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Daily schools update: AZ doctors urge schools to require masks as COVID surges

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Updated Jan. 12, 2022: The Arizona chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging schools to require masks for students and staff to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as cases surge and more children are being admitted to the hospital for treatment for the virus.

Casa Grande Elementary School District and Eloy Elementary School District notified parents that several schools would be switching to remote learning because of a shortage of staff since many staff and students are absent due to COVID.

Deer Valley Unified School District may convert more classes to virtual learning if COVID-19 cases continue to climb.

Window Rock Unified schools will undergo a deep cleaning after increasing COVID cases and then students will complete learning packets from home through Jan. 28, 2022.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 1,524,363 today in Arizona, up from 1,505,580 yesterday, and 24,992 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 969,741 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 189,543 in Pima County96,738 in Pinal County47,434 in Yuma County42,404 in Mohave County38,585 in Yavapai County31,885 in Coconino County29,283 in Navajo County21,916 in Cochise County17,270 in Apache County, 13,064 in Gila County, 11,584 in Santa Cruz County9,396 in Graham County3,904 in La Paz County and 1,613 in Greenlee County.

Cartwright School District students learn about STEM principles in baseball.

Morenci Unified’s District Spelling Bee takes place tonight.

Alhambra Elementary School District celebrates their staff members who received their National Board re-certification.

Diamond Canyon teachers are meeting to develop math learning progressions.

Peoria Unified congratulates Aiden Rodriguez for being selected for the Arizona All-State Jazz Band.

Hear how East Valley Institute of Technology’s commercial baking program helped Julia Gaines decide if she wants to pursue baking as a career.

Kyrene Schools shares what it’s like to be a school board member during National School Board Recognition Month.

Find locations and learn more about Kids Cafe and how they help children and teens.

Scottsdale Community College seeks entries for Maricopa County Community College District’s Film, Animation and Media Arts competition.

Glendale Union High School District congratulates alumna Rachel Ekroth on her Grammy nomination.

Jan. 11, 2022

Arizona schools who have not opted in to one of two online learning models could receive reduced per-pupil funding if they switch to remote learning as COVID-19 cases rise sharply due to the highly contagious omicron variant, The Arizona Republic reports.

Teachers are covering classes for other teachers who are calling in sick with COVID-19 and cases in their family as substitute teachers are are becoming harder to find, 12 News reports.

Phoenix Union High School District Supt. Dr. Chad Gestson talked about how students and staff are dealing with the surge in COVID cases right now.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 1,505,580 today in Arizona, up from 1,491,420 yesterday, and 24,986 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 957,760 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 187,543 in Pima County95,010 in Pinal County46,958 in Yuma County41,911 in Mohave County38,275 in Yavapai County31,240 in Coconino County29,054 in Navajo County21,605 in Cochise County17,204 in Apache County, 12,860 in Gila County, 11,420 in Santa Cruz County9,304 in Graham County3,866 in La Paz County and 1,567 in Greenlee County.

Dysart Unified celebrates several students named to the Arizona Music Educators Association’s Junior High and Elementary All-State Band.

Phoenix Union High School District invites you to attend tonight’s meeting and asks for your help in determining next steps to best support students in the Black, African-American, and African diaspora in their success in Phoenix Union.

Arizona K-12 Center celebrated the educators who earned, renewed or maintained their National Board Certified Teacher certification.

Cave Creek Unified recognizes Mrs. Huguley for her National Board Certified Teacher re-certification.

Chandler Unified career and technical education honors a student whose work was published in Gears Magazine.

St. Mary’s Food Bank will be distributing food for Glendale residents 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Glendale Elementary School District office.

Mesa Mayor John Giles talks about why helping students fill out the FAFSA is so important for making college more affordable.

Creighton School District thanks its school board members for all they do to serve students and their communities.

See how you can make your voice heard to help pre-school children in your neighborhood.

