Trailblazer Times

November 25, 2020

Dear VBL Families,

We are so thankful for all of the contributions to our Thanksgiving Field Day. The outpour of support and volunteers was overwhelming and much appreciated. Because of you the students had a day full of food, fun and love. I hope your personal Thanksgiving holiday is just as blessed.

Please visit our Facebook page for pictures of the day.

YOU time (V BE L culture building time) was a lot of fun. This week students are collaborating about what they are thankful for as well as things they enjoy. We displayed the chain at our Thanksgiving picnic and field day closure circle and asked students to give thanks for something in their lives. I was overwhelmed how many students gave thanks to their friends and families.

Next week is spirit week and I can't wait to see what they will be wearing. Please see the flyer below and encourage your child to participate. There will be our traditional Ugly Sweater Contest on Thursday.

Picture Day for Re-takes is coming on December 8th from 9-9:30 a.m. All students are welcome an encouraged to come by and get their yearbook picture taken. Click here to order pictures.

Please remind students to be on time for each class with camera and microphone on and follow the same expectations that would be expected if they were here. Our goal is to make this as close to being at school as possible. Students should be following their schedule from home each day including spending their learning lab time on Edmentum. 7th and 8th grade students need to report to their Assessment Schoology course each Thursday at 9:00. 6th grade students need to report to their Assessment Schoology course at 10:10 each Thursday.

We understand if your student is unable to come to school or show up virtually for class, but we still need you to notify us before 9:00 a.m. that they will be missing classes.

Students and parents are assigned and notified if they have re-teach classes from 3:00-3:30 each week through email. Please help your student adapt their schedule when they are assigned re-teach. This is the time students have the opportunity to change their formative grades and learn concepts they are struggling with.

Reminder: if you have not updated your Caredox we can not treat your child if they are ill. Please go to Powerschool to update

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

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our VBL Family.


Letter From Our Superintendent

November 25, 2020

Dear Parents,

I would like to provide you with an update on where we are with regard to keeping our schools open for hybrid learning.

Through all the changes during the pandemic, one constant continues to guide our decisions. We must continue to rely on public health benchmarks and guidance from Pima County Health experts to provide the safest learning environment for students and staff.

Yesterday, we met with Dr. Garcia, the Chief Medical Officer of Pima County Health Department (PCHD). Now that schools across the county have been in hybrid learning for the past two months, they are seeing very low rates of spread within school environments of less than 5%. Dr. Garcia stated that while cases of COVID-19 are rising in our community, it is largely being driven by small social gatherings. For these reasons, he continues to support hybrid learning as the preferred environment for schools to use at this time.

The health metrics from ADHS also continue to support hybrid learning at this time. The ADHS and PCHD health benchmarks can be found HERE.

In Vail, we are also seeing very low rates of virus transmission within our schools. Mitigation strategies including wearing face coverings, health checks, frequent hand washing, and social distancing are working. When someone (staff or student) is exposed to someone who is sick, we are using quarantines to prevent spread and protect others.

You can continue to help us keep our doors open by exercising caution in regards to COVID-19.

The conditions of this pandemic remain fluid. We are watching closely and will make adjustments when conditions and public health advice warrant a change. We will also give you advanced notice so that you can prepare.

If you have any questions, please email us at

The Thanksgiving holiday always gives us a reason to pause and reflect on the things for which we are most grateful. I am very grateful for your partnership during this most unusual year.

All I can say is thank you. Thank you to the Vail parents, teachers, staff, students, and community for the endless support, words of encouragement, and volunteer hours you continue to render on behalf of Vail’s students.

Please have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.

John Carruth


Pima County Health Update for November 16, 2020 - A message about COVID and schools.

Hybrid and Brick to Click Learning Details

  • 6th and 9th grade Monday - Thursday 9:00-3:30 in person
  • 7th and 8th grade - 2 Days in person, 2 Days remote (Monday/Wednesday A-K, Tuesday/Thursday L-Z)
  • Brick to Click will follow their schedule from home Monday-Thursday (the same as they have been doing the last 5 weeks)
  • All students follow their schedule all days
  • Friday will continue to be an elective day, currently the Leadership Elective in Edmentum
  • Class sizes will be less than 15
  • Students will rotate classes for ELA, Math, Science and Learning Lab
  • During Learning Lab students will be seated one to a table
Check your student's grades here

If you don't have your parent portal information, please reach out to Jeannie at 879-1302

In Person and At Home 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.
  • Re-teach will be assigned based upon formative testing results each week. Students and parents will be notified if they are required to attend re-teach.
  • 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.
  • All public, group and private chats comments are appropriate and relevant to topic
  • Video and Microphone on at all times
  • Speaker Courtesy - Active Listening skills
  • Calendars in Google cal
  • Eat and restroom during your learning lab times

School Supplies


In School Learning Supplies

Every day students are on campus, they will need:

  • Mask (we are encouraging an extra "emergency" mask in backpacks) worn over nose and mouth in all classes and anytime 6ft of social distancing is not possible.
  • Water Bottle- fillable at our touch-less water bottle filler
  • Computer - fully charged each morning
  • Charger
  • Earbuds
  • pencil and handheld pencil sharpener
  • snacks
  • lunch (school or personal)

Computers at School

If you will be participating in at school learning starting on September 21st and have a computer that is not school issued, please email Jeannie Mindziak so that we can start preparing to have your computer operational during your first day back.

Because our provided Chromebooks use the Chrome operating system and many of our classes will be using Applications that run in the Chrome Browser your device must be able to run the full (not mobile) version of the Google Chrome Browser. The laptop also needs to be able to connect to an advanced wireless system (WPA2 Enterprise) and 5.0 GHz wireless WiFi.

In order to do these tasks the minimum requirements are
Operating system: As of 2020-2021 VUSD does not support BYOD chromebooks nor Windows S.


An intel or AMD processor with at least 1.6 GHz of power At least four gig Ram and support 5.0 GHz WiFi (wireless). At least 128 Gigabytes of storage.

Additional details.

You give express written agreement that the Vail School District will retain complete administrative control over the School’s laptop’s settings, controls, applications, and so forth, while your student is enrolled at a District School if you have chosen to use a District-provided laptop.

All technological devices brought onto a Vail School District campus are subject to search and seizure. For BYOD devices, you give express written agreement that the Vail School District may install required software, certificates, or change settings in order to satisfy State of Arizona, School, or District requirements. These include but are not limited to filter settings or certificates, state testing web browsers, local remote access applications, or wireless settings. Admin passwords are not being requested. Malicious or filter bypass software or other inappropriate use may cause a user to be banned from using a BYOD device.

Schoology Account Information

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