybrid Learning and Remote Learning Options

Take a look at our Learning Options page to review the Hybrid Learning and Remote Learning options.

Detailed Information

Re-Entry Presentations

Next Steps 2020: Hybrid Instructional Model - October 6

At the October 6 Governing Board Meeting, Curriculum and Instruction presented the Hybrid Instructional Model

Hybrid Instructional Model Presentation (in PDF)
Hybrid Instructional Model - Guidelines

Next Steps 2020: A Modified Plan for On-Campus Services - August 11

At the August 11 Governing Board Meeting, the Re-Entry Task Force presented the modified plan for on-campus services.

Video of Modified Plan for On-Campus Services Presentation
Modified Plan for On-Campus Services Presentation Slideshow (in PDF)
Exceptional Education At-Risk Presentation Slideshow (in PDF)

Next Steps 2020: A Finalized Plan for the Re-Opening of the Tucson Unified School District in SY 20-21 - July 14

At the July 14 Governing Board Meeting, the Re-Entry Task Force presented the Finalized Plan for Re-Opening.

Video of Finalized Plan for Re-Opening Presentation
Final Recommendations Presentation Slideshow (in PDF)
Instructional Re-Entry Presentation Slideshow (in PDF)
Operational Re-Entry Presentation Slideshow (in PDF)

Instructional Re-Entry Model - June 23

At the June 23 Governing Board Meeting, the Re-Entry Task Force presented the Instructional Model for Re-Entry.

Video of Instructional Re-Entry Model Presentation
Presentation Slideshow (in PDF)

Operations Re-Entry Plan - June 16

At the June 16 Governing Board meeting, the Re-Entry Task Force presented the Operations Re-Entry Plan.

Video of Re-Entry Plan Presentation
Presentation Slideshow (in PDF)

Log-In Instructions for Students

Letter to Parents and Guardians - Testing at Home

Read this letter to parents and guardians to learn about the expections for Testing at Home (in PDF)

Help Track Student Learning Time

As you are aware, this year is very different than prior years, and school districts have new requirements we must report to the Arizona Department of Education due to the remote school online environment. Thus, we are requesting your help to supplement the student learning time reports. This includes time students are doing school work when not on teacher-led Zoom class meetings and homework. We understand times will be estimates, as we do not expect comprehensive tracking.

Please know a student's grades will not be negatively impacted if parent-entered time tracking is not completed. Our goal is to use all methods at our disposal to understand and encourage student engagement. Any contribution you can provide is much appreciated.

You can do this in Synergy ParentVUE (https://parent.tusd1.org/).

  1. Time Tracking is available only through web browsers. It is currently not available through the mobile app. If you have a web browser (such as Chrome) on your smart phone or mobile device, you can log into ParentVUE through the browser on your device. Otherwise, please use a computer.
  2. In ParentVUE, click "Attendance" in the navigation list on the left
  3. Then click the "Time Tracker" link in the upper right of the screen

You should enter time when:

  • your student does work outside of teacher-led sessions (this includes homework and in-class project time)
  • your student is trying to connect to class Zoom sessions but is unable to do so because of technical issues

Please enter total minutes per class, per day, no matter when in the day your student did the work. For your convenience, there are two options:

  • minutes can be entered daily
    or
  • the weekly total of minutes can be entered at the end of each week

Please do your best to enter and submit all applicable minutes for the first week of school. Even one entry helps a lot!

For detailed instructions, please see ParentVUE Time Tracking Instructions (in PDF).

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Thank you for supporting your child's academic efforts and helping us meet the Arizona Department of Education requirements!

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.

How do students log into Clever? (Video Instructions)


Video a Clever en español

Clever logo

  1. Go to clever.com/in/tusd1
  2. Click on "Log in with Network Credentials."
    screenshot of Log In page
  3. Sign in using your  10-digit Student ID number (or "matric") plus @s.tusd1.org
    Example: 1301234567@s.tusd1.org

Chromebook: Zoom & Clever Logon

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Chromebook Clever Logon Issues

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Clever - Guía estudiantil para iniciar sesiones en casa

Clever - FAQ for Teachers

To help Tucson Unified educators understand the strengths and limitations of Clever, we've created this Clever FAQ for Teachers (in PDF).

