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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

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MOWR Parent Notification

At TCUSD, our focus is on providing the best high-quality reading instruction to all students each day. Through a process called Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), all kindergarten through third grade students are screened for reading difficulties and characteristics consistent with dyslexia in the fall, winter, and spring using iSTEEP
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.


TCUSD Re-Opening Plan

We are pleased to welcome you back, and present our reopening plan for the 2020-2021. Our plan has been developed by district stakeholders with our continued commitment to the vision, mission, values, beliefs and guiding principles of Tuba City Unified School District in mind.  Due to parent/guardian feedback, as well as our concern for the safety and well-being of TCUSD students and staff we will be planning to reopen on August 17, 2020 in the virtual or distance learning setting. All students will learn from home with teachers reporting to the building to work from their classrooms. Enrollment information is available at your child’s school now. Online enrollment is coming soon!

Changes due to the community situation or changes within the Navajo Nation, State of Arizona and/or the Center for Disease Control will be posted on an ongoing basis. Check back regularly for updates!

Virtual/Distance Learning

  • Start date: August 17, 2020
  • Grades served: PreK-12
  • Five days a week
  • All students will have an option to check out a district-provided laptop
  • Insurance plans for devices are available
  • Based on income, some families may be eligible to have the insurance premiums waived
  • WiFi access is available in school parking lots for TCUSD families and students
  • When service is available, WiFi access will be provided from buses that deliver food services and learning packet supplemental items to remote areas
  • If it is not possible for a child to connect to Internet services at all, accommodations will be available
  • All classes will be led by district teachers using the Schoology learning management system (LMS) and our proven Beyond Textbooks curriculum
  • Access to virtual “specials” throughout the semester (K-6)
  • The Special education team will work directly with families to schedule required in-person or telephonic therapies
  • Social and emotional support to promote student and family well-being will be available

Today’s Messages


Regular Board Meeting

Next Regular Board Meeting Scheduled for October 14, 2020 @ 6:30 PM.  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 October 14, 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

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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


P.S. Join our Warrior Wellness Program!

  • 1st – Download the STRAVA app.
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  • 3rd – Search Warrior Wellness
  • 4th – Ask to Follow

Warrior Wellness will:

  • Establish a Warrior family
  • Track your fitness
  • Allow you to participate in events
  • Follow your friends and activities
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