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  • Official Sites for Posting Board Agenda is the WRUSD District Website, District Administration Building & email and/or fax to Fort Defiance Chapter, Sawmill Chapter, Oak Springs Chapter, St. Michaels Chapter and Red Lake Navajo Chapter.

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  • Annual Public Notification of Nondiscrimination

    Window Rock Unified School District #8 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities.  Window Rock High School Career and Technical Education Department does not discriminate in enrollment or access to its programs:  Professional Sales and Marketing, Nursing, Automotive, Welding, Construction, and Graphics and Design. The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district’s activities and programs.  The Window Rock Unified School District #8 also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices.

    This notice is provided as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated compliance coordinator(s):

    Superintendent, Navajo Route 12, Fort Defiance, AZ 86504, 928-729-6706

     ***Translation services are available through the Office of the Superintendent.  Please see call (928) 729-6706 for translation services.

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  • When you have time and if you would like to view, there is a new video posted on the Window Rock High School YouTube channel.   It is the speeches from graduation. Feel free to share with everyone!

     

    WRHS Graduation 2020 Speeches

     

    Here is a link to the graduation pictures.

    WRHS Class of 2020 Graduation Pictures

     

    Here is a link for senior pictures.

     

    https://www.rahphotography.com/Events/2020/Window-Rock-High-School-Graduation-5-22-2020/

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  • Date:                      Tuesday, April 2, 2020

    To:                           WRUSD Employees

    From:                     Dr. Leon Ben, Interim Superintendent

    Re:                          COVID-19 Employee Work Status

     

    On March 30, 2020, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced an extension of school closures through the end of the 2019-2020 School Year.

     

    It is important to remember the HB 2910 School Closure in regards to Educator and Staff pay; each school is required to continue to pay all its employees, including hourly employees, for the duration of the statewide closure. By March 30, 2020, each employee must do the following:

    1. Commit to be available to work during the employee’s normal work hours (Employees must be available to work, meaning that they are ready, willing and able to performed assigned tasks.  If the employee is not available to work, the employee should pursue taking time off); Ready, Able & Willing” and

    2. Work remotely for the duration of the statewide closure if the employee is able to perform work tasks remotely. The school must reassign the employee to other tasks if the employee is unable to perform tasks remotely.

    3. Refer to WRUSD governing Board Policy DBA, GCK and GDJ for additional information (attached).

    All employees of Window Rock Unified School District are considered “on call”, reassigned to home and be available for work.  If an employee is not available to work, a leave slip will be required.  Please communicate with your Principal or immediate Supervisor.   

     

    The bill also requires the district to provide instruction to the best of our abilities in order to continue to receive funding for the remainder of the school year.

     

    School closure is NOT a complete shutdown of school operations and instructional obligations to students.  During school closures, staff are still expected to engage in work-related activities, and students and families are expected to meet the instructional requirements of their teachers and schools.

     

    Please see the list of possible things for teachers to work on below:

    • Virtual Meetings:  Professional Learning Communities, Grade Level Meetings and Department Meetings

    • Together or Independently:  Lesson Planning, Read and become an expert on the 10 Strategies from Teach Like A Champion, Curriculum Mapping, Creating formative assessments and Increasing rigor through higher Depth of Knowledge

    School leaders, teachers, staff and parents must work together to plan for continuity in education and critical services during this time. Specifically, during the closure, educators and community leaders are called on to:

    • Continue to deliver educational opportunities to the extent possible through remote learning and independent study, which may or may not include online learning or printed materials, among other options;

    • Provide school meals.

    The WRUSD will have essential staff working to keep the District in basic operation and provide safety measures. The District will continue to operate meal program to the students of the district according to the schedule recently disseminated.

     

    The District appreciate all the support and coordination of all faculty & staff in providing learning opportunities in alternative format for students and continue their education.

     

    Please be cognizant during this period of social distancing with COVID-19.   The daily changes caused by COVID-19 has all working diligently in adjusting to each situation.  Please use our District website & social media to keep informed of changes.

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  • Governor Ducey, Superintendent Hoffman Announce Extension Of School Closures Through End Of School Year

    News Release

    March 30, 2020

    PHOENIX⁠ — Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman today announced the extension of Arizona school closures through the end of the school year. The extension follows updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an announcement from the White House extending physical distancing guidelines until April 30, 2020. 

    Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman released the following joint statement:

    “In alignment with yesterday’s updated federal guidance, today we are announcing the extension of school closures through the remainder of the school year. Today’s announcement is intended to give parents and educators as much certainty as possible so they can plan and make decisions. While this isn’t the outcome any of us wanted, we are grateful for the partnership of schools around the state, who have stepped up to offer virtual and take-home learning opportunities for our students. These efforts are crucial, and we recognize that schools are making every effort possible to continue providing instruction during closures. We also thank our legislative partners for passing legislation ensuring all educators and staff see no disruption in pay. Our number one priority will continue to be health and safety, and we will continue to work closely with public health officials to make the best decisions for kids, families, and our school communities.”

    On March 27, Governor Ducey signed legislation to support schools during closures, ensure school letter grades are held harmless, suspend statewide testing requirements, ensure school days are not extended into the summer, require learning opportunities for students to continue, and ensure teachers and staff see no disruption in pay as a result of COVID-19.

    That same week, the Governor joined Superintendent Hoffman to launch Arizona Enrichment Centers, which will offer childcare for first responders, critical healthcare workers, and essential public sector workers, including child safety workers.

    Additional information about meals for kids, childcare, special education considerations, learning resources for families and educators and more can be found at azed.gov.

    Today’s announcement applies to Arizona public schools, both district and charter. Private schools are required to remain closed in alignment with federal guidance recommending closures through at least April 30, 2020. School leaders have the option of announcing closures through the end of the year, or waiting for additional guidance.

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