COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information
Posted on 07/01/2020
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July 1, 2020 – The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.


Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians,

Our Reopening Task Force concluded its work last night. We are currently reviewing the recommendations and we anticipate sharing our final plans with you by the end of next week. Today’s update focuses on the date classes will begin for the 2020-2021 school year.

On Monday, June 29, Governor Ducey announced that all schools shall delay the start for in-person instruction until August 17, 2020. However, the Executive Order permits schools to begin the school year on their previously scheduled start date by using remote learning.

In order to have students begin their classes without a delay, GUHSD has decided to begin the 2020-2021 school year remotely on our scheduled start date of Monday, August 10, 2020. Details such as Chromebook checkout and other aspects of registration are forthcoming from your teen’s school.

Per the Executive Order, we will begin classes remotely, but our reopening plans will still consider how to safely return to school in various scenarios due to the changing nature of COVID-19 cases and health advice. GUHSD’s plans will include an online learning option.

As always, thank you for your patience and understanding as we work diligently to prepare for the upcoming school year.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

Additional updates can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/GUHSDAZ/

https://twitter.com/GlendaleUnionAZ










June 24, 2020
 
– The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.


Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

In preparation for our return to school in August, we continue working in conjunction with our Reopening Task Force to develop plans to ensure a safe start for students, faculty and staff.

Here are a few updates we would like to share:

    • Our Reopening Task Force, which has representation from all schools and is composed of parents, students, teachers, a social worker, a nurse and school administrators, is continuing its work on recommendations for reopening schools. They are using guidance from resources such as the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Arizona’s Roadmap for Reopening Schools and local, state and national health agencies.
    • The Reopening Task Force had another meeting last night and is finalizing their draft of recommendations. Like many other districts, the Reopening Task Force is planning to make recommendations for all possible scenarios, which could include all students on campus, half the students on campus at any given time, and/or all students working remotely from home.
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    • Included in GUHSD’s plans will be an online learning option for students/families who desire to continue learning remotely when the school year begins.

The Reopening Task Force is close to finalizing recommendations and we will continue to communicate with you. The next update will be sent to parents next week.

Thank you.

Additional updates can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/GUHSDAZ/

https://twitter.com/GlendaleUnionAZ











June 15, 2020
 
– The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

Welcoming back our students for a new school year in a safe environment is a top priority for the district. We are working in conjunction with our Reopening Task Force to develop plans to ensure the safety of students and staff for return to school in August.

Here are a few updates we would like to share with you:

    • Our Reopening Task Force, which has representation from all schools and is composed of parents, students, teachers, a social worker, a nurse and school administrators, is continuing its work on recommendations for reopening schools. They are using guidance from resources such as the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Arizona’s Roadmap for Reopening Schools and local, state and national health agencies.
    • We would like to thank all our families and students who participated in our survey on reopening schools. We had 2,873 responses submitted. The Reopening Task Force has reviewed the survey results, including all the individual comments, and your feedback is being used to help inform our decisions on reopening.
    • Although the Reopening Task Force has not finished its work, we do want students/families to know now that we will be offering an online learning option for students/families who desire to continue learning remotely when the school year begins.
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  • The Reopening Task Force is still meeting and discussing concerns and opinions expressed in the survey. We will be sending more detailed information to you later this month regarding our plans for the upcoming school year.
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Thank you.

Additional updates can be found here:

https://facebook.com/GUHSDAZ

https://twitter.com/GlendaleUnionAZ









June 15, 2020 
– The following information was sent to all 2020 graduates and their parents/guardians via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Class of 2020 and GUHSD Class of 2020 Parents/Guardians,

When we sent our graduation survey we were hopeful that the COVID-19 cases would decline, and that our state would be moved into Phase II so we could safely hold a traditional, in-person graduation at an indoor venue or on our schools’ football fields. Unfortunately, Arizona does not meet the gating criteria to move into Phase II.

Current recommendations for Phase I from local, state and national health agencies do not allow us to have a mass gathering. We are disappointed and saddened that we are not authorized to proceed with a large ceremony at an indoor venue or on our schools’ football fields.

