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Important Update for Dorothy Stinson First and Second Grade Students:

As a result of the October 8th hailstorm and flood, roof leaks were discovered in some of the buildings at Dorothy Stinson School. The District has been working with the Arizona School Facilities Board to attempt to obtain funding for these needed repairs. During this process, we were required to obtain an engineering report and as a result of that report, it was discovered that the roof of the 400 building, which is a concrete roof, appears to be sagging. The engineer has shut down that building until further testing, including an X-ray of the roofing. Once the testing is complete and depending if further work must be done, we are not allowed in that building - student safety is our priority! Once the roof structure is in compliance, we will then install and repair the entire roof, prior to allowing students and teachers back in the classroom.

As a result of roofing issues and restrictions in the 400 Building, all DSS First Grade Students will move to Lafe Nelson School, and all DSS 2nd Grade Students will move to Ruth Powell School. At this time, the plan for this relocation will be for the entire 2017-18 school year. Below are room changes for DSS 1st and 2nd grade students:

1st Grade:
Melissa Dodge, New Room at LNS #30
Yesenia Pacheco, New Room at LNS #10
Julie Quinonez, New Room at LNS #9
Deidra Smith, New Room at LNS #29

2nd Grade,
Janel Cervantez, New Room at RPS #9
Ana Gonzales, New Room at RPS #6
Brittney Henry, New Room at RPS #7
Angie Paul, New Room at RPS #23

Resource Class:
Chrissy Windsor, New Room at DSS #208
Brittany Jackson, New Room at DSS #208

Please call Dorothy Stinson School with any questions. Thank you so much for all of your help and support.


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CALENDAR CHANGES MADE FOR 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR

Safford Unified School District announced some changes in the calendar beginning with the 2016-17 school year:

Safford High School:
SHS will continue the “Five-Day Modified” schedule for the 2017-18 school year. There will be information sent out with registration information in the current newsletter and on the SHS web page.

Monday through Thursday Schedules will be as follows:
Safford High School: 7:45am - 3:10pm
Safford Middle School: 7:40am - 2:58pm
Ruth Powell School: 8:15am - 2:15pm
Lafe Nelson School: 8:10am - 2:10pm
Dorothy Stinson School: 8:00am - 2:00pm

Safford Middle School, Ruth Powell School, Lafe Nelson School and Dorothy Stinson School will all dismiss early on Fridays to allow for teacher/staff in-service, collaboration meetings, trainings, etc.

Friday dismissal times are as follows:
Safford High School: 11:45am (for those invited or drop-ins)
Safford Middle School: 11:41am
Ruth Powell School: 12:35pm
Lafe Nelson School: 12:30pm
Dorothy Stinson School: 12:20pm
* Please note: The first Friday in August, the first two Fridays in January, 2018, and the last school Friday in May will be full school days. (No early release).

Mt. Graham High School will remain on their existing schedule.

* EVERY CHILD WHO RIDES THE BUS MUST HAVE A BUS PASS *

We look forward to a Fantastic 2017-18 School Year!


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Transportation Policies!

Safford Unified Schools
Transportation Department
1185 S. 14th Avenue
SAFFORD, ARIZONA 85546
(928) 348-7080
FAX (928) 348-7081

* EVERY CHILD WHO RIDES THE BUS MUST HAVE A BUS PASS *

This letter is to remind all parents/guardians of Safford Unified School District students of the changes to the Transportation Policies.

In order for your child to ride a bus to/from school, you must come into the Transportation Office with your child, view a video, and sign all necessary paperwork.

Sign up dates and times are as follows
July 24th thru August 3rd 2017

The Transportation Office
1185 S. 14th Ave.
Monday - Thursday
8:00AM - 4:30PM
For after hour appointments contact transportation at the number below

This new Transportation Policy is in place to help educate everyone on the importance of safety on school buses. At Safford Unified Schools we are striving to create a safe, healthy environment for everyone.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the Transportation Office at (928) 348-7080 or (928) 348-7091.

Thank you for your cooperation,
Phillip Nelson
Director of Transportation


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Welcome To Safford Schools!

We are happy to have you at Safford Schools! Below is information to help make a smooth transition for your child into a new school.

