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Daily schools update: Arizona Lawmakers to Ban Mask Requirements in Schools


Students At Garfield Elementary In Phoenix Eating Their Meals. Photo By Lisa Irish/AZEdNews

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Updated July 14, 2021: New CDC guidelines stress the need for continued prevention methods for COVID-19 – such as masks and social distancing – in K-12 schools given that many students are not eligible for vaccination. However, they also emphasize that in-person learning is essential for student health, employment, and better learning outcomes. See their updated guidelines here.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 904,865 today up from yesterday’s 903,851 and 18,083 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 566,729 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 118,555 in Pima County, 54,770 in Pinal County, 37,406 in Yuma County, 24,471 in Mohave County, 19,961 in Yavapai County, 18,223 in Coconino County, 16,889 in Navajo County, 12,265 in Cochise County, 11,568 in Apache County, 8,137 in Santa Cruz County, 7,174 in Gila County, 5,614 in Graham County, 2,515 in La Paz County and 588 in Greenlee County.

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

Summary

The Gilbert Public Schools District is gearing up its campuses for the 2021-2022 school year.

Casteel High School holds breakfast welcome for new and returning staff members.

Jump Start event succeeds for Desert Sage Elementary students.

Arizona State University continues to work to maintain student safety while also complying with new mask mandates.

Sossaman Elementary School is still registering new Sabercats.

Students prepare for the new school year at Dr. Howard K. Conley Elementary School.

Pima County Schools’ Superintendent meets with others nationwide in order to improve support for other districts.

It’s almost time for Meet the Teacher day at Country Meadows Elementary School.

Get ready for new student orientation at Centennial High School on July 30.

Flagstaff Unified School District’s Grab and Go food service has been extended through July 30 at two different locations.

Updated July 14, 2021: Though Arizona vaccination rates fail to increase, many Arizona schools continue to ease mask mandates in spite of updated CDC guidelines. “No kid should be traumatized by having to wear a mask if they don’t want to,” said Sen. Paul Boyer, R-Glendale, but other Arizona parents are still concerned.

Crane School District welcomes its new faculty and staff.

Meet Sarah Barela, new principal of Cactus Shadows High School.

Copperwood Elementary students enjoy their jump-start activities.

Perry High School aims to “Be Kind” as they head into the 2021-2022 school year.

The University of Arizona opens applications for the 2022-2023 school year.

Tucson Unified School District’s Camp Cooper Live returns with fun aquifer activities on July 17.

Mesa Community College celebrates its NJCAA All-American honors students.

Register for the NExT+CAPS Summer BASH coming July 20.

The Coconino County Health and Human Services Back to School Health Fair begins Saturday, July 17, offering healthy activities for parents and children.

Roosevelt School District No. 66 holds July 16 Everyone Can Create Student Showcase.

Updated July 12, 2021: After Governor Doug Ducey successfully banned mask mandates in Arizona schools, local health officials are speaking out against the decision and stressing the importance of simple yet effective protection measures. However, some parents are fighting back, citing the need to “put the choice back in the hands of the parents where it belonged.”

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 901,567 today up from yesterday’s 901,445 and 18,035 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 564,619 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 118,328 in Pima County, 54,464 in Pinal County, 37,378 in Yuma County, 24,229 in Mohave County, 19,813 in Yavapai County, 18,141 in Coconino County, 16,839 in Navajo County, 12,235 in Cochise County, 11,554 in Apache County, 8,120 in Santa Cruz County, 7,145 in Gila County, 5,605 in Graham County, 2,507 in La Paz County and 584 in Greenlee County.

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

Summary

Read On Arizona is celebrating increased funding for literacy, kindergarten entry evaluations, and educator efficiency in high-need schools.

Tucson Unified School District is giving away free toys for children on July 17, encouraging playtime after a year of screens.

Grand Canyon University’s Jamie Boggs has been named one of 2021’s Most Influential Women in Arizona.

From May to June, surveyed parents of K-12 students are more optimistic about the future of their children’s education, while private schools are found to teach inclusivity more efficiently than public schools.

Congrats to Casteel High School for becoming the first Chandler Unified School District school to achieve RAMP status!

Arizona State University professor James Sulikowski tracks tiger sharks for the Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week.

Queen Creek Unified School District offers another week of free curbside meals.

There’s still time to register your Tucson Unified School District student for the 2021-2022 school year, either in-person or virtual.

Cave Creek Unified School District offers summer fun for students and their families on Community Day, July 13.

University of Arizona research team leads the way in wearable health trackers, allowing medical professionals to monitor patients remotely.

Updated July 8, 2021: While lawmakers work to ban mask requirements for K-12 students and staff, Arizona doctors warn of increased cases from this “reckless, dangerous and short-sighted ” decision. Until a vaccine is approved for children 12 and under, the Committee to Protect Health Care urges schools to continue requiring masks and other COVID-19 safety measures.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 898,908 today up from yesterday’s 898,283 and 18,003 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 562,778 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 118,106 in Pima County, 54,316 in Pinal County, 37,360 in Yuma County, 24,080 in Mohave County, 19,726 in Yavapai County, 18,098 in Coconino County, 16,793 in Navajo County, 12,229 in Cochise County, 11,514 in Apache County, 8,102 in Santa Cruz County, 7,122 in Gila County, 5,601 in Graham County, 2,499 in La Paz County and 584 in Greenlee County.