Please see the following survey results that will guide our next steps:

Total responses: 1,923
Graduates: 1,102 (57.31%)
Parents/guardians: 821 (42.69%)

Question 1
Total responses: 1,901

I prefer to participate in/attend a traditional in-person graduation ceremony on the school’s football field on June 29 and/or June 30 (2 guest tickets for each graduate).
Football field – 713 (37.5%)

I prefer to participate in/attend a traditional in-person graduation ceremony with limited seating if an indoor venue can be secured for the end of June or the beginning of July.
Indoor venue – 922 (48.5%)

I prefer NOT to participate in and/or attend any additional graduation ceremonies.
No participation – 266 (14%)

Question 2
Total responses: 1,883

I prefer to walk across the stage and/or have my son/daughter walk across the stage in June dressed in cap and gown for a private and individual celebration with family present in the auditorium of my school. The student’s name would be announced as they walk across the stage and a professional photographer would take their picture. Families would be able to film and take pictures.
Walk across stage – 868 (46.1%)

I prefer to wait until fall of the 2020-2021 school year to see if restrictions are lifted, authorizing us to have a traditional in-person graduation.
Wait until fall – 681 (36.16%)

I prefer NOT to participate in and/or attend any additional graduation ceremonies.
No participation – 334 (17.74%)

The survey results indicate that most respondents would prefer to have a graduation at an indoor venue. However, current health guidelines do not allow us to proceed with this ceremony.

Since the in-person graduation cannot be held, the next option preferred by the respondents is:

I prefer to walk across the stage and/or have my son/daughter walk across the stage in June dressed in cap and gown for a private and individual celebration with family present in the auditorium of my school. The student’s name would be announced as they walk across the stage and a professional photographer would take their picture. Families would be able to film and take pictures.

We anticipate the next opportunity to celebrate our graduates will happen in July. You will be receiving additional information on how your school plans to proceed with the individual graduation celebration in your school’s auditorium.

Thank you for your continued patience, support and understanding as we continue planning our final celebration for the GUHSD Class of 2020.












May 29, 2020 
– The following information was sent to all parents and 2020 graduates via email.


Dear Class of 2020 & Class of 2020 Parents/Guardians,

We have sent you an email that contains the 2020 Graduation Survey, which will allow you to share your input for in-person graduation ceremonies. Parents/Guardians - please check your personal email for the survey. Graduates - you can find the survey in your school email. We ask that you complete the survey no later than Thursday, June 4.

Thank you.










May 22, 2020
 – The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

As another school year comes to a close, we would like to express our appreciation for GUHSD students and staff. Despite the numerous challenges we faced, students and staff worked together to make the final nine weeks a success. Also, we want to express our gratitude to parents and guardians for supporting their children, our teachers and the district during this time. We thank you for your input, patience and understanding as we worked through the end of the school year together.

Although the school year just concluded, we have been planning for the summer and for next year and would like to share our progress with you. Please see below for several important updates:

GRADUATION:

Thousands of students, family members and friends tuned in to watch the virtual graduation ceremonies. The live events served as another special way for schools to honor GUHSD seniors and to express how much we care about them. We are proud of the GUHSD Class of 2020 and look forward to watching them walk across the stage in the near future.

Next week we will be emailing the GUHSD Class of 2020 and their parents a survey to solicit input about in-person graduations. NOTE: Seniors, the survey will be sent to your school email address.


SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM:

The USDA allows us to continue with our free meal program through the summer. Beginning May 26, our Grab-and-Go Meal Service will be available Monday-Thursday from 8-10 a.m. at all nine of our schools: Apollo, Cortez, Glendale, Greenway, Independence, Moon Valley, Sunnyslope, Thunderbird and Washington.

    • Free meals will be served to any child 18 and younger
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    • No paperwork is required
    • Children must be present
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    • Meals include breakfast and lunch (provided at the same visit)

    • Double meals will be provided on Thursdays to last the remainder of the week


REOPENING OF SCHOOLS:

Welcoming back our students for a new school year in a safe environment is a top priority for the district. In order to accomplish this, we have formed a GUHSD Reopening Task Force. The task force has representation from all schools and is composed of parents, students, teachers, a social worker, a nurse and school administrators. The work of the task force will be supported by federal, state and local guidelines.

In closing, we look forward to our seniors having the opportunity to walk across the stage in the near future. We are also looking forward to updating you later this summer about the plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you again for your continued support. We wish you a safe and healthy summer.











