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Thank a teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week for all they do for students

Students Take Part In A STEM Extravaganza In A School The Arizona Science Center's Teacher Professional Development Program Operates In. Photo Courtesy The Arizona Science Center

Updated May 3, 2021: Take some time this week to thank a teacher for all they do to help their students during Teacher Appreciation Week.

See how leaders around the state are honoring and supporting our teachers, who went from in-person to distance learning and back in the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

AZEdNews thanks teachers for helping students grow academically and for being caring people in their lives during Teacher Appreciation Week and throughout the year.

The COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer may be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for children ages 12 through 15 years old by the end of the week and available at vaccination sites later this month.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 864,579 today from 863,927 yesterday, and 17,344 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 538,633 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 115,361  in Pima County, 51,398 in Pinal County, 37,101  in Yuma County, 22,709 in Mohave County, 18,739 in Yavapai County, 17,752 in Coconino County, 16,218 in Navajo County, 11,926 in Cochise County, 11,336  in Apache County, 7,920 in Santa Cruz County, 6,903 in Gila County, 5,552 in Graham County, 2,460 in La Paz County and 571 in Greenlee County.

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


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Dysart Unified School District thanks staff members for all they do to help students.

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A Japanese-American woman who was 12 years old when her family was moved to an incarceration camp during World War II shares her story with ABC 15 Arizona.

Updated April 30, 2021: The Bureau of Indian Education, which promised laptops and wireless hot spots so students could do online learning, when this school year started didn’t get laptops delivered until a month after school started, some deliveries didn’t arrive until January of this year and one school was still waiting on 100 laptops in late March, The Arizona Republic reports.

Over 80% of the laptops ordered in September hadn’t yet been given to to students by December, and more than 1,400 students in BIE-operated schools were still learning from paper packets in March.

An internet video of Highland High School students re-enacting the murder of George Floyd has many students and community members outraged.

Dr. Cara Christ, director of  Arizona Department of Health Services, held a news conference Friday afternoon to share information about COVID-19 and vaccine distribution.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 862,497 today from 861,653 yesterday, and 17,324 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 537,105 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 115,133 in Pima County, 51,316 in Pinal County, 37,082  in Yuma County, 22,659 in Mohave County, 18,692  in Yavapai County, 17,717 in Coconino County, 16,193 in Navajo County, 11,908 in Cochise County, 11,315 in Apache County, 7,919 in Santa Cruz County, 6,881 in Gila County, 5,547 in Graham County, 2,459 in La Paz County and 571 in Greenlee County.

Mesa Public Schools celebrates teachers as Teacher Appreciation Week approaches.

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Dysart School District reminds families that Maricopa County Public Health will provide free school immunizations for students on May 6.

Sahuarita Unified students shared what they’d learned in construction class and how career and technical education improves their lives.

Phoenix Union High School District social workers were part of a panel discussing the importance of identifying mental health issues among teens.

Students can get their athletic physicals at two events in May as part of Tolleson Union High School‘s partnership with Banner Sports Medicine.

Pendergast School District focuses on educational equity with ASU Prep.

Updated April 29, 2021: More students are enrolling in the teacher preparation programs at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona, ABC 15 Arizona reports.

Some cities in the Phoenix metro area will allow summer camps to take place this year.

Some families whose students have done well with online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic plan to stay with it long term.

Mesa Public Schools said if there are no high transmission indicators for their district on Maricopa County’s school COVID Dashboard today, that masks will become optional inside school buildings and on buses on Monday, but some parents and teachers are against the change.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 861,653 today from  860,169 yesterday, and 17,305 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 536,453 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 115,107 in Pima County, 51,262 in Pinal County, 37,075  in Yuma County, 22,637  in Mohave County, 18,668  in Yavapai County, 17,698  in Coconino County, 16,181 in Navajo County, 11,899 in Cochise County, 11,305 in Apache County, 7,915 in Santa Cruz County, 6,877 in Gila County, 5,546 in Graham County, 2,459 in La Paz County and 571 in Greenlee County.

Washington Elementary School District congratulated six library technicians who won a grant to buy books for their school libraries.

