Updated June 12: Today’s 1,654 increase in COVID-9 cases marks a new daily high.
Arizona hit’s a record high of cases reported in a single day. 1,654— The AZ – abc15 – Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) June 12, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 32,918 today from 31,264 yesterday, and 1,144 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health.
For those who believe #COVID is only a problem for the elderly or those with preexisting conditions: 84% of positive AZ cases have been in those under 65 and 73% had no reported chronic condition. Cases are growing fastest in the 20-44 age group. Do your part #MaskUpAZ. https://t.co/MywhCCdbhf— Mayor Kate Gallego (@MayorGallego) June 12, 2020
In Maricopa County, there are 17,010 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 3,628 in Pima County, 2,512 in Navajo County, 1,345 in Coconino County, 1,363 in Pinal County, 367 in Yavapai County, 1,927 in Apache County, 2,841 in Yuma County, 584 in Mohave County, 178 in Cochise County, 833 in Santa Cruz County, 48 in Graham County, 217 in La Paz County, 54 in Gila County and 11 in Greenlee County.
People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 14,654, followed by people 45 to 54 years old with 5,213 cases, then people 65 years and older with 5,181 cases, people from 55 to 64 years old with 4,437 cases and people under 20 years old with 3,406 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Thirty-seven percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 19% in White/Non-Hispanic, 26% in Hispanic or Latino, 12% Native American, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 3% Other/Non-Hispanic.
Twenty-six percent of people who had confirmed COVID-19 cases had a chronic medical condition and 34% were high risk – 65 or more years old with one or more chronic medical condition. Fifty-three percent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are female.
Forty-six percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 12% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 18% Native American, 18% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.
More men, 54%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older – 872 – have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.
There were 429 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities, hospitals, shelters, workplace, dialysis clinics, private residential, hospice, childcare/daycare, college/university, outpatient clinics and religious facilities.
A special session for the Arizona Legislature to deal with COVID-19 initially seemed inevitable, but now it looks unlikely, the Arizona Capitol Times reports.
For weeks, lawmakers have been treating a special session(s) as an inevitability, with many claiming they received commitments from the governor. But now, it’s not looking likely, jeopardizing legislation to help the state recover from COVID. https://t.co/AmqckqYJDC— Arren Kimbel-Sannit (@akimbelsannit) June 12, 2020
Education leaders tell the U.S. Senate schools need more federal money to avoid layoffs of staff at high-poverty schools.
“Without Congressional action, there will be no conceivable way to avoid layoffs and hiring freezes disproportionately impacting educators and staff at high-poverty schools,” said @JohnBKing. #education #EdChat #k12 #EduColor #CovidEdu https://t.co/7oyzw7M736— Chalkbeat (@Chalkbeat) June 12, 2020
See how three teachers are helping their students with the death of George Floyd.
Educators across our network are attempting to help their students grapple with the events surrounding George Floyd’s death while still trying to figure out their own feelings. Here’s how three of our teachers are handling everything. https://t.co/TXKNz1H3BH— Teach For America (@TeachForAmerica) June 12, 2020
Family and friends mourn Dion Johnson at his funeral today weeks after he was fatally shot by a AZ DPS officer.
The FBI said it will review evidence in Dion Johnson’s case alongside the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Dept. of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.
Need help identifying and addressing barriers holding back students of color? Annie E. Casey Foundation offers their help.
Protesters marched through downtown Phoenix again early Friday evening.
Before leading the chant, the woman with the megaphone said “the crowds will start to dwindle, the marches will eventually stop” but said the movement can’t. That’s why they’re stressing voting #georgefloydprotests #phx pic.twitter.com/6Sn2zee6sr— Matt Galka Fox 10 (@MattGalkaFox10) June 13, 2020
Sesame Street joins CNN for a new family town hall on COVID-19 and staying safe this summer.
Count your chickens! @CountVonCount and the @SesameStreet crew are back again on CNN, for a new family town hall about Covid-19 and staying safe this summer. The ABCs of Covid-19: A #CNNSesameStreet Town Hall for Kids and Parents, Saturday morning at 10 a.m. ET pic.twitter.com/JdTc99fggR— CNN (@CNN) June 12, 2020
Schools know that the relationships they built with students before the closures have been key to successful distance learning.
During Pride Month, Solomon Elementary School District’s Governing Board president reminds us that LGBTQ+ awareness and acceptance helps all students in Arizona’s public schools.
First Things First congratulated Trena Antonio as their San Carlos Apache Region Champion for Young Children.
Congratulations to Trena Antonio for being selected as the 2020 #AZFTF #SanCarlosApache Region Champion for Young Children! She spends a significant amount of time volunteering with @AZFTF and builds public awareness about the importance of #early childhood issues.— First Things First (@AZFTF) June 12, 2020
Arizona State University is requiring all people on campus to wear face coverings.
Please read my statement regarding the immediate requirement that students, employees and visitors wear face coverings on all @ASU campuses.— Michael Crow (@michaelcrow) June 12, 2020
Pressure increases for colleges to provide job training to get through the recession.
Updated June 11: Arizona hospitals are prepared to take care of patients with COVID-19, Gov. Ducey said during a news conference at 2 p.m. today, noting that the Health System Alliance of Arizona said they are well prepared to managed an increase in patient volume.
AZ Department of Health Services video: COVID-19 News Conference June 11
There has been a clear increase in cases and there is a clear increase in testing from the Arizona Testing Blitz, Gov. Ducey.
“The increase in positive tests is not the direction we want to go,” Gov. Ducey said. “We want to go in the other direction.”
“We have capacity in our hospital beds,” Gov. Ducey said. “We have of ICU beds in our facilities in Arizona no matter what you are sick with.”
In the past week 19 states have seen an increase in cases over the past week, Gov. Ducey said.
“We’re going to continue our gradual and phased in re-opening,” Gov. Ducey said.
“Our testing in Arizona has doubled since the Stay at Home order expired,” Gov. Ducey said.
“We want to return smarter as a state, yet this a virus we will remain focused and vigilant around,” Gov. Ducey said.
“COVID-19 is still widspread in our community,” said Dr. Cara Christ.
Dr. Christ said Arizona businesses will develop distancing and disinfecting protocols to help employees remain safe in the workplace.
So far, 15,000 staff and residents of long-term care facilities have been tested, Dr. Christ said.
“We are working with the Dept. of Corrections to implement infection control surveys and are currently going out on site to the facilities,” Dr. Christ said.
“The plan going forward is that we will continue to focus on public health and the education campaign around it,” Gov. Ducey said. “Physical distancing, washing your hands, staying home if you’re sick and wearing a cloth face covering when you cannot physically distance.”
“We’ll continue to increase testing in the State of Arizona, which will give us more sightline to what our situation is at the state level,” Gov. Ducey said.
“We’ll have a constant focus on cases and hospital capacity,” Gov. Ducey said. “We’ge got a team of 44 experienced epidemiologists tracking the data in real time, the number of cases and the hospitalization rate with surveillance and load balancing of our hospital resources.”
“And we’re going to prioritize where the risk is highest in Arizona,” Gov. Ducey said. “It’s in our skilled nursing facilities, our long-term care and our prisons.”
When asked if he let his Stay at Home order expire too soon, Gov. Ducey said, “This has always been about saving lives and it’s also been about livelihoods in the State of Arizona. We put the Stay at Home order there so we could prepare for what we are going through right now, and we are prepared for it.”
“This is not yet behind us. We’re navigating through this,” Gov. Ducey said.
Gov. Ducey also noted that there was no further re-opening steps announced today.
When asked whether he thinks protests are contributing to higher numbers, Arizona Gov. Ducey mentions other large gatherings we saw over Memorial Day weekend. Ducey says it would be a good idea for those protesting to get a COVID-19 test. pic.twitter.com/afdAiX9sbr— 12 News (@12News) June 11, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 31,264 today from 29,852 yesterday, and 1,127 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health.
In Maricopa County, there are 16,018 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 3,479 in Pima County, 2,479 in Navajo County, 1,317 in Coconino County, 1,281 in Pinal County, 359 in Yavapai County, 1,887 in Apache County, 2,585 in Yuma County, 563 in Mohave County, 171 in Cochise County, 805 in Santa Cruz County, 48 in Graham County, 211 in La Paz County, 48 in Gila County and 12 in Greenlee County.
Additional FREE COVID-19 Testing for Tolleson Residents. As COVID-19 cases in the state of Arizona are on the rise, more than ever convenient testing is needed. Tests info:Tolleson Fire Department, 203 N. 92nd Ave 6/18 11 a.m.-5 p.m. & 6/19 1 p.m.-7 p.m. https://t.co/q6Su6T0bHY pic.twitter.com/6WMNmjf4vv— City of Tolleson (@CityofTolleson) June 11, 2020
Arizonans, let’s listen to our medical experts: wearing a face covering and staying 6 feet away from others in public effectively slows the spread of coronavirus. https://t.co/EyUszN6XOv— Kyrsten Sinema (@kyrstensinema) June 11, 2020
To eliminate the lack of access to technology and the Internet that were barriers to distance learning when schools were closed for the COVID-19 pandemic, Arizona Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman has convened a Technology Task Force to develop solutions.
Access to technology and the internet is a challenge that existed prior to COVID-19, but this pandemic has exposed the inequities of the digital divide. It’s time to dismantle this barrier to learning – and yesterday our new Technology Task Force met to start that critical work. pic.twitter.com/9HNypLyFtw— Kathy Hoffman (@Supt_Hoffman) June 11, 2020
Looking for a way to encourage students to read more? Los Angeles Unified School District partnered with Snapchat to create a celebrity book club for students.
Glendale Community College’s Career Services is reaching out to students on social media with career advice and more.
Updated June 10: As people await the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision, Lumina Foundation says helping the 650,000 DACA recipients, or Dreamers, undocumented children brought to the United States by their parents, is in the nation’s interest. A decision could come as soon as this month or by Oct. 4, 2020.
Hear what Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said about re-opening Arizona schools after COVID-19, in a KJZZ 91.5 FM interview.