May 13, 2020 –The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians,

We want to provide you with a brief update regarding our district/schools after receiving word that Governor Ducey’s stay-at-home order expires on May 15, 2020 and that Arizona has met federal guidelines to enter Phase 1 of reopening.

Entering Phase 1 does not change our current plans for the end-of-school-year processes or graduation. We will proceed with the following previously communicated steps:

    • Remote teaching and learning will continue for all underclassmen through May 20.
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    • Students will continue following the end-of-year check-in process to return Chromebooks and other school items loaned to them. Please contact your school for more information.
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    • Online summer school registration is now open through May 22.
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    • Virtual graduation will continue as planned on May 20, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. (Note: We are still pursuing options for an in-person graduation, knowing strict, physical distancing guidelines remain in place. As previously communicated, we will be soliciting input from the GUHSD Class of 2020 and their families before finalizing any future in-person graduation plans.)
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We thank you for your continued support and understanding during this time. When we receive additional guidance from the Governor and CDC/health agencies, we will provide another update.










May 4, 2020 –The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

Good afternoon GUHSD Parents/Guardians,

Based on some feedback we’ve received about the graduation update we posted Friday, we would like to clarify some points. The intent of our message was to convey that we are still exploring where and when we could have an in-person event, and have decided to do a virtual graduation now as a special way to celebrate our seniors the week they would have graduated.

Our seniors have endured significant disappointment and challenges at the end of their final year, and we feel they deserve to be celebrated more than a typical senior class. A virtual graduation is a way to provide that extra recognition our seniors deserve. It is not a replacement for a traditional graduation, rather a special way to honor our seniors until we are able to provide the class of 2020 and their families an in-person graduation. Please see the following points for further clarification:  

    • IN-PERSON GRADUATION: We agree that an in-person graduation is what the class of 2020 and their families deserve. Although we are not able to provide one at this time due to the current restrictions, we are still actively seeking a venue to hold an in-person graduation after restrictions are lifted. In addition to an off-site venue, we are also considering the option of hosting graduations at our schools after restrictions are lifted.  
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    • OTHER OPTIONS/SUGGESTIONS FOR A MODIFIED GRADUATION: We are not able to have a graduation on the football field at this time. Even if we were to focus on spacing, social distancing, and limiting the number of family members attending, we are not permitted to gather a crowd that size. The same holds true for a large venue. We could find a way to meet the social distance requirements in a large venue but would not be compliant with the current restrictions on gathering a large group. 
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    • OTHER DISTRICTS’ ANNOUNCEMENTS ON GRADUATION DATES: We are aware other districts announced that they have a venue reserved for the last week of June. They have dates scheduled but make qualifying remarks such as “if feasible” when discussing the graduations taking place. Their comments highlight the reality that restrictions might cause those ceremonies to be postponed again. They are in the same position as GUHSD and every other district in the state. We all must follow the same restrictions and guidelines that have been implemented by health agencies and the Governor.
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    • GRADUATION INPUT/SURVEY: GUHSD did not survey parents and/or students about the virtual graduation celebration. In our most recent communication, we stated that we heard from and listened to parents, guardians, students, and GUHSD Staff who reached out to us to provide an opinion. Furthermore, we stated that we would be soliciting input from parents/students before finalizing any future in-person graduation plans, which has always been our intent. Although the Governor gave an update today about a plan to reopen businesses, guidance that specifies when large crowds can gather has not been provided. We will reach out to parents and students with a survey about in-person graduation options after receiving additional guidance from health agencies and the Governor.
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    • VIRTUAL GRADUATION CELEBRATION: Recognizing the restrictions could remain in place for several more weeks, or even months, we did not want to miss the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate our seniors as they end their high school career with us. As mentioned, we feel they deserve as much recognition as we can give them. When planning a virtual graduation, we viewed it as something special we could do for seniors at this time, knowing we still have the same opportunity as other districts to have a postponed celebration in the near future.


We understand the importance of GUHSD Parents/Guardians getting to have the proud moment of their teen walking across the stage in a cap and gown, and we feel our students should get to experience that important milestone with family there to support them. Our message on Friday was meant to convey that we want to honor seniors now with a virtual graduation and then find a way to honor our graduates in person again after restrictions are lifted.  