Flagstaff Unified School District congratulates Joan McCoy for earning her National Board Certification.

Jan. 10, 2022

Gov. Doug Ducey did not mention education advocates’ priority to raise the aggregate expenditure limit for public schools in his State of the State address today at the Arizona Legislature’s Opening Day.

Raising the limit would allow Arizona’s public schools to spend the nearly $1.1 billion in funding they’ve already received.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 1,491,420 today in Arizona, up from 1,445,129 yesterday, and 24,773 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 947,357 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 186,609 in Pima County94,335 in Pinal County46,633 in Yuma County41,370 in Mohave County38,026 in Yavapai County30,954 in Coconino County28,843 in Navajo County21,469 in Cochise County17,105 in Apache County, 12,797 in Gila County, 11,254 in Santa Cruz County9,276 in Graham County3,833 in La Paz County and 1,557 in Greenlee County.

Marana Unified Supt. Dan Streeter meets preschool students and sees what they’re learning.

The rise in COVID-19 in the community has led Pinon Unified School District to limit tickets to athletic events to only be sole to parents of the athletes.

Boulder Creek High School’s pom and cheer and marching band welcome students to school.

Buckeye Elementary School District students use their spatial skills to create objects.

Pendergast Elementary School District celebrates Harlem Renaissance author Zora Neale Hurston.

Find out what Peoria MET Professional Academy has to offer your high school student interested in medical, engineering and technology fields.

Window Rock Unified School District offers assistance to students who need glasses.

If you know someone who is struggling, reach out and think of what would help them most.

Glendale Elementary School District thanks it’s nutrition team and maintenance staff for keeping everyone on campus nourished and safe.

Washington Elementary School District is hosting a teacher interview fair Jan. 18 through the 20th.

Jan, 7, 2022

When the Arizona Legislature’s session starts on Monday, education advocates will continue working to get Legislators to increase the aggregate expenditure limit to allow schools to spend the nearly $1.1 billion in funding they’ve already received.

But some Republican lawmakers are indicating that action on that depends on the Arizona courts’ decisions on Prop. 208, an initiative voters approved in 2020 to levy an income tax surcharge on the high earners that would benefit education, and Sen. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, and House Majority Leader Ben Toma have indicated they may repeal and replace the flat tax they approved last session.

Meanwhile, teachers, administrators and school counselors are covering classes for other teachers out due to COVID-19.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 1,445,129 today in Arizona, up from 1,430,241 yesterday, and 24,616 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 914,958 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 180,332 in Pima County92,729 in Pinal County45,723 in Yuma County40,523 in Mohave County37,499 in Yavapai County29,888 in Coconino County28,101 in Navajo County20,725 in Cochise County16,770 in Apache County, 12,555 in Gila County, 10,877 in Santa Cruz County9,132 in Graham County3,772 in La Paz County and 1,543 in Greenlee County.

Dysart Unified School District students focus on team building with a class activity.

Horizon Honors High School celebrates their students and their research on youth mental health.

Get to know some of the Flinn Scholarship finalists.

Santa Cruz Valley Unified is seeking nominations for it’s Hall of Fame.

Arizona Supreme Court rules that the Arizona Legislature’s efforts to include unrelated issues into last-minute “budget reconciliation’’ bills is unconstitutional, and the court struck down several laws enacted in the four budget-related bills because the bill’s titles did not reflect what was in the measures. Among those measures were bans on school mask mandates, the teaching of controversial topics and the teaching of so-called “critical race theory’’ in public schools.

See what University of Arizona researchers are doing to better understand health issues due to aging.

Need some help finishing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Then take a look at this opportunity to get a little assistance.

Take a look here for some tips to help you teach reading via video.

Learn more about how schools are funded and how school budgets are developed, at these upcoming events.

Peoria MET congratulated their team that took first place in the Arizona Cyber Patriots competition.

Jan. 6, 2022

See how some teachers around the country will be talking about the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol with their students this week.

