How old must my child be to attend school?
Students must be 5 years of age before September 1 of the current school year to attend kindergarten and 6 years of age before September 1 to enter first grade. For more information, see Policy JEB and Regulation JEB-R.
What school will my child attend?
Unless you have made special arrangements through Open Enrollment, your child will attend your attendance area school. To find your attendance area school, use Pima Association of Government's School-Address Lookup or call School Community Services, 225-6400.
Does my child have to attend the attendance area school?
No. Through Open Enrollment, you can apply to have your child attend any school in TUSD.
How can I get my child into special programs like Magnet Schools or GATE?
Complete a School Choice/Open Enrollment Application to have your child attend a Magnet School. To participate in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program, students are evaluated by the district. Fill out a Permission to Evaluate form and submit it to your school to have your child evaluated for GATE. For more information, see GATE web page.
Do TUSD schools offer before and after school care?
Yes! Many elementary and some middle schools offer before and after school care. See the list of Before and After School Programs for more information.
How can I become more involved in my child's school?
As a parent, you can become involved in your school in many ways: through volunteering, participating in School Councils and the School Community Partnership Council, and by joining the Parent-Teacher-Student association.
When are the first and last days of schools, holidays, and half-days for this school year?
The complete school calendar is available at the Calendar web page.
What will the school be serving for breakfast and lunch?
See the School Menus for the monthly school meal menu.
What should my child wear to school? Does my child have to wear a uniform?
TUSD Governing Board policy JICA sets the standards of dress for TUSD schools. Some schools require uniforms. Refer to Exhibit JICA-E (in PDF) for the list of schools currently requiring uniforms. If you have more questions regarding the dress code at your child's school, please ask the principal.
Are there any preschool programs at TUSD?
Yes! We offer many preschool programs for young children throughout the district. See the Preschool page for more information.
How do I enroll my child in a TUSD school?
You can enroll your child online through ParentVUE. If you already have a ParentVUE account, simply log in to begin the process.
If you don't have an account, stop by your school to get one. The school can also help with any questions you have about the registration process.
See our Registration page for more information.
What are the district's student discipline procedures?
The Code of Conduct is intended to help create a positive and safe teaching and learning environment in our schools. See the Code for complete information about student rights, responsibilities, and discipline at TUSD schools.
Current Families (22-23)
Please email Communications, if there is information that would be helpful for you throughout the school year.
How do I find my child's Student ID?
Your child's Student ID is sometimes called their matric number.
Technology How To's
Log On to TUSD-WiFi (with non-district device)
Students who bring their own non-TUSD devices from home when they return to their school for in-person learning need to connect to the TUSD-WiFi network. Or if unable to connect to TUSD-WiFi network, they can try connecting to the TUSD-Guest network.
Please see the illustrated instructions below:
Free WiFi Map for Arizona
Use this free WiFi map from Connect Arizona to find free public WiFi hotspots at public libraries, schools, businesses, and other sites. Some sites may offer indoor public access during business hours, others provide access in the parking lot only. Everyone using the sites - outside or inside - is encouraged to practice social distancing precautions, including staying in your vehicle or at least six feet from other users and wearing a mask if necessary.
Who should I call if I have questions regarding transportation?
520-225-4800 – Transportation's Customer Service Department.
Who do I call after hours?
Sometimes you may need to call after our offices have closed.
If you are calling in regards to an emergency or if you need immediate information on your students bus location, please contact School Safety at (520) 584-7676. They will transfer you to the on-call dispatcher.
For all other after-hours questions, please use the following:
- If you need to change your address or are requesting an alternate pick up or drop off, please contact your child's school.
- If you wish to speak to someone, please call during our regular business hours, or leave a voicemail message at our main line, 520-225-4800, and we will contact you within two (2) business days.
- You can always email transportation your questions or concerns at any time. Your email will be answered within two (2) business days.
- Please remember to provide your child's name, school, and a phone number in your email or voicemail message.
We look forward to serving you.
What are the bus rules?
See the bus conduct page for the rules of behavior.
If my child qualifies for transportation, when will I receive a copy of my child's bus stop info?
If your child is enrolleb by the due date, you will receive a letter, via US Mail, two weeks prior to the start of school with the information.
If your child is enrolled after the due date, you will be notified by phone or mail as your bus stop assignment information becomes available. It may be two to three weeks after the start of school.
Can my child's pick up and drop off addresses differ?
Yes. Please contact your school to follow the process for approval. Upon approval by the Transportation Department, you will be notified when, and if, the route can be set up.
The addresses have to be consistent 5 days a week. The alternate pick up or drop off address must be in your attendance area. You must be eligible for transportation based on your home address, not the alternate address.
What is the Wee Care Program?
Wee Careis a program for our TUSD kindergarten bus riders. Wee Care is focused on enhancing safety procedures for our newest bus riders. Parents/Guardians will need to determine whether their child will be met by themselves or another adult at the bus stop or if their child will walk with a "bus buddy."
How can I find out if I qualify for Incentive Transportation?
Tucson Unified provides an incentive to diversify the student population by offering transportation to some open enrollment students. See info on Incentive Transportation.
Do Open Enrollment students qualify for transportation?
Most open enrollment students do not qualify for transportation. However, Incentive Transportation is available for some students if they live within the boundaries of a racially concentrated school as defined by the Unitary Status Plan.
