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Dear Nogales Unified School District Community,  

On May 11, 2020 the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) recommends that large mass gatherings such as graduations, concerts not to be held at this time.

The guidelines state that Arizonan's should use their best judgement in suspending public activities that can be delayed suspending these activities can protect individual and the public and preserve vital health care resources. 

At this time N.U.S.D. continues to prioritize the safety, security and health of our students and school communities and will be following and recommending the Arizona Department of Health Services Guidelines. 

Nogales High School in an abundance of caution and consideration to this health scare crisis will be recognizing the "Class of 2020" through personalized virtual ceremonies, drive in services and other live stream programs following the social distancing guidelines. 

Pierson High School will be having a "Pick Up Your Diploma Day" staggering individual students and recognizing each student individually as they pick up their diploma and are recognized. No ceremony will be held due to large group gathering and social distancing guidelines. 

* If in the coming weeks/months the Arizona Department of Health Services modifies or recommends a new set of guidelines; Nogales High School will consider the possibility with input and feedback from the school community, students and parents to organize an in person ceremony to celebrate our graduates. 

N.U.S.D. Congratulates the "Class of 2020" Nogales High School is Graduating 403 students and Pierson High School is Graduating 27 students. It is very difficult to not be able to celebrate our graduating students with a traditional in person graduation at this time, due to the situation we are all experiencing and going through with this health scare. It is difficult and very emotional for everyone involved, but it is also important to be mindful prioritizing the safety and health of our students and Nogales Community. 

For more information please follow us on our N.U.S.D. website www.nusd.k12.az.us.

Many Blessings and Health to our students and families.

Thank you!

Superintendent Parra 

Estimada comunidad del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Nogales,

El 11 de mayo de 2020, el Departamento de Servicios de Salud de Arizona (ADHS, por sus siglas en inglés) recomienda que no se realicen grandes reuniones masivas como graduaciones, conciertos en este momento.

Las pautas establecen que Arizonan debe usar sus mejores juicios para suspender actividades públicas que pueden retrasarse. Suspender estas actividades puede proteger al individuo y al público y preservar los recursos vitales de atención médica.

En este momento, N.U.S.D. continúa priorizando la seguridad y la salud de nuestros estudiantes y comunidades escolares y seguirá y recomendará las Directrices del Departamento de Servicios de Salud de Arizona.

La Escuela Secundaria Nogales, con mucha precaución y consideración a esta crisis de miedo a la salud, reconocerá la "Clase de 2020" a través de ceremonias virtuales personalizadas, servicios de conducción y otros programas de transmisión en vivo siguiendo las pautas de distanciamiento social.

Pierson High School tendrá un "Día de Recoja su Diploma" asombrando a los estudiantes individuales y reconociendo a cada estudiante individualmente a medida que recogen su diploma y son reconocidos. No se llevará a cabo ninguna ceremonia debido a la reunión de grupos grandes y las pautas de distanciamiento social.

* Si en las próximas semanas / meses el Departamento de Servicios de Salud de Arizona modifica o recomienda un nuevo conjunto de pautas; La Preparatoria Nogales considerará la posibilidad con aportes y comentarios de la comunidad escolar, estudiantes y padres para organizar una ceremonia en persona para celebrar a nuestros graduados.

N.U.S.D. Felicita a la "Clase de 2020" Nogales High School está graduando a 403 estudiantes y Pierson High School está graduando a 27 estudiantes. Es muy difícil no poder celebrar a nuestros estudiantes graduados con una graduación tradicional en persona en este momento, debido a la situación que todos estamos experimentando y pasando por este susto de salud. Es difícil y muy emotivo para todos los involucrados, pero también es importante tener en cuenta priorizar la seguridad y la salud de nuestros estudiantes y la comunidad de Nogales.

Para obtener más información, síganos en nuestro N.U.S.D. sitio web www.nusd.k12.az.us.

Muchas bendiciones y salud para nuestros estudiantes y familias.