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

Summary

Queen Creek School District opens new Pre-K – 6 school.

New Provisions On Demand (POD) Market opens for Chandler Unified School District students.

Cartwright School District still accepting new kindergarteners ahead of July 12 Kindergarten Jump-Start.

Arizona State University utilizes Flinn Foundation funding for entrepreneurs to transition from labs to public careers.

A $200,000 grant from the Arizona Cardinals and the NFL Grassroots Program aims to renovate Tanque Verde High School’s football field.

Critical race theory is under fire. How should teachers respond for the benefit of their students?

Tucson Unified School District offering jump-start program for select grades starting July 19. Students will be invited to learn about the non-educational aspects of their schools in preparation for the fall semester.

The Arizona Science Center’s new exhibit offers parents and kids alike an innovative and air-conditioned educational experience.

Glendale Community College’s main campus library reopens for in-person services, retaining online services for those who prefer them.

Maricopa Community Colleges celebrates faculty members for promoting inclusivity and improving student learning inside and outside of the classroom.

Updated June 29, 2021: A federal grant may lead to recipes featuring traditional Native American foods – blue corn, tepary beans, Hopi winter squash and white Sonoran what – making their way to K-12 school lunches, reports The Arizona Republic.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 894,106 today up from yesterday’s 893,560 and 17,930 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 559,688 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 117,657 in Pima County, 53,918 in Pinal County, 37,312 in Yuma County, 23,718 in Mohave County, 19,583 in Yavapai County, 18,047 in Coconino County, 16,675 in Navajo County, 12,202 in Cochise County, 11,483 in Apache County, 8,085 in Santa Cruz County, 7,082 in Gila County, 5,594 in Graham County, 2,485 in La Paz County and 577 in Greenlee County.

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

Summary

Cartwright School District honors their new Director of Buildings & Operations.

Will enrollment of preschool and kindergarten students increase this fall after dropping sharply last year?

See what Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman has to say about a bill that seriously reduces the funding for education that voter-approved Prop. 208 aimed to provide.

See how teachers’ supports can help English Language Learners in the classroom, courtesy of edutopia.

University of Arizona researchers work will show it the Earth is trapping or losing heat.

How can grading practices be more equitable for students?

Tucson Unified School District thanks a principal for his years of service.

Educators say preschool and kindergarten students will need plenty of help when they return to classrooms this fall, Education Week reports.

Career counseling can help you find a career that is meaningful for you, learn more from Glendale Community College.

Teens, see what it takes to raise a family in a July 29th event hosted by Arizona Council on Economic Education.

Updated June 23, 2021: Peoria Unified School District kindergarteners get a jump start.

Rio Rico High School announces summer sign ups for sports physicals.

ASU prepares new K-12 students for a digital learning environment.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 891,023 today up from yesterday’s 890,553 and 17,868 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 557,651 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 117,374  in Pima County, 53,717 in Pinal County, 37,294 in Yuma County, 23,523 in Mohave County, 19,509 in Yavapai County, 17,940 in Coconino County, 16,611 in Navajo County, 12,179 in Cochise County, 11,456 in Apache County, 8,074 in Santa Cruz County, 7,047 in Gila County, 5,592 in Graham County, 2,480 in La Paz County and 576 in Greenlee County.

Join the discussion Thursday on the future of schools in tribal communities.

Literature also helps teens learn how to develop strong, healthy relationships, according to edutopia.

Looking for some interesting and hands on science for children and teens this summer? Take a look at what’s available at the Arizona Science Center.

Equitable educational environments must include students with multiple marginalized identities, The Education Trust says.

The pause in student loan payments ends this October, the Arizona Daily Star reminds.

Updated June 22, 2021: Peoria Unified School District students learned about ratios with a sweet treat today.

Cartwright School District students learn statistics about animals during their summer learning.

Students in Mrs. Stafford’s class are learning a full grade of math at Hillcrest Middle School this summer.

Tolleson Union High School District says it’s time to enroll for summer school in July.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 890,533 today up from yesterday’s 890,111 and 17,858 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 557,651 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 117,374  in Pima County, 53,717 in Pinal County, 37,294 in Yuma County, 23,523 in Mohave County, 19,509 in Yavapai County, 17,940 in Coconino County, 16,611 in Navajo County, 12,179 in Cochise County, 11,456 in Apache County, 8,074 in Santa Cruz County, 7,047 in Gila County, 5,592 in Graham County, 2,480 in La Paz County and 576 in Greenlee County.

Summary

Tempe Elementary School District honors students who placed in the Top 10 in the nation for their National History project.

Arizona K12 Center celebrates a school district leader who returned to the classroom.

Pendergast Elementary School District reminds students’ families that food boxes will be available to pick up this Friday.

Washington Elementary School District honors Marc Ciliberti from Acacia Elementary School for all he does to help students learn and to help his colleagues.