Teachers, counselors and school administrators are filling in to cover classes with substitute teachers in short supply.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 1,430,241 today in Arizona, up from 1,419,562 yesterday, and 24,586 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 904,822 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 178.631 in Pima County91,800 in Pinal County45,489 in Yuma County40,269 in Mohave County37,245 in Yavapai County29,386 in Coconino County27,817 in Navajo County20,555 in Cochise County16,610 in Apache County10,798 in Santa Cruz County12,486 in Gila County9,060 in Graham County3,745 in La Paz County and 1,528 in Greenlee County.

A Pendergast Elementary School District welcomes back her students.

Glendale Elementary School District celebrates their teachers and students.

A Washington Elementary School teacher received a Touchdowns for Teachers grant to improve her classroom.

See how you can personalize instruction for students needs with this research shared in Education Week.

Learn more about Marana Unified’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Support system.

The Arizona Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Arizona Legislators can not include laws in the state budget that have nothing to do with funding the state budget, which means dozens of laws will not go into effect, including those banning public schools from requiring face masks or vaccinations to combat COVID-19 and prohibiting the teaching of critical race theory in K-12 schools.

Career and technical education gets students working on skills that will benefit their careers.

Jan. 5, 2022

Schools in the Phoenix area are seeing increased absences among students as school starts after a winter break marked by a sharp increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases due to the more contagious omicron variant, azfamily reports.

Phoenix Union High School District Supt. Dr. Chad Gestson told NBC News today that they serve students from all 32 different ZIP codes which all have high spread of COVID-19, but the district knows that safety and mitigation protocols work to create a safe and healthy campus and that in-person learning is best for students.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 1,419,562 in Arizona, up from 1,411,813 yesterday, and 24,570 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 897,529 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 177,304 in Pima County91,535 in Pinal County45,302 in Yuma County39,946 in Mohave County37,046 in Yavapai County29,116 in Coconino County27,555 in Navajo County20,399 in Cochise County16,476 in Apache County10,723 in Santa Cruz County12,378 in Gila County9,031 in Graham County3,705 in La Paz County and 1,516 in Greenlee County.

Corona del Sol High School theatre students built a hot cocoa stand for younger students.

Teachers in Deer Valley Unified School District give students one-on-one direct feedback on their work to boost their writing skills.

Learn why school counselors of color are more important than ever to help students as they work their way through the challenges of school and the pandemic.

Find out why many people in Arizona and around the country are building DIY air filters to help schools.

See how Arizona State University Digital Prep eighth-grade students and students at the Valenture Institute in South Africa are developing solutions to challenges including human migration, plastic pollution and climate change to deforestation, clean water and access to technology.

Take a look at the Arizona Dept. of Education’s latest Equity, Diversity and Inclusion blog.

Arizona’s virtual Science Bowl is seeking volunteers to help students compete and show what they know.

Look into Scottsdale Community College’s iOS application development certificate program and prepare for more career opportunities.

A quick reminder for families and educators that students with disabilities may be eligible for testing accommodations.

See how schools are using the early rounds of COVID-19 funding to help students.

Jan. 4, 2022

Despite the U.S. Treasury warning Gov. Doug Ducey that two earlier programs he created are not allowed under the American Rescue Plan Act, Gov. Ducey announced a program to give families private school vouchers if their children’s public schools close or remove to remote learning despite increasing hospitalizations from the increase in cases of the more contagious omicron variant of COVID-19.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 1,411,813 in Arizona, up from 1,404,601 yesterday, and 24,509 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control meets tomorrow to discuss whether to recommend a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster for children 12 to 15 years old.

Kindergartners in Chandler Unified School District learned about resolutions and set some personal goals.

Dysart Schools congratulates Westpoint Elementary teacher Mrs. Johns for recieivng a Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teacher grant to bring flexible seating to her classroom.

See what students in Deer Valley Unified School District are learning about colors in an art activity.

