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Willow Canyon High School Students Return To In-person Classes On Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Photo Courtesy Willow Canyon High School

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Updated 9/22: More school districts are moving past COVID-19 public health benchmarks’ recommendations for hybrid re-openings when cases are moderate in their communities in favor of fully re-opening for all students, The Arizona Republic reports.

Gilbert Public Schools welcomes back students and reminds them to follow protocols to keep healthy.

Paradise Valley Schools leaders gave Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman a tour of the Boys & Girls Club at Palomino Elementary School and shared their health & safety guidelines.

Roosevelt School District Supt. Dr. Quintin Boyce let students’ families know today that based on the incidence of COVID-19 in their communities that they will continue virtual learning until Nov. 6.

J.O. Combs Unified School District counselors and social workers share what brings them to school each day.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 214,846 today from 214,251 yesterday, and 5,498 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 140,314 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 24,798 in Pima County, 12,594 in Yuma County, 10,397 in Pinal County, 5,751 in Navajo County, 3,914 in Mohave County, 3,777 in Coconino County, 3,462 in Apache County, 2,824 in Santa Cruz County, 2,489 in Yavapai County, 1,887 in Cochise County, 1,247 in Gila County, 797 in Graham County, 536 in La Paz County and 58 in Greenlee County.

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Queen Creek Unified School District art teacher Aly Thomas talks about how students sharing and telling the story behind their art helps them become more creative and willing to tackle new ideas.

Alhambra Elementary School District‘s fourth-grade teacher was named Ms Palacios was honored as the D-backs most valuable teacher and received a $5,000 grant for her classroom courtesy of the D-backs and Raytheon Missile and Defense.

It’s almost time for high school seniors and their families to fill out the FAFSA, here’s some steps to get started on and a help line too.

Balsz School District encourages students to use a resource hub created just for them to help with their learning.

Higley Unified encourages students and families to get enough sleep to help their emotional and physical health.

Phoenix College offers a drive-through food pantry for students by appointment with help from St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Pendergast Elementary School District reminds the community it’s the first day of Fall.

The National Head Start Association shares how local programs which continued serving the community during the COVID-19 pandemic are facing 15 to 30 percent increases in operating costs.

Florence Unified Teacher Ms. Ryba will receive $500 from APSSupply My Class!

Update your voter registration or register to vote today as part of National Voter Registration Day!

Peoria Unified shares changes to its open enrollment process.

The U.S. House of Representatives paused a vote on a bill to fund the government through Dec. 11, while bipartisan congressional leaders discussed whether to include farm aid sought by President Donald Trump, Reuters says.

Updated 9/21: More Arizona students started in-person classes today, while others continued learning online from home.

Peoria Unified School District welcomed back kindergartners through second-graders today.

Hear why these Dysart Unified School District high school students say wearing a mask is important.

Mesa Public Schools reminds families that they’re doing things to ensure students safety at school and as they ride the school bus.

Creighton Elementary School District asks families to complete a survey for each one of their children as they plan to return to an in-person learning model.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 214,251 today from 214,018 yesterday, and 5,478 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 140,006 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 24,647 in Pima County, 12,580 in Yuma County, 10,375 in Pinal County, 5,747 in Navajo County, 3,895 in Mohave County, 3,451 in Apache County, 3,749 in Coconino County, 2,820 in Santa Cruz County, 2,480 in Yavapai County, 1,881 in Cochise County, 1,233 in Gila County, 793 in Graham County, 535 in La Paz County and 58 in Greenlee County.

University of Arizona will create a call center for people with questions or concerns about COVID-19.

Pendergast Elementary School District says when students see celebrities who won their heritage, it offers them hope.

Prenda, a company that says it’s not a schoo,l gets money meant for charter and private schools, says The Arizona Republic.

Kayenta Unified School District is offering a curbside library book program to encourage students to read outside of the classroom.

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Yuma Elementary School District 1‘s G.W. Carver Elementary School students, staff and families share pictures on Mexican Independence Day.

Take a look at some of the images that Peoria Unified students created these images for Arts in Education Week.

Million Girls Moonshot seeks to boost STEM learning for girls across the country.

Ajo Unified School District is looking for paraprofessionals/teacher’s aide to work part time with students for 5 or 5-1/2 hours per day.

Dysart Unified High School District celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and their Thompson Ranch Elementary School Ballet Folklorico club.