“This plan is meant to be very adaptable, we know that across the state of Arizona that, a one size fits all model would not work for our state.” Our classrooms support students’ social, emotional, and academic needs – and it’s our goal to return to them safely. https://t.co/Y4MNCCf014— Kathy Hoffman (@Supt_Hoffman) June 10, 2020
Kyrene School District described the learning pathways available for students in the Fall.
Kyrene announced plans for a Safe Return to School. With insight from Kyrene parents, teachers, staff & community members, we have developed flexible education pathways that include in-person, digital & flexible distance learning. https://t.co/DrzbUQspqP #KyreneSafe #KyreneStrong pic.twitter.com/OUkX8PyCvQ— KyreneSchools (@KyreneSchools) June 10, 2020
Education Week examines whether police officers belong in schools after the the killing of George Floyd in police custody last month.
Students and families took part in a Rivals for Justice March today in Ahwatukee from Mountain Pointe High School to Desert Vista High School, The Arizona Republic reports.
Ahwatukee basketball rivals Mountain Pointe, Desert Vista march in unity over social injustice https://t.co/ZhDwJFXKrU— azcentral (@azcentral) June 10, 2020
This study on the grade point averages of students of color before and after police killings shows a considerable drop in the four months afterwards, according to Education Week.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 29,852 today from 28,296 yesterday, and 1,095 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health.
The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients in Arizona hospitals remained above 1,200 for the sixth consecutive day Tuesday at 1,274. That was just below pandemic high point of 1,278 reported Friday. https://t.co/ZXjcxdfSQU— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) June 10, 2020
Watch live: Maricopa County health officials give an update on the latest COVID-19 numbers and why it’s important to wear masks in public. https://t.co/GYuanWXJSH— 12 News (@12News) June 10, 2020
In Maricopa County, there are 15,282 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 3,350 in Pima County, 2,388 in Navajo County, 1,310 in Coconino County, 1,209 in Pinal County, 348 in Yavapai County, 1,811 in Apache County, 2,439 in Yuma County, 552 in Mohave County, 167 in Cochise County, 688 in Santa Cruz County, 45 in Graham County, 205 in La Paz County, 48 in Gila County and 10 in Greenlee County.
Maricopa County Public Health Medical Director Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine on the increase of COVID-19 cases in the state’s most populous county: “We’re getting reports of almost 600 cases a day compared to 200 cases a day 2 weeks ago.”— Anne Ryman (@anneryman) June 10, 2020
Maricopa County Supt. of Schools Steve Watson encourages teachers to take partand find inspiration in their teacher forum.
Teachers and leaders are already starting to gather resources and ideas for the upcoming school year. Maricopa County teachers are using our #teacherforum every day for guidance and inspiration. If you haven’t checked it out or contributed, you should! https://t.co/5LzHpY2twz pic.twitter.com/jw6xCrLRMz— Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson (@mcschoolsup) June 10, 2020
Arizona State University said Senior Associate Dean Kristin Gilger will become interim dean of the Cronkite School effective immediately.
Provost Searle announced Senior Associate Dean @kristingilger is moving into the role of interim dean, effective immediately. She joined @ASU in 2002 and has been instrumental in the transformation of Cronkite. The search continues for a permanent dean.— Cronkite School (@Cronkite_ASU) June 10, 2020
Updated June 9: Arizona’s education system has been disrupted by COVID-19, so maybe it’s time to re-imagine it, said Rachel Yanoff, Achieve 60 executive director.
“Arizona’s educational system has been wildly disrupted. It’s time to reimagine it.”— AZ Civic Leadership (@AzCCL) June 9, 2020
Rachel Yanof, 2018 #FlinnBrown Fellow & @Achieve60AZ executive director, says now is the time to rethink education in #Arizona. https://t.co/UxqPi7tuc5
Gov. Doug Ducey met with Janelle Wood, founder of the Black Mothers Forum and said he’ll build on ideas they discussed.
I’m grateful to meet with Janelle Wood, founder of the Black Mothers Forum. Keeping our kids and communities safe is a priority we all share. We’ve got work to do, and I look forward to building on the ideas discussed today. pic.twitter.com/3n98vuu2NI— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) June 9, 2020
In response to the protests, Phoenix police will stop using a hold that cuts the flow of blood to the brain, Chief Jeri Williams said.
Phoenix police will stop using strangleholds on people, chief says https://t.co/q7NYICQjpx— azcentral (@azcentral) June 9, 2020
Black and Latino students are also facing the possibility of school closures, Education Week says.
Seeking classroom resources to help students build empathy, understanding and tolerance? The Southern Poverty Law Center provides this resource.
Teaching Tolerance classroom resources offer high-quality content that helps build student empathy and understanding while developing academic skill. Find lessons, tasks, texts, and more here: https://t.co/m4fpdylyUP pic.twitter.com/lz7tjnxqfR— achievethecore.org (@achievethecore) June 9, 2020
The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona encourages people to be antiracist and to learn more.
African-American, American Indian and Latino children face some of the biggest obstacles on the path to opportunity, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Race for Results report.
Our report, Race for Results, found that the index scores for African American children across nearly every metric should be considered a national crisis: https://t.co/EOglBnEmSQ— Annie E. Casey Fdn (@AECFNews) June 9, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 28,296 today from 27,678 yesterday, and 1,070 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health.
Coronavirus cases among Maricopa County jail inmates have increased sharply over the last five days, leading officials to consider mass testinghttps://t.co/VeTIvrrUOx— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) June 9, 2020
In Maricopa County, there are 14,374 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 3,161 in Pima County, 2,253 in Navajo County, 1,289 in Coconino County, 1,164 in Pinal County, 340 in Yavapai County, 1,747 in Apache County, 2,378 in Yuma County, 513 in Mohave County, 156 in Cochise County, 633 in Santa Cruz County, 42 in Graham County, 189 in La Paz County, 47 in Gila County and 10 in Greenlee County.
Head Start is encouraging people to do good for others.
“Doing good for others has the potential to boost our spirits and impart useful and hopeful lessons to our children during these scary and uncertain times.” Great article to show parents how to model kindness and recognize it in others—model and practice! https://t.co/S7RNZuFOgt— Region 10 Head Start (@R10HeadStart) June 2, 2020
School sports practices will look different after COVID-19.
Temperature checks, coaches in masks, and no spitting, high-fiving or any contact await athletes and coaches as Flagstaff Unified School District released Phase 1 of its return to play guidelines. https://t.co/V4rdsgOJEa— Arizona Daily Sun (@azds) June 9, 2020
Community connections provide key support for parents of young children, according to First Things First.
Madison Elementary School District reminds families that their virtual town hall will stream Wednesday night starting at 6 p.m.
The Parent & Family Virtual Town Hall is tomorrow night, Wednesday, June 10 at 6:00 p.m. Families can access the livestream by visiting the District website at https://t.co/MHOv8tlW5s.— Madison ESD (@MadisonAZ) June 9, 2020
We look forward to connecting with you tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/1iSqmURdpw
Arizona Association of Gifted and Talented are seeking mathletes in third through 8th grades to take part in Summer Blitz Virtual Tournaments.
To get ready for college this Fall, Northern Arizona University reminds students to take these steps.
Glendale Community College celebrates Pride Month and encourages people to learn more about its history.
To learn more about the history of Pride Month, visit https://t.co/GHLxwHfxrg.— GCC (@gccaz) June 9, 2020
Arizona State University reminds students to sign up for upcoming webinars if they have questions about the upcoming Fall semester.
Working together, our actions will help keep our community healthier and stronger. Sun Devils, if you have questions about fall 2020, sign up for our upcoming webinars.— Arizona State University (@ASU) June 9, 2020
✔️ New students, June 15 https://t.co/vXR6OkNGWO
✔️ Returning students, June 16 https://t.co/liqK63U1am pic.twitter.com/90eFeT1SVt
Updated June 8: Some schools are canceling plans for in-person classes this fall, saying the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s safety recommendations for reopening after Covid-19 may cost about $2 million more than has been budgeted for, according to a U.S. News & World report story.
To adhere to CDC’s safety recommendations for reopening, school districts will be forced to spend nearly $2 million that they hadn’t budgeted for – a cost so prohibitive that some are now scrapping plans for in-person classes entirely this fall. NEW: https://t.co/nAAmZWHruW— Lauren S. Camera (@laurenonthehill) June 8, 2020
As schools plan for classes starting in the Fall, there will be changes to what students and staff experience.
First Things First has partnered with nurses to share books and literacy guides with families.
ASU rescinded its offer to Sonya Forte Duhé to become dean for Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication after hearing allegations about her treatment of minority students.
Sonya Forte Duhé will not assume the role as dean for Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication after allegations about her treatment of minority students at a previous job came to light. https://t.co/vY3mx1M7uy— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) June 8, 2020
Kids can access digital resources and ebooks to read and take part in Scholastic’s Summer Read-A-Palooza.
As part of the reimaged @Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza program kids will now have access to free digital resources/ebooks, and provide them the opportunities to ‘do good’ during this challenging time. https://t.co/J9UsGcZau4 pic.twitter.com/JI6sNCcWwz— Valley of the Sun United Way (@myvsuw) June 8, 2020
An Empire High School student who passed away yesterday made sure he gave back to student athletes at his school with his Make A Wish request, according to an Arizona Republic article.
Empire athlete Noah Nieto gave back to his school before his death https://t.co/KYqdXEeulj— azcentral (@azcentral) June 8, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 27,678 today from 24,332 Friday, and 1,047 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health.
On June 2, daily confirmed #COVID19 cases in Arizona hit 1,000 for the first time. It happened 3 more times in the next 5 days.— Flinn Foundation (@FlinnFoundation) June 8, 2020
On June 6, ICU use for COVID-19 reached a record high.
As of June 7, 1,044 Arizonans have died.