Tempe Elementary School District thanks it’s school board for all they do during National School Board Recognition Month.

Paradise Valley Unified School District invites you to learn more about the International Baccalaureate Programme for students at an event next week.

Jan. 3, 2022

Students returned to classes today after Winter Break as the number of reported COVID-19 cases jumped to an all-time high in Arizona.

That led some school districts including Kyrene and Alhambra to require students and staff to wear masks as well as maintain social distance whenever possible.

That rapid spread of COVID-19 happening now could lead for some challenges for schools this month, a Phoenix doctor says.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 1,404,601 in Arizona, up from 1,390,409 yesterday, and 24,355 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved boosters for teens 12- to 15-years old today as the omicron variant of COVID-19 surged across the nation after the holidays.

In Maricopa County there are 887,308 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 175,748 in Pima County90,389 in Pinal County45,048 in Yuma County39,535 in Mohave County36,729 in Yavapai County28,731 in Coconino County27,355 in Navajo County20,277 in Cochise County16,392 in Apache County10,596 in Santa Cruz County12,325 in Gila County8,989 in Graham County3,679 in La Paz County and 1,499 in Greenlee County.

Dysart Schools welcomed students back from Winter Break.

See how local chefs are helping schools encourage students eat healthier.

Ganado Unified School District had a snow day today due to anticipated low temperatures in the morning and back roads that are extremely muddy and Tuesday and Wednesday students will be released from classes early to get them home before the mud thaws.

Peoria Unified welcomed seniors back for their last semester with a sunrise activity.

Kyrene Schools honors their governing board members during National School Board Recognition Month.

Phoenix Union High School District is happy to have students back in classes this semester.

Marana Unified congratulated sinners of its energy saving drawing.

Dec. 29, 2021

Students at one Tolleson Union High School District campus talk about what it’s been like learning and dealing with challenges during the pandemic as well as share their hopes for the future in an article in The Arizona Republic.

High school students in the Verde Valley train to become firefighters.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey plans to deliver his final State of the State address outlining his budget priorities in person on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 at the Arizona House of Representatives on the opening Day of the Arizona Legislature.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 1,368,080 in Arizona, up from 1,364,669 yesterday, and 24,171 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 862,457 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 171,383 in Pima County88,354 in Pinal County44,176 in Yuma County38,716 in Mohave County36,081 in Yavapai County27,568 in Coconino County26,761 in Navajo County19,9091 in Cochise County16,127 in Apache County10,385 in Santa Cruz County12,126 in Gila County8,943 in Graham County3,618 in La Paz County and 1,476 in Greenlee County.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has shortened the recommended COVID-19 isolation time from 10 days to 5 days for people without symptoms.

See how a grant is helping Avondale Elementary School District provide students enrichment and learning experiences after school is out for the day in this podcast.

See what family members can do at home to help children develop their fine motor skills.

ALL in Education is expanding the Parent Educator Academy to more schools with support from the Arizona Department of Education.

Find out more about career training programs at the East Valley Institute of Technology.

See how some students at Zuni Hills Elementary celebrated before Winter Break.

Yuma Elementary School District students received new coats from United Way Yuma before Winter Break.

See some ways students can connect environmental science research with individual actions, getting outdoors into nature and share their research with the community so they can take action too.

See how a football coach helped students work together to achieve their goals after the pandemic sidelined their season the year before.

Learn more about North High School student Elizabeth Pham and Phoenix Union High School District in the district’s magazine.

It’s time to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for college and career training after high school.

Florence Unified thanks the Coolidge-Florence Elks Lodge for helping students and their families celebrate the holidays.

Dec. 28, 2021

Teachers and administrators at many Arizona schools are covering other classes during their prep periods or breaks when other teachers are out due to the shortage of teachers and substitute teachers.

Parents can help children and teens deal with stress over winter break by planning ways to connect and raise their spirits and keeping academic concerns in perspective.

