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Back to School Information 2022-23

The 2022-23 school year is upon us and we are excited to embark on the educational journey with your child. The purpose of this letter is to inform you of some important information as the school year begins and share some of the many available resources for parents/families to connect with their child’s learning. 


SCHEDULE

The first day of school for all Yuma Union High School District students is Thursday, August 4, 2022. First period begins at 7:40 a.m. at Cibola, Kofa, Gila Ridge and Yuma High, while San Luis begins at 7:30 a.m. and Vista at 8:30 a.m. Mondays throughout the school year will use an early-release schedule with students being dismissed at 1:10 p.m. (1 p.m. at SLHS and 1:31 p.m. at VHS). Dismissal Tuesday through Friday will be at 2:40 p.m. (2:30 p.m. at SLHS and 3:30 p.m. at VHS). For information about YUHSD breaks and holidays, please view the district calendar


COVID-19 

Yuma County continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and has recently seen an uptick in positive cases. The following reminders can help keep our children and staff members safe: 

  • Don’t send your child to school sick. 

  • If your child tests positive for COVID-19 and/or has a close-contact exposure, please report them to the school, so we can follow the proper guidelines. 

  • Continue monitoring the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for information and guidelines on how to keep your child protected from COVID-19.


ABSENCE REPORTING

Reporting absences is a crucial part of communicating with your child’s school. During the COVID-19 pandemic it is even more important. You can report your child’s absence using one of the three methods: 1. Call the school’s attendance office. 2. Leave a message on the school attendance office voicemail (if a live person doesn’t answer). 3. Use the new “Report Absence” button on the ParentVUE application. 


If you already have a ParentVUE account, please watch this
brief tutorial on how to access the new “report absence” feature. If you do not have a ParentVUE account, please contact your school’s registrar. 


STATE ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURE (ACT EXAM)

Purpose:  District accountability, student achievement measurement

 

Yuma Union High School District has selected the ACT exam from the Arizona Board of Education’s menu of assessment as the means to measure student achievement over time. The test is taken annually by high school juniors.


DIGITAL RESOURCES

YUHSD schools utilize several different online systems that are available to students, teachers, and parents. We are offering some clarification as to the purpose of these systems and how our teachers use them in our practice of making sure EVERY student graduates prepared to succeed in college, career and community.


ParentVUE/Synergy - Student Information System

Purpose:  Records grades, attendance, demographic information, and is used to report to the Arizona Department of Education.


Teachers document all grades that are used for a student’s final grade in ParentVUE/Synergy. Teachers also document student attendance in this system. Grades determined in other systems will be placed into ParentVUE/Synergy to determine a student’s final grade.  Parents and students have the ability to view this information via the ParentVUE Portal:
https://az-yuhsd-psv.edupoint.com/ 


If you do not have a password, please call the school office.


Canvas – Learning Management System

Purpose:  Online assignments, assessments, and information that students can access at anytime.


Teachers use Canvas as an online extension of their classroom.  Teachers can opt to have students complete assignments, quizzes, and tests in this system.  These types of assessments can be as simple as to check for understanding at the end of a lesson or as a unit test. Canvas is also used by all teachers to keep resources such as a course syllabus, instructor notes, study guides, and more. Note: Although students may be completing assignments, quizzes, and tests in Canvas, please remember that
ALL final grades are recorded in ParentVUE/Synergy. 

Google Suites for Education – Communication and Educational Tool

Purpose: Communications through Gmail and Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides are helpful educational tools.


Teachers and YUHSD will use Gmail as a common communication tool with your child. Google Docs and Google Slides are often used in the classroom as a tool for students to show their understanding, communicate and display content. Google Suites has multiple educational tools that sync to Canvas very conveniently. It also allows for students to familiarize themselves with a platform often used in job settings around the world. 


Additional informational resource: Official Social Media Accounts

YUHSD Digital Accounts

Twitter: The District’s official twitter account is @YUHSD

Facebook: The District’s official Facebook account is YUHSD70

Instagram: The District’s official Instagram account is @YUHSD70

Website: www.yumaunion.org