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Sunnyside School District celebrates 100 years by planting 100 new trees on it’s campuses.

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Tucson youth and Tucson police came together to discuss racism and police brutality at the Goodwill REC Youth Center.

Tempe Elementary School District thanked their social workers for all they do to support students and staff.

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Updated April 28, 2021: A Paradise Valley Unified School District Assistant Principal Jorge Ontiveros’ career path from a security guard at Horizon High School to his current position at Greenway Middle School is inspiring students and school staff, ABC 15 Arizona reports.

Phoenix rapper Mega Ran, also known as former middle school teacher Raheem Jarbo, is teaching kids about the history of rap music and performing at the Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale, The Arizona Republic reports.

Anti-mask protestors disrupted the Vail School District Board of Governors meeting and led to its cancellation on Tuesday, Arizona Daily Star reports.

The Arizona School Boards Association, released a statement in response to this incident.

“The Arizona School Boards Association, as the voice for locally elected school boards across the state, denounces any attempt to intimidate or threaten school board members whether inside or outside of a public meeting,” ASBA said.

“Last night’s school board meeting in the Vail Unified School District, where continued mask use was to be discussed, was canceled due to concerns that the meeting could not be conducted safely for members of the board or the public.”

“School board members are unpaid elected officials who live in the same community as the residents they serve. Too often this year they have been treated as faceless bureaucrats who are optimal targets to release rage and frustration over the circumstances of the pandemic,” ASBA said.

“The CDC continues to recommend ‘universal and correct use of masks’ as a key prevention strategy, and any discussion about relaxing or altering that policy is itself a deference to community preferences.”

“This pandemic has created an environment where some members of the community feel that threatening public officials who do not agree with their views on managing it is permissible. It is not,” ASBA said.

“We urge all federal, state and local elected officials in Arizona to condemn this type of behavior and to model and reinforce the behavior we expect from the students we serve,” ASBA said.

“School board members should never feel that they are placing themselves or their families at risk by serving their communities. It must stop immediately.,” ASBA said.

People can now get a COVID-19 vaccine at a state-run site with no appointment, said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Appointments will get you through faster, but anyone can walk up for a vaccine during operating hours, Dr. Christ said.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 860,169 today from 859,487 yesterday, and 17,276 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 535,436 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 114,956 in Pima County, 51,105 in Pinal County, 37,056 in Yuma County, 22,607  in Mohave County, 18,636  in Yavapai County, 17,677  in Coconino County, 16,153 in Navajo County, 11,893 in Cochise County, 11,299 in Apache County, 7,914 in Santa Cruz County, 6,869 in Gila County, 5,544 in Graham County, 2,454 in La Paz County and 570 in Greenlee County.

President Joe Biden called for free preschool for all three- and four-year-old children as part of his American Families Plan revealed today before Congress.

Chandler Unified School District sixth-graders perform using everyday objects and their movements.

Neighbors of Chaparral High School say new stadium lights on the baseball and softball fields are so bright they’re impacting their quality of life and traffic in the area, azfamily reports.

View artwork from Glendale Elementary School District students featured in the Art Extravaganza at 5 p.m. today on their Google Site at the link below.

See how Buckeye Elementary School District students are reinforcing their learning in creative ways.

Shadow Mountain High School is one of 10 schools across the country and the only one in Arizona selected to launch a Space Force ROTC program and provide career and technical education opportunities for students, Fox 10 News Phoenix reports.

Sunnyside Unified School District celebrates Desert View High School‘s Maleka Abdi named a Flinn Scholar.

Celebrate your senior with a photo and entry in AZEdNews Yearbook and see them highlighted on social media.

Looking for a great way to give back to your community and serve students? Then sign up for the Drive the Bus event at Flagstaff Unified School District on May 1.

Earlier coverage

April 21 to April 27, 2021: 3 years after Red for Ed there’s much left to do

April 12 to April 20, 2021: How & why teachers discuss trial with students; Schools keep masks after Gov. rescinds mandate

March 29 to April 9, 2021Children, young teens may be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine before next school year

March 15 to March 26Masks 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 Giving