If you have a student new to the District in Grades K-6, please contact Miss Lesley Huffenberger at the District Office at (928) 348-7025 or lhuffenberger@saffordusd.com. Or you may come to the District Office at 734 W. 11th Street between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to complete the form that will place your child's name on the list for the 2017-18 school year. Students are placed at the school which has the fewest in that grade.

The secretaries at the school assign the teacher according to the fewest number of students in the class. The secretaries also provide parents with information regarding lunches, buses, etc.

When enrolling, students new to the District must bring please bring the following documents with you.

• Original birth certificate (not hospital copy)
• Immunization record.

Additionally, proof of residency by the parent(s) or guardian(s) must be provided in the form of one (1) of the following documents, which bear the parent or legal guardian’s full name and residential address or physical description of the property where the student resides (no P.O. boxes):
• Valid Arizona driver’s license, Arizona identification card
• Valid Arizona motor vehicle registration
• Valid United States passport
• Property deed
• Mortgage documents
• Property tax bill
• Rental agreement or lease (including Section 8 agreement)
• Utility bill (water, electric, gas, cable, phone)
• Bank or credit card statement
• W-2 wage statement
• Payroll stub
• Certificate of tribal enrollment or other identification issued by a recognized
Indian tribe
• Other documentation from a state, tribal, or federal agency (Social Security
Administration, Veterans’ Administration, Arizona Department of Economic
Security, etc.)

The school will provide a form for the parent to sign, requesting records from the previous District.

Three and four-year-olds with special needs may request screening for preschool. For more information please call Mr. Frank Gutierrez at 928-348-7045.

The daily schedule for each school is as follows:

Dorothy Stinson School starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.

Lafe Nelson School starts at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 2:10 p.m.

Ruth Powell School starts at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 2:15 p.m.

Safford Middle School starts at 7:40 a.m. and ends at 2:58 p.m.

Safford High School starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m.

Mt. Graham High School starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m.

Students in Grades 7-8 will register for school at the Safford Middle School office at 612 11th Street. Please Safford Middle School web page for registration information.

New High School students, Grades 9-12, need to meet with a counselor before enrolling at Safford High School. The principal at our alternative high school, Mt. Graham High School, meets with students prior to enrolling. Please see Safford High School and Mt. Graham High School web pages for registration information.

Students residing outside District boundaries, wishing to attend Safford Schools, must submit an open enrollment application. Applications are available at the District Office or at this website under "Downloads" at the top of the page in the section titled "Enrolling Students." If you have any questions, please contact Miss Lesley Huffenberger (928) 348-7025 or lhuffenberger@saffordusd.com.


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Thank You for Choosing Us!

Public schools were and are at the cornerstone of American values and history, and are an investment in strong communities and a strong America. We understand that today’s parents have a choice and we thank the families of our students for choosing Safford School District.

Thanks again!

Ken VanWinkle, Superintendent
And the Super Staff of Safford Schools


PUBLIC NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

The Safford Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion or disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. The Safford Unified School District Career and Technical Education department does not discriminate in enrollment or access to any of the programs available.

Career and Technical Programs

Auto Mechanics Marketing
Welding Business Education
Drafting Consumer/Life Management
Technology Food Service

The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district’s activities and programs. The Safford Unified School District 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).

Mr. AJ Taylor
Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator
Safford Unified School District
734 11th Street
Safford, AZ 85546
(928) 348-7052


NOTIFICACIÓN PΎBLICA ANNUAL DE NO DISCRIMINACIÓN
(Spanish Version)

Safford Unified School District no discrimina raza, color, nacionalidad, género, edad, religión o incapacidad de admisión a sus programas, servicios, o actividades, en acceso a ellas, en el tratamiento a individuos, o en ningún aspecto de sus operaciones. El departamento de Educatión Técnica y de Carreras de. Safford Unified School District no discrimina en su matriculación o en el acceso a cualquier de sus programas disponibles.

Career and Technical Programs

Auto Mechanics Marketing
Welding Business Education
Drafting Consumer/Life Management
Technology Food Service

La falta de habilidades inglesas para idiomas de hablar no será una barrera a la admisiόn ni la participaciόn en las actividades del distrito y programas. Safford Unified School District tampoco discrimina en sus contratos o practicas de empleados.