It’s past time to #MaskUpAZhttps://t.co/qNrgZ9Djrw pic.twitter.com/KZmfzXI6YX
In Maricopa County, there are 14,003 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 3,154 in Pima County, 2,229 in Navajo County, 1,290 in Coconino County, 1,127 in Pinal County, 330 in Yavapai County, 1,732 in Apache County, 2,257 in Yuma County, 512 in Mohave County, 149 in Cochise County, 615 in Santa Cruz County, 41 in Graham County, 183 in La Paz County, 46 in Gila County and 10 in Greenlee County.
People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 11,947, followed by people 65 years and older with 4,655 cases, then people 45 to 54 years old with 4.426 cases, people from 55 to 64 years old with 3,820 cases and people under 20 years old with 2,811 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Millions of parents rely on #childcare just to be able to go to work, yet this crisis has threatened to wipe out half of the nation’s child care supply. Thank you @SenGaryPeters for working to secure critical federal relief for the child care industry. https://t.co/TlWeCPWL2z— FirstFiveYearsFund (@firstfiveyears) June 8, 2020
Just weeks after Gov. Doug Ducey said Arizona businesses could re-open, Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ sent a letter to hospitals on June 6 urging them to activate emergency plans and a day later Banner Health said it’s intensive care unit beds in use was growing, according to an Arizona Republic article.
As of today Maricopa County has the 26th highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases of any county in the U.S., according to John Hopkins University.
Thirty-six percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 21% in White/Non-Hispanic, 24% in Hispanic or Latino, 13% Native American, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 3% Other/Non-Hispanic.
Twenty-six percent of people who had confirmed COVID-19 cases had a chronic medical condition and 35% were high risk – 65 or more years old with one or more chronic medical condition. Fifty-three percent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are female.
Forty-seven percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 11% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 18% Native American, 17% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.
More men, 54%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older – 808- have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.
There were 408 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities, hospitals, shelters, workplace, dialysis clinics, private residential, hospice, childcare/daycare, college/university, outpatient clinics and religious facilities.
Gov. Doug Ducey’s curfew order has expired and it won’t be extended.
Thousands of people outside the U.S. took part in demonstrations to show support for America protestors.
Over the weekend, demonstrations took place around the world, with thousands of people outside the United States marching to show solidarity with American protests over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Via @TheAtlPhoto: https://t.co/EyRC4ru1lb— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) June 8, 2020
The Phoenix City Council approved a budget today that included nearly $3 million for a new police oversight office.
NEW: The Phoenix City Council approved a $1.3 billion annual general fund budget Monday that included nearly $3 million for a new police oversight office. https://t.co/HlW7I5lhdA— azcentral (@azcentral) June 8, 2020
Today, Phoenix City Council came together in the midst of one of the most important moments in our nation’s and city’s history with a bipartisan vote to fully fund civilian oversight of the Phoenix Police Department. Full statement: https://t.co/vrUWyKJAJU pic.twitter.com/gQMvz28di7— Mayor Kate Gallego (@MayorGallego) June 8, 2020
Updated June 5: Phoenix Union High School District students marched today to the district office to demand it terminate its contract with the Phoenix Police Department.
Here at Steele Indian School Park for @azcentral where Phoenix students are gathering in preparation to march to the Phoenix Union High School District Office in demand terminating contracts between the school district and @PhoenixPolice pic.twitter.com/Qw5CwljI8d— Chelsea Hofmann (@chofmann528) June 5, 2020
In-person classes at ASU will resume on Aug. 20.
Crane Elementary shared their commitment to providing a safe, respectful and equitable learning environment.
Crane Elementary School District is committed to providing a safe, respectful and equitable learning environment for our students, staff & community. During this time of unrest in the country – and always – we stick together. #WeStickTogether #WeAreCrane https://t.co/kbqU9jg5aQ— Crane School Dist. (@CraneSchools) June 5, 2020
Michael Jordan said he will donate $100 million over 10 years to racial equality causes.
Michael Jordan has pledging to donate $100 million over 10 years to “organizations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education” https://t.co/OV8aLs9PGw— Bloomberg (@business) June 5, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 24,332 today from 22,753 yesterday, and 1,012 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health.
In Maricopa County, there are 12,091 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 2,883 in Pima County, 2,104 in Navajo County, 1,248 in Coconino County, 1,018 in Pinal County, 314 in Yavapai County, 1,656 in Apache County, 1,708 in Yuma County, 447 in Mohave County, 120 in Cochise County, 503 in Santa Cruz County, 40 in Graham County, 149 in La Paz County, 42 in Gila County and 9 in Greenlee County.
Tomorrow: #PHX is working w/ #SonoraQuest on a #COVID19 testing blitz, 8a-noon at Steele Indian School Park.— City of Phoenix, AZ (@CityofPhoenixAZ) June 5, 2020
Walk-ups & drive-thrus available. Bring insurance card; no insurance will be covered by CARES.
Limited to first 500 people.
Info: https://t.co/cEBZoLPXQj pic.twitter.com/lRxrtbVoyS
A federal agency released details about coronavirus cases and deaths in Arizona nursing homes, but COVID-19 statistics from other types of long-term care facilities in the state remain scarce because officials refuse to release them. https://t.co/Hetx44BC6r— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) June 5, 2020
Updated June 4: Watch it live as Gov. Doug Ducey, Arizona Dept. of Public Safety Director Col. Heston Silbert, Arizona National Guard Maj. Gen Michael McGuire and Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ discuss the curfew, protests and COVID-19 during a news conference today.
“The suffering and death of George Floyd is tragic and abhorrent. It’s an American tragedy,” Gov. Ducey said. “It should be condemned by leaders at every level.”
“In Arizona, we will listen to those who want to have a civil discourse to ensure that it never happens again in the United States of America and that we make the proper reforms and improvement at the state, national and federal level,” Gov. Ducey said.
VIdeo courtesy Arizona Dept. of Health Services: COVID-19 News Conference June 4, 2020
Thousands of Arizonans have come out to peacefully protest every day to have their voices heard, exercise their First Amendment rights, and to ask for justice, Gov. Ducey said.
“We’re looking at this as a moment where change can happen for the better in our nation,” Gov. Ducey said.
“A much smaller group that wanted to riot and loot have come out as well,” Gov. Ducey said.
Gov. Ducey thanked first responders for their service during this time “when people want to be heard, they’ve seen an injustice and they want to see change.”
Gov. Ducey said he talked to more than 20 mayors Sunday and law enforcement leaders across the state to ensure that peaceful protest can happen and that people and property are protected.
“Racism exists here in Arizona and in our world,” Gov. Ducey said. “It is incumbent on all of us to do all we can do to stop it.”
On Saturday, Gov. Ducey said he met with African-American leaders and had a discussion, and they came up with a list of things they can deliver on.
“In consultation with law enforcement leaders, there is a statewide curfew through Sunday, June 7 from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.,” Gov. Ducey said.
“In my 31 years in law enforcement, I don’t think I’ve seen anything as horrific or tragic as what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota,” said Col. Silbert.
“Everything I’ve seen by the people of Arizona – the way they protested – has been a commentary on their character and really to our state,” Col. Silbert said.
“People don’t go stand in the heat by the thousands unless they care. They care about this cause. They care about what’s going on. They care about the improvement and we care, ” Col. Silbert said.
“We always know we can do a better job in law enforcement. And we understand that we’re only as strong as the violations that one person commits, and unfortunately we all have to answer for that,” Col. Silbert said. “But if improvement comes from that, and it certainly should from this situation, I hope for better days ahead.”
“I hope we grow going forward and become a better nation and a better community,” Col. Silbert said.
“I’m very confident that while the state and the nation are in pain, that our great citizens in this state who have an unbelievable reservoir of patriotic capital will rise to the occasion and work together to create a peaceable environment,” said Maj. Gen McGuire.
Gov. Ducey said Arizona will continue with its approach to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We don’t have a downward trend in COVID -19 cases by day established, Gov. Ducey said.
“We have seen some growth in cases as of late,” Gov. Ducey said.
As of today, Arizona Dept. of Health Services has completed the infection control surveys of 126 Medicare certified skilled nursing facilities, about 88 percent, 16 more surveys will be complete by the end of the week and all should be complete by June 9th, said Dr. Christ.
Testing has been completed at 71 long-term care facilities with a total of 8,227 staff and residents tested so far and that is scheduled to be complete for all facilities by June 11, Dr. Christ said.
COVID-19 testing is being done at Arizona Department of Corrections facilities throughout the state with the help of SonoraQuest Labs, Dr. Christ said.
The increase in the number of COVID-19 cases recently “was expected. These are dependent on a number of things, including increasing testing,” Dr. Christ said.
Some statewide trends the AZ Dept. of Health Services are monitoring closely include an increase in cases across the southern border of the state, increases of cases in Mexico, large numbers within tribal communities and eastern and central regions as well, Dr. Christ said.
The Arizona Surge line has helped with the transfer of more than 500 patients to the appropriate level of care throughout the state, Dr. Christ said.
Dr. Christ reminded Arizonans that they all have a part to play to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by continuing to wash their hands and using hand sanitizer, avoid touching their faces, cover their coughs and sneezes, disinfect surfaces regularly, use face coverings while out in public and to stay home if they’re feeling sick and follow the advice of their medical provider.
Gov. Ducey thanked school leaders for their work on developing guidance for students to get back to school.
As schools prepare to welcome back students in the Fall, Expect More Arizona encourages people to contact their state legislators and ask them to protect K-12 public education funding.
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on nearly everything, including state revenues. Now, more than ever, it’s important to contact your state legislators and convey the importance of protecting education funding. Email your legislators today: https://t.co/7cS415W4iN pic.twitter.com/356r0lk6aI— ExpectMoreAZ (@ExpectMoreAZ) June 4, 2020
Sixty percent of Arizonans would increase education funding, according to a recent survey, KJZZ 91.5 FM says.
A survey has revealed that 60% of Arizona voters are in favor of increasing funding to public schools and addressing the teacher shortage.https://t.co/8WkmGwduQi— KJZZ Phoenix (@kjzzphoenix) June 4, 2020
New research shows killing by police hurt grades and graduation rates of nearby Black and Hispanic students, according to Education Next.