How do students log in to Office 365? (Video Instructions)


Video a Office 365 en español

Student Logon/Password Change (August 2020)

Every TUSD student has an Office 365 account that has been set up for them. They can access their account by going to

portal.office.com, clicking Sign in (top right), and then doing the following:
  1. Enter < matric@s.tusd1.org > (without the < >) in the spot where it says "Email, Phone, Skype."
    Students' matric number is their student ID number.
    screenshot of login
  2. Upon entering this information, you will be taken to the TUSD sign in page. Your student's username will be the same matric@s.tusd1.org they used at the log-in screen, and their password is the same password they log in with at school.
    Students have to make sure they include the "s." after @ in the username: matric@s.tusd1.org.

How do students log in to StudentVUE (Synergy)?

Go to https://student.tusd1.org/

and log in using your 10-digit Student ID number and your District password.

IMPORTANT: Your StudentVUE User Name is your 10-digit Student ID number, not your district email address.

You can also access StudentVUE via the StudentVUE App for iOS and Android.

Zoom: Log-In, Log-Out, and Meetings (Video Instructions)

SchoolCity - Login, Launchpad, Assessments (Video Instructions)


SchoolCity Login Instructions


SchoolCity Launchpad


SchoolCity Assessments

Student Log-In and Password Information - 2020-2021 School Year

Please Change Your Password If You Haven't Already

If you haven't changed your password since the start of school, please do so as soon as possible.

Student Login & Password Reset Instructions

  1. The first time you log in to a TUSD device:
    • User Name: Full school email address. This is in the form of the 10-digit Student ID followed by @s.tusd1.org, for example: 1300101011@s.tusd1.org
    • Default Password: 10-digit Student ID (Matric) number
  2. On the TUSD device or on a personal device, open a web browser (Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge will both work).
  3. Go to office.com
  4. Sign in: Type your full school email address including (Your Student ID number followed by @s.tusd1.org portion, for example: 1300101011@s.tusd1.org) and click "Next".
  5. Password: Type your 10-digit Student ID (Matric) and click "Sign in."
  6. Once the Office Portal loads, click your avatar icon in the top right corner.
  7. Click "My Account".
  8. The My Account page will load. Click "Password" from the left menu column of this screen.
  9. The password reset page will load.
  10. Type your old password. This is your Student ID/Matric number at the beginning of the school year.
  11. Then create and confirm new password.

    Password Suggestions

    Password Length:

    • Grades preK-5: Minimum 4 characters
    • Grades 6-12: Minimum 8 characters

    Password Complexity Recommendations (Grades 6-12): Make sure to use a CAPITAL letter, number (1,2,3,4,5) and a special character (!,@,$,%,&,?) to create a secure password.

    Please REMEMBER you password. Write it down if you must and keep it in a safe place you can reference later.

  12. Finally, click "Submit". If you receive an error message trying to change your password in Office 365, try this alternative method.
  13. Once you have done this, you can log into Clever.

Password Reset Instructions for Students (in PDF).

How to set up laptops, tablets, and hotspots

2020-2021 School Year

Spring 2020

How do I find my child's matric or Student ID?

Your child's Student ID is sometimes called their "matric" number.

If you have a ParentVUE account, you can find your their Student ID (or matric number) in ParentVUE.

Log into ParentVUE at https://parent.tusd1.org/.

Students can also find their matric/Student ID in StudentVUE, https://student.tusd1.org/

How do I get help with technical support and other questions?

If you have technical questions and/or need support, please call your school. They'll coordinate with Technology Services to get you the help you need.

If you call after hours, please leave a detailed message including:

  1. a callback number
  2. your student's name and grade
  3. the specific issue or question

Thank you!

Internet Access for 2020-2021 School Year

This school year Tucson Unified is providing hotspots from T-Mobile directly to families in need of Internet service. There is no application and the district is paying the monthly fee for using the hotspot for the 2020-2021 school year if needed.

For more information, see the Family Internet Service FAQ.

Student Hotspot Loan Authorization

Loaner Laptop/Tablet/Hotspot Important Paperwork

2020-2021 School Year

Spring 2020

What is COLE?

Self-Paced, flexible scheduling

  • Alternative online education program for 6th-12th grade.
  • Self- paced
  • Uses APEX Digital curriculum.
  • Provided by certified TUSD teachers.
  • Teacher accessible via virtual whiteboard, email, phone or instant message.
  • Students are assigned an academic advisor to stay on track.

Learn more at www.tusd1.org/COLE

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