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Updated August 2, 2021: In one study, over a third of interviewed Arizona high schoolers reported that they will require emotional and educational support after a year of digital learning, azfamily reports.
“Never would have guessed what we went through last year. But it was extremely difficult,” said Sara Ellis, mother of two teen boys to azfamily.
1/3 of Arizona teens say they’ll need emotional support to improve their mental health this year, survey sayshttps://t.co/oCxbvTWHIr pic.twitter.com/a20o4vr0ig— azfamily 3TV CBS 5 (@azfamily) August 1, 2021
Strategic Impact Vice President Anne Landers said it will take “teachers, parents, of course, celebrities [and] also other mentor-like adults” to emotionally support teenagers as they transition back to in-person learning.
“Those are the types of adults that are really going to make a difference and help them see that this does not define the rest of their life,” Landers said to azfamily.
A new Banner Health pediatric behavioral health unit in Glendale aims to better address the rise in younger patients facing a crisis with mental health.@Ali_Vetnar has the story: https://t.co/BchFZDqjPx— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) August 2, 2021
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 931,387 today up from yesterday’s 929,541 and 18,252 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Today’s #COVID19 dashboard update adds 1846 cases and one death. If you aren’t already vaccinated, visit https://t.co/UIIpbqvfuB to locate a provider and #RollUpYourSleeve today. It helps protect you, your loved ones, and your community. pic.twitter.com/gGLtA5SZms— AZ Dept of Health (@AZDHS) August 2, 2021
In Maricopa County, there are 585,497 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 120,505 in Pima County, 56,555 in Pinal County, 37,640 in Yuma County, 25,583 in Mohave County, 21,026 in Yavapai County, 18,621 in Coconino County, 17,294 in Navajo County, 12,407 in Cochise County, 11,785 in Apache County, 8,225 in Santa Cruz County, 7,375 in Gila County, 5,687 in Graham County, 2,572 in La Paz County and 615 in Greenlee County.
Arizona Dept. of Health Services Interactive Graphic: (Hover over counties and boxes for more info)
Justine Spitalny School students return to campus.
Check out @JustineSpitalny #Day1. Today is the first day of school for these scholars and they had quite a welcome! #oneteamunafamilia #day1 #AZCardinals pic.twitter.com/I8CnqMNYbe— Cartwright District (@CartwrightSD) August 2, 2021
Marana Unified School District and Sahuarita Unified School District welcome back students, faculty, and staff.
Welcome Back! It’s the first day of school for our friends in @MaranaSchools and @SUSD30! Wishing our students and educators a safe and wonderful school year! #pcss #backtoschoolaz #readyforschoolaz #pimacountyschools @thesuperteacher @DanStreets9 pic.twitter.com/QSpWfKd480— Pima County School Superintendent’s Office (@PimaSchoolSup) August 2, 2021
Find out how the latest infrastructure funding helps charter schools expand.
NEW! Do you know how much a new building costs a charter school?— Bellwether Education (@bellwethered) August 2, 2021
In the first post in a blog series, Bellwether’s @Robsonk outlines the scope of costs for charter facilities and how an infusion of funds from the latest infrastructure bill could help.https://t.co/0aR1hS8wZe
The Mountain Ridge High School volleyball team reminds themselves and others of their core values.
As the new school year starts and tryouts just one week away, it’s important to keep these concepts in mind. Pursue all that you do with excellence! pic.twitter.com/PMw2XPQiUC— Mountain Ridge Volleyball (@VolleyballMRHS) August 2, 2021
Arizona continues to face a shortage of teachers, including those in specialized fields.
Arizona schools will be starting the year with a drop in the number of reading specialists and bilingual teachers – just as those teachers are most needed after a disruptive year.— Yana Kunichoff (@Yanazure) August 2, 2021
My latest: https://t.co/2AHkKucx72
Mesa Public Schools invite parents to submit photos of the first day of school to their Facebook page.
Tomorrow is the first day of school! We can’t wait to see your first day photos. Head to our Facebook page and join our “First Day of School 2021” event page at https://t.co/aWfk6px4gM to share those first day smiles. We’ll be sharing some of our favorites. See you tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/R3gaAYDbev— Mesa Public Schools (@mpsaz) August 2, 2021
Learn how to increase parent-teacher communication in the latest coverage by edutopia.
From creating a more inclusive calendar to making curriculum more transparent, here are some of the ways educators are planning to approach parent-teacher communication and family engagement this year.— Paige (she/her) (@tatertutt) August 2, 2021
My latest for @edutopia:https://t.co/1XdnB5iBNg
Meet the new faces of Morenci Unified School District.
Alhambra High School continues to require masks in all buildings.
