How the use of technology has impacted TUSD school year

TUCSON (KVOA) – The Tucson Unified School District held a meeting Thursday to discuss the biggest lessons learned from the past COVID-19 school year and years to come.

Administrators said they learned to use new technologies like Zoom to bring the community together. However, zoom will not be used as often in the upcoming school year.

TUSD Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo pointed out two main points when asked what they have learned from the pandemic.

Relationships between teachers, students and parents have grown with technology.

He said these relationships helped teachers draw their students into a virtual environment. While parental relationships also helped calm other parents who were nervous about the overall pandemic.

Even the ability of school principals to communicate with their families during a completely different school year has been compromised by the use of technology.

On technology, Trujillo said the ability to communicate and collaborate with services like Zoom has been strengthened.

He sees it as a powerful tool that is invaluable in enabling them to communicate frequently with many groups of people.

“It was great to be able to use this technology for instant access to the public, our parents and our employees,” said Trujillo.

The district will be teaching one-to-one and will no longer offer hybrid courses.

In addition, the superintendent said that masks will continue to be required throughout the summer school.

A final decision on the use of masks for the upcoming school year will be made at the end of July.

You will work with the health department and follow CDC guidelines to make these decisions.