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Children, young teens may be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine before next school year

Gateway Polytechnic Academy Students On Their First Day Back To School Aug. 17, 2020. Photo Courtesy Queen Creek Unified School District

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Updated April 9, 2021: School-age children and teens may soon be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines before the 2021-2022 school year begins.

That will help reduce transmission of variants of the COVID-19 virus found in Arizona not only among young people, but also among school staff, other adults they come in contact with, and grandparents as well as family members with compromised immune systems.

Researchers also say studies have shown that the COVID-19 vaccine will help children and young adults with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome developed after COVID-19 infection.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 848.202 today from 846,900 yesterday, and 17,062 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 527,566 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 113,463 in Pima County, 50,155 in Pinal County, 36,901 in Yuma County, 22,295 in Mohave County, 18,408 in Yavapai County, 17,267  in Coconino County, 15,977 in Navajo County, 11,715 in Cochise County, 11,221 in Apache County, 7,857 in Santa Cruz County, 6,846 in Gila County, 5,515 in Graham County, 2,449 in La Paz County and 567 in Greenlee County.

Arizona Dept. of Health Services Interactive Graphic: (Hover over counties and boxes for more info)


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Florence Unified School District seeks volunteers for a community cleanup tomorrow.

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 846,900 today from 846,230 yesterday, and 17,055 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 527,197 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 113,375 in Pima County, 50,082 in Pinal County, 36,874 in Yuma County, 22,271  in Mohave County, 18,391 in Yavapai County, 17,238 in Coconino County, 15,759 in Navajo County, 11,686 in Cochise County, 11,208 in Apache County, 7,856 in Santa Cruz County, 6,575 in Gila County,  5,372 in Graham County, 2,448 in La Paz County and 567 in Greenlee County.

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Valley of the Sun United Way is giving away a Scholastic 50 book library in honor of National Library Week to a person who submits a video testimonial of their experience with School Readiness Kits.

Even with additional support from teachers, students with disabilities are struggling with online classes, Education Week reports.

Union Elementary School District thanked Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman for celebrating their staff who have been providing in-person and virtual learning since the fall.

Hear how embedding local culture into the curriculum builds trust between families and schools.

Northern Arizona University‘s Hotel and Restaurant Management students prepared meals for COVID-19 vaccination workers on campus.

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Updated April 7, 2021: Arizona Education Association, Arizona Educators United and Save Our Schools Arizona are gathering at the Capitol today to #ProtectINVESTinED, in response to Senate Bill 1783 that would eliminate the funding Arizona voters approved in November.

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 846,230 today from 845,480 yesterday, and 17,023 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 526,890 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 113,253 in Pima County, 49,996 in Pinal County, 36,814 in Yuma County, 22,252  in Mohave County, 18,377 in Yavapai County, 17,221 in Coconino County, 15,747 in Navajo County, 11,669 in Cochise County, 11,202 in Apache County, 7,851 in Santa Cruz County, 6,573 in Gila County,  5,370 in Graham County, 2,448 in La Paz County and 567 in Greenlee County.

Pueblo High School is hosting a Science Night tonight via Zoom.

Mesa schools expect to receive a total of $240 million in elementary and secondary school emergency relief.

Tempe Unified High School wishes Sophomores who are testing this week good luck.

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Updated April 6, 2021: House Education Committee Chair Rep. Michelle Udall asks the Arizona Dept. of Education to release $85 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to schools to help them avoid laying off teachers due to declining enrollment.

With almost 4 percent less students enrolled in Arizona public schools this year, the decrease in per-pupil funding of hundreds of millions of dollars is hitting Arizona school budgets hard.

Since schools make decisions now on whether to offer teaching contracts for next year, funding now is critically important.

If more students than expected show up in the Fall, classes will be overcrowded and teachers let go in the Spring will most likely have found work at new schools in the Fall, due to the years-long teacher shortage in Arizona.

Here’s Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman‘s response to Rep. Udall.