How do I find out if my child qualifies for transportation?
Generally, school bus transportation is provided for students attending their neighborhood schools. See Transportation Eligibility for additional details.
Contact Transportation's Customer Service Department at 520-225-4800.
Contact the school your student is attending.
Does my child need to be attending a Tucson Unified school to take TUSD transportation?
Yes. A child must be enrolled in one of our schools to ride a school bus.
If my child withdraws before the end of the year, will transportation be cancelled?
Yes. Transportation will be cancelled when a student withdraws from school.
What if my child is eligible for transportation, hasn't used it and suddenly needs it?
Please call the Transportation's Customer Service Department at 520-225-4800 to let them know it is needed. They will let you know where you can get on the bus and/or if a stop will be re-instated.
What if my child no longer needs transportation?
If your child is eligible for transportation but will not use it, please call the Transportation's Customer Service Department at 520-225-4800.
What does it mean if my child is must be met?
The child will not be let off the bus without an authorized person present at the bus stop.
Do you do door-to-door pick up?
No. We do not meet students at the door, nor do we accompany students to the door. Bus stops are at the curb.
Are there cameras on the bus?
Yes, all of our buses have cameras.
My child lives within the walk radius and the walk path is unsafe. Do we get transportation?
To report your walk path unsafe, please contact Transportation at 520-225-4800.
If our School Safety determines the walk path unsafe, you will receive route information as soon as possible.
If my child is sick, will they be transported home during the school day?
No. You must return your child home.
Who's responsible for getting my child from daycare to the bus or from the bus to daycare?
The daycare staff stands in the place of the parent and must meet the child at the bus just as a parent would. Please take this into account when considering child care.
Will my student ride the same bus in the afternoon as the morning?
We attempt to route students on the same bus with the same bus driver, but this is not always possible.
How long is a typical bus ride?
Ride time depends on the distance between your home and school and the additional riders/stops on your bus route.
What if my child receives a bus conduct report?
All bus conduct reports are sent to the school administrator. According to district policy, the school administrator determines all disciplinary action.
Are there monitors on the bus?
Our monitors are added to buses on a case-by-case basis.
Is there supervision at bus stops?
No, but we supervise at transfer points.
Is a bus stop ever dropped or eliminated?
Yes, if a bus stop is not used for 10 consecutive days, the bus stop will be eliminated.
Can my child be transported only for the morning or afternoon?
Yes, you can request only morning or afternoon by contacting our Customer Service at 520-225-4800.
If my child lives outside of the Tucson Unified School District but attends a Tucson Unified school, does my child qualify for transportation?
No. We can not transport outside of the district boundaries.
Do Pre-K students qualify for transportation?
No, unless they have an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Please see Exceptional Education for assistance.
What do I do, if my child leaves something on the bus?
Call our Customer Service at 520-225-4800.
The bus didn't show up on time for my child. How long should they wait at the stop?
Your child should arrive at the stop at least 10 minutes before the scheduled arrival time of the bus.
If the bus is late, ask your child to remain at the stop. Buses break down, roads are blocked, drivers become ill or have emergencies, but there will always be a bus at every stop.
If the wait becomes longer than 10 minutes, call our Customer Service Department at 520-225-4800.
What time should my student arrive at the morning (AM) bus stop?
Students should be at the stop at least 10 minutes prior to scheduled pick-up time.
Tucson Unified Resources for Parents and Students
E-Curriculum Guide - 2022-2023 in PDF
Please note: The TUSD E-course guide shows current courses available within TUSD.
You may contact your school registrar for assistance with courses: School Directory
Community Resources for Parents and Students
One Stop Career Centers - Employment resources, training and referrals
Pima Community College - GED programs, vocational training, and college courses and resources
Pima County Health Department - Immunization and wellness clinics, information and more!
Pima County Library - Books, computer access, tutoring
Information and resources about AzMERIT, the state's assessment program, is available on our AzMERIT webpage.
Arizona Civics Test
Attention juniors and parents of juniors: In 2015, the Arizona legislature passed the American Civics Act (House Bill 2064) requiring the graduating class of 2017 to pass a civics test based on the United States Immigration and Naturalization civics questions. Students will be required to score 60% or higher in order to graduate from high school or obtain a high school equivalency certificates. Students may retake the test as many times as necessary to pass. Students receiving special education services are exempt from obtaining a passing score unless required by an IEP.
To prepare for this test, please this Study Guide for Arizona Civics Test.
- Advanced Learning Experiences (ALE)
- AzMERIT Information and Resources
- Before and After School Child Care (Growing Up Tucson)
- Catalog of Schools
- Clothing Bank
- Code of Conduct
- COVID-19 Resources and Updates
- District Calendar
- Dual Language
- Enroll With Us! (Register)
- Extended Day Education - High school classes after school
- Free All-Day Kindergarten
- Family Resource Centers (FRC)
- Graduation Requirements
- Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
- History of Tucson Unified
- Homeless Education and Resource Team (HEART)
- Infant and Early Learning Centers (Growing Up Tucson)
- Magnet Schools
- Opening Minds Through the Arts (OMA)
- Preschool (Growing Up Tucson)
- School Community Partnership Council
- Section 504 (Disabilities)
- Student Information System (ParentVUE | StudentVUE)
- Student Records