Baboquivari Unified School District Governing Board members sent out this message to their community about the passing of two key members of their school community.

Mesa Public Schools honors Brimhall/Franklin Junior High Principal Jeff Abrams for being named an exemplary principal by Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson.

Help out children in shelters and foster care by donating to a pajamas drive being held this week.

Updated 9/17: Watch it now: Gov. Doug Ducey discusses unemployment, the 2020 Census and COVID-19 during a media briefing today.

“Arizona’s unemployment number dropped by nearly half last month, A really good sign that people are getting back to work,” Gov. Ducey said to begin the media briefing.

“Last month, we were at 10.5 percent unemployment, today we’re at 5.9 percent. The largest drop in unemployment in modern history,” Gov. Ducey said. “The rebound is across the board.”

Out of Arizona’s 7.2 million in population, about 1.3 million have received unemployment insurance benefits totaling more than $10.3 billion from the Arizona Department of Economic Security during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ducey said.

“People have been discouraged throughout the pandemic, but our economy is coming back,” Gov. Ducey said.

Gov. Ducey said the state is at 88.9 percent of people responding to the census, and he told Arizonans that completing the 2020 Census is “the civic duty of every household in the country.”

“With 13 days left to go, we have one clear message for all Arizonans. If you haven’t completed your census, do so now,” Gov. Ducey said. “You matter and you deserve to be counted.”

Gov. Ducey encouraged Arizonans to complete the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail.

Statewide COVID-19 numbers show increase

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported a substantial increase in COVID-19 cases today, but Director Dr. Cara Christ says it does not mean we’re seeing a surge after Labor Day.

Instead, the increase is due to results from a newly approved antigen test and today’s results and those for the next several days will include results from those tests done over the past few months.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 211,660 today from 209,907 yesterday, and 5,409 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 139,051 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 23,563 in Pima County, 12,472 in Yuma County, 10,263 in Pinal County, 5,733 in Navajo County, 3,817 in Mohave County, 3,417 in Apache County, 3,644 in Coconino County, 2,801 in Santa Cruz County, 2,442 in Yavapai County, 1,872 in Cochise County, 1,208 in Gila County, 786 in Graham County, 530 in La Paz County and 58 in Greenlee County.

During his media briefing, Gov. Ducey said, “We’ve got the largest capacity of ICU beds available since we began to keep that data.”

“Of course, we don’t know what the future holds. We don’t want to let our guard down. We want to remain vigilant,” Gov. Ducey said.

“But we certainly like where the data for Arizona is today with our economy opened across the state, with kids getting back into a classroom in front of a teacher, with our universities operating and with our athletic directors and university presidents making final decisions on whether we’re going to kick off on college football,” Gov. Ducey said.

“This is all much better than where we were in July and August,” Gov. Ducey said.

Gov. Ducey said goal is to protect lives and livelihoods going foward and encouraged everyone to get a flu vaccine.

What’s new for schools

Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman says despite the challenges of online learning students and teachers show amazing resiliency and compassion.

First Things First Arizona provides an easy way for Spanish-speaking parents to find early childhood programs in their neighborhoods.

SMAC adjusts a metric to let Arizona high school football season begin.

Culturally responsive science teaching engages students and lets them share their understanding and community-based knowledge, WestEd says.

Deer Valley Unified‘s recognizes students for their learning.

Cronkite School reminds Arizona State University students there are many ways to meet new friends virtually and in person.

Assignments that emphasize student ownership will encourage engagement and persistence, edutopia says.

Virtual learning has presented new challenges for deaf and hard of hearing students, Arizona PBS says.

Turn bedtime stories into a foundation for your child’s reading success, Excel in Ed says.

Kyrene Schools honors IB middle years teacher and student of the year.

Maricopa Community Colleges invites students to their virtual conference and college fair on Saturday.

Barry Goldwater High School lets students know they can’t wait to have them back on campus.

Deer Valley Unified School District‘s online college math students show some of their futuristic home floor plans.

University of Arizona says it will end its furlough plan sooner than they thought.

Updated 9/16: Some students are back at their schools, while others continue online learning, but many parents wonder if COVID-19 cases increase will schools close again?