Buckeye Elementary School District school leaders take part in Project Momentum training today.

Updated June 21, 2021: High school students who aspire to be future journalists are taking part in the High School Media Innovation camp this week sponsored by The Arizona Republic and Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism where they will use innovative methods for storytelling including gaming, quizzes and augmented reality to tell engaging stories about important issues.

See what Gilbert Public Schools students are doing this summer!

Glendale Elementary School District celebrated their teachers and students for their amazing work and applying their creativity to learning during their summer program.

Dysart Unified School District students took part in Summer Media Camps where they created videos and learned about broadcasting.

Pendergast Elementary School District students are learning and working together during their summer program.

Washington Elementary School District thanked the Acoma Block Watch for donating a Little Library to the Ironwood Elementary School campus.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 890,111 today up from yesterday’s 889,727 and 17,843 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 557, 146 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 117,267  in Pima County, 53,554 in Pinal County, 37,287 in Yuma County, 23,472 in Mohave County, 19,487 in Yavapai County, 17,931 in Coconino County, 16,580 in Navajo County, 12,176 in Cochise County, 11,451 in Apache County, 8,072 in Santa Cruz County, 7,041 in Gila County, 5,591 in Graham County, 2,480 in La Paz County and 576 in Greenlee County.

Looking for some fun summer projects? Paradise Valley Unified School District has these ideas for you!

Take a look at these water safety tips as you enjoy your summer fun, courtesy of Balsz School District and the Salt River Project.

Share a photo of your family’s summer fun in Arizona with AZEdNews to have it featured on social media and have the opportunity to win a $20 Amazon gift card.

Gilbert Public Schools invites you to drive a school bus on Saturday, June 26 and apply to join their Transportation Team.

Peoria Unified School District’s Arts Education honors Ashleigh Mackay from Liberty High School who received the 2021 Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency.

Washington Elementary School District honors fourth grade teacher Britt Clarkson for all she does to help students and her fellow staff members.

Get ready for Florence Unified School District‘s community backpack drive to benefit students!

Updated June 20, 2021: Students around the state are taking part in summer learning programs. Take a look and see what some of them are doing.

Students in Pistor Middle School‘s summer learning program designed and raced rubber band cars.

Avondale Elementary students focus on STEM with this learning activity.

See what students are doing around a camping theme during summer learning in Peoria Unified School District.

Dysart Schools students learn about the power of water during their summer learning program.

When you need students to remember something, ask them to draw it. See how it helps students learn more in the video below.

Arizona State University professor of English and founding director of Project Humanities Neal Lester says on Father’s Day “what matters most is being the best you that you can be in the situation you’re given,” in an The Arizona Republic article.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 889,727 today up from yesterday’s 889,342 and 17,843 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 556,844 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 117,236 in Pima County, 53,555 in Pinal County, 37,284 in Yuma County, 23,452 in Mohave County, 19,478 in Yavapai County, 17,931 in Coconino County, 16,564 in Navajo County, 12,175  in Cochise County, 11,450 in Apache County, 8,072 in Santa Cruz County, 7,039 in Gila County, 5,591 in Graham County, 2,480 in La Paz County and 576 in Greenlee County.

More than 700 students and family members received their COVID-19 vaccines thanks to a partnership between the Roosevelt School District, Equality Health, HeroZona and more.

Phoenix Union High School District and Fullfillment in Training gets the community participating in a fun football event.

Humboldt Schools honors their Food and Nutrition Team who went above and beyond to ensure students had the nutrition to learn and adapted to grab and go meals and many other challenges throughout the year.

Arizona Council on Economic Education encourages teachers to see how to use EdPuzzle to create interactive video lessons that engage students in learning during a June 23 webinar.

Tolleson Union High School District urges you to learn more about our newest federal holiday Juneteenth.

Cartwright School District highlights students’ art works.

Chandler Unified School District congratulates Katherine Nall for being named the 2021 Outstanding Biology Teacher for Arizona by the National Association of Biology Teachers and Carolina Biological Supply Company.

Glendale Union High School District congratulates students who graduated in the Class of 2021.

How COVID-19 created an unprecedented year for students could be lost lost if information and data are not compiled in a way that can help track the effects of the pandemic for years to come, a researcher tells Education Week.

Flagstaff Unified School District has extended enrollment for Flagstaff Online Academy. Find out more here.

Looking for a free full-day kindergarten program? Take a look at what Dysart Schools offers.

Earlier coverage:

June 20 to July 14, 2021: Arizona Lawmakers to Ban Mask Requirements in Schools

June 14 to June 17, 2021: Tempe Union’s board approves comprehensive mental health policy

June 1 to June 11, 2021It’s time to get students enrolled in school for fall & ready for in-person classes

May 17 to May 28, 2021A year after George Floyd’s murder, a look at empathy, equity, what’s changed & what hasn’t

May 10 to May 14, 2021Students ready for graduation ceremonies

May 4 to May 6, 2021Amendment to bill would prohibit teachers from discussing controversial policy & social issues not essential to learning objectives

April 28 to May 3, 2021Thank a teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week for all they do for students

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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