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State Superintendent Diane Douglas Visits Graham County

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is conducting a statewide “We Are Listening” tour to gather feedback from all Arizonans on education issues they are facing. Whether your concerns are related to new state standards, statewide testing, issues at your local school, or otherwise, the Superintendent is committed to hearing every voice and using each comment to improve education in Arizona.

Safford Schools will be hosting Superintendent Douglas on Wednesday, December 7th, in the Board Room at the District Office, 734 W. 11th Street, Safford, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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Important Update on Safford Schools November 8, 2016

Safford Schools continues to move forward with reconstruction after the rain/hail/flood damage on Oct. 8. The administrative team participated in a construction update on Tuesday, Nov. 8. It is amazing how much really has been done in the month following the storm.


Dorothy Stinson School - Rooms affected in the 200 wing have temporary drywall in place.


Lafe Nelson School - After much discussion about the work to be completed, it looks like LNS will not reopen until next school year. Most rooms have been completely emptied as was necessary to start reconstruction. Twenty Conex boxes have been brought in to store the materials removed from each classroom. The annex is the current home of most of the cabinets removed from classrooms. Work will continue in phases as there is much to be done with replacing sheet rock, carpet removal, HVAC units repaired and roof replaced.


Ruth Powell School - The two most affected rooms at RPS are in working order, one of those having temporary drywall. At some point there is a small amount of carpeting that will be replaced. A timeline will be forthcoming as to when reconstruction will take place.


Safford Middle School - Drywall has been removed in affected areas. A date will be set to complete the reconstruction.


Safford High School - Drywall and texture is being completed in the child care rooms, all other rooms in the 300 wing are being sheet rocked, insulated and finished. Rooms continue to be tested for bacteria and air quality.


Mt. Graham High School - Temporary drywall in several rooms is in place. A timeline will be forthcoming as to when reconstruction will take place.


Testing continues to be conducted for air quality and clearance of bacteria.


Once again, we want to thank all students, staff, parents, and community members for the tremendous support and positive outlook you all continue to offer. Together we will make it!


ADE Decision Regarding Days Missed Due to the Hailstorm and Flooding

Safford Unified School District has received notice from the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and the Superintendent of Public Instruction approving a modified calendar for the District for the 2016-17 school year, due to the days of school lost because of hailstorm and flood damage. The District and ADE have worked together closely during this process and we are pleased with the results. Below is the reply we received from ADE and the State Superintendent’s office:

“Great news! The Superintendent of Public Instruction has approved the Safford Unified School District’s modified calendar for the 2017 School Year based on the information provided to the Arizona Department of Education in writing and emails along with the verbal communication we had with you on 10/24/16.

Again, thank you for alerting us to the District’s hardship and working with us to ensure that all of the District’s students receive the required number of instructional hours.

We wish you the best in continuing to recover from the storm damage.”


Therefore, Safford Schools is pleased to inform all Staff, Students, Parents, and Community members of the modified calendar for the 2016-17 school year due to the severe hailstorm and flooding which caused schools to close from October 12, 2016 through October 21, 2016.

Schools are required to attend a specific number of days per year, as well as a specific number of hours per year. In certain emergencies schools may petition the ADE to excuse the required days, but must meet the minimum required seat hours. SUSD requested to be excused from having to meet the required number of school days and also requested approval for the following in order to meet the required seat hours, and approval has been granted:

School will be in session the following days to make up for seat hours missed:
--Monday, April 17, 2017 will be a full day of school (it was originally scheduled to be a no school day).
--Friday, May 19, 2017 will be a full day of school for grads K - 8 (it was originally scheduled to be an early release day).
--Friday, May 19, 2017 will be a school day for Safford High School.
--Grades 4 - 6, in order to meet the required number of seat hours will not have scheduled morning recess for the remainder of the year.

Once again, we are very grateful to the State School Superintendent and the Arizona Department of Education for their care and concern for Safford Schools during this time of change and trial.


Important Update on Safford Schools October 20, 2016

Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members,

We are excited to inform you that Safford Schools will resume on a regular schedule beginning Monday, Oct. 24. Busses, breakfast and lunch will run on regular schedule.

Lafe Nelson students in grades K, 1 and 2 will be attending Ruth Powell School on their time schedule 8:15-2:15. They will still have the same teacher they had at Lafe Nelson.

Lafe Nelson students in grades 3 and 4 will be attending Dorothy Stinson School on their time schedule 8:00-2:00. They will still have the same teacher they had at Lafe Nelson.

Lafe Nelson students in grades 5 and 6 will be attending Safford Middle School on the original LNS time schedule 8:10-2:10. They will still have the same teacher they had at Lafe Nelson.

Special Education and Title I services will continue and special education and Title I teachers will not change.

RAD (Reading Afterschool Daily) Club will resume again on November 7, 2016. Transportation home will be completed as before. If you believe your child is now eligible for a bus ride home, please call 348-7052 or 348-7054.

Campus updates:

Dorothy Stinson School - all classrooms affected by rain/hail have been cleaned and tested for air quality, mold, and swab tested for bacteria. All rooms have passed the inspection. Further repairs to some rooms at DSS will occur during weekends, after hours, and breaks from school such as Christmas and Spring Break.

Ruth Powell School - all classrooms affected by rain/hail have been cleaned and tested for air quality, mold, and swab tested for bacteria. All rooms have passed the inspection. Temporary sheet rock has been placed in one room. Further repairs to RPS will occur during breaks from school such as Christmas and Spring Break.