Phoenix Union High School shared the graduation schedule for its seniors.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 1,364,669 in Arizona, up from 1,362,695 yesterday, and 24,144 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 860,428 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 170,831 in Pima County88,173 in Pinal County44,127 in Yuma County38,576 in Mohave County35,946 in Yavapai County27,472 in Coconino County26,690 in Navajo County19,881 in Cochise County16,090 in Apache County10,369 in Santa Cruz County12,074 in Gila County8,939 in Graham County3,608 in La Paz County and 1,465 in Greenlee County.

Alhambra Elementary School District thanks generous donors who brought joy to students over the holidays.

How schools are adapting to all students having a laptop in the classroom.

Creighton School District shares how loving each child enhances connection and learning.

See how Arizona schools are using federal grants to replace diesel school buses with buses powered by other energy sources.

Apply now for the Arizona Teacher Residency program that prepares recent college graduates and mid-career professionals to become effective classroom teachers,

Learn more about the career preparation that Pima JTED offers students.

Washington Elementary School District celebrates Sunitha Sivakumar, a Sahuaro Elementary literacy lab paraprofessional for all she does for students.

Roosevelt School District honors Spelling Bee winners.

Schools across the country are working to diversify their teachers and principals to let students see leaders like them.

Learn more about snow and science at Arizona Science Center.

See why getting all students to talk in class is so important.

Dec. 27, 2021

Arizona State University student Tierra Hopkins leads free workout sessions at local parks and asks participants to bring an item to donate to people without homes.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper ruled that a referendum that would let voters decide whether Arizona’s large tax cuts should become law will remain on the 2022 ballot, but critics said they’re appealing the decision to the state Supreme Court.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 1,362,695 in Arizona, up from 1,355,052 yesterday, and 23,982 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 859,062 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 170,703 in Pima County87,931 in Pinal County44,105 in Yuma County38,519 in Mohave County35,891 in Yavapai County27,453 in Coconino County26,655 in Navajo County27,453 in Cochise County16,070 in Apache County10,359 in Santa Cruz County12,075 in Gila County8,936 in Graham County3,603 in La Paz County and 1,462 in Greenlee County.

Students in Madison Elementary School District’s Native American Program learn to Hoop Dance.

New COVID-19 policies could affect the Fiesta Bowl.

Students receive gifts in class from their teacher, his friends and family, and their gratitude and excitement is contagious.

Arizona has some of the lowest levels of prenatal care in the U.S.

Peoria Unified School District reminds you there’s still time to donate to your local schools and receive a tax credit for this year.

Marana Unified students can find a free, nutritious meal at Marana Cares Mobile stops during Winter Break.

Some Flagstaff Unified students are thankful for some generous holiday gifts.

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona introduces Innovat(Ed)

Tempe Elementary shares info about and upcoming registration event.

Dysart Schools shares more info about their career and technical education programs and open enrollment.

Tucson high Magnet School students learn choreography from a Hamilton musical cast member.

West Point High School shares photos from it’s holiday concert.

Learn more about students and what’s happening on campus in Phoenix Union’s magazine.

Chandler CARE Center thanks the community for it’s generosity in providing gifts and hope for community members.

The Arizona Dept of Education reminds you its time to apply for grants.

Mesa Public Schools reminds you there’s always someone you can talk to about what you’re experiencing.

See what Arizona child care providers are doing to retain staff and fill open positions.

Dec. 21, 2021

Madison Elementary School District in Phoenix says it will use a new COVID-19 quarantine option is tested earlier this month with Maricopa County Public Health.

Parents are concerned about how to keep their children safe at school as confirmed COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant increase, The Associated Press reports.

A Phoenix mom of a son with Down’s syndrome who is at greater risk of complications from COVID-19 talks about what it has been like for her family since the pandemic began.