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 209,907 today from 209,209 yesterday, and 5,371 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 138,151 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 22,887 in Pima County, 12,440 in Yuma County, 10,232 in Pinal County, 5,718 in Navajo County, 3,811 in Mohave County, 3,410 in Apache County, 3,624 in Coconino County, 2,794 in Santa Cruz County, 2,437 in Yavapai County, 1,862 in Cochise County, 1,176 in Gila County, 776 in Graham County, 528 in La Paz County and 58 in Greenlee County.

Sunnyside Unified School District Foundation is seeking to raise $50,000 to support students, teachers and Sunnyside Unified families.

Learning in Zoom is not the same as learning in person to your brain, EdSurge says.

Tolleson Union High School District invites families to take part in a virtual Future Sun Devil Day for Arizona State University on Saturday Sept. 19.

Arizona State University‘s President Dr. Michael Crow says increased enrollment staved off staff reductions.

Updated 9/15: While more Arizona students are returning to in-person classes, many students continue learning online.

See how these Chandler Unified School District teachers make online learning fun and meaningful.

See how a Cave Creek Unified School District adapted physical education teacher helped her students stay active during distance learning with the Rock & Roll Marathon series.

Thinking outside the box is important for finding solutions to obstacles to remote learning, this principal says.

Looking for community resources? Balsz School District‘s Family Resource Hub has some answers.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 209,209 today from 208,725 yesterday, and 5,344 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 137,870 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 22,643 in Pima County, 12,430 in Yuma County, 10,198 in Pinal County, 5,704 in Navajo County, 3,798 in Mohave County, 3,395 in Apache County, 3,565 in Coconino County, 2,787 in Santa Cruz County, 2,429 in Yavapai County, 1,861 in Cochise County, 1,168 in Gila County, 776 in Graham County, 527 in La Paz County and 58 in Greenlee County.

Phoenix Union High School celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Arizona Capitol TimesThe Morning Scoop highlighted he importance of early childhood education to Arizona’s economy today.

PBS LearningMedia offers free, standards-algined resources for students.

Peoria Unified School District says arts education is essential during National Arts in Education Week.

Community Food Bank in Tucson needs your submissions of kids’ art for their 2021 calendar.

Parents must align their expectations for distance learning with student and teachers, and the National Parent Teacher Association offers a resource for that.

School leaders can help teachers feel more confident about distance learning, edutopia says.

Here’s what to expect next after your student completes the FAFSA, Arizona College Access Network says.

An Arizona non-profit is helping veterans with tutoring and supplies as they return to higher education, Expect More Arizona says.

Crane School District shares a recording of their governing board meeting last night.

Ashton Ranch students return to campus for in-person instruction.

And for a lighter take on online learning, there’s this.

Updated 9/14: Students in Mesa, Dysart and Chandler unified school districts and others throughout the state headed back to school this morning for the first day of in-person or hybrid model classes.

But Phoenix Union High School District says students will continue remote learning through Oct. because COVID-19 cases remain high within the communities that the district serves.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 208,725 today from 208,512 yesterday, and 5,322 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 137,589 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 22,511 in Pima County, 12,415 in Yuma County, 10,187 in Pinal County, 5,694 in Navajo County, 3,792 in Mohave County, 3,386 in Apache County, 3,553 in Coconino County, 2,785 in Santa Cruz County, 2,427 in Yavapai County, 1,860 in Cochise County, 1,168 in Gila County, 774 in Graham County, 526 in La Paz County and 58 in Greenlee County.

University of Arizona is asking students to shelter in place for 14 days to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Arizona State University President Dr. Michael Crow sent a letter with photos to Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ about Mill Avenue bars violating COVID-19 regulations.

Expect More Arizona invites you to take part in a Town Hall on distance learning on Sept. 17.

Students can still learn about different people and cultures during distance learning, edutopia says.

Parents tell Tolleson Union High School District they want it to start fall football.

Take a look at these 10 anti-racism resources for kids and families from Metro Parent.

A former Goodyear charter school principal has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison and ordered to pay $2.5 million in restitution, KTAR News 92.3 FM reports.

Check out iCivics elections curriculum and teaching resources.

Updated 9/11: School districts around the state commemorated 9/11 Patriot Day with a variety of videos and in-person and virtual activities.

Take a look below at what students, teachers and staff at Chandler Unified School District did to remember what happened on this day 19 years ago.