Today is Arizona Gives Day, and if you can consider donating to a nonprofit or charity in the state to help support your fellow Arizonans.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 845,480 today from 844,910 yesterday, and 16,996 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 526,415 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 113,171 in Pima County, 49,900 in Pinal County, 36,804 in Yuma County, 22,238  in Mohave County, 18,369 in Yavapai County, 17,186 in Coconino County, 15,746 in Navajo County, 11,655 in Cochise County, 11,191 in Apache County, 7,851 in Santa Cruz County, 6,570 in Gila County,  5,371 in Graham County, 2,446 in La Paz County and 566 in Greenlee County.

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Peoria Unified School District celebrates Art Teacher Dr. Laurie Eldridge who till participate in the Fulbright-Hays Seminar for Educators.

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 844,910 today from 844,302 yesterday, and 16,990 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 526,070 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 113,102 in Pima County, 49,803 in Pinal County, 36,779 in Yuma County, 22,221 in Mohave County, 18,351 in Yavapai County, 17,177 in Coconino County, 15,774 in Navajo County, 11,655 in Cochise County, 11,192 in Apache County, 7,847 in Santa Cruz County, 6,567  in Gila County, 5,370 in Graham County, 2,446 in La Paz County and 566 in Greenlee County.

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 843,132 today from 842,192 yesterday, and 16,989 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 525,002 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 112,846 in Pima County, 49,651 in Pinal County, 36,776 in Yuma County, 22,168 in Mohave County, 18,327 in Yavapai County, 17,114 in Coconino County, 15,734 in Navajo County, 11,629 in Cochise County, 11,11 in Apache County, 7,829 in Santa Cruz County, 6,558  in Gila County, 5,367 in Graham County, 2,446 in La Paz County and 564 in Greenlee County.

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 842,192 today from 841,811 yesterday, and 16,977 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 524,547 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 112,707 in Pima County, 49,540 in Pinal County, 36,756 in Yuma County, 22,141 in Mohave County, 18,320 in Yavapai County, 17,091 in Coconino County, 15,699 in Navajo County, 11,610 in Cochise County, 11,026 in Apache County, 7,821 in Santa Cruz County, 6,554  in Gila County, 5,368 in Graham County, 2,448 in La Paz County and 564 in Greenlee County.

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Gilbert Public Schools held a public meeting last night to explain financial constraints due to declining enrollment and ensuing reduction in per-pupil funding that led to teacher layoffs.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 841,811 today from 841,078 yesterday, and 16,967 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 524,386 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 112,677 in Pima County, 49,475 in Pinal County, 36,751 in Yuma County, 22,122 in Mohave County, 18,327 in Yavapai County, 17,076 in Coconino County, 15,703 in Navajo County, 11,600 in Cochise County, 10,959 in Apache County, 7,818 in Santa Cruz County, 6,546  in Gila County, 5,365 in Graham County, 2,443 in La Paz County and 563  in Greenlee County.

A Desert View Elementary teacher used the time students were doing digital learning from home to refurbish their basketball court for when they came back to campus.

Coconino Community College in Flagstaff is using COVID-19 relief funding to provide summer classes for free or at a discounted rate for Arizona high school seniors. 

Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine protects kids as young as 12, shots could start by next school year.

Arizona colleges are still unsure whether they can require COVID-19 vaccine for students and staff.

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What will graduation ceremonies look like for Arizona public middle and high school students this year?

Glendale Elementary School District hosts pre-K events in effort to reverse declining enrollment.

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 841,078 today from 840,492 yesterday, and 16,941 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 524,077 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 112,562 in Pima County, 49,408 in Pinal County, 36,751 in Yuma County, 22,093 in Mohave County, 18,334 in Yavapai County, 17,073 in Coconino County, 15,653 in Navajo County, 11,594 in Cochise County, 10,807 in Apache County, 7,812 in Santa Cruz County, 6,542  in Gila County, 5,364 in Graham County, 2,444 in La Paz County and 564 in Greenlee County.

Buckeye’s Sundance Elementary students take part in socially-distanced physical education activities.

Chandler Unified School District celebrates Hamilton High School‘s Aris Zhu for being named a Coca-Cola Scholar.

