Arizona Parent & Caretaker Toolkit for Distance Learning

  • The Arizona Department of Education announced the creation of a Parent and Caretaker Toolkit for Distance Learning, a new resource to help families during COVID19.  The toolkit was created by the ADE Technology Task Force to help parents and caregivers navigate their student's learning environment.

Attendance / Participation Requirements During Distance Learning

  • The AZ Department of Education has allowed school districts and charter schools flexibility to design attendance tracking procedures to connect their unique distance learning models to existing attendance systems during distance learning.

    According to the SUSD District Distance Learning Plan, attendance is based on DAILY participation. Attendance will be recorded weekly for all work completed from Monday at 12:01 AM through Sunday at 11:59 PM.  Participation includes but is not limited to completing course required activities like:

    • Lectures
    • Discussions
    • Labs
    • Activities
    • Assessments
    • Videos
    • Assignments

    Participation and activities for distance learning are delivered through Google Classroom, Google Apps, and other means such as phone calls, recorded lessons, and hard copy packets.

    Attendance will be finalized every Monday for the previous week so students will have until Sunday at 11:59 PM to submit any assignments associated with participation.  

    • On a weekly basis, teachers will mark credit for daily attendance in PowerTeacher with the following codes:
      • DLP = Distance Learning PRESENT
      • DLA = Distance Learning ABSENT (unexcused unless parent calls the office).
    • ALL ATTENDANCE FOR THE PREVIOUS WEEK WILL BE FINALIZED ON MONDAY.  Parents should look in their PowerSchool Parent Portal on Tuesday to verify students are completing what is required to be counted in attendance for the previous week.
    • ILLNESS OR EXCUSED ABSENCES:  To excuse an absence (no participation), parents MUST CALL the school attendance line (office) within 24 hours of the absence or no later than 4 PM on the TUESDAY of the week after the absence.
    • Autodialer calls regarding absences will not be made at this time.  

On-Site Learning

  • Beginning on August 17, 2020, Safford Unified School District will begin offering free on-site learning opportunities and support services for at-risk students.  According to the state’s return to school protocols, Graham County does not meet all of the benchmarks.  Safford Schools will still be operating in a Distance Learning model until it is safe to return fully to in-person learning.

    • Please be advised that free on-site learning opportunities and support services are not teacher-led classroom instruction. However, free on-site learning opportunities and support services will include in-person support services such as student supervision and strategic support for students in need during standard school hours, and may include paraprofessional support for students engaging in Distance Learning instruction. 
    • Masks are mandatory and must be brought and worn by students in the on-site learning centers.  In addition, if the student has checked out a Chromebook, the student MUST bring in the Chromebook and its charger to complete distance learning assignments.  Please have them bring earbuds if they can so students can work on their work in the on-site learning center.   
    • The Safford School District is offering free on-site learning opportunities and support services for students who are enrolled in the Free or Reduced Lunch program, have a disability, are English Language Learners (ELL), in the care of the Arizona Department of Child Safety, in foster care, a part of the McKinney Vento program or whose parent is a First Responder or Healthcare Professional. 
    • Please be advised that free on-site learning opportunities and support services may be suspended or terminated if the District or the Arizona Department of Health Services advises closing the premises for public health reasons or in the best interests of the staff and students. 
    • Visit the “Latest News” section of our website to learn more about our free-onsite learning opportunities and support services. The details of these services may be modified based on additional guidance from ADE.