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Conley Elementary Students commemorate 9/11 Patriots Day on Sept. 11, 2020. Photo courtesy Chandler Unified School District

An East Valley Institute of Technology fire science instructor tells students about responding to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Sahuarita Intermediate School‘s choral and orchestra director sings in remembrance of 9/11.

Kyrene Schools remember 9/11 through discussions and moments of silence.

Peoria Unified School District staff shared their 9/11 experiences.

Arizona State University Football Coach Herm Edwards tells his story about 9/11 when he was head coach of the New York Jets.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 207,523 today from 207,002 yesterday, and 5,288 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 136,887 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 22,247 in Pima County, 12,374 in Yuma County, 10,156 in Pinal County, 5,677 in Navajo County, 3,781 in Mohave County, 3,386 in Apache County, 3,454 in Coconino County, 2,781 in Santa Cruz County, 2,408 in Yavapai County, 1,856 in Cochise County, 1,162 in Gila County, 772 in Graham County, 524 in La Paz County and 58 in Greenlee County.

Baboquivari Unified School District staff drew prizes for students who teachers said are doing good work in their classes.

See how your state fared in the Education Week Quality Counts report on the K-12 achievement index.

Dysart Unified School District says students meals will be served in closed containers when they return to school starting next week.

Cartwright School District reminds children under 18 years old in the communities they serve that they can pick up free breakfast and lunch from their school buses stopping in their neighborhoods.

Washington Monthly ranks colleges where majors popular with Black students lead to well-paying careers.

Piñon Unified School District reminds students it’s time to apply for scholarships at Diné College.

Teachers, your students might enjoy this web quest on the Constitution, courtesy iCivics.

There’s still time to fill out the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail.

Some former Great Hearts students and teachers call out the school for racist and discriminatory practices, The Arizona Republic reports.

Get caught up on five hot topics in the weekly update with Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District #35 with Superintendent David Verdugo.

Balsz School District reminds students and families that they can pick up meals for students at bus stops, cafeterias and curbside.

Arizona K12 Center invites you take part in their second distance learning playbook virtual workshop to be held on Nov. 14.

Humboldt Unified School District said their teacher of the year ceremony will go on virtually.

Cave Creek Unified School District thanks Carefee Kiwanis and Brian Kunkel for donating 500 face shields for students and speech pathologists.

Updated 9/10: Gov. Doug Ducey, Arizona Dept of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ, Supt., of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman and other education leaders, veterans advocates and state lawmakers held a media briefing at Chandler Unified School District‘s Hamilton High School today to highlight suicide prevention efforts and providing a COVID-19 update.

In addition, Gov. Ducey discussed new efforts to increase behavioral health support for students on campus and during online learning.

Arizona Dept. of Health Services: Media briefing with Gov. Ducey and health and education leaders on suicide prevention

Every September, Arizona participates in Suicide Prevention Awareness month, Dr. Christ said.

In 2019, suicide was the 8th leading cause of death for Arizonans, Dr. Christ said.

“In Arizona, the age group most impacted are our older adults,” Dr. Christ said. “While our White, non-Hispanics have the highest number of suicides our Native Americans and veterans are the most impacted. Our rural counties are also more impacted than our population centers.”

Since the release of the suicide action plan in January 2019, many activities have taken place and are especially critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Christ said.

A few include the launch of a public-facing data dashboard at, supporting suicide prevention in a worksite capacity as part of a wellness program, promoting protective factors such as financial resources and support services that build resiliency among families and communities, screening for perinatal depression in home visiting programs, encouraging social connectedness to combat isolation and loneliness and working on a public campaign promoting social connectedness, Dr. Christ said.

“For many months now, Arizona’s focus and top priority has been public health, we’ve sought to prevent cases of COVID-19 through responsible mitigation measures and ensure care for all those that need it,” Gov. Ducey said.

“We remain fully dedicated to these efforts, but protecting the well-being of our families and loved ones involves more than just physical health. It involves protecting mental health as well,” Gov. Ducey said.

“Last year, 1,500 Arizonans died by suicide. That means on average a suicide occurred every six hours in our state, and that was before the pandemic,” Gov. Ducey said.

“New national reports paint a worrying trend. According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Americans reporting symptoms of depression registered a three-fold jump compared to before the pandemic,” Gov. Ducey said.

“These aren’t just statistics, they represent people in our lives,” Gov. Ducey said. “Many of them are struggling during this time of increased isolation and heightened stress, and we must be there for them.”