New research shows killings by police hurt grades, graduation rates of nearby Black and Hispanic schoolchildren: Effects are larger when those killed by police are unarmed. https://t.co/Wq3Igb2fzn pic.twitter.com/bZSYakb2mP— Education Next (@EducationNext) June 4, 2020
Phoenix Union High School District students pressure district to end school resource officer program.
Following a Minneapolis school district’s decision to end its contract with the police department for on-campus officers, students are pressuring Phoenix Union High School District’s governing board to do the same. https://t.co/H1M9jyjjy4— azcentral (@azcentral) June 4, 2020
The Arizona Parent Teacher Association offers some insight into trauma and how it affects students and their families.
The terms used to describe education issues can have long-term effects on public perception, according to Education Week.
“‘Achievement gap’ is a terrible term,” said Jon Valant of the Brookings Institution, who was not involved with the study but who also researches the effects of education rhetoric. https://t.co/xUwnv7u6wx— Education Week (@educationweek) June 4, 2020
WestEd researchers are seeking people to share their experiences of K-8 science instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.
WestEd researchers are conducting an NSF-funded survey Investigating the Impacts of COVID-19 on K-8 Science— ActivateLearning (@ActivateScience) June 4, 2020
If you’d like to share your own experiences, please complete the survey. https://t.co/2pP9VXcqO9
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 22,753 today from 22,223 yesterday, and 996 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health.
In Maricopa County, there are 11,229 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 2,669 in Pima County, 2,042 in Navajo County, 1,221 in Coconino County, 948 in Pinal County, 307 in Yavapai County, 1,637 in Apache County, 1,510 in Yuma County, 428 in Mohave County, 105 in Cochise County, 462 in Santa Cruz County, 38 in Graham County, 110 in La Paz County, 39 in Gila County and 8 in Greenlee County.
Updated June 3: A new Education Week survey shows teachers are concerned about returning to in-person classroom instruction in the Fall after COVID-19 school closures.
A statewide poll by High Ground Public Affairs of likely Arizona voters shows 57 percent of parents with children support sending them back to school in the fall, according to a 3 TV/ CBS 5 news story.
Tucson Unified School District Supt. Gabriel Trujillo said what the Arizona Dept. of Ed guidelines for re-opening school is missing is a new funding source or “new mechanism to pay for the very, very costly recommendations that are being recommended in this roadmap,” in an interview with Arizona Public Media.
Nogales Unified Supt. Ferdando Parra tells KJZZ 91.5 FM that he’s not sure how many students will return to classrooms in the rural school district for the new school year and talks about his concerns about their plan.
The state funds schools on a per-pupil basis, says Nogales Unified School District Superintendent Fernando Parra. He doesn’t know how many of his students will come back when the school reopens.https://t.co/uI77n1NuP4— KJZZ Phoenix (@kjzzphoenix) June 3, 2020
See what other school districts have planned to re-open schools in the Fall in this ABC 15 Arizona story and interactive map.
Several Arizona school districts have begun to release details on their plans to reopen schools in the fall. @abc15 is keeping track of each district’s plans as information is released: https://t.co/2S0r8rzE71 #abc15 pic.twitter.com/5Q66JX5FaS— Courtland Jeffrey (@Court_Jeffrey) June 3, 2020
A teacher in a rural community and one in an urban one share how access to the internet has affected student learning during the COVID-19 closures and what they’re doing to bridge that gap.
In rural and urban communities, access to the internet remains a barrier for student learning during closures. Teachers discuss the impacts on their classrooms. https://t.co/zJw3Ock21E— edutopia (@edutopia) June 3, 2020
Most Deer Valley Unified School District Office staff are back to work next week.
Creighton Elementary School District Superintendent Dr. Donna Lewis has partnered with school superintendents across Phoenix to create school environments that promote inclusivity and professional development to achieve that.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals encourages school leaders to do their part in building a more just future for all students.
Read our full open letter to school leaders here: https://t.co/m1zn01coOy— NASSP (@NASSP) June 3, 2020
#EDUCATION: From #COVID19 #quarantines to nationwide #protests the #stress of this moment maybe harming #kids‘ development, but relationships, routines, and #resilience can helphttps://t.co/vGd09YTneb#children #parents #Family— Education News (@educationblog) June 3, 2020
Save Our Schools Arizona encourages people to sign up for this webinar about equity, education and the new normal after COVID-19 school closures.
There’s still time to register for this Friday’s timely, critical conversation about equity, education & a “new normal” for American schools. Pre-register via https://t.co/WwAxTAK2x0 pic.twitter.com/TCRy4aFDH9— Save Our Schools AZ (@arizona_sos) June 3, 2020
Teach for America in Baltimore shares this resource for how to be an empathetic listener during times of racial injustice.
Student led investigations of justice-centered phenomena and develop solutions to problems are one way to engage students in projects that support equity for communities and see how science in entwined with political and ethical questions, dimensions and decisions.
The National Science Teaching Association said “equity is at the heart of science and teaching, and education is a beacon of light for our students,” and that “in the coming months, we will be providing additional resources all teachers can use to create inclusive, socially just classrooms.”
Sesame Street will host a town hall addressing racism on Saturday morning.
You’ll want the kiddos to tune in for this. 📺 https://t.co/MibchPwIZV— Teach For America (@TeachForAmerica) June 3, 2020
It’s been a tough week for the entire country, especially for anyone who cares about freedom and social justice. Representation matters. Read my full post here: https://t.co/hj5DbAVhKH— Aaron Lieberman (@aaron4az) June 3, 2020
Then support:https://t.co/SZq0pOvvjXhttps://t.co/7AECcKU0Rwhttps://t.co/RiqFeoFplk pic.twitter.com/RHD5OzRmZb
The Arizona Interscholastic Association released last week recommendations for schools holding student athlete summer workouts.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association on Thursday announced its recommendations for schools to begin welcoming student-athletes back on campus for summer workouts in phases and Mesa athletes might be heading to practice soon. https://t.co/gEkIctxc9c— East Valley Tribune (@EVTNow) June 3, 2020
Microcredentials are becoming more important as people who are unemployed seek new work.
“Certificate-first” programs help #students looking for shorter forms of learning, including those who have lost jobs and need to earn #credentials in a few months to get hired. #HigherEd @JonMarcusBoston @hechingerreport https://t.co/IBSydWY65L— Lumina Foundation (@LuminaFound) June 3, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 22,223 today from 21,250 yesterday, and 981 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health.
The number of Arizonans hospitalized with positive or suspected cases of COVID-19 shot past 1,000 on June 1, raising questions from the state’s former health chief about whether Gov. Doug Ducey should have abandoned his stay-at-home order. https://t.co/9DLjaW6qLP via @azcapmedia— AZ Capitol Times (@AzCapitolTimes) June 3, 2020
In Maricopa County, there are 11,068 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 2,627 in Pima County, 1,994 in Navajo County, 1,186 in Coconino County, 940 in Pinal County, 304 in Yavapai County, 1,586 in Apache County, 1,387 in Yuma County, 422 in Mohave County, 94 in Cochise County, 438 in Santa Cruz County, 41 in Graham County, 91 in La Paz County, 37 in Gila County and 8 in Greenlee County.
Another 973 cases of COVID-19 reported today.— Dillon Rosenblatt (@DillonReedRose) June 3, 2020
Yesterday was the first time there were more than 1,000 reported in a single day.
22,223 total for Arizona and 40 more deaths puts number at 981 #COVID19
Although the #AZTestingBlitz has ended, there are still #COVID19 testing locations available for those who think they may have COVID-19. Visit our website for details. https://t.co/yJAM6AoXeF pic.twitter.com/c56TOMJczz— AZ Dept of Health (@AZDHS) June 3, 2020
People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 9,62, followed by people 65 years and older with 4,120 cases, then people 45 to 54 years old with 3,614 cases, people from 55 to 64 years old with 3,184 cases and people under 20 years old with 2,126 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
U.S. businesses shed 2.8 million jobs in May, significantly fewer than the 9.3 million job losses that were expected. https://t.co/XL6hAWWpKx— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) June 3, 2020
Thirty-two percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 23% in White/Non-Hispanic, 24% in Hispanic or Latino, 14% Native American, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 3% Other/Non-Hispanic.
Twenty-eight percent of people who had confirmed COVID-19 cases had a chronic medical condition and 38% were high risk – 65 or more years old with one or more chronic medical condition. Fifty-three percent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are female.
Forty-seven percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 12% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 19% Native American, 16% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.
More men, 54%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older – 759 – have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.
There were 367 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities, hospitals, shelters, workplace, dialysis clinics, private residential, hospice, childcare/daycare, college/university, outpatient clinics and religious facilities.
Updated June 2: Save Our Schools Arizona said they appreciate Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman’s guidance for re-opening Arizona public schools next month, but schools need more funding to implement the suggestions.
“Virtually none of this guidance is achievable due to the Arizona State Legislature’s continued underfunding of public education,” said Dawn Penich-Thacker, co-founder and communications director of Save Our Schools Arizona.
Mesa Public Schools Incoming Supt. Dr. Andi Fourlis said the guidelines are helpful as school districts statewide decide what back to school will look like for their students and staff in an ABC 15 Arizona article.
The guidelines include recommendations about increased cleaning and sanitization for classrooms and throughout school facilities as well as rethinking what lunch, recess, labs, group activities, sports, bus transportation, and travel between classes will look like.
For now, Mesa schools plan to start in-person instruction for students on August 4, but their will be distance learning options for students and staff who prefer that.
Arizona Education Association’s Marisol Garcia tells KJZZ 91.5 FM that the move to re-open schools for the Fall is premature.
Guidance from the state and health department are fueling plans to reopen classrooms beginning this fall. However, @ArizonaEA‘s Marisol Garcia, says this is too soon.@Jill_C_Ryan reports.https://t.co/zi9gJAoI8D— KJZZ Phoenix (@kjzzphoenix) June 3, 2020
Noell Hyman, the father of a high school senior said in an Arizona Republic article that he hopes his son’s school will spend fewer days each week for in-person instruction and more in online classes.