Updated July 29, 2021: As kids return to in-person learning, surges in COVID cases have increased nearly 30% in the 0-20 age group in just two weeks. Said ABC15 analyst Garrett Archer, “The biggest concern with the 0-20 age group is less about the severity and more about them being a vector point for getting other people sick.”
COVID-19 cases rise in younger age groups as Arizona students return to class https://t.co/PKCpKW1MZu #abc15 pic.twitter.com/XNZplzkkIV— ABC15 Arizona (@abc15) July 29, 2021
Kathy Hoffman, Arizona’s Superintendent of Instruction, urged schools and parents to follow CDC guidelines in order to limit the spread of the virus. “I absolutely think that our schools, our students, our families should all be looking to the CDC for guidance,” she told ABC15.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman asking families to adhere to CDC guidelines for schools https://t.co/SBB7eaDOvT #abc15 pic.twitter.com/fYM5df5PdX— ABC15 Arizona (@abc15) July 29, 2021
#VaxFact: You should still get a #COVID19 vaccine even if you’ve already had COVID-19.— CDC (@CDCgov) March 24, 2021
Experts don’t know how long you’re protected from COVID-19 after you recover.
More vaccine facts: https://t.co/c3T9VAF5Ce. pic.twitter.com/xFGU6l1CuV
Queen Creek Unified School District Preschoolers enjoy their recess time.
RECESS…it’s our time to develop motor skills…and build friendships!— @QCUSDPreschool (@qcusd_preschool) July 29, 2021
#qcusd #qcleads #preschool #queencreek #mesa pic.twitter.com/PaUdIigIoX
Valley Vista High School celebrates the return of its teachers and staff.
We had a great day welcoming our teachers & support staff back to campus. This year we are committed to being a champion for our students, colleagues & community. Staff are eager to make it a championship year! #monsoonpride #championshipexperience @DysartUSD pic.twitter.com/uniZMlO8xi— Valley Vista Monsoon (@VVHS_MONSOON) July 29, 2021
Students prepare to move in to Northern Arizona University dorms for the first time.
#NAUMoveIn is getting closer! From unloading to unpacking to your finished room– share your experience with us: https://t.co/6pyaKkWQBt. pic.twitter.com/1zCA17apOY— NAU (@NAU) July 29, 2021
West Wing School teachers come together for better understanding of education standards and resources.
3rd grade staff @westwingschool diving into essential standards and learning resources. @dvusdplc @DVUSD @DrFinchDVUSD pic.twitter.com/faRCJxQ9go— Paula Tseunis, Ed.d (@ptseunis) July 29, 2021
Baboquivari Unified School District schools reopen for the new school year.
Our @BaboEducation family is back to school! We wish them an excellent and safe 21-22 school year! Excited to visit and showcase the wonderful things happening at Baboquivari USD! #pimacountyschools #baboeducation #pcss #backtoschoolaz @thesuperteacher pic.twitter.com/MyXOP4lUHi— Pima County School Superintendent’s Office (@PimaSchoolSup) July 28, 2021
Reminder: All Page Unified School District classes begin on Tuesday, August 10.
Alhambra High School staff show off new skills.
Glenn L. Downs Elementary School unveils new logo.
Sahuarita High School cheerleaders qualify for Nationals in Dallas, Texas.
Old Vail Middle School teacher nominated for Arizona Teacher of the Year.
Updated July 28, 2021: Following the CDC’s announcement, the Arizona Department of Health Services says it will be matching updated COVID-19 guidelines for K-12 schools. The CDC has recommended that all students wear face coverings in schools, as well as all others in areas of high transmission, regardless of vaccination.
MASKS IN ARIZONA SCHOOLS: AZDHS confirmed it will adopt the same mask guidelines the CDC announced today, including recommending all students, staff, parents wear masks inside K-12 schools and wearing a mask indoors even if you are vaccinated. MORE: https://t.co/GnSDx7Nq7G pic.twitter.com/Vn8DmTEaeP— ABC15 Arizona (@abc15) July 27, 2021
Governor Doug Ducey maintains that Arizona will not allow schools to mandate masks or quarantine periods for students or staff despite rising cases, including those of the new delta variant.
Arizona does not allow mask mandates, vaccine mandates, vaccine passports or discrimination in schools based on who is or isn’t vaccinated. We’ve passed all of this into law, and it will not change.— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) July 27, 2021
See my statement on the updated CDC guidance: https://t.co/YubNffZpq5
In spite of this, many schools and parents are advocating for mandate guidelines to be left to the schools themselves in order to protect students and staff.
💥6000💥— Right2SafeSchools4AZKids (@Right2SafeAz) July 28, 2021
Schools should be given back their authority to follow these public health guidelines and common sense approach to keeping kids safe.
Join us in sending that message to the Governor. https://t.co/aIBqx6V8l2#Right2SafeAZSchools #LocalControl#Covid19 pic.twitter