Many Arizona agencies are working collaboratively “to make sure that no one falls through the cracks, that everyone has the mental health support and safety net that they need,” Gov. Ducey said.

“We also know that some are more vulnerable to suicide than others. They include our seniors, our veterans and our young people,” Gov. Ducey said.

Gov. Ducey commended Sen. Kate Brophy McGee and Rep. Jeff Weninger, who earlier this year created a bill approved by the Arizona Legislature known as Jake’s Law that requires health care insurers to cover mental health without additional barriers just like they would cover an annual physical.

In January, the Arizona Department of Health Services launched Arizona’s Suicide Action Plan with the goal of improving mental health, collecting data and ensuring support services are available in all Arizona communities.

The Arizona Department of Veterans Services has made mental health their top priority, their Be Connected program has received national attention, and they’re trained people to help veterans find the resources they need.

Suicide prevention and behavioral health services for students

“Lastly, I want to talk about a population who is especially at risk, our young people,” Gov. Ducey said. “Tragically, among children ages 10 to 14 years old in Arizona, suicide is the leading cause of death.”

“Many people up here today have worked extensively to provide lifelines to our teens and young people,” Gov. Ducey said.

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System has worked closely with Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman to get more behavioral health resources into Arizona schools, Gov. Ducey said.

“Over the past year, clinicians across our state have provided behavioral health services to over 15,000 students on school campuses, representing a 28 percent increase in the number of students accessing school-based care,” Gov. Ducey said. “These services include behavioral health assessments, counseling and therapy.”

“Now that many students are attending class online, behavioral health providers have stepped up and transitioned to offering services via telehealth and virtual means, tapping into an extended telehealth benefit offered by AHCCCS during this pandemic,” Gov. Ducey said.

“We all have a role to play in preventing suicide, and we all know that the loss of a single student or school staff member is absolutely devastating to a school community,” said Supt. Hoffman.

“As educators, we are often the first to recognize when a student or a colleague is experiencing a mental health crisis,” Supt. Hoffman said.

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Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman talks about efforts to increase behavioral health services for Arizona students during a news briefing Sept. 10, 2020 at Hamilton High School in Chandler. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Arizona Governor

“As schools across Arizona navigate this unprecedented school year, it is more important than ever that we renew our dedication to suicide prevention and mental health,” Supt. Hoffman said.

“Like all Arizonans, our students and staff have grappled with so many changes and hardships over the past six months,” Supt. Hoffman said.

“The risk is especially pronounced for young people, especially Native American students and LGBTQ students,” Supt. Hoffman said. “One loss of life to suicide is one too many, which is why the Arizona Department of Education’s School Safety and Social Wellness team continues to work closely with AHCCCS to provide free suicide prevention trainings and other resources to school staff and community members.”

“It is also why we made releasing Arizona’s new social emotional learning competencies a priority last month,” Supt. Hoffman said, noting that more information could be found on their website at

“This has been a difficult year for our schools, but in the face of these new challenges our schools have shown their unwavering commitment to supporting students, families and entire school communities,” Supt. Hoffman said. “No student or educator is alone, and schools remain a safe place to talk with a trusted adult. Together we can reduce the stigma around mental health, and we can ensure that every child and adult in our schools feels safe, healthy and supported.”

During the most recent youth risk surveillance system survey done in 2019 that asked 9th through 12th graders about risk taking behaviors, “we gained some alarming insights about our state’s youth,” said Dr. Christ with Arizona Department of Health Services.

“In 2019, over 40 percent of Arizona’s students reported feeling sad or hopeless for almost every day for two weeks or more,” Dr. Christ said, noting it was higher than the national estimate.

“Almost 21 percent of high schoolers responded that they had contemplated suicide, 16 percent had made a plan, 10 percent reported a suicide attempt, and 4 percent reported that the attempt resulted in an injury that required medical attention,” Dr. Christ said.

“As a mother, this information is worrisome, and these data indicate a critical need for coping strategies and access to mental health services for our youth,” Dr. Christ said.

AZDHS is also working with the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury to promote the Must Stop Bullying public awareness campaign through a variety of social media and media platforms in both English and Spanish, Dr. Christ said.