Esta noticia es provista y requerida por el Título VI del Acto de Derechos Civiles de 1964, Sección 504 del Acto de Rehabilitación de 1973, Título IX de la Enmienda Eduacativa de 1972, en el Acto de Era de Descriminación de 1975, y el Acto de los Estadounidenses con Habilidades Diferenciadas de 1990. Preguntas, quejas, o para más información con respecto a estas leyes pueden remitir por al coordinador de compliance.


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Improving Communication for Nurses and Parents

Safford Unified School District (with the exception of RPS) is excited to announce our migration to CareDox.com, a new communication tool for our parents and nurses. With this new tool, nurses can notify parents when their children visit the nurse’s office, and parents can provide the nurse with accurate student medical information. All information is stored securely and is HIPAA and FERPA compliant.

To start this process, WE NEED YOUR HELP! You received an email directly from CareDox.com with a personalized link to complete your child’s record. Please make time to complete the request. If you did not receive an email link, you can log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal and click on the CareDox link in the left-side menu. Or, you can also go to CareDox.com and select “Log In” then “Haven’t Signed Up? Register Here.” If you don’t have computer access, you can sign up by visiting your child’s school office.

The benefits of CareDox.com include:
--Streamlined medical information sharing between parent and nurse.
--Real-time notifications when your child visits the nurse's office.
--Accurate and portable vital information for daily and emergency use.
--Fill out your child's health profile ONCE, and update any changes each year, ensuring it is always up-to-date.
--Notifications when your child’s medicines dispensed at school are low and need refills.
--Peace of mind the school is fully aware of all of your child’s medical conditions.

Safford Unified School District's top priority is student safety and CareDox.com helps us ensure an efficient, streamlined means for coordinating the care of your child.


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Consider Teaching for SUSD

Safford Unified School District provides the following for teachers new to the district:

--Recruitment Stipend
--Mentor Teacher for a Full Year
--Induction Program
--Competitive Salary
--Teacher Incentive Program
--Medical Benefits
--301 Pay-for-Performance
--Collaborative Colleagues

Please consider making SUSD your professional home. Use the link to apply online.

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Arizona Children's Health Survey

The Arizona Department of Health Services has launched the Arizona Children's Health Survey. The survey will identify children's health needs in Graham County ages birth to 17 years old.

Why is it important for you to participate by taking the survey?
The results will help identify what is currently working well for you in your community, related to children’s health. It may also identify areas that need improvement to help families meet their children’s needs in Graham County.

The survey is available online and mobile formats.

It takes 6-10 minutes to finish.

We are asking you to take the survey for each child in your care.
Example: If you are a family with 3 children, then you will take the survey for each child, in order for ADHS to capture age related information.

All information gathered in the survey is confidential and will not be shared. No user name, password or E-mail address is required:

PLEASE ACCESS THE SURVEY IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH AT:

Graham County Home Page - http://www.graham.az.gov

Click on Arizona Children's Health Survey

then scroll down for access to the survey links in English or Spanish

Thank you for participating in this very important survey

Results of the survey will be available in early 2017 and may be requested from the Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs. OCSHCN@azdhs.gov

Questions? Please call Graham County Health Department 928-792-5368


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Children and Youth Website Launch

The Graham County Health Department would like to introduce you to the new website for parents, youth, caregivers, grandparents, teachers, administrators, counselors, healthcare professionals and everyone who comes in contact with “Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs”. This website is very comprehensive and contains resources for everyone to access. After reviewing the site, there is a questionnaire at the bottom that you can make comments on. We will leave this questionnaire up for a few weeks. Please feel free to comment.

The Arizona Department of Health Services uses the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s definition of Children with Special Health Care Needs as:

“Children up to age 21, who have or are at risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, emotional or potentially disabling condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.”

Please access the website with the link below or through the Graham County Website.

This website was created and made available from funding provided by State of Arizona Department of Health Services, Healthy People, Healthy Communities, Health in Arizona Policy Initiative.

Laura Rogers
Health Programs Coordinator, Health in Arizona Policy Initiative (HAPI)
Graham County Health Department
820 West Main Street, Safford, AZ 85546
Office: 928-792-5368
FAX: 928-428-8869
LRogers@graham.az.gov

Click here to be redirected to the link mentioned above.


Crisis Response Team Available

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