In closing, we want to express that we care deeply about our students. The class of 2020 has endured significant change, challenges, and disappointment at the end of their senior year. GUHSD is extremely proud of the class of 2020 for persevering through these very difficult times. We look forward to celebrating our seniors on May 20 and then again when we can give them a traditional graduation in person.   

We will be providing GUHSD families an update after May 15. In the meantime, please feel free to email us with any questions or concerns at prdept@guhsdaz.org. Thank you.


Additional updates can be found here:

https://facebook.com/GUHSDAZ

https://twitter.com/GlendaleUnionAZ











May 1, 2020 –The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians,

As you are aware, on April 29, 2020, Governor Ducey announced an extension of the stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic through May 15, 2020. Now knowing that social distancing guidelines and restrictions on the gathering of large crowds have not been lifted, we are prepared to proceed with graduation plans.

Background and Suggestions

As stated in our last parent communication, the district has been exploring alternate graduation ceremony options following the cancelation of our previously scheduled commencement ceremonies at the GCU Arena. Many of you sent us your suggestions and ideas on how we might proceed with recognizing our graduates. We thank you for taking time to reach out to us.

We have listened to parents, guardians, students and GUHSD staff, and agree that the preferred way to honor our graduates is with a traditional graduation ceremony.

However, local, state and federal guidelines regarding social distancing and mass gatherings continue to prevent the district from proceeding with that option at this time.

Timeline of Graduations

We are aware that postponing graduation to a later date is an option; however, we have decided to honor our graduates immediately following the end of this school year for a few reasons:

    • There is a possibility that the current restrictions against large gatherings could remain in place the entire summer, thereby preventing our graduates from receiving the timely recognition they deserve.
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    • Many of our graduates will be leaving for the military and/or moving out of state to attend college, which would not allow them to participate in a postponed ceremony.


We know how important graduation is, not only to our students, but also to family and friends. That is why we are committed to making sure our seniors experience a graduation ceremony the same week it was originally scheduled to be held.

To support this approach of honoring our graduates in a timely manner, we want to inform you that each of our schools will be holding a virtual graduation ceremony on May 20, 2020.

Details of the Virtual Graduation Ceremonies


    • Each school’s ceremony will follow the format of our traditional graduation, including student speeches, principal remarks and governing board confirmation of the graduates. In addition, there will be individual recognition of each graduate when their name and picture are displayed to highlight this amazing milestone in their academic career.
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    • This format will allow family and friends in any part of the world to experience your teen’s graduation, despite the current travel and crowd-size restrictions.
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    • Virtual graduation ceremonies will take place on May 20, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
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    • Links to view the ceremonies will be shared with students and families next week and will remain posted after May 20.


Significance of Graduation Date and Time

    • The 20th was selected to symbolize the Class of 2020.
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    • The start time of each graduation will allow the ceremony to conclude by 8:20 p.m., which is 2020 in military time and another way to pay tribute to this year’s graduating class.


Future Recognition and Final Thoughts

Although we have chosen to honor the achievements of our 2020 graduates with a virtual graduation, which will provide a timely, culminating event to commemorate this important milestone, we are still considering other ways to honor our graduates in the near future.


We want to honor graduates in person, but being able to proceed with any in-person event or celebration for our graduates is contingent on large gatherings being permitted. When restrictions are lifted we will solicit input from students and families before finalizing plans for future recognition of graduates.

In closing, we want to acknowledge the impact COVID-19 is having on the end of your teen’s high school career and express our appreciation for how they are persevering through this extremely challenging time. The situation has brought many difficulties and disappointments, including not being able to have a traditional graduation ceremony at this time. Despite the numerous setbacks, students have displayed remarkable courage and resiliency, and we are so proud of the class of 2020. We look forward to celebrating their many accomplishments on May 20.

Additional updates can be found here:

https://facebook.com/GUHSDAZ

https://twitter.com/GlendaleUnionAZ











April 17, 2020–The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians,

As we near the last month of the 2019-2020 school year, we wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with important information related to the end-of-the-year schedule.

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL:


SENIORS: May 15 

FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES, & JUNIORS: May 20


By the last day of school, students will complete their final exams/assignments, and their final tasks will be completing the end-of-the-year check-in process.

FINAL EXAMS/ASSIGNMENTS:

Below are the dates for final exams/assignments. Teachers will be providing students with more information during their remote classes.