Superintendente Parra

Graduation Guidance from Arizona Department of Health Services
Dear School Leaders,  
Today, the Arizona Department of Health Services released guidance regarding Graduation Ceremonies. That guidance can be viewed by clicking hereWe know many of you are already actively planning and discussing what graduation ceremonies will look like in the weeks or months ahead.
At this time, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) recommends that mass gatherings (such as graduations, concerts) are not held.
  • Consider whether gatherings may need to have limited attendance, be held virtually, or suspended if physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
  • All Arizonans should use their best judgment in suspending public activities that can be delayed. Suspending these activities can protect individuals and the public and preserve vital healthcare resources.
If canceling, postponing, or holding the event virtually is not an option, ADHS recommends the additional steps be taken by mass gathering coordinators. For more information, please see ADHS' Guidance for Graduations.
We encourage you to consider the attached recommendations and to share them with your students and families as you make decisions that meet the needs of your local school communities. Additional public health related information and resources can be found at ADHS' website.
Thank you,
Arizona Department of Education


05/05/2020 3:00 PM

Dear Nogales Unified School District Community: 

We hope that all of our students and families are doing well, staying safe and healthy following all social distancing guidelines. 

There is a possibility of a Modified Plan for the start of the school year, August 2020. We will provide updates as we hear more from State officials and proceed accordingly.

Once again, we know how difficult it has been for our students, parents and all of our school communities during this school closure. Not being able to continue a normal school calendar has been difficult for everyone but the priority continues to be the safety, security and health of our students, school communities and the Nogales community. The end of the year student check out plan started this week for senior students at Nogales and Pierson High Schools with great success following social distancing guidelines. The schools will continue providing specific guidelines and communication on the procedures which will be followed. 

A difficult matter concerning COVID-19 is that schools are not able to plan/provide a person-to-person traditional graduation at this time. This is difficult for our school officials as we know how hard, difficult and emotional it has been for our students, parents and families. I myself am a parent of a graduating student and can personally understand and feel how difficult this is for all of our family and all of your families and students. Understanding that social distancing guidelines and large group gathering restrictions remain in effect at this time and we do not know until when or for how long. The infected cases continue to increase in the County, State and Country. As I write this communication, we are up to 35 confirmed cases in Santa Cruz County. As of today, Arizona has 395 deaths. This is why this is so devastating as this health scare and virus continue to take many lives and make an impact in our daily lives. 

Due to these unknown factors the high schools will be implementing a modified graduation plan. 

At Pierson High School (27 graduates) school officials have been communicating and coordinating with students. The school is planning what they will be calling a "Pick Up Your Diploma Day" for the Class of 2020 where individual students will be wearing their cap/gown and picking up their diploma directly at the school. This process will be staggering individual students allowing each student (parent) to pick up their diploma and be recognized. Not all 27 graduates (large group setting) will be able to be together at one time as students will be picking up their diploma directly and leaving accordingly to provide space and time for each individual student to follow this process. This was decided based on the fact that it is a small group of senior students with the understanding that we cannot have an in-person graduation ceremony following all appropriate social distancing guidelines. 

At Nogales High School in order to be able to recognize and celebrate the Class of 2020 (403 graduates) school officials have a graduation committee composed of senior student officers, parents, community members and school officials to plan a virtual graduation ceremony. The school is recognizing that in the future they will probably not be able to recognize all graduating students as many will be moving on with summer college programs, joining the military and others planning personal things as they move on after high school. This will be a personalized virtual graduation ceremony (video recorded) that will also include other activities to recognize all students respectively and accordingly. 

The school will be looking into possibly holding an in-person modified celebration later this summer with the understanding that safety/ health guidelines for large group gatherings are in place as recommended by the health experts. We do not know when this health scare will be over and it would be irresponsible to schedule any other event. The District has partnered with the Nogales International for a special edition graduation program where all of our graduates from NHS and PHS will be recognized and celebrated. 

We appreciate your understanding, support and sensibility as we continue through this difficult time together as a community.     

We want to wish our "Class of 2020" the very best as they have earned their high school diploma through their hard work and perseverance.     

This graduating class will embrace and endure this difficult situation. They will continue to be a determined group of great students and people who will move on and accomplish many great things in life. They are deserving of a safe, healthy and prosperous future! 

Be Safe and please continue to practice good hygiene and practice all the social distancing guidelines. 


Superintendent Parra

Estimada comunidad del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Nogales:

Esperamos que todos nuestros estudiantes y familias estén bien, manteniéndose seguros y saludables siguiendo todas las pautas de distanciamiento social.

Existe la posibilidad de un Plan modificado para el comienzo del año escolar, agosto de 2020. Proporcionaremos actualizaciones a medida que escuchemos más de los funcionarios estatales y procedamos en consecuencia.