“We’re coordinating the bullying prevention training for schools, school districts and community organizations,” Dr. Christ said. “With the onset of COVID-19 the training has been offered virtually and creates a focus on creating positive home climates to promote learning, prevent stress, and protect youth against cyberbullying.”

Update on Arizona’s gradual re-opening

For schools, 11 counties have met the public health benchmarks to return to the classroom, Dr. Christ said.

“Many schools have made the decision to return to a hybrid learning model,” Dr. Christ said. “We encourage parents to look at the school’s mitigation plans and determine the best method of education for their families.”

Last week, Supt. Hoffman and Dr. Christ sent a letter to schools stressing the importance of the flu vaccinations for students, staff and families, Dr. Christ said.

“As of this morning, 12 counties met the benchmarks for categories that allow certain businesses to open with reduced occupancy and strict public health requirements,” Dr. Christ said. “We have 10 counties in the moderate category and that does include Maricopa, Pima and Pinal. We have two – Greenlee and La Paz – in the minimal category.”

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 207,002 today from 206,541yesterday, and 5,273 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 136,571 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 22,140 in Pima County, 12,351 in Yuma County, 10,142 in Pinal County, 5,665 in Navajo County, 3,776 in Mohave County, 3,392 in Apache County, 3,436 in Coconino County, 2,780 in Santa Cruz County, 2,390 in Yavapai County, 1,855 in Cochise County, 1,154 in Gila County, 767 in Graham County, 525 in La Paz County and 58 in Greenlee County.

Try these ideas to liven up your online instruction, edutopia suggests.

Anyone 18 years old and younger can eat breakfast and lunch from Cartwright School District‘s Castro Middle School, call the number below for more information.

Dysart Unified School District explains their plan to keep buses clean and safe for students.

Yuma Union High School District shares information about the hybrid learning plan and students’ return to campus.

Higley Unified School District changes dates for parent/teacher conference so families and educators can build relationships and present student data.

Glendale Community College reminds students that if they need help there are resources available to assist.

Cave Creek Unified School District thanked Rosati’s for donating water bottles for students.

The Flinn Scholars Program hosts information sessions about the scholarship next week.

National Public Radio reports on why schools are struggling to feed students.

Updated 9/9: Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said many schools are using benchmarks and guidelines in their decisions when to re-open for in-person instruction, and she like Arizona Education Association Vice President Marisol Garcia, understands teachers and staff concerns about safety during an interview with ABC 15 Arizona.

Prescott Unified School District started its first day of hybrid learning yesterday.

Florence Unified School District plans to bring students back to campus for in-person instruction on Monday, Oct. 5.

A group of parents thanked Cactus Shadows High School‘s principal for starting in-person learning today.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 206,541 today from 206,045 yesterday, and 5,251 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 136,324 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 22,071 in Pima County, 12,344 in Yuma County, 10,086 in Pinal County, 5,661 in Navajo County, 3,767 in Mohave County, 3,375 in Apache County, 3,409 in Coconino County, 2,779 in Santa Cruz County, 2,386 in Yavapai County, 1,847 in Cochise County, 1,148 in Gila County, 766 in Graham County, 518 in La Paz County and 58 in Greenlee County.

Arizona State University President Dr. Michael Crow talks about COVID-19 testing and data to 12 News.

Arizona inspected five school districts in the past year, halting during the pandemic and now more than 500 schools have ongoing air conditioning repairs, The Arizona Republic reports.

Mesa Public Schools invites students and families to a Facebook Live discussion with more details about modified in-person learning at 4 p.m. today.

Learn more about efforts to understand students’ at-home technology and internet access needs and efforts to close the Digital Divide.


Cartwright School District celebrated gifted enrichment club starting today for students at Atkinson Gifted Academy.

There’s still time for fill out the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail before Census workers start knocking on doors.

Hear from Supt. Hoffman how schools will handle COVID-19 outbreaks on KJZZ 91.5 FM‘s The Show podcast.

Families are recruiting teacher to lead their COVID-19 pandemic learning pods with competitive salaries, according to Education Next.

Kith and Kin parent classes start on Monday, Sept. 14 at Borman Elementary School.

Here are three moves state policy makers can make to maintain special education funding, promote equitable learning and coordinate services, WestEd says.

Earlier coverage

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. 11: Parent 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

Updates from 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

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

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

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

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

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

Updates from March 12 – April 7Coronavirus response: Cases rise; AZ Day of Giving