SENIORS: May 5-8 

FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES, & JUNIORS: May 12-15

END-OF-THE-YEAR CHECK IN:

All students are required to turn in all district-issued computers, calculators, textbooks, uniforms, instruments, etc. and pay all fines/fees by the dates below. Graduation caps and gowns will be distributed to seniors on these days as well. Specific details regarding the check-in process will be forthcoming from your school.

SENIORS: May 8 & May 11-15 

FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES, & JUNIORS: May 15 & May 18-20

GRADUATION CEREMONIES:

We know there are many questions about the possible changes to the dates and location of our graduation ceremonies, however, at this time we do not have all the guidance and information we need to make a final decision. We expect to have an update by April 30 regarding whether social distancing guidelines and the stay-at-home order will be extended, lifted or modified.

If restrictions are lifted, and if local, state, and national health agencies deem it safe to hold large gatherings, then it is still possible that we will be able to have traditional graduation ceremonies. Please remember, this would be contingent upon accomplishing the difficult task of securing another venue since our previously scheduled location canceled all events at that site. We are currently checking into availability at multiple venues throughout the valley and the logistics of using our own school facilities.

If the restrictions prohibiting us from holding large gatherings are not lifted, or if the likelihood of them being lifted is minimal, then we will continue exploring other options. Many universities and high schools across the country are choosing to hold virtual graduations. We are currently considering this option as well. We will update you when the Governor and the other appropriate health agencies provide us more guidance.

The decision to hold traditional or virtual graduation ceremonies, and the dates and locations will be announced as soon as we have all the guidance and information we need to make a final decision.

In closing, we ask that you continue partnering with us by encouraging your teen(s) to stay engaged with their remote- learning classes over the next few weeks. This unique opportunity allows all our students to not only improve their grades but help them become better prepared as they take the next step in their educational career.

Thank you for your continued support.

See here for additional updates:

https://facebook.com/GUHSDAZ

https://twitter.com/GlendaleUnionAZ











April 8, 2020 –The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Thank you to all our parents and guardians for keeping your teens focused and on track with school. Our standard of excellence continues and our expectation is for all our students to continue engaging remotely in the classes they were attending before the COVID-19 pandemic. Although there is a non-punitive approach to grading, due to the current circumstances, it is imperative that students continue their education in order to be fully prepared to enter into the 2020-2021 school year and beyond.

Academic and college/career benefits to students include the following:

    • Earn credits needed for graduation
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    • Solidify academic skills
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    • Master academic content
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    • Improve grades to increase grade point average and earn scholarships
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    • Improve grades to gain entrance into college/university
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    • Earn college credits
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    • Connect and collaborate with peers
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    • Engage in enrichment activities
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    • Improve twenty-first century technology skills
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    • Become better prepared for a highly competitive job market


As our remote instruction continues, it is important to know our teachers are here - here to teach, support and encourage your teen as they continue their high school career. We appreciate your support in encouraging your teen to take full advantage of the educational opportunities being provided. 

See here for additional updates: 

https://facebook.com/GUHSDAZ

https://twitter.com/GlendaleUnionAZ










April 5, 2020– The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear Parents & Guardians,

As you are aware, Governor Ducey announced on Monday that schools across the state are to remain closed for the rest of the school year to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our students, staff, and families are paramount, and while our school buildings will remain closed through the end of the school year, that does not mean our work is done.

GUHSD’s Remote Learning plan began this week. Teachers across the district provided students with opportunities to continue building academic skills while earning credits toward graduation. As well, students were able to access resources for remediation, grade improvement and enrichment, all through a virtual format. Although we are happy with the progress we have made in this short amount of time, we recognize there is still much more to be done. We appreciate your patience as our work continues.

As we are ending this week, we wanted to provide you with a few updates and answers to some of your lingering questions.

Testing

    • District testing has been canceled for the 2019-2020 school year.
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    • State testing has been canceled for the 2019-2020 school year.
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AIA Events

    • Per AIA, the remainder of the AIA spring season and championships have been canceled.
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Proms

    • Due to the continuing public health threat posed by COVID-19 and the recommendations from the AZ Department of Health Services pertaining to gatherings larger than 10, we have made the difficult decision to cancel proms. For schools who have already sold prom tickets, a process to issue refunds will be developed and that information will be sent to parents soon.


