Principal Communication

Principal Communication
Posted on 2020/07/01
Principal CommunicationPlease click here for a COVID-19 update pertaining to our school and the district. 


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.











April 10, 2020
 - Dear GUHSD 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
  • Solidify academic skills
  • Master academic content
  • Improve grades to increase grade point average and earn scholarships
  • Improve grades to gain entrance into college/university
  • Earn college credits
  • Connect and collaborate with peers
  • Engage in enrichment activities
  • Improve twenty-first century technology skills
  • 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://www.guhsdaz.org/news/what_s_new/c_o_v_i_d-19_information

https://facebook.com/GUHSDAZ

https://twitter.com/GlendaleUnionAZ





April 9, 2020
- Greetings Indy community.

In an effort to provide an update, we wanted to share with you important information for the structure of next week.

Monday, March 30th:
· Teachers will initiate contact with students in all of their classes.
· Students will receive an email, or a text through platforms like Remind 101 or Canvas.
· At this time, teachers will also provide directions for how classes will proceed electronically, which will begin on Tuesday.
· Students will be asked to respond to the teacher contact as a way of taking attendance for the first day.

Class schedule:
· Beginning March 30

Expectations for students:
· Log in to assigned classes, as directed by the teacher.
· Communicate with your teachers, as directed by the teacher.
· Complete the weekly assignments to build your academic skills. 
· Take advantage of the provided enrichment resources.

Supports for students:
· For technical support with district-issued computers, call Ms. Brown at 623-435-6153.
· For academic support, email your teacher.
· For social/emotional support, contact Ms. Lynch at 623-435-6170 or email barbara.lynch@guhsdaz.org and/or the following crisis support agencies.
· For students receiving SPED Services and 504 Plans, click here

Technology for online learning:
· Students will need access to a computer and the internet to continue learning remotely.
· Students who need a computer can arrange for pick up from the school by contacting robert.ambrose@guhsdaz.org 
· Free or low-cost internet service can be arranged by contacting providers here.

Questions/Additional help: 
·Robert.Ambrose@guhsdaz.org or 623-435-6100

Once again, thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work through these challenges together.