The Learning Policy Institute has estimated that the Arizona Legislature would need to add $645 million in new funding to Arizona’s current K-12 education budget to minimally address the impact of COVID-19, Save Our Schools Arizona said.
“Without adding up to $645 million in new dollars to the education budget during the anticipated special session, Governor Ducey and the Legislature are endangering 1.1 million Arizona students, more than 100,000 public school teachers and staff, and countless millions of parents, grandparents and community members with whom they will be in contact,” Penich-Thacker said.
Our statement on recent guidance for re-opening Arizona public schools pic.twitter.com/U09kIlpSYL— Save Our Schools AZ (@arizona_sos) June 2, 2020
Currently, Arizona public schools have the second-most crowded classrooms in the nation and such low capital funding that leaking roofs, malfunctioning ventilation, and unsafe buses are common across the state.
Many Arizona districts cannot afford to employ school nurses or aides, while Arizona teachers leave the profession at higher rates than teachers of any other state.
Many public schools cannot afford to reduce class sizes by hiring more teachers or adjust learning spaces for social distancing, Penich-Thacker said.
“Save Our Schools Arizona calls upon the governor and Legislature to prioritize the lives of 1.1 million Arizona children by adding $645 million to the existing public education budget to allow school districts to implement basic CDC recommendations and invest in digital infrastructure for communities, children and families for whom returning to school is not a viable option,” Penich-Thacker said.
If the Invest in Education Act is approved by voters, then individuals earning more than $250,000 a year and households earning more than $500,000 a year would pay a 3.5 percent surcharge on the taxable income they earn in excess of $250,000 for individuals or $500,000 for households. Based on Arizona Department of Revenue models, it would generate $940 million annually for teachers, counselors, therapists, support staff, vocational education and other critical services, said David Lujan, director of The Arizona Center for Economic Progress, who helped draft the initiative.
Right now, hundreds of volunteers and paid circulators are gathering thousands of signatures to place the Invest in Education Act on the ballot, and they’re on pace to gather the 237,645 signatures required by the July 2 deadline.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 21,250 today from 20,123 yesterday, and 941 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health.
JUST IN: Arizona reported more than 1,100 new coronavirus cases Tuesday morning, the most in a single day, along with 24 additional deaths.— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) June 2, 2020
With 1,127 new cases, the state’s documented total increased to 21,250. The death count reached 941. https://t.co/54sMu8BRRC
In Maricopa County, there are 10,536 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 2,496 in Pima County, 1,957 in Navajo County, 1,173 in Coconino County, 909 in Pinal County, 300 in Yavapai County, 1,569 in Apache County, 1,275 in Yuma County, 409 in Mohave County, 89 in Cochise County, 365 in Santa Cruz County, 37 in Graham County, 92 in La Paz County, 35 in Gila County and 8 in Greenlee County.
The US should have 100 million doses of one candidate coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force https://t.co/jDGfFRYAqx— CNN (@CNN) June 3, 2020
Although the rate of cases and deaths for #COVID-19 at Arizona nursing homes is lower than the national average, the rate of staff members testing positive for COVID-19 is more than three times higher in Arizona. https://t.co/goKtsfjkbI— Cronkite News (@cronkitenews) June 3, 2020
Developing cultural competence is critical for medical workers, educators and most people for their day to day interactions at work and beyond. Here are five ways to develop it.
For those planning to enter medical school and even current medical students, understanding what cultural competence means and working to hone this quality is essential for taking care of patient populations with differing ethnic backgrounds and beliefs.https://t.co/ye3KJBZK8w— U.S. News Education (@USNewsEducation) June 3, 2020
Expect More Arizona talks about the value of diversity in education.
Change starts with each one of us. We simply must be better. We must demand better.— ExpectMoreAZ (@ExpectMoreAZ) June 3, 2020
Expect More Arizona respects and values the diverse perspectives that represent education in our state, but we can do more to live up to this core value. pic.twitter.com/7xFp8R9bMJ
The National Education Association sent a letter to congressional leadership calling for meaningful police reform legislation, and 422 other organizations have signed it so far.
Students in Cleveland help clean up some of the broken windows of stores that were looted.
After a minority of Cleveland demonstrators broke store windows and looted stores, one principal thought: What if students could be involved in helping to clean up some of the damage? https://t.co/DKnsInZjTm— Education Week (@educationweek) June 2, 2020
Arizona Democrats have requested a special legislative session to address police reform after the deaths of George Floyd and Dion Johnson in police custody.
This afternoon my colleagues and I called for a special session immediately to address police reform issues: Some policies include 1) body cams on all officers 2) external investigations in OIS 3) LEO database for complaints 4) More Training 5) Limit qualified immunity #azleg pic.twitter.com/gGGatJIdCJ— Rep Reginald Bolding (@reginaldbolding) June 2, 2020
‘The governor appreciates their thoughtfulness,’ a @dougducey spokesman said of the call for a special session dedicated to police reform. ‘We’ll be working with the legislature on any additional legislative action now that Sine Die has occurred.’ https://t.co/m1o5ON2GSC— Maria Polletta🌵 (@mpolletta) June 2, 2020
Two Arizona Legislators met with Gov. Doug Ducey who has agreed to meet with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Black Mothers Forum.
Our hearts ache over recent deaths in AZ & across the US. I’ve been talking to leaders in the Black community & today I delivered their message to Gov @DougDucey. He committed to meeting with NAACP & Black Moms Forum. Their voices must be heard to achieve the progresses needed. https://t.co/PZwK6flFbk— César Chávez (@CesarChavezAZ) June 2, 2020
Tucson Magee Middle School girls took first place in creative problem solving. in the Odyssey of the Mind World finals held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A team of seventh- and eighth-grade girls from Magee Middle School created a framework that weighed no more than 18 grams but was able to hold more than 1,100 pounds. https://t.co/b55uqlAE7m— Arizona Daily Star (@TucsonStar) June 3, 2020
The possibility of a spike in COVID-19 led Tucson Unified School District to cancel graduation ceremonies later this month.
The possibility of a spike in coronavirus cases locally created cause for concern for Tucson Unified and health officials, leading to the cancelation of the events planned for later this month. https://t.co/xbw7Zkgdjm— Arizona Daily Star (@TucsonStar) June 3, 2020
College professors seek information and support as colleges reassure students about their plans for the Fall.
Dysart Unified celebrated staff honored for leadership and dedication.
Congrats to Mr. Hawkins, @ShadowRidgeHS Principal, and Mr. Dean, Asst. Superintendent for Support Services, who were awarded the @Arizona_ASA Distinguished Administrator Award, for their dedication and leadership! #WeAreDysart @srhsprincipal @DeanAzdean06 pic.twitter.com/xwghcgX87A— Dysart School District (@DysartUSD) June 2, 2020
Chandler Unified honors graduation seniors with yearbook style social media posts.
#SeniorSpotlight @ACPKnights Orchee Syed was named a National Merit Finalist. She is among 15,000 finalists nationwide out of more than 1.6 million students. Finalists are the highest-scoring entrants in each state and represent the top 0.5% of the state’s senior students. pic.twitter.com/hFVzZXsssp— Chandler Unified SD (@ChandlerUnified) June 2, 2020
Scottsdale Unified offers free meals for students over the summer.
SUSD Nutrition Services will be distributing 14 meals per week, per child, every Wednesday through June 24 from 8 – 10 am via a curbside drive-through service. Call 480-484-6234 or visit https://t.co/FnJN1ojgkJ for a listing of locations. pic.twitter.com/EgKE4P36f9— Scottsdale Unified School District (@ScottsdaleUSD) June 2, 2020
Updated June 1: Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman released the Roadmap for Reopening Schools developed by the Arizona Department of Education this morning so schools can determine what back to school will be like for their students and teachers after campuses were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“While our coming school year will also look different from years past, and as the entire world grapples with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I take heart knowing that our schools will continue to be bedrocks of support, comfort, and stability,” Supt. Hoffman said.
Today, @azedschools released reopening guidance to help our school communities make critical decisions about the upcoming school year. This guidance is a roadmap that is flexible and adaptable to local needs. Each school may look different based on their community’s needs. pic.twitter.com/QRUibFBn40— Kathy Hoffman (@Supt_Hoffman) June 1, 2020
The recommendations were developed with the help of public health experts and school leaders statewide.
“It provides a series of recommendations for how schools can approach the 2020-2021 school year and offers adaptable considerations to meet each community’s unique needs,” Supt. Hoffman said. “Given the fluidity of the public health situation, this will be a living document that will be updated based on the most current information.”
Most importantly, today’s guidance is focused on helping schools make decisions that support the physical and social-emotional well-being of students, educators, and families. As we transition to a new school year, ensuring the well-being of our school communities is critical. pic.twitter.com/SrDTCRNUrm— Kathy Hoffman (@Supt_Hoffman) June 1, 2020
Click here to read the recommendations including considerations for students, families, teachers and school leaders.
PARENTS!— AZ Parents for Ed (@AZParentsforEd) June 1, 2020
For those of you with students heading back into the classroom this August, here are some guidelines you can expect your schools to be following#Arizona #Education #Parents
Arizona Department of Education releases guidance for reopening schoolshttps://t.co/3hOdjOhPs3
@AASAHQ Members: As communities begin to re-open, #EdLeaders will have to make decisions to keep staff & students safe. Join the @CDCFound, @DrJudyMonroe, @CDCFound, @GovMikeLeavitt, @AASADan and others for a FREE webinar. Register at https://t.co/uajgU6ZlPC pic.twitter.com/grDJfzBv2Q— AASA (@AASAHQ) June 1, 2020
Americas School Counselor Association and the National Association of School Psychologists released their School Reentry Considerations document today also.