Over the next seven weeks we will continue providing educational opportunities while engaging and supporting students. We will provide updates to you via email, phone dialer and social media. As always, thank you for your continued support and patience as we work together during this time.

Updates can be found at: 

https://facebook.com/GUHSDAZ

https://twitter.com/GlendaleUnionAZ











March 30, 2020– The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians,

In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman extended school closures until the end of the school year for all Arizona schools. This message does NOT affect our remote learning plan which began today. GUHSD will continue our remote learning plan through the end of the school year. This plan allows students to continue building academic skills while accessing opportunities for remediation, grade improvement and enrichment activities. Our plan also allows students to continue to earn credits toward graduation.

Our teachers will continue communicating with all students. Our counselors will remain in contact with our seniors throughout this time. Our schools will also proceed with the free Grab-and-Go Meal Service at our nine comprehensive schools, and will continue working with students needing computers. In addition, our administrative teams will continue searching for alternatives for graduation ceremonies and proms.

Although we don’t have all the answers to your questions, please know we are working to provide you with those answers. We thank you for your continued support and patience.

Updates can be found at:

https://facebook.com/GUHSDAZ

https://twitter.com/GlendaleUnionAZ











March 26, 2020 – The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Glendale Union High School District is proud to continue student learning opportunities during school closures. Our students will continue building academic skills while accessing opportunities for remediation, grade improvement and enrichment activities. This remote instruction will allow our students to continue earning credits toward graduation.

Tomorrow, Friday, March 27, your local school will email you and your teen more information about the new instructional approach we will use during school closures. It will include the following:

    • Details about what to expect for Monday, March 30
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    • A class schedule for the week
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    • Expectations for students
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    • Phone numbers/email addresses for students needing support (academic, technology, social/emotional, etc.)
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    • Technology requirements for online learning


Next week our teachers will continue communicating with all students. Our counselors will remain in contact with our seniors throughout the school closures to help them stay on track to graduate. Our schools will also proceed with the free Grab-and-Go Meal Service. Additionally, our schools' administrative teams will continue working with students who need a computer for remote learning.

In closing, we understand there is uncertainty regarding a number of issues related to the school closures. We will continue to provide you with the latest information and updates via email, phone dialer and our social media sites. Your ongoing support and understanding is greatly appreciated as we work through this challenging time together.

Updates can be found at:

https://facebook.com/GUHSDAZ

https://twitter.com/GlendaleUnionAZ










March 24, 2020– The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

Today we wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to our families and provide you some important information pertaining to our plan to resume instruction during the mandated school closures.

School Closures & Instruction:

As you have already heard, our schools, like others across the state, are closed through April 10.

Instruction and class assignments will resume remotely beginning the week of March 30.

Online enrichment resources are now available here for all students.

Computer Check-out:

Beginning Thursday, March 26, schools will be checking out devices to students who do not have a computer at home.

More information regarding computer checkout procedures will be emailed to parents/guardians directly from your school on Wednesday, March 25. 

Internet Access: Remote instruction will require access to the internet.

For families needing internet service:

Cox Communications is offering free internet service for a limited time. More information about this service can be found here: https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html 


Century link is offering low-cost internet. More information can be found here: https://www.centurylink.com/aboutus/community/community-development/lifeline.html

Upcoming Calls & Communication:

Please expect to receive a call from your teen’s third-hour teacher this week. They will be calling to check-in on your family and your high school student.

Counselors will also begin calling to touch base with our seniors.

School administration can be contacted directly by phone or email. Click here to access phone numbers and email addresses.

Available Now:

Our Grab-and-Go Meal Service is being provided at all nine of our comprehensive high schools for individuals 18 and younger, Monday-Friday, from 9-11 a.m.
  

In closing, we thank you for your continued patience as we work through these challenging times. As our planning progresses, we will continue to send you updates. Please know we still don’t have all the answers, but be assured we are here to support you and your teen through this process. Thank you. 

Updates can be found at the following sites:

https://facebook.com/GUHSDAZ

https://twitter.com/GlendaleUnionAZ











March 20, 2020– The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

As we end this week we wanted to provide you a few updates/reminders pertaining to our school closures:

    • NEW: All GUHSD schools will be closed March 23-April 10, 2020. Governor Ducey & Superintendent Hoffman released a statement today announcing the extension of mandated school closures.
    • Online enrichment resources can be located here for students who would like to use them during the week of March 23. Students needing paper copies can request them by emailing their school beginning Monday.