Looking to make a difference in students’ lives? Check out Sunnyside Unified School District‘s job fair.

Peoria Unified School District thanks Food and Nutrition Staff for all they do for students and families especially during this challenging year.

Rio Rico High School honors its student athletes for their achievements.

Sunset Hills Elementary students shared their talents during a performance of Xanadu Jr. this weekend at Vista Center for the Arts.

Kyrene Schools honors staff up for the AZ Tempe Diablos Leadership Award.

Flagstaff Unified School District held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new school to open in Fall 2022.

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Gilbert Public Schools sent layoff notices to 150 teachers and staff Friday, citing declining enrollment, which means less per-pupil funding, as a factor.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 840,492 today from 839,888 yesterday, and 16,918 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 523,808 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 112,477 in Pima County, 49,264 in Pinal County, 36,752 in Yuma County, 22,075 in Mohave County, 18,319 in Yavapai County, 17,051 in Coconino County, 15,644 in Navajo County, 11,588 in Cochise County, 10,801 in Apache County, 7,808 in Santa Cruz County, 6,538  in Gila County, 5,361 in Graham County, 2,442 in La Paz County and 564 in Greenlee County.

Dysart Unified School District honors student artist M’Kayla Garcia from Shadow Ridge High School.

Mesa Public Schools students are taking part in a Move One Million initiative where they’ll start the day with physical activity and mindfulness.

Take a look at some ways to build a more sustainable future from Arizona State University.

In-person contact at school is important for students who need help for issues they’re experiencing, Education Week reports.

Arizona Legislators will vote today whether to continue trying to block the Arizona voter-approved Prop. 208 that would provide more funding for public schools.

Earlier coverage

March 15 to March 26: Masks are still required in all schools; Video: Dr. Christ’s news conference today

Feb. 24 to March 11, 2021: COVID-19 aid funds will help AZ students, families & schools

Feb. 11 to Feb. 23U.S. Dept of Ed: Students must take standardized tests, but there’s flexiblity on when & how

Feb. 2 to Feb. 9Video: Supt. Hoffman gives State of Special Education address

Jan. 21 to Feb. 1Black History Mural Month Project to highlight pioneers of the Black community launches in Phoenix

Jan. 10 – Jan 20How students engage with Inauguration Day

Dec. 21, 2020 to Jan 8, 2021Teachers help students deal with attacks on Congress, Capitol

Nov. 30 – Dec. 16Watch it now: Dr. Christ asks people to avoid holiday gatherings with people they do not live with

Nov. 18 – 25COVID-19 cases rise before Thanksgiving adding to school and hospital leaders’ concerns

Nov. 16: More schools return to online learning as COVID-19 cases rise

Nov. 2 – 13: $19 M grant would help schools with teacher development, stipends, reading & math curriculum, summer ed resources and more

Oct. 20 to Oct. 30: AZDHS amends COVID-19 school benchmarks

Oct. 7 – Oct. 19What are teachers doing ahead of elections to support students afterwards

Aug. 25 – Sept. 8: Parents voice concern about online class size; school nurses prepare for students

Aug. 12 – Aug. 24: Students, teachers affected by Zoom outage

July 30 – Aug. 11Parent organizes co-op for learners; group rallies for in-person school days after benchmarks release

July 13- July 30: Teachers prepare for digital learning and back to school

June 29 – July 12Video: Gov. says ‘Goal is to get children back to school when it’s safe;’ Schools lay out learning models

June 29: Video: Gov. delays in-person classes to Aug. 17 due to rise in COVID-19

June 15 – June 29: Video: Gov. pauses re-opening of some businesses as COVID-19 cases rise

June 24: Plan provides more funding, flexible instruction as schools re-open

May 26 – June 12: Increase in COVID-19 cases marks a new daily high

May 20 – 25: AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school

May 11 – 19: Arizonans consider workplace safety, what back to school will look like amid COVID-19

April 26 – May 10: Stores re-open, COVID-19 testing blitz resumes on Saturday

April 8 – 25You can get tested now if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

March 12 – April 7, 2020Coronavirus response: Cases rise; AZ Day of GivingSundance