See what President Joe Biden said today about steps being taken to deal with the omicron variant of COVID-19.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 1,341,377 in Arizona, up from 1,338,982 yesterday, and 23,742 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 844,498 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 168,481 in Pima County86,472 in Pinal County43,718 in Yuma County38,046 in Mohave County35,470 in Yavapai County26,808 in Coconino County26,309 in Navajo County19,599 in Cochise County15,924 in Apache County10,288 in Santa Cruz County11,886 in Gila County8,871 in Graham County3,566 in La Paz County and 1,441 in Greenlee County.

When a student lost his parents, students and school staff came together to ensure he and his siblings knew their school cares.

The Arizona Dept. of Education reminds Arizonans of ways to connect with resources they need.

U.S. News & World Report shares what parents and students should expect in art schools.

Looking for something to do with your children over winter break, consider the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix.

Tempe Elementary students share some of their projects.

Learn more about the AZ Promise Program to help provide financial aid for low-income students for their college tuition at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona from the Arizona Board of Regents.

Glendale Elementary School District students share their holiday houses.

The New Jersey Legislature approved a bill that would require public schools to teach Asian American history, NBC News reports.

Dec. 20, 2021

Chandler High School will offer students new elective African American and Mexican American history classes that were proposed by teachers at the school where half of students identify as Black or Latino.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 1,338,982 in Arizona, up from 1,336,806 yesterday, and 23,519 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 842,993 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 168,138 in Pima County86,345 in Pinal County43,694 in Yuma County37,919 in Mohave County35,384 in Yavapai County26,750 in Coconino County26,248 in Navajo County19,564 in Cochise County15,922 in Apache County10,270 in Santa Cruz County11,879 in Gila County8,867 in Graham County3,566 in La Paz County and 1,443 in Greenlee County.

Coconino High School‘s CocoNuts Robotics Team returns to in-person competitions this year.

Let a teacher know how much they mean to you.

Chinle Unified School District Supt. Quincy Natay named a finalist for National Superintendent of the Year.

Does judging students’ science projects sound like fun? Then sign up here.

Madison Elementary School District celebrates cafeteria manager Katie Effa for all she does for students.

Las Sendas Elementary students donated more than 855 books to students at Keller Elementary.

Arizona State University students engineered microalgae to bind arsenic in water, something that could help reduce the contaminant in drinking water in communities in Arizona and around the world.

Willow Canyon High School students share their talents during Winter concerts.

Orcutt Winslow and Chasse thanked Sundance Elementary School staff for all they do for students.

Students, consider taking part in the anti-bullying art contest.

Earlier coverage:

Nov. 23, 2021 – Dec. 17, 2021: Daily schools update: Tolleson Union uses grant to launch Uber-like ride share service for students

Nov. 9, 2021 – Nov. 22, 2021: Daily schools update: Education Advocates get Tax Referendum on 2022 Ballot

Oct. 27, 2021 – Nov. 8, 2021: Daily schools update: Mesa Mother Relieved to get her Young Child Vaccinated

Oct. 12- Oct. 25, 2021Daily schools update: Supply chain issues cause problems for Arizona school cafeterias

Sept. 27 – Oct. 11, 2021Daily Schools Update: How will children becoming eligible for COVID-19 vaccine change schools’ prevention measures?

Sept. 14 – Sept. 27, 2021Daily schools update: Students decision to mask up may have stopped a classroom COVID-19 outbreak

Aug. 24 to Sept. 1, 2021: Daily schools update: COVID-19 outbreaks rise among students in Maricopa County

Aug. 17 to Aug. 23, 2021: Daily schools update: FDA approves Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

Aug. 3 to Aug. 16, 2021: Daily schools update: Arizona school mask mandates receive presidential praise

July 19 to Aug. 2, 2021Daily schools update: Teens struggle with mental health as school starts

June 20 to July 14, 2021Daily schools update: Arizona lawmakers ban mask requirements in schools

June 14 to June 17, 2021Tempe 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