Una vez más, sabemos lo difícil que ha sido para nuestros estudiantes, padres y todas nuestras comunidades escolares durante el cierre de esta escuela. No poder continuar un calendario escolar normal ha sido difícil para todos, pero la prioridad sigue siendo la seguridad y la salud de nuestros estudiantes, las comunidades escolares y la comunidad de Nogales. El plan de salida de estudiantes de fin de año comenzó esta semana para estudiantes de último año en las escuelas secundarias Nogales y Pierson con gran éxito siguiendo las pautas de distanciamiento social. Las escuelas continuarán proporcionando pautas específicas y comunicación sobre los procedimientos que se seguirán.

Un asunto difícil con respecto a COVID-19 es que las escuelas no pueden planificar / proporcionar una graduación tradicional de persona a persona en este momento. Esto es difícil para los funcionarios de nuestra escuela, ya que sabemos lo difícil, difícil y emocional que ha sido para nuestros estudiantes, padres y familias. Yo mismo soy padre de un estudiante graduado y puedo entender y sentir personalmente lo difícil que es para toda nuestra familia y todas sus familias y estudiantes. Entendiendo que las pautas de distanciamiento social y las restricciones de reunión de grupos grandes siguen vigentes en este momento y no sabemos hasta cuándo ni por cuánto tiempo. Los casos infectados continúan aumentando en el condado, estado y país. Mientras escribo esta comunicación, tenemos hasta 35 casos confirmados en el Condado de Santa Cruz. A partir de hoy, Arizona tiene 395 muertes. Esta es la razón por la cual esto es tan devastador ya que este susto de salud y virus continúan cobrando muchas vidas y tienen un impacto en nuestra vida diaria.

Debido a estos factores desconocidos, las escuelas secundarias implementarán un plan de graduación modificado.

En Pierson High School (27 graduados) los funcionarios escolares se han comunicado y coordinado con los estudiantes. La escuela está planeando lo que llamarán un "Día para recoger su diploma" para la clase de 2020, donde los estudiantes llevarán su toga / birrete y recogerán su diploma directamente en la escuela. Este proceso asombrará a los estudiantes individuales permitiendo que cada estudiante (padre) recoja su diploma y sea reconocido. No todos los 27 graduados (grupo grande) podrán estar juntos al mismo tiempo, ya que los estudiantes recogerán su diploma directamente y se irán en consecuencia para proporcionar espacio y tiempo para que cada estudiante siga este proceso. Esto se decidió en base al hecho de que es un pequeño grupo de estudiantes de último año con el entendimiento de que no podemos tener una ceremonia de graduación en persona siguiendo todas las pautas apropiadas de distanciamiento social.

En la Preparatoria Nogales, para poder reconocer y celebrar la Clase de 2020 (403 graduados), los funcionarios escolares tienen un comité de graduación compuesto por altos estudiantes, padres, miembros de la comunidad y funcionarios escolares para planificar una ceremonia virtual de graduación. La escuela reconoce que en el futuro probablemente no podrán reconocer a todos los estudiantes que se gradúen, ya que muchos seguirán adelante con los programas universitarios de verano, se unirán al ejército y a otros que planeen cosas personales a medida que avanzan después de la escuela secundaria. Esta será una ceremonia de graduación virtual personalizada (video grabado) que también incluirá otras actividades para reconocer a todos los estudiantes respectivamente y en consecuencia.

La escuela buscará posiblemente celebrar una celebración modificada en persona más adelante este verano con el entendimiento de que las pautas de seguridad / salud para las reuniones de grupos grandes están en su lugar según lo recomendado por los expertos en salud. No sabemos cuándo terminará este susto de salud y sería irresponsable programar cualquier otro evento. El Distrito se ha asociado con Nogales International para un programa de graduación de edición especial donde todos nuestros graduados de NHS y PHS serán reconocidos y celebrados.

Apreciamos su comprensión, apoyo y sensibilidad mientras continuamos a través de este momento difícil juntos como comunidad.

Queremos desear a nuestra "Clase de 2020" lo mejor, ya que han obtenido su diploma de escuela secundaria a través de su arduo trabajo y perseverancia.

Esta clase de graduados abrazará y resistirá esta difícil situación. Continuarán siendo un grupo determinado de excelentes estudiantes y personas que seguirán adelante y lograrán muchas cosas maravillosas en la vida. ¡Merecen un futuro seguro, saludable y próspero!

Esté seguro y continúe practicando una buena higiene y practique todas las pautas de distanciamiento social.


Superintendente Parra

05/05/2020 2:30 PM

Wishing everyone our very best! May all of you be safe, healthy and blessed during these difficult times.

