SCHOOL OPENING & COVID-19 INFORMATION
For information on when Pantano High School will open for the 2020-21 school year, visit Vail School District’s web page with all of the current information.
The FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) cover a wide of topics, including:
- Educational Options
- Safety & Wellness guidelines
- School Calendar
- School Hours
- Food Service
- Letters from the Superintendent
To access the District’s website, click here.
LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL
September 9, 2020
Dear Pantano Parents/Guardians,
First let me assure you that the health, safety and well-being of YOUR child…our students, and that of our faculty and staff, are of the utmost importance to all of us!
We are excited to announce that on September 21, 2020, we will begin the Hybrid Learning Model phase of instruction. This model allows us to bring smaller groups of students on campus, for shorter periods of time.
In order for us to make the best decisions possible regarding cleaning, sanitation, physical distancing, and scheduling,
it is important for us to know which students will be returning to our campus for the Hybrid Model and which students wish to remain in Remote Learning Model.
On September 4th, Supt. John Carruth emailed parents providing information about the two options that are available to you in the Hybrid Model of instruction, as well as the link in which you can make your selection.
If you have not yet made your decision, here are what the two options look like at Pantano:
In the Hybrid Model, students will attend six periods on campus, in person, for 2 days a week.
- Students whose last name starts with A – K will attend on Mondays and Wednesdays
- Students whose last name starts with L – Z will attend on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
- On days when students are not on campus, they will join their classes from home just as they did when they were participating in the fully Remote Model.
Parents of students who choose the Hybrid Model and plan to return to campus, must sign and return the COVID-19 Parent/Guardian Acknowledgment and Disclosure Form. The form can be found on our website or you can click HERE.
In the Brick to Click Model, students will remain in the Remote Model phase, attending class from home until it is deemed safe by the health authorities, for ALL students to return to the classroom together.
- Students will follow the same daily just as they did when they were in the Remote Model
- Schedules have been changed from 4 to 6 periods for Term 2. There is no longer a mid-day bus run.
- Students must remain in the Brick to Click Model throughout the duration of the Hybrid Model
All students will receive instruction every class, everyday – Monday through Thursday.
Fridays will serve as independent learning days where teachers will provide office hours and/or individualized conference hours for all students.
If you are ready to make your choice between the Hybrid or Brick to Click Models, please feel free to do so here.
You will be able to make and/or change your selection through Sunday, September 13th.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with additional questions or concerns.
Monica H. Wright Principal
COVID-19 liability insurance cover letter and acknowledgement
Frequently Asked Covid-19 Questions:
Check for updated information about COVID 19. Read emails from Vail School District Superintendent, John Carruth and Pantano High School Principal, Monica Wright.
John Carruth’s Letters to Parents
LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
September 4, 2020
Last week we were excited to announce that the health metrics surrounding COVID-19 in Pima County are improving. Assuming the metrics continue to improve, we are still targeting September 21st as the date when we will move to the next phase of opening schools – the hybrid phase.
The purpose of the hybrid phase is to welcome students on campus, but physically distanced as much as possible and/or keep them in the same groups throughout the day. This is made possible by the reassigning and restructuring of classes and teachers.
Under the hybrid phase, parents who did NOT choose the Vail Innovation Center for the first semester will have two choices for their students:
- Hybrid – Partially In-Person/Partially Remote (with modified schedules)
- Brick to Click* – Remote Instruction Connected to Your School
These two options will look a little different at each level.
Vail Inclusive Preschool: See note below**
- Hybrid: 4 days of on campus learning, a shortened school day, one hour of at-home learning each of the 4 days, and independent learning on Fridays
- Brick to Click: teacher contact 3 days a week, including live lessons for Language Arts and Math on Fridays. Brick to Click is ideal for families who are not yet ready to come back to school on campus or who have the support at home to continue learning remotely.
- Hybrid: 2 days of on campus learning, a shortened in-person school day, and one hour of at home learning each day. Students will follow their class schedule from home on the at-home learning days with Friday serving as an independent learning and office hours day.
- Brick to Click: students will follow their class schedule from home 4 days a week with Friday serving as an independent learning and office hours day.
- Hybrid: 2 days of on campus learning for a full day with 3 days of at-home learning.
- Brick to Click: students will follow the same daily schedule as their peers. Fridays will serve as an independent learning and office hours day for all students.
Smaller schools of choice like Civano, Esmond Station, Pantano, VAHS, and Vail Blended may have different scenarios.
We will make every effort to keep students in the same family on the same schedule.
You will be receiving further communication about the specifics of each option from your students’ principals on Wednesday, September 9th. If you are ready to make your choice for the hybrid learning phase now, please feel free to do so here.
You will be able to make and/or change your selection through Sunday, September 13th when the survey closes. Please also visit School Opening – Hybrid Learning Information on our District website for more information.
If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at: email@example.com
Again, thank you for your patience and support as we work to develop sustainable plans for each phase of learning. We are grateful for our community.
*During the hybrid phase students will not be able to move between Brick to Click and in-person learning unless in the case of illness or the need to quarantine. Further, students who choose Brick to Click will be asked to remain in Brick to Click for the duration of the hybrid phase.
**This survey does not apply to students at Vail Inclusive Preschool. If you have not received a call from your child’s VIP teacher, please call the VIP office.
August 28, 2020 RE: Next Phase of Opening
August 28, 2020
Dear Parents and Staff,
Two weeks ago, we wrote to let you know that the Vail School District would be using the recently established public health metrics as a guide for when our schools would transition between the three phases of delivering instruction during the pandemic. Those phases, as outlined by the Arizona Department of Health, are: Remote instruction, hybrid instruction, and in-person instruction.
We also communicated that it was likely that Vail schools would be able to move to the next phase of instruction sometime between September 14th and October 5th.
The good news is that the conditions are improving. The metrics indicate steady progress in the reduction of the spread of COVID-19 in Pima County.
As such, we are targeting September 21st as the date for when we will move to the next phase of opening schools. Like most things during this pandemic, this assumes that conditions continue to improve and do not get worse.
The next phase will allow for hybrid instruction during a time of moderate risk. The hybrid phase involves another shift in the way instruction is delivered, staff are utilized, and campuses operate. The purpose of the hybrid phase is to keep students physically distanced as much as possible and/or keep them in the same groups throughout the day.
Plans are being developed for what the hybrid phase will look like at the preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school levels. We will communicate the details of these plans to you by Friday of next week.
Remote instruction will continue to be a choice for students during the hybrid phase. Brick to Click* will be available through each school, and the Vail Innovation Center will continue to provide full-time remote learning to students who have chosen this option.
Please send any questions you may have to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your continued patience and support as we work to get students back to school safely.
*During the hybrid phase students will not be able to move between Brick to Click and in-person learning unless in the case of illness or the need to quarantine. Further, students who choose Brick to Click will be asked to remain in Brick to Click during the hybrid phase.
PARENTS: DON’T FORGET TO EXPLORE THE PARENT RESOURCES AVAILABLE!
Below the large staff picture above, there are various menus to navigate the website. Under the Resources menu, there are pages dedicated to Parents, Students, and Staff. Current topics on the Parents Resource page include:
- Talking to Children About COVID-19
- Parents: Coping with COVID-19
- COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide
- Parents Guide to Healthy Conversations
- Video: Tips & Reminders for Supporting Problem-Solving When Kids are at Home 24/7!
We hope you make use of these helpful, practical resources during this difficult time!
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