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Tuba City Unified School District

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Exec. Order 2020-51 Distance Learning

Superintendent Letter | Staff Protocols | ADE Waiver of Requirement | Distance Learning Plan | Parental Acknowledgement & Disclosure | Parent Waiver


Tuba City High School Website
Principal: 928-283-1052
Fax: 928-283-1242
Attendance: 928-283-1050
Athletics: 928-283-1060

Nizhoni Accelerated Academy Website
Principal: 928-283-1070
Fax: 928-283-1226

Tuba City JR. High Website
Front Desk: 928-283-1040
Principal: 928-283-1042

Tuba City Elementary Website
Attendance: 928-283-1085
Principal: 928-283-1032
Front Desk: 928-283-1020

Tsinaabaas Habitiin Elementary Website
Front Desk: 938-283-1090 | Fax: 938-283-1244
Principal: 928-283-1092

Dzil Libei Elementary Website
Front Desk: 928-283-1080
Principal: 928-283-1090


Board / Superintendent Secretary
P: 928-283-1006


District Office Contacts

P: 928-283-1027

Board / Superintendent Secretary
P: 928-283-1006


Superintendent’s Office

Business Office

Human Resources

Exceptional Student Services
Sandra Roe
ESS Director
P: 928.890.7406
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Career & Technical Education
Woody Begay
CTE Director
P: 928-283-1065
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David Klein
P: 928-283-1053
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Federal Programs
Del Glasgow
Federal Programs Director
Native Language Program Director
P: 928-283-1159
Clarissa Nockideneh
Federal Programs & NLP Assistant
P: 928-283-1183
Gloria Bigman
Student Parent Support Services Liaison
McKinney-Vento Liaison
P: 928-283-1183

News & Updates

Halloween During the Covid-19 Pandemic

The more people you interact with during the Halloween season (fall festivals, doorto-door trick-or-treating, in-person costume contests, large dinner parties, haunted houses, carnivals), you are at a higher risk of becoming infected and spreading COVID-19. Here's how you can stay safe.

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About TCUSD #15

Where We Are

Tuba City is located on the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona, U.S.A. The Hopi Village of Mungapi is located one mile south of Tuba City. Mungapi is a major gateway to the Hopi Indian Reservation. Located about 75 miles northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona, Tuba City’s elevation is about 5,000 feet. Summers are warm and sunny, winters are relatively mild with a small amount of snow each year. Area scenic attractions include the magnificent Grand Canyon National Park, Glen Canyon Dam/Lake Powell, Navajo National Monument, and the world famous Monument Valley. All scenic attractions are an average distance of 80 miles from Tuba City.

P.O. Box 67 Tuba City Arizona 86045
Phone: 928-283-1000/1076

Our Goals

All Tuba City Unified School District schools will strive to become an A or B rated school by 2022.

During school year 2018-2019, Tuba City Unified School District will strengthen relationships by incorporating team building activities into leadership meetings (bi-weekly) and district wide celebrations quarterly.

During school year 2018-2019, Tuba City Unified will participate in at least one community event per semester.

Average Teacher Salaries

A.R.S. §15-903.E AMENDED BY LAWS 2018, CH. 285 §10)

  1. Average of all teachers employed in FY2019 (Budget year) $47,433.
  2. Average salary of all teachers employed in FY2018 (Prior year) $44,451.
  3. Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year – $2,982.


Distance Learning Calendar

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26octAll Day"Ready for Red Ribbon Week" MondayWear red and get 9 hours of sleep every night

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26oct1:00 pm2:00 pmTCES Zoom Extentionafternoon Zoom session from 1-2pm

TCUSD Re-Opening Plan

Tuba City Unified School District is working to have a strong contingency plan to what has become the most unexpected school year. As TCUSD plans for our second quarter, we are working to build on the innovative solutions and systems that Tuba City Unified School District staff have created to support student learning and relationship building under conditions many of us never imagined. 

Planning is underway for the first day of school, January 12, 2020. While it is still unclear what guidance and restrictions from public health agencies may be in place this fall, it will almost certainly impact the way we provide student learning and school operations will look very different for the 2020-21 school year.  As always, the health and safety of our students and staff will be our highest priority and any plan will prioritize access of students furthest from educational justice. 

While science, data, and shared values will inform our decisions, the capacity and resource constraints posed by safety guidelines, limits the number of possible scenarios for the re-entry of students. These constraints include safety guidelines for transportation, the number of students that can be physically accommodated in our buildings, and the need to prioritize developmentally appropriate practices. Any scenario will require a significant change to the school day, both in structure and instruction as we work to meet social distancing requirements. 

The re-entry scenarios being explored are:

Scenario 1: Opening our doors to all students and teachers.  Traditional setting

Scenario 2:  Students in grades Pre-K-5 attend school in person full time; students in grades 6-12 have an A/B schedule where they receive part in-person learning and part remote learning.