Teachers/Educators and Everyone in our TEAM that works with our students every day:

You have been part of an experience of thousands of students! You have made better people for being part of their lives. Every person always remembers their teachers for better or for worse. I personally believe students will always have a memory of their teachers, but an even more powerful impact that will forever be part of who they are or become...You are role models just by choosing this profession. You make a difference and are influential in the lives of many students for the rest of their lives. You are part of a humble profession that provides the opportunity to do great things every day. It is the students holding us in their own honest way accountable as well as our own consciousness that forces us to be the very best teachers we can be! To do our very best every day! 

Teaching is the very best of the human factor as you are able to not only make a difference, but you also nourish and plant a SEED IN EVERY STUDENT YOU TEACH AND LEARN WITH EVERY DAY...

The following is the teaching path and personal JOY we should always follow within our teaching and learning approach; 

The Greatest Joy 


- Coach John Wooden 

05/04/2020 10:30 AM

Dear Nogales Unified School District Community/K-8 Students and Parents:

We hope that all of our students/families are doing well, staying safe and healthy following all the social distancing guidelines.

As you may know, the Governor has extended the Stay at Home Order to May, 15, 2020. School Closure continues until the end of the regular school year calendar. A Modified Plan for the start of the new school year will be in effect for August 2020. We will continue to provide updates as we hear more from State officials and proceed accordingly with the possibility of a Modified Plan for the next school year. 

Once again we know how difficult it has been and will continue to be for our students, parents and all of our school communities during this school closure. All of our lives have changed during this health crisis and not being able to continue a normal school year calendar has been very difficult for everyone. But the priority continues to be the safety, security and health of our students, school communities and the Nogales community. 

For all of our K-8 students an end of the school year plan will be implemented during the coming weeks. The district and schools will be reaching out and communicating the process, details and procedures/time lines- dates that will be followed for returning/picking up any personal items, school materials, athletic uniforms, textbooks/library books, equipment items/musical instruments or any routine end of the school year student checking out items. 

During this end of the year student check out/closure plan; our students will also be provided with an end of the year special transition packets; containing/including student certificates, awards, recognitions, DARE shirts- certificates and other individual student items/recognition of programs. 

Hopefully some of our grade level teachers will be there (alternating grade level schedules) for final dismissal providing support as our parents/students pick up their end of the year student packets.


We are also very excited for our 3rd/4th grade students! The Nogales International and South32 Mining is working in partnership and have created a Fun/Critical Thinking Activity Book. The district will be mailing these Activity Books to all of our 3rd/4th grade students in the coming weeks as we know our students will really enjoy these grade level Activity Books. 

We have missed our students very much and not having an end of the year transition has been the most difficult situation during this health scare crisis. 

Be safe, stay healthy, wash your hands consistently with soap and water and continue to practice all the social distancing guidelines.

Superintendent Parra 

Estimados estudiantes y padres de la Comunidad del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Nogales / K-8:

Esperamos que todos nuestros estudiantes / familias estén bien, se mantengan seguros y saludables siguiendo todas las pautas de distanciamiento social.

Como ya sabrá, el Gobernador ha extendido la Orden de quedarse en casa hasta el 15 de mayo de 2020. El cierre de la escuela continúa hasta el final del calendario escolar regular. Un plan modificado para el comienzo del nuevo año escolar entrará en vigencia para agosto de 2020. Continuaremos brindando actualizaciones a medida que escuchemos más de los funcionarios estatales y procedamos en consecuencia con la posibilidad de un plan modificado para el próximo año escolar.

Una vez más, sabemos lo difícil que ha sido y seguirá siendo para nuestros estudiantes, padres y todas nuestras comunidades escolares durante el cierre de esta escuela. Todas nuestras vidas han cambiado durante esta crisis de salud y no poder continuar un calendario escolar normal ha sido muy difícil para todos. Pero la prioridad sigue siendo la seguridad y la salud de nuestros estudiantes, las comunidades escolares y la comunidad de Nogales.

Para todos nuestros estudiantes de K-8 se implementará un plan de fin de año escolar durante las próximas semanas. El distrito y las escuelas se comunicarán y comunicarán el proceso, los detalles y los procedimientos / las fechas y fechas que se seguirán para devolver / recoger cualquier artículo personal, material escolar, uniformes deportivos, libros de texto / libros de la biblioteca, artículos de equipo / instrumentos musicales. o cualquier estudiante de rutina al final del año escolar que saque artículos.