As school districts look towards fall 2020, they should remember remote-learning plans that support engagement and effectiveness will define equity (or lack thereof). https://t.co/QiTLKJrBEd #EdTech #EdChat— Education Next (@EducationNext) June 1, 2020
As teachers in the greater Phoenix area closed down their classrooms they said it’s good to see that students have been kind and worked through difficulty like they’re taught all year long.
“We’ve powered through, we’ve persevered, we’ve been kind. We’ve been all of those things that we teach about all year long and it’s really been wonderful to see it in action,” one teacher said. https://t.co/oq4W6cV0Pm— 12 News (@12News) June 1, 2020
Education Week looks at what teachers should learn from the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed while being arrested by Minneapolis police.
In a statement released this evening, Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said, “Educators are often the first to see how these injustices and racist systems impact the lives of our students.”
West-MEC shared photos of their drive through recognition cermonies for students.
A message from the College of Education Dean Bruce Johnson about the murders of #GeorgeFloyd, #BreonnaTaylor, #AhmaudArbery, and countless others before them: https://t.co/szu7qrftgA.#BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/NZSKkrkfEI— UArizona Education (@UAZEducation) June 1, 2020
Chandler Unified School District continued to honor their graduates with social media posts.
#SeniorSpotlight @Hamilton_High‘s Sarah Zhang was named a National Merit Finalist. She is among 15,000 finalists nationwide out of more than 1.6 million students. Finalists are the highest-scoring entrants in each state and represent the top 0.5% of the state’s senior students. pic.twitter.com/h67MPuuFep— Chandler Unified SD (@ChandlerUnified) June 1, 2020
Arizona Horizon talks tonight with The Black Mothers Forum, a mayor, a former police officer, and a first amendment attorney.
Those guests include Debora Colbert, from The Black Mothers Forum; Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane; attorney and former police officer Anthony Ramirez; and first amendment attorney Dan Barr. It’s a special hour-long edition of AZ Horizon. https://t.co/AfdFo5yIFc— Ted Simons (@tedatpbs) June 1, 2020
Maricopa Community College held a drive through pinning ceremony for its nursing graduates.
Sign your child up for Scholastic’s Read-a-Palooza here.
Teachers grieve with students, Education Week says.
Tempe Elementary School District urged community members to stay home and stay safe.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey declared a State of Emergency and announced a statewide, weeklong 8 p.m. curfew beginning tonight. Please stay home and safe Tempe Elementary Family. pic.twitter.com/XcgsfMxn5m— Tempe Elementary (@TempeElementary) May 31, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 20,123 today from 19,936 yesterday, and 917 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health.
“Asymptomatic people can exhale thousands of infectious particles per minute.— Flinn Foundation (@FlinnFoundation) June 1, 2020
Masks can limit the spread of #COVID19. #MaskUpAZ
(via @ScienceMagazine https://t.co/gXPl47mjVb)” pic.twitter.com/9eIKxyJE3A
In Maricopa County, there are 9,927 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 2,382 in Pima County, 1,873 in Navajo County, 1,155 in Coconino County, 865 in Pinal County, 297 in Yavapai County, 1,526 in Apache County, 1,131 in Yuma County, 403 in Mohave County, 76 in Cochise County, 330 in Santa Cruz County, 32 in Graham County, 79 in La Paz County, 31 in Gila County and 6 in Greenlee County.
Please remember to continue wearing a mask or cloth face covering, especially when out in groups or when unable to maintain 6 feet of #physicaldistance. Let’s all do our part to continue keeping ourselves and those around us healthy. 💛 pic.twitter.com/vAGL0f1J89— Maricopa County (@maricopacounty) June 1, 2020
Updated May 31: Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 19,936 today from 17,763 Friday, and 906 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health.
From @JAMA_current: #COVID19 may be transmitted even in the absence of symptoms of disease, and wearing a mask limits the spread to others. Masks also remind others to continue practicing physical distancing.— Flinn Foundation (@FlinnFoundation) May 31, 2020
My mask protects you, and your mask protects me. #MaskUpAZ” pic.twitter.com/Te4KXG1eUF
In Maricopa County, there are 9,815 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 2,368 in Pima County, 1,866 in Navajo County, 1,151 in Coconino County, 863 in Pinal County, 297 in Yavapai County, 1,524 in Apache County, 1,105 in Yuma County, 396 in Mohave County, 74 in Cochise County, 330 in Santa Cruz County, 32 in Graham County, 78 in La Paz County, 31 in Gila County and 6 in Greenlee County.
Ok, brace yourself for this one. It’s a two day roll up of the Navajo Nation with the tribal health department doing a cross check to add uncounted deaths.— The AZ – abc15 – Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) May 31, 2020
+206 cases/+74 deaths on tribal territory.
The #COVID19 total stands at 5,250 cases and 241 deaths.
Updated May 29: Save Our Schools Arizona calls upon the Arizona Legislature to avoid any and all cuts to the existing public K-12 education budget, now that Gov. Ducey said schools will re-open for the next school year.
“Arizona children should not share the pain of budget cuts when they have already suffered chronic financial neglect for decades, which has resulted in the second-most crowded classrooms in the nation and among the worst educator-to-student ratios in multiple categories,” said Dawn Penich-Thacker, Ph.D., co-founder and communications director for Save Our Schools Arizona.
Instead of a single cut to public education or a diversion of public funds to for-profit and private schemes like vouchers, “micro-grants” or online charter schools, Save Our Schools Arizona calls on the Arizona Legislature and governor to add at least $300 million to the public education budget during the special session on budget in order for schools to implement basic safety precautions and address the technology and infrastructure gaps needed to allow all students to learn in digital environments, regardless of family income.
“There is no acceptable path forward that includes further damage to Arizona’s public schools via budget cuts, privatization schemes or deferred funding,” Penich-Thacker said. “We urge Arizona’s elected officials to prioritize and protect the 1.1 million Arizona children in public schools because without strong schools, we have no chance of rebuilding a strong state.”
Arizona’s public school leaders are focused on the challenges of getting students back-to-school, and the COVID-19 pandemic makes that more complex. Opening schools will look different than it ever has before and approaches will vary from district to district.
On Monday, June 1, the Arizona Department of Education will release a resource to support districts with guidelines and recommendations for re-opening schools. Developed by a task force of more than 70 education stakeholders from around the state with diverse backgrounds and experience, including ASBA, the “Roadmap for Reopening Schools” will include critical areas of this process.
ASBA will co-host a series of webinars in coming weeks related to the “Roadmap for Reopening Schools” with Arizona Department of Education, Arizona School Administrators and Arizona Association of School Business Officials. Details and links to register for the webinars, which will cover health, strategic planning, and school finance and will be available early next week.
“In addition, ASBA is working together with other education stakeholders to urge the Legislature to hold a special session to address school finance issues before school begins,” said Dr. Sheila Harrison-Williams, executive director of Arizona School Boards Association.
Issues that ASBA is advocating for include:
- A limit on enrollment decline to provide budget stability throughout the year
- Flexibility on attendance requirements to allow students to be counted as enrolled and attending to prevent automatic withdrawal.
- Ensure that districts are held harmless in transportation funding if they run fewer miles, or are able to receive reimbursement for extra miles that must be driven related to following CDC guidelines (e.g. fewer students on a bus means more route miles for the same students)
- School finance waiver authority for ADE to address technical issues that arise during the school year without the need for Legislation.
HighGround‘s latest statewide survey of 400 likely voters conducted May 18 through 22 shows Arizona voters think the state’s schools, hospitals and utilities responded well to the COVID-19 pandemic so far.
Arizona’s hospitals and health providers have increased testing and shared helpful information on how to stay healthy. Voters appreciated those efforts giving them the top ranking with 68% of Republicans, 61% of Democrats and 56% of Independents rating their performance as Excellent or Very Good.
Power and water utilities increased their help for people facing economic challenges, delayed shut-ffs for nonpayment and waived late fees, and voters ranked them second.
Schools shifted instruction distance learning, held online meetings, and provided food and other services for those in need. Voters appreciated those efforts, and 55% of Republicans, 54.4% of Democrats and 53.4% of people with children at home ranked them Excellent or Very Good.
But “voters expressed concerns with President Trump’s handling of the pandemic, and the challenges facing Arizona’s long-term care facilities have not gone unnoticed,” said a press release from Paul Bentz, senior vice president of research and Strategy at HighGround Public Affairs Consultants.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 18,465 today from 17,763 yesterday, and 885 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.
In Maricopa County, there are 9,112 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 2,234 in Pima County, 1,752 in Navajo County, 1,104 in Coconino County, 814 in Pinal County, 295 in Yavapai County, 1,414 in Apache County, 929 in Yuma County, 369 in Mohave County, 67 in Cochise County, 262 in Santa Cruz County, 27 in Graham County, 54 in La Paz County, 28in Gila County and 4 in Greenlee County.
The next round of coronavirus aid will be narrowly focused and will not extend federal unemployment assistance, the Senate majority leader says.https://t.co/W6PcM6ico8— AZPM (@azpublicmedia) May 29, 2020
People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 7,335, followed by people 65 years and older with 3,709 cases, then people 45 to 54 years old with 3,022 cases, people from 55 to 64 years old with 2,713 cases and people under 20 years old with 1,673 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
The first group of student-athletes set to participate in voluntary in-person training will consist of 20-23 football players; others will join them in succeeding weeks. https://t.co/QGtKEhgWQj— Arizona Daily Star (@TucsonStar) May 29, 2020
Twenty-seven percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 26% in White/Non-Hispanic, 24% in Hispanic or Latino, 15% Native American, 4% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 3% Other/Non-Hispanic.
Coronavirus update: U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. donated $100,000 to the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund, funding a week’s worth of deliveries of food and water to about 1,000 households. https://t.co/jAZO7uwHyh— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) May 29, 2020
Twenty-nine percent of people who had confirmed COVID-19 cases had a chronic medical condition and 40% were high risk – 65 or more years old with one or more chronic medical condition. Fifty-three percent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are female.
