Trailblazer Times

August 3, 2020

Dear VBL Families,

Welcome new and returning Trailblazers! I would like to take some time to provide information regarding the start of our 20-21 school year. It's getting close! We're excited!

Vail Blended Learning’s first day of school will be August 10th. We will begin this year online with all students. Students will have a schedule to follow each day that will include virtual classes with their Vail Blended Learning teachers as well as an online elective course for all students. These classes will be through Schoology and Edmentum (our new online platform).

August 5th and 6th I will be holding Curriculum Night Zoom meetings with all parents. These meetings will provide parents and students with all the information necessary for a successful remote learning experience. Please sign up for one of the Curriculum Night time slots here.

August 5th and 6th will also be Computer check out days. If you are planning on using a VSD computer this year, please come by between 8:00 and 4:00 August 5th or 6th with $50 insurance fee by check or cash. We will issue your student computer at that time and you'll be all set for August 10th!

During the week of August 10th teachers will be providing instruction and support with utilizing all the remote learning guidelines, needs and technical skills to all students. They have been working hard this summer setting up quality instruction that aligns with the first quarter standards. In addition to this, we will make our primary focus this first week to build a positive and successful learning environment while supporting the emotional needs of our students.

I am looking forward to an amazing year with all of you! It may not be the way we imagined it, but I have confidence that we will accomplish great things together.

Please check the schedule below and communicate to your student that attendance will be taken for each class.

All students are expected to participate in all classes each day.

Thank you for all of your support in this unusual circumstance. Please reach out for any reason.


Remote Learning Expectations

  • Student will participate in lessons according to their schedule each day.
  • Rigorous grade level content in Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts will be provided by teachers.
  • Lessons will be delivered through Schoology.
  • Student attendance will be counted DAILY.
  • Parents and students will be given training in Schoology, Edmentum and other needs.
  • Teachers will maintain connections with students through scheduled Schoology and Zoom Opportunities.
  • Grading and feedback will be provided to students in a timely manner.
  • Advanced math and re-teach will be available to students. Students in advanced math will be able to attend attend their recorded class at any time. Re-teach will be available daily directly following the instruction time.
  • Special Education Support will be provided by Camille Haynie and our Special Education Support Team.
  • Leadership Elective Course will be assigned and is mandatory for each student.

School Supplies

During School Closures

  1. 3 notebooks, one for ELA,Science and Math
  2. computer with internet access
  3. string and bouncy ball for science lab

In School Learning

  1. 3 notebooks, one for ELA,Science and Math
  2. computer with internet access
  3. college ruled lined paper (paper and writing instruments will not be loaned or shared)
  4. graph paper (supplies will not be loaned or shared)
  5. dry erase markers (paper and writing instruments will not be loaned or shared)
  6. writing instruments including a red or blue pen (paper and writing instruments will not be loaned or shared)
  7. ruler (supplies will not be loaned or shared)
  8. scissors (supplies will not be loaned or shared)
  9. colored pencils (supplies will not be loaned or shared)
  10. index cards

Free and Reduced Lunch

July 16, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. We are happy to announce that the Free and Reduced Price School Meal Applications are now available for the 2020-2021 school year. Please remember that a new application must be completed every school year to determine if your child qualifies for free or reduced meal benefits. Also, due to the annual changes to income guidelines, every family is encouraged to apply for Free and Reduced Price School Meals.

Applications can be completed electronically at Paper applications will also be available in the office of your child’s school or at the district office.

If you have a student who is currently enrolled that received free or reduced meal benefits during the 2019-2020 school year and will have new student(s) joining the district in 2020-2021, please contact Vail Food Service after July 1 to have this benefit extended to your new student(s).

Your students free or reduced meal benefits from 2019-2020 will remain in effect for the first 30 days of the 2020-2021 school year or until a new application has been approved. As of today, the 30 days will expire on 9/22/2020.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Vail Food Service by email at or phone (520) 879-3913 or (520) 879-2015.

Thank you,

Vail Food Service

Mary Filip (520) 879-3913

Michelle Gibson (520) 879-2015

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


The Transportation Department drives thousands of miles each day to transport thousands of students to and from school safely and efficiently. This is our single most-important goal. As we prepare for the new school year, it is important to familiarize yourself with your student’s route information.

Transportation routes have changed significantly, therefore, please check your student’s bus stop information carefully, following the directions below. This is especially important for high school students as we have added “hubs” to current routing schedules which are designed to allow for more direct routes to school thereby minimizing ridership times and increasing our efficiency. This also provides a foundation for transportation zones that will take effect in the 2021/2022 school year.

All students who are eligible for transportation are assigned to a bus route. Excluding special needs students, all students are assigned to a single bus route based on their home address.

Route information is available online at . To find your bus stop, type in your street address, school of attendance, grade, and zip code. Then click the “my bus stops” button. The published information will give you bus route numbers and pick up and drop off times for full day and half day schedules.

We appreciate your support as well as the fundamental role you have in helping Transportation staff ensure the safety of all our students.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the following staff:

Mary St. John

Leslie Incontrera

Student Breakfast and Lunches

All Vail Blended Learning Meals will be served from Empire High School from 7 am - 1 pm for the first week (August 10th).

New times and information will be available soon for the dates Beginning the week of August 17th.


Vail Blended Learning T-shirts and Hoodies will be available for $10 or $20 when you come to pick up your computer!
Schoology Account Information

Set up your Schoology account now to stay up-to-date with your child's learning.