    • March 30: Instruction will resume remotely. Next week the district will communicate a detailed plan to parents/guardians regarding how we will resume instruction remotely for ALL students.

     

    • Free grab-and-go meals will be provided to children 18 and younger from March 23-April 10 at all nine of our comprehensive high schools between 9-11 a.m.
    • Students and families needing assistance can communicate with the school or district office by phone or email beginning Monday, March 23.


We are here to support our students and families during this time. We encourage you to regularly check the district’s website, social media sites, and your email for continued updates.

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March 18, 2020– The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

School districts throughout the state, including GUHSD, are waiting for updates from the legislature and the Governor regarding the budget and the length of the school closure. The legislature is currently working on the issue and the Governor’s office is expected to provide additional information on school closures by March 22. These updates will allow us to provide our school community with additional information. Please know that as soon as we have updates, we will pass them on to you. For now, here is a summary of the topics we can address at this time:

School and District Office Closure

    • All GUHSD schools and the district office will be closed through March 27, 2020.
    • Students and families needing assistance will still be able to communicate with school and district office personnel by phone or email, beginning Monday, March 23.
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 Academic Support for Students

    • On Monday, March 23, the District will be posting enrichment activities, test preparation practices and resources for students who wish to use them during the week of March 23-27.  If students do not have internet access or a device at home, they can request paper copies of some of the materials.
    • If the school closure is extended, the District will communicate a detailed plan to our GUHSD community regarding how we will resume instruction remotely.
    • The plan will involve how we educate and support ALL students. 

 State and National Testing

    • We expect notification soon as to whether state testing will be postponed or cancelled.
    • ACT and SAT testing will be postponed.  More information will follow.
    • The College Board is currently developing a plan to allow students to take AP exams. More information will follow.
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 Food and Medication

 

    • Beginning Monday, March 23, breakfast and lunch will be available to children and students ages 18 and under at each one of our nine comprehensive campuses. 

     

    • For now, food will be dispersed via a drive-up/drive-through/grab-and-go model.
    • Both breakfast and lunch can be picked up at the same time Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

     

    • Families needing to pick up medication from the nurse’s office will call the school front office to do so.

 
Graduation

    • When instruction resumes, students will have the opportunity to continue earning the same number of credits they were earning before the school closure.  Students meeting all graduation requirements by the end the final school day for seniors will be eligible to receive their GUHSD diploma.
    • We are currently working on a plan for graduation ceremonies, as the site of our graduations, Grand Canyon University, announced yesterday that all events on their campus will be cancelled for the academic year.
    • If we are permitted to gather large crowds by graduation time, we will communicate a new plan for graduation ceremonies. 

 
Proms

    • There is a strong possibility that proms will be cancelled. 

    • We will provide an update on the status of proms as soon as we have more information on the length of the school closures and a status update on authorization for large crowds to gather.

 
Rentals

    • The District has cancelled all facility rentals at this time.
    • We expect to be able to reopen our rental process at the end of the school closures.


In closing, we want to acknowledge that the uncertainty of this situation can cause feelings of stress and uneasiness. Know that GUHSD faculty, staff and administration are here to support our students and families.

Additional questions can be emailed to prdept@guhsdaz.org.











March 16, 2020 – The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

Governor Ducey and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced yesterday afternoon that all Arizona schools will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school closures for GUHSD will result in this week’s spring break being extended an additional week.

During the shutdown, all school-related activities will be suspended. This includes all extra-curricular activities, performances, and all other school-sponsored events. Beginning today, all athletic practices and games will also be suspended. The Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board announced this morning that, effective immediately, there will not be any official interscholastic competitions played through Saturday, March 28.

Last week we made the decision to suspend all out-of-state travel until further notice. We now have suspended all in-state travel as well.

We anticipate more information in the coming days from state and federal agencies to be able to answer questions relating to state and national exams, meals for students, learning opportunities during the closure, and the school calendar.

Although our facilities will be closed to the public, we will remain responsive to our community.  District leadership will be in constant communication with county, state, and federal agencies as the situation evolves. GUHSD will be providing updates to our school community throughout the week on the district’s website, social media, and by email. While our phone response will be limited during the school closures, you can email us at prdept@guhsdaz.org.











