Communication Updates

This page will be updated frequently as more information becomes available.

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For the most recent information from Vail School District, visit the health and school opening page at the link below

Vail School District – Health and School Opening Updates

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April 18, 2021

Dear Parents,

The end of our school year is rapidly approaching, and we are deep into planning for next school year. Unless there are unforeseen events, it is our expectation that next school year will be a return to a full slate of normal schedules and activities. It is our intent to open the school year in July with full five day-a-week schedules across our sites.

For parents who prefer remote instruction, we will have four distinct options available through our Vail Innovation Center (VIC). One of these options will be Vail Virtual Live which will replace the current Brick-to-Click remote model. If you or anyone you know is interested in remote learning, please see the attached flyer from VIC.

As we plan for next year, we also want to hear from you. I, along with our Governing Board, will be hosting a series of town halls to have an opportunity to listen and get your feedback on critical issues moving forward. There will be three in-person town hall dates and one Zoom date. Due to space restrictions, we are asking you to please RSVP for the events. All events will start at 6:00PM. The dates and locations are as follows:

Thursday, April 22nd @ Andrada Polytechnic High School

Monday, April 26th @ Cienega High School

Wednesday, April 28th @ Mica Mountain High School

Tuesday, May 4th – Virtual via Zoom

Attached below is a flyer with additional details.

You can register here
https://forms.gle/6KLbvpiwzqaAnLbw6

If you have any questions, please respond to newschoolyear@vailschooldistrict.org

Thank you,
John Carruth

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March 5, 2021

Dear Parents,

At a special meeting of the Vail Governing Board yesterday evening, plans to expand in-person instruction were discussed and approved.

The following will begin on March 22, 2021:

  • All schools will continue with the current start and end times to the day.
  • Elementary schools will return to in-person instruction five days a week.
  • Middle and high schools will return to in-person instruction four days a week, Monday through Thursday, with Fridays remaining asynchronous.
  • Brick to Click instruction will continue for families who need that option.

More information will be coming from your child’s school regarding the specific details of these plans at their respective schools. If you have any questions after you receive those details, please email newschoolyear@vailschooldistrict.org.

Thank you for your continued support. Please have a safe and wonderful spring break.

John Carruth
Superintendent

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February 23, 2021

Dear Parents,

As conditions surrounding COVID-19 are improving, we are making plans to expand in-person instruction.

The following is being considered with tentative plans to begin on March 22, 2021:

  • All schools will continue with the current start and end times to the day.
  • Elementary schools will return to in-person instruction five days a week.
  • Middle and high schools will return to in-person instruction four days a week, Monday through Thursday, with Fridays remaining asynchronous.

We are also planning to maintain Brick to Click instruction for families who need that option.

You can expect more details coming from your child’s school in the coming days regarding the specifics of these plans at their respective school. Your child’s school will also contact you regarding your preference for in-person instruction or Brick-to-Click instruction.

Once these plans have been finalized, I will make a recommendation to our Governing Board for consideration. I expect this final decision to take place no later than at our regularly scheduled board meeting on March 9th.

If you have any further questions after you hear from your child’s school, please feel free to email newschoolyear@vailschooldistrict.org.

Thank you for your continued support.

John Carruth
Superintendent

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February 17, 2021

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January 21, 2021

Dear Desert Sky Families,

I hope that this letter finds you and your family healthy and safe. Thank you for your continued support during the past three weeks of Remote Instruction.

Yesterday, you should have received an email from our Superintendent, Mr. John Carruth indicating that all Pre-K-8 schools will return to Hybrid learning on Monday, January 25th.

I would also like to remind you of some of the mitigation measures in place to keep our students, staff, and community safe.

We are limiting the size of student groups.
Students remain with the same cohort of students throughout the day.
Classrooms and common spaces are sanitized frequently.
Students are distanced while on campus.
Frequent hand washing and/or sanitizing is encouraged throughout the day.

If you or any of your household members become ill, or show any symptoms, please notify our front office immediately and keep your child home. Please remember to do daily self-health checks and watch for any symptoms that may indicate an illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea). Planned and unplanned absences should be reported to our attendance clerk at 897-2702 or via email at wactord@vailschooldistrict.org.

As a reminder, teachers are available for office hours from 2:00-3:00 Monday through Thursday. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain a deeper understanding of the content, ask questions, and connect with their teachers.

Thank you again for continuing to support our staff who are working so hard and being flexible and resilient during these challenging times. We look forward to seeing our young Cougars. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Rebecca Marsh
Principal

 

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January 20, 2021

Dear Parents and Families,

Yesterday afternoon the Vail Governing Board approved a return to hybrid instruction for all Pre-K-8 schools and Vail Academy and High School on Monday, January 25th and all high schools on Monday, February 8th.

Parent and staff input was thoughtfully considered along with four important factors to make this decision including Pima County Health Department metrics (PCHD), guidance from PCHD, very low virus transmission rates on our campuses, and staff availability.

You can expect additional information about the return to hybrid learning from the principal at your child’s school within the next few days.

Thank you,
John Carruth
Superintendent

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January 18, 2021

Dear Parents and Families,

After careful consideration I will be recommending to the Vail Governing Board that they approve a return to hybrid instruction for all Pre-K-8 schools and Vail Academy and High School on Monday, January 25th.

In an effort to stagger the return, I will  also recommend that all high schools return to hybrid instruction on Monday, February 8th.

Staffing schools with many on quarantine has been one of the most difficult challenges of the last several months. Staggering the opening will help assure we have enough staff, bus drivers, and substitute teachers to keep schools open.

The Vail Governing Board is holding a special meeting Tuesday at 3:00 PM to discuss and take action on these recommendations.

If you have any further questions, please email newschoolyear@vailschooldistrict.org.

Our strong mitigation strategies will continue to be used moving forward. Further, if someone in your household is sick with COVID or experiencing COVID like symptoms, notify the respective school and please keep your student home.

Thank you again, for your continued support.

John Carruth
Superintendent

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