Durante este fin de año, el plan de salida / cierre del estudiante; nuestros estudiantes también recibirán un paquete especial de transición de fin de año; que contiene / incluye certificados de estudiantes, premios, reconocimientos, camisetas de DARE, certificados y otros artículos individuales de estudiantes / reconocimiento de programas.

Afortunadamente, algunos de nuestros maestros de nivel de grado estarán allí (horarios alternos de nivel de grado) para el despido final brindando apoyo a medida que nuestros padres / estudiantes recojan sus paquetes de estudiantes de fin de año.


También estamos muy emocionados por nuestro 3er / 4 th estudiantes de grado! Nogales International y South32 Mining están trabajando en asociación y han creado un Libro de actividades de pensamiento divertido / crítico. El distrito enviará estos libros de actividades por correo a todos nuestros alumnos de 3er / 4to grado estudiantes en las próximas semanas, ya que sabemos que nuestros estudiantes realmente disfrutarán de estos libros de actividades de nivel de grado.

Hemos extrañado mucho a nuestros estudiantes y no haber tenido una transición de fin de año ha sido la situación más difícil durante esta crisis de miedo a la salud.

Esté seguro, manténgase saludable, lávese las manos constantemente con agua y jabón y continúe practicando todas las pautas de distanciamiento social.

Superintendente Parra

05/04/2020 9:45 AM

Dear NUSD Community, 

The district is very excited and is currently planning and coordinating to provide Nogales High School Students/Parents Free Online Summer School for our students/families who need credit recovery.

Nogales High School will also be providing a Health Course/replacing the Physical Education Course for our students interested in taking the class for credit (dual credit) this summer. All summer courses will be online instruction. The summer program will include a transition to high school for incoming freshman students. 

The schools will be following the Free Modified Remote/Online Summer School Program. For those students who do not have a technology device/the school will be providing/lending devices to our students as needed. Further information (registration- scheduled times-dates) and details regarding Online High School Summer School will be provided in the coming weeks. 

If you have further questions or concerns please contact the school directly. For those students/parents who have already registered or made a payment for summer school you will be receiving a reimbursement. 

NUSD is very proud to continue to provide the best services and instruction opportunities for our students/families.
Thank you for your support and for you choosing NUSD for your education! 

Superintendent Parra 

Estimada comunidad del NUSD:

El distrito está muy entusiasmado y actualmente está planeando y coordinando proporcionar a los estudiantes / padres de la escuela secundaria de Nogales escuela de verano en línea gratis para nuestros estudiantes / familias que necesitan recuperación de crédito.

Nogales High School también proporcionará un curso de salud / reemplazará el curso de educación física para nuestros estudiantes interesados en tomar la clase para obtener crédito (doble crédito) este verano. Todos los cursos de verano serán en línea. El programa de verano incluirá una transición a la escuela secundaria para los nuevos estudiantes de primer año.

Las escuelas seguirán el programa de escuela de verano en línea / remoto modificado gratuito. Para aquellos estudiantes que no tienen un dispositivo tecnológico / la escuela proporcionará / prestará dispositivos a nuestros estudiantes según sea necesario. En las próximas semanas se proporcionará más información (fecha de inscripción programada, fechas y fechas) y detalles sobre la Escuela de Verano en línea de High School

Si tiene más preguntas o inquietudes, comuníquese directamente con la escuela. Para aquellos estudiantes / padres que ya se hayan registrado o hayan realizado un pago para la escuela de verano, recibirán un reembolso.

NUSD está muy orgulloso de continuar brindando los mejores servicios y oportunidades de instrucción para nuestros estudiantes / familias.  

¡Gracias por su apoyo y por elegir NUSD para su educación!  

Superintendente Parra


NUSD #1 is located about an hour south of Tucson in the beautiful mountains of Southern Arizona. The City of Nogales is a fantastic place to live and work. It is a progressive city that has successfully maintained its small town charm, rich traditions, and vibrant culture. The city is the county seat for Santa Cruz County and shares the international border with Nogales-Sonora, its sister city in Mexico.

Our school district serves approximately 6,200 students in 10 schools which include a preschool program, six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. Located in the southern part of Santa Cruz County, our students and families bring to our school community a rich cultural background that reflects life on both sides of the border.

Most importantly, Nogales is the type of city where “a kid can be a kid.” Far removed from the hustle and bustle of big city life, Nogales is a place where parents can feel safe with nurturing schools and caring neighbors. Come join us here at Nogales Unified School District #1. We can’t wait to meet you!

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