March 13, 2020– The following information was sent to all GUHSD parents via email and phone dialer:

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians,

District leadership continues to closely monitor updates from federal, state, and local health agencies regarding COVID-19. Additionally, we are engaged in a detailed and extensive process of decision making and planning. As you have seen this week, the situation is dynamic and as it changes, so do our decisions and plans. Although adjustments to these plans and decisions are expected, we want to provide an update on our current status in the following areas:  


School Closures

    • We are not closing schools at this time, as The Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health are not recommending school closures.

     

    • Acknowledging that future school closures are a possibility, we are planning for that scenario.

     

    • Students took a short survey in English classes today to determine the number of students who do not have internet access or a device at home. The survey results will provide the data we need to finalize our academic plans in the event of school closures.

     

    • Part of our planning for the possibility of school closures is deciding the best method to continue providing breakfast and lunch to students participating in the free and reduced lunch program. Our plan will ensure that our students have the supports and resources they need.     


Travel 

    • We made the difficult decision to cancel all out-of-state travel until further notice.

     

    • The possibility of in-state travel restrictions is currently being discussed.


Athletics

    • We are not canceling regular season AIA events at this time, as The Arizona Department of Health Services is not recommending that we cancel after-school activities. This decision will be reevaluated on an ongoing basis.

     

    • We are currently discussing participation in large invitational events or tournaments.


Large Events and Gatherings

    • We are still considering whether large events such as prom, concerts, assemblies, performances and graduations will take place. Should we have to modify or cancel any events, updates will be provided.

     

    • Other possible modifications or cancellations being discussed include workshops, facility rentals and spectators attending athletic events.


Cleaning and Disinfecting

    • Extra supplies such as sanitizers and cleaning/disinfecting supplies were purchased and distributed to schools.

     

    • Our recent cleaning protocols include disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. Maintenance and custodial staff have been diligent in keeping surfaces in common areas clean throughout the day, and disinfecting hard surfaces in classrooms each night.

     

    • Buses start each day clean, and the seats and surfaces are disinfected each night.

     

    • Chromebooks are scheduled to be cleaned during spring break.


Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to Reduce Spread of Respiratory Illness like COVID-19:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

     

    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.

     

    • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

     

    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

     

    • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

     

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
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Links for More Information and Updates:

Although there are many decisions left to finalize, please be assured that we will be prepared for any scenario. As always, our students, faculty/staff and community will be our focus as we make decisions associated with COVID-19. We will provide updates to you via email, district social media, and the district website as we monitor updates from health agencies and make additional decisions. Thank you for your flexibility and your support as we work through this challenging situation together.  

If you have questions, please email them to prdept@guhsdaz.org










March 12, 2020 – The following information was sent to all GUHSD parents via email and phone dialer:

The Glendale Union High School District continues to monitor the COVID-19 developments and we are working closely with our academic and community partners. We are following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health agencies and will make timely changes based on updates.

Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of our students and staff, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all out-of-state travel until further notice. 

As of this moment, trips and athletic events within our state will continue as planned.

Sponsors will be contacting students and parents and will be working with vendors on rescheduling trips and/or trip refunds.

Although our district and schools have enhanced our cleaning protocol, over spring break additional cleaning will occur at our schools in order to ensure a healthy and safe learning environment. 

This remains a fluid situation and we continue to monitor it day-by-day. We will continue to follow the recommendations and guidelines from the CDC and local health agencies regarding COVID-19, and we will keep you updated with any developments that might impact our community or schools.

Additional information about COVID-19 can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health










March 4, 2020 – The following information was sent to all GUHSD parents via the March parent email blast:

As you may know, respiratory illnesses, such as the flu, are higher than normal this year and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, and the Governor’s Office recently provided updates regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Please know that we are monitoring the spread of this infectious disease closely, alongside these agencies. In addition, local officials assure us that the risk in our community, at this time, is low.

This is a good time to review preventative measures we can all take to stop the spread of respiratory viruses. It is recommended that you:

    • conduct frequent hand washing;

     

    • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;

     

    • avoid close contact with people who are sick;

     

    • stay home when you are sick; and

     

    • keep children with a fever above 100.0 home until they are fever-free for 24-hours.


We will continue to remain in close contact with county and state health officials regarding COVID-19, and we will keep you updated with any developments that might impact our community or schools.

Additional information can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.



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