Safford Middle School - all classrooms affected by rain/hail have been cleaned and tested for air quality, mold, and swab tested for bacteria. All rooms have passed the inspection.

Safford High School - all carpeting in the lower level of the main building as well as the 300 building has been removed. Walls have been cut and temporary sheet rock has been hung. Further repairs to SHS will occur during breaks from school such as Christmas and Spring Break. All classrooms affected by rain/hail have been cleaned and tested for air quality, mold, and swab tested for bacteria. All rooms have passed the inspection.

Safford High School orchestra, band and choir has been moved to the David M. Player Center for the Arts. Ms. Calloway’s class has been moved to room 111 and Bulldog Boulevard Preschool has been moved to Mt. Graham High School.

Mt. Graham High School - - all classrooms affected by rain/hail have been cleaned and tested for air quality, mold, and swab tested for bacteria. All rooms have passed the inspection. There was some sheet rock damage so that has been removed and temporary sheet rock has been hung. Further repairs to MGHS will occur during breaks from school such as Christmas and Spring Break.

Staff members will be available at DSS, RPS and SMS to help students find their classrooms.

As we prepare to reopen school, we once again want to thank the community, parents, construction crews, staff, students, and administration for their support during this trying time. It is during these times that brings out the best in people and we have certainly witnessed that.

CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES of the reconstruction to the schools



Important Update on Safford Schools October 17, 2016

Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members,

Reconstruction has begun on all campuses with the exception of Lafe Nelson. The administrative team met with representatives from AZ Risk Retention Trust, Comprehensive Risk Services, Sagebrush Restoration, and the AZ School Facilities Board and were given an update on progress thus far. We would like to share the latest information with you.

Lafe Nelson students in grades K-2 (210 students) will be attending Ruth Powell School on their time schedule 8:15-2:15. They will still have the same teacher they had at Lafe Nelson.

Lafe Nelson students in grades 3-4 (162 students) will be attending Dorothy Stinson School on their time schedule 8:00-2:00. They will still have the same teacher they had at Lafe Nelson.

Lafe Nelson students in grades 5-6 (151 students) will be attending Safford Middle School on the original LNS time schedule 8:10-2:10. They will still have the same teacher they had at Lafe Nelson.

Special Education services will continue and special education teachers will not change.

At this time, students will be picked up at their regular bus stops at their regular time.

Breakfast and lunch will be served on each campus, so there will be no change in food services.

Please continue to come back to this webpage for the most recent update.

We appreciate your patience as we continue to prepare our schools for Oct. 24 restart date.

CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES of the reconstruction to the schools



State Superintendent Diane Douglas Visits Graham County

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is conducting a statewide “We Are Listening” tour to gather feedback from all Arizonans on education issues they are facing. Whether your concerns are related to new state standards, statewide testing, issues at your local school, or otherwise, the Superintendent is committed to hearing every voice and using each comment to improve education in Arizona.

Safford Schools will be hosting Superintendent Douglas on Wednesday, December 7th, in the Board Room at the District Office, 734 W. 11th Street, Safford, beginning at 6:30 p.m.


Important Update on Safford Schools October 14, 2016

Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members,

As you are aware, all of our schools were affected by the storm on October 8th. Unfortunately, there was extensive damage to Safford High School and Lafe Nelson School. Clean-up and/or construction is underway on every campus in order to be ready to start school on Oct. 24.

Lafe Nelson School is going to need additional time for repairs. It may need to be closed until after Christmas. Knowing this, we will need to move Lafe Nelson students to other school campuses in our district. On Monday, Oct. 24, all LNS kindergarten through second grade students will be attending Ruth Powell School. Students in third and fourth grade will be attending school at Dorothy Stinson School. The fifth and sixth grade students will be going to Safford Middle School, and will be located in the B-Building which will only contain the LNS students. Again, these school changes only affect Lafe Nelson Students.

Specific details regarding transportation as well as many other items will be coming as soon as decisions are made. Once these decisions are made, we will post them on our website.

We appreciate all of the support we have been receiving from the community. Every effort is being made to get our schools up and running. Please continue to come to our Safford District webpage for updates.

CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES of the flood and hail damage to the schools


2016-2017 REVISED School Calendar

The 2016-2017 School Calendar was REVISED by the Arizona Department of Education due to catastrophic flood damage during October which resulted in schools being closed. A copy of the NEW 2016-17 School Calendar is available under "Downloads/Calendar" on our website.

We would like to extend appreciation to those who served on the Calendar Committee.

School events can be viewed on each school's website by clicking on the calendar button once you navigate to each school's website. You can also subscribe to any of the calendars from the calendar page.


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 12:00 p.m. (noon) to complete the form that will place your child's name on the list for the 2016-17 school year. Students are placed at the school which has the fewest in that grade. At the end of July you will be notified by phone which school your child will attend.

Registration takes place at the school site beginning August 1st. 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 Mrs. Kristen Walker 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.


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.


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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SAFFORD SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE SOME CALENDAR CHANGES BEGINNING IN 2016-17

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

Safford High School:
SHS will be incorporating a “Five-Day Modified” schedule beginning with the 2016-17 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 two Fridays of each semester will be full school days. (No early release).

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

We look forward to a Fantastic 2016-17 School Year!


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


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

Click here to be redirected to the Safford Schools Crisis Response Team Site.
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