Scenario 3:  Students in all grades Pre-K-12 have an A/B schedule and receive part in-person learning and part remote learning.

Scenario 4:  All students participate in 100% remote learning.

Our contingency planning engagement teams comprised of school leaders, parents, TCUSD members, Chapter house representatives, local partners, students, and central office staff explore each scenario. Our engagement teams may also suggest revisions to the initial options or a hybrid of the four models. The planning process will be guided by the tenets of our President Nez, Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman of the Arizona Department of Education to explore safety requirements, attendance requirements, delivery of remote instruction to various student groups, and budget constraints, and will include feedback gathered in the recent staff, family, and leadership survey. These same survey results will be shared with all families and staff. 

We understand the frustration that some may feel about possibly continuing remote learning in the later part of fall and possibly into winter, while others may be fearful for their student’s or family’s safety if we were to return to school buildings. Please know that we are actively engaging with a diverse group of partners and stakeholders and centering family and student voice in our decision making.

A final decision and third quarter 2021 re-opening plan will be decided at the December 9, 2020 school board meeting.

Tech Support

All students have been provided a 1-1 IPad and equipment to complete assignments from home and at school.  NTUA has provided free access to WiFi/internet at Tuba City High School and Dzil Libie Elementary in Cameron.  These schools are open to families, community members, students and staff.  The parking lots are open for people to park in the parking lot and access the internet.  There is no password required.

Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Healthy!

Dr. Risha VanderWey
Tuba City Unified School District #15 

Re-Entry Survey

Answer a few questions to help us plan for safe re-entry to TCUSD Schools.

Today’s Messages


Work Study Session

Thursday October 22, 2020 @ 6PM
Primary School, North Wing, North Main Street / Zoom, Tuba City, Arizona 86045

Regular Board Meeting

Next Regular Board Meeting Scheduled for November 10, 2020.  Governing Board Room, Main St. Tuba City AZ


Call To The Public

Please note; a modification has been made to the CALL TO THE PUBLIC for the upcoming Regular Board Meeting on November 10, 2020.  We are accepting IN-PERSON CALL TO THE PUBLIC comments at the time and date of the scheduled meeting.  If parents, staff or community members wish to address the board in person, we will accommodate their request by giving them the opportunity to present their Call To The Public comment in the District Office Conference Room during the meeting.

We will be practicing the social distancing guidelines and following established Covid-19 protocols prior to allowing anyone into the District Conference Room for their presentation.

If you wish to email your Call To The Public comment instead, send your comment via email to Amy Butler, Governing Board Secretary at  or Dr. Risha Vanderwey, Superintendent at Call To The Public emails received by the time the meeting is “called to order” will be read during the scheduled meeting.

P.O. Box 67 Tuba City Arizona 86045
Phone: 928-283-1000/1076

Hello Faculty, Staff, Students and Community

I am extremely happy to be member of the Tuba City Unified School District family and I am proud to represent you all as your superintendent for this upcoming school year!  Last Spring we were all heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Never in our recent history have we had to close our schools down to students and teachers due to a deadly virus.  The Covid-19 pandemic tragically impacted community that included Daughters, Sons, Mom’s, Dad’s, Grandpas and Grandmas in traumatic ways: either extreme illness or death.  Grief, sadness, anxiety and fear our feelings that we have all been experiencing and dealing with.  This 2020-2021 school year will be a time to heal and recover.  TCUSD is here to support you in any way that we can.  We have healthcare benefits that provide counseling services, biometric screening, preventative health services and health care.  Please contact Human Resources with any questions of services that we can provide for you.

Due to the tremendous impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, our brick and mortar schools will not be opening to students and parents on our first day of school.  The district will provide teachers to begin beyond contract work August 3, 2020 – August 11, 2020.  All other classified and nine month staff will be provided beyond contract work August 5, 2020 – August 11, 2020.  The newly adopted calendar for the school year will begin August 12, 2020 to prepare for distant learning for our students who will begin school on August 17, 2020.

The pandemic has shifted our district focus in many ways.

  • Established health and safety protocols for staff to re-enter the facilities;
  • Provide masks and disinfectant for all individuals entering the facilities;
  • Established a 1-1 IPad initiative for students;
  • Purchased new Learning Management System: Schoology for lesson delivery;

Welcome back! With all of the new ways of providing instruction to our students, TCUSD will focus on providing thorough training opportunities for IPad usage for instructional purposes to students, parents and teachers.  In time, we will all get used to this new way of delivering instruction and receiving instruction.  I will focus on stabilizing our learning platform to ensure your success.  As the superintendent, I am here to ensure that all students have access to a high quality, enriching education.  In order to accomplish this, I offer my support, experience and expertise to the students, families, principals, teachers, and support staff.

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Healthy!

Thank you,
Dr. Risha VanderWey
Tuba City Unified School District #15


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