Despite Arizona remaining in phase one of federal guidelines for reopening, schools, youth activities and sports are set to resume. Masks, personal distance and sanitation protocols are still encouraged. https://t.co/FJz5plqXvb— Cronkite News (@cronkitenews) May 30, 2020
Forty-nine percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 10% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 19% Native American, 16% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 1% Other/Non-Hispanic.
More men, 55%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older – 690 – have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.
Tucson City Court will begin a phased reopening, with restrictions, on Monday, June 1. Protocols require staff and visitors to receive a temperature scan before entering the building, wear a mask or face covering, and socially distance when possible. https://t.co/Q2bG3NqhvF pic.twitter.com/xACSPlE5gT— City of Tucson (@cityoftucson) May 29, 2020
There were 342 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities, hospitals, shelters, workplace, dialysis clinics, private residential, hospice, childcare/daycare, college/university, outpatient clinics and religious facilities.
Desert Mountain grad Jake Okun earned the distinction of being named one of 20 U.S. CTE Presidential Scholars! Jake was recognized for his achievements in his career and technical studies – robotics, graphic design & information technology. Read more: https://t.co/gHEe0CNcN2. pic.twitter.com/BQ09leQt4h— Scottsdale Unified School District (@ScottsdaleUSD) May 29, 2020
Chandler Unified summer sports and activities start June 8th.
CUSD Athletics will begin summertime Athletics & Activities for High School Sports on June 8th. CUSD Athletics is excited to welcome back our student-athletes to our schools in a safe and organized manner.— CUSDAthletics (@CUSDAthletics) May 29, 2020
CUSD Athletics-Second to NONE!
Here are some ways states can make sure education technology is used equitably.
Updated May 28: Gov. Doug Ducey said schools will re-open for the first day of school after closing for COVID-19 earlier this school year, and the Arizona Department of Education said it will release guidance on how to do that on Monday, June 1.
“As school leaders prepare for the 2020-21 school year, the Arizona Department of Education will issue guidance to serve as a roadmap for preparing for a variety of learning options that keep students and teachers safe,” said the Office of Supt. of Public Education Kathy Hoffman in a press release.
“This document, created by a broad group of education leaders, public health officials, and stakeholders, will provide adaptable, flexible recommendations, considerations, and resources for districts and charters to plan for the upcoming academic year,” said the Office of Supt. of Public Education Kathy Hoffman in the press release.
Arizona Dept. of Health Services video: COVID-19 news conference May 28, 2020
“I was able to meet with school leaders and superintendents from around the state earlier this week,” Gov. Ducey said. “I want to thank these people, our hard-working teachers, principals and superintendents, we all had a curve ball that came at us in March. They did especially because they were in the middle of the school year. They switched almost immediately to distance learning.”
Gov. Ducey said he’s met with school leaders to talk about what’s starting next year will look like.
Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman led the meeting, and the input from school leaders was helpful, Gov. Ducey said.
“The good news was no matter where someone was or their role in the system, they were eager to get back inside a classroom,” Gov. Ducey said.
Schools are seeking guidance and flexibility to tailor it to the needs of their specific school districts “and the situation that we still have in the State of Arizona,” Gov. Ducey said.
‘The announcement today is that schools will resume at the start of the school year,” Gov. Ducey said. “We’re planning ahead. Supt. Hoffman will release guidance for schools on Monday, June 1st. This guidance has been formed by, of course, school leaders, teachers, parents and public health experts from the Arizona Department of Health Services.”
Also, Gov. Ducey said there will be an executive order to support schools that includes flexibility around child-care ratios with a responsible plan developed by AZ Dept. of Health Services that will protect students and allow increased childcare capacity.
“In the meantime, organized youth activities can resume,” Gov. Ducey said, noting that means summer leagues, summer schools and day camps. “There is guidance to allow youth sports to resume safely and responsibly.”
⚾Attention Arizona Families of Youth Entering Grades 5th – 7th:— Crane School Dist. (@CraneSchools) May 28, 2020
Register your child to join the Stemadium Science of Baseball Virtual Summer Camp. Learn more at: https://t.co/yuYypmvIiX pic.twitter.com/DcGma8oHlr
“We have schools that start up in July and summer schools that start up next week, and we said we’re good to go on that,” Gov. Ducey said.
‘There’s a lot of public health reasons we want kids in school. They provide a lot of services besides education. We know they can do this, because childcare providers are doing this now,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.
When asked if there are plans to provide schools more funding so they can increase social distancing and
“We’ve not spent all the federal dollars and at this time we have federal education dollars that have come to our state. That along with our rainy day fund will be examined so we can safely open our schools for our students and school employees,” Gov. Ducey said.
Dr. Christ said they’re also taking into account how they can meet the needs of students and also keep family members who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19 safe.
Gov. Ducey said Arizona’s actions in re-opening will depend on reductions in COVID-like illnesses, and the state will respond if there are flare-ups statewide or in certain areas.
Gov. Ducey said there has been a beginning of a downward trend and that will be monitored.
Diagnostic tests have risen sharply during the Arizona Testing Blitz, while the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 has decreased in the past five weeks, Gov. Ducey said.
There has been a slight uptick in intensive care unit hospital beds on May 24th and 26th, but there is still plenty of availability, Gov. Ducey said.
Dr. Christ said they are currently working on testing all residents and staff in about 147 Medicare certified skilled nursing facilities in Arizona.
“We are working to ramp up the testing in our assisted living facilities,” Dr. Christ said, noting there are about 2,300 assisted living facilities in the state.
The Arizona Department of Health Services is also working on getting correctional officers access to antibody testing, providing support to the Navajo Nation and monitoring increasing COVID-19 cases in Yuma County.
A surge line has helped Arizona hospitals whose patients need a higher or lower level of care and has helped in the transfer of 400 patients to the appropriate level of care throughout the state and that the care is considered in-network by their insurance, Dr. Christ said.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 17,763 today from 17,262 yesterday, and 857 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.
In Maricopa County, there are 8,896 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 2,167 in Pima County, 1,678 in Navajo County, 1,078 in Coconino County, 788 in Pinal County, 294 in Yavapai County, 1,290 in Apache County, 822 in Yuma County, 350 in Mohave County, 67 in Cochise County, 225 in Santa Cruz County, 26 in Graham County, 53 in La Paz County, 25 in Gila County and 4 in Greenlee County.
Updated May 27: Tourists crowding areas statewide on Memorial Day weekend and a sharp increase in people going to hospital emergency rooms with COVID-19 symptoms and illness are fueling concerns cases numbers may increase in the next two weeks – the virus’ incubation period.
Arizona saw highest single-day ER visits, Yuma sees spike in cases related to COVID-19 over weekend https://t.co/0OPwEtY4O4— azcentral (@azcentral) May 27, 2020
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane took to social media to express his dissatisfaction with the lack of social distancing in Old Town over the holiday weekend. https://t.co/Pm1Z8YrIOa— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) May 27, 2020
Arizona’s top health official said Wednesday that she is still encouraging people to avoid mass gatherings despite recent social media posts that showed crowded venues during Memorial Day weekend.https://t.co/tc05PGEptI— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) May 27, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 17,262 today from 16,783 yesterday, and 831 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.
The fraught, freighted number of this particular American moment is a round one brimming with zeroes: 100,000. A hundred thousands. A thousand hundreds. Five thousand score. More than 8,000 dozen. All dead. https://t.co/hVJHYwzrDw— Arizona Daily Star (@TucsonStar) May 27, 2020
In Maricopa County, there are 8,627 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 2,119 in Pima County, 1,652 in Navajo County, 1,066 in Coconino County, 777 in Pinal County, 292 in Yavapai County, 1,250 in Apache County, 782 in Yuma County, 339 in Mohave County, 63 in Cochise County, 188 in Santa Cruz County, 25 in Graham County, 54 in La Paz County, 25 in Gila County and 3 in Greenlee County.
Anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus should follow the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on when to leave isolation. https://t.co/kOheJJiJ0G— 12 News (@12News) May 27, 2020
Now that the Arizona Senate has ended the legislative session without voting on a House bill that would reduce businesses’ liability for COVID-19 related claims, many wait for a legislative special session to deal with Arizonans’ concerns.
Senate adjourns without taking up House-passed bill to curb business liability in COVID-19 claims. Next step is a special session. But lots of questions remain about how to craft protections – and where employees fit in. https://t.co/bH4M1mSA1B— azcapmedia (@azcapmedia) May 27, 2020
As people return to work, learn more about workplace safety guidelines during COVID-19 in a webinar tomorrow morning.
Register for @azcommerce #AZSmallBizBootcamp “Safety in the Workplace” webinar on Thurs., May 28th at 9 AM to learn about the latest workplace safety guidelines & recommendations as we begin to return to work. Register here: https://t.co/woIRAAS5S8 pic.twitter.com/mBjQbNXMP0— Local First Arizona (@LocalFirstAZ) May 27, 2020
Unemployment claims in Arizona reached 600,000 since Gov. Doug Ducey’s COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Safe order began.
People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 6,809, followed by people 65 years and older with 3,552 cases, then people 45 to 54 years old with 2,838 cases, people from 55 to 64 years old with 2,545 cases and people under 20 years old with 1,507 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Forty percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 21% in White/Non-Hispanic, 21% in Hispanic or Latino, 12% Native American, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.
Twenty-nine percent of people who had confirmed COVID-19 cases had a chronic medical condition and 40% were high risk – 65 or more years old with one or more chronic medical condition. Fifty-three percent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are female.
Forty-one percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 21% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 16% Native American, 16% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.
More men, 55%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older – 651 – have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.
There were 330 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities, hospitals, shelters, workplace, dialysis clinics, private residential, hospice, childcare/daycare, college/university, outpatient clinics and religious facilities.
Sonora Quest Laboratories is looking to conduct up to 25,000 coronavirus tests at 147 long-term care facilities in Arizona. https://t.co/tD4iVdwUaS— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) May 27, 2020
Gov. Doug Ducey said today during an event with eight mayors from around the state that the Arizona Cares Fund will provide more than $440 million to Arizona cities, towns and counties that did not receive direct funding earlier this year from the federal government.
We know many nonprofit hospitals, local & tribal governments, schools & more will need FEMA reimbursements for Coronavirus-related costs — which could take months to process.— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) May 27, 2020
That’s why we’re creating the Arizona Express Pay Program to get federal relief dollars out faster. 2/ pic.twitter.com/Z3AtwDbom0
With temperatures in the 100s this week, Arizonans are reminded to check to make sure they don’t leave children or pets in the car in the heat.
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING ⚠️ ⚠️⚠️@PHXFire & @PhoenixPolice wants to remind you about the dangers of leaving a child or pet in a car. Last year, 53 children across the country were killed from being left in hot cars, four of which were here in AZ. @KTAR923 pic.twitter.com/JGQGUbPEq9— Ali Vetnar (@Ali_Vetnar) May 27, 2020
SomeBurros is giving away free meals for anyone in need at Tempe Diablo Stadium today.
There will be COVID-19 testing at 40 sites on Saturday, May 30, so get details and pre-register.
School leaders and state officials are working together to make sure students and teachers return to safe classrooms when school starts.
Appreciate great dialogue with @dougducey , @Supt_Hoffman , Dr. Christ and Mr. Foust to help prepare for a safe reopening of schools. They truly listened to concerns with safety, financial stability, liability, PPE, technology, transportation, and more. Great state leadership! https://t.co/pR1HtIb6vx— Dr. Paul Tighe (@SaddleMtUSDSupt) May 27, 2020
With most high school graduations being celebrated online or with drive through ceremonies, KJZZ 91.5 FM is sharing some seniors’ speeches.
With most 2020 high school graduations being held virtually, The Show is giving a few graduating seniors an opportunity to share their words.— KJZZ Phoenix (@kjzzphoenix) May 27, 2020
First up: Two of the top students at Queen Creek High School.https://t.co/FqiC4otJOY
Tucson Unified reminds community members that they are providing free summer meals for kids during summer break.
Paradise Valley Unified School District is celebrating graduates on electronic billboards.
Have you seen our billboards? To celebrate our #ClassOf2020 ten electronic billboards started running on the 18th and will run through this weekend. Keep an eye out for displays within district boundaries and in high-travelled areas. #PVSchoolsTogether @azclassof2020 pic.twitter.com/ra6Fnc37gg— PVSchools (@pvschools) May 27, 2020
Northern Arizona University celebrates students and alumni with Lumberjack Spotlights.
#LumberjackSpotlight A descendent of the Mouache and Capote bands of Ute and a member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Lumberjack Garret Briggs is the first member of his tribe to be selected as a @udallfoundation intern. pic.twitter.com/T6QxG0r33z— NAU (@NAU) May 27, 2020
A report proposes a new way to end the funding inequities between American public schools.
A new report proposes a radical solution to America’s school funding inequities: Leave district lines in place, but spread the wealth. https://t.co/D7ACUVal0u— AZPM (@azpublicmedia) May 27, 2020
ASU students to provide design work around Roden Crater.
ASU architecture students experience ‘life-changing’ Roden Crater during housing-design project https://t.co/0TrKGrtlpV— Jason Schupbach (@JasonSchupbach) May 27, 2020
Education Foundation of Yuma County honors longtime Rotarian and Teacher of the Year organizer.
‘It’s a great honor’: Longtime Yuma Rotarian, Teacher of the Year organizer awarded for ‘lifetime achievement’ in educationhttps://t.co/sClNTX1MvI— yumasun (@yumasun) May 27, 2020
Do your kids have questions about COVID-19? Submit them and watch a new edition of The ABC’s of COVID-19..
Do your kids have more questions for @DrSanjayGupta and the @SesameStreet crew? Parents, submit at https://t.co/yg954scObw, and watch a new edition of The ABCs of Covid-19: A #CNNSesameStreet Town Hall for Kids and Parents, Saturday morning at 10 ET pic.twitter.com/dTDrybJLD2— CNN (@CNN) May 27, 2020
Updated May 26: The Arizona Department of Health Services said review of several projections and models indicate the state can meet the need for hospital beds and ventilators for COVID-19 patients, said Dr. Cara Christ in a blog post this morning.
The Arizona Senate met and voted to adjourn sine die, but they are expected to return in a few months for a special session to address COVID-19 issues.
WOW. Brophy McGee, Carter, and Boyer are joining Dems, getting to the magic 13. Session is over.— Julia Shumway (@JMShumway) May 26, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 16,783 today from 16,561 yesterday, and 807 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Today’s #Arizona #COVID19 daily reporting charts. Mostly reflecting the extensive lag in reporting from over the memorial day weekend. I’d rather see a couple more days of .@azdhs data before attempting to make any further conclusions. pic.twitter.com/VxVHxmT0Bp— The AZ – abc15 – Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) May 26, 2020
In Maricopa County, there are 8,448 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 2,075 in Pima County, 1,550 in Navajo County, 1,041 in Coconino County, 766 in Pinal County, 291 in Yavapai County, 1,214 in Apache County, 717 in Yuma County, 329 in Mohave County, 64 in Cochise County, 187 in Santa Cruz County, 23 in Graham County, 51 in La Paz County, 24 in Gila County and 3 in Greenlee County.
There will be COVID-19 testing at 40 sites on Saturday, May 30, so get details and pre-register.
People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 6,610, followed by people 65 years and older with 3,463 cases, then people 45 to 54 years old with 2,768 cases, people from 55 to 64 years old with 2,491 cases and people under 20 years old with 1,443 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Forty percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 21% in White/Non-Hispanic, 20% in Hispanic or Latino, 12% Native American, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.
Self-employed filers continue to drive claims up.https://t.co/qfFpCej22K— AZPM (@azpublicmedia) May 26, 2020
Twenty-nine percent of people who had confirmed COVID-19 cases had a chronic medical condition and 40% were high risk – 65 or more years old with one or more chronic medical condition. Fifty-three percent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are female.
Forty-two percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 20% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 16% Native American, 16% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 1% Other/Non-Hispanic.
More men, 55%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older – 633 – have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.
There were 324 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities, hospitals, shelters, workplace, dialysis clinics, private residential, hospice, childcare/daycare, college/university, outpatient clinics and religious facilities.
A Metro Tech senior’s story from school closures to graduations is highlighted in this AZPreps365 story.
CHECK THIS OUT: Metro Tech Senior Rogelio Balbuena was followed by @azpreps365 from school closures until graduation, interviewing him periodically to chronicle his final high school days. #ThisIsWhoWeAre #classof2020 🎓🎉✨https://t.co/liZPbCt85R— PXU (@PhoenixUnion) May 26, 2020
Check out this video with quick ways to build students’ excitement for daily writing activities.
“I tell the kids, just get something out there first!” Check out this quick, simple way to build students’ enthusiasm for daily writing pic.twitter.com/ILps1865M3— edutopia (@edutopia) May 26, 2020
Crane School District will be distributing food boxes to families in need on Thursday this week.
Due to the holiday, the free food boxes will be distributed this Thursday, May 28th starting at 9:30 a.m. until boxes are gone. One box/family. Starting next week, distributions will be on Tuesday. Sites: H.L. Suverkrup, Ronald Reagan, Valley Horizon, Gary A. Knox, and Mesquite. pic.twitter.com/aX1swzBX9x— Crane School Dist. (@CraneSchools) May 26, 2020
Looking for ideas for STEM activities at home? Then tune into this webinar.
Are you ready for another STEM Community Lunchtime Conversations session, co-hosted with @azsciencecenter? This Thursday, May 28 from noon – 1 p.m. we will be talking about ways to engage in hands-on #STEM activities at home Don’t miss the discussion!https://t.co/TUh2hGYtPo pic.twitter.com/9A9L0rseLB— Arizona SciTech Festival (@AZSciTechFest) May 26, 2020
Eighty-nine Scottsdale Unified teachers earned their National Board certification.
SUSD ranks in the top school districts in AZ for the number of National Board Certified Teachers. We’re proud to share that 89 of our teachers have achieved National Certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Read more: https://t.co/IUly3LzdZ7. pic.twitter.com/cb3bLcS1O3— Scottsdale Unified School District (@ScottsdaleUSD) May 26, 2020
See this article for ways to help students deal with their anger and frustration due to COVID-19.
Dysart Unified reminds people they can still respond to the 2020 Census.
Chandler Unified continue to honor graduates with yearbook social media posts.
#SeniorSpotlight @Hamilton_High‘s Devrath Iyer was named a National Merit Scholar in May. He was awarded the Regeneron Science Talent Scholarship, Intel Andy Grove Scholarship & the National Merit Corporation Scholarship. He’ll attend @CarnegieMellon to major in computer science. pic.twitter.com/WSgKbQYXX4— Chandler Unified SD (@ChandlerUnified) May 26, 2020
School leaders discuss immediate and long-term solutions to serve children during COVID-19.
School leaders are challenged to develop immediate and long-term strategic solutions to serve children in these remarkable times. Our goal is to support you. Join us #LiveAt5 pm ET today with @AASAHQ, @Cardwell16, and @GPletnick. Learn more and register: https://t.co/EHzhuJkhsd pic.twitter.com/xrg8ss6JWr— NAESP (@NAESP) May 26, 2020
What is it like being a Flinn Scholar? Watch this short video to find out.
The National Parent Teacher Association reminds people that mental health matters and there are people here for you.
Join us with @Active_Minds and thousands of mental health advocates in saying loudly, “I am #HereForYou.” It’s time we make clear to those around us: there is someone here for you because you are important and your mental health matters. #MentalHealthMonth pic.twitter.com/R5mqspTgSE— NationalPTA (@NationalPTA) May 26, 2020
Hear what college leaders, including ASU’s Dr. Michael Crow have to say about public universities and COVID during a virtual discussion tomorrow.
Deer Valley’s newest school’s construction is ahead of schedule.
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 – 25: You can get tested now if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19
Updates from March 12 – April 7: Coronavirus response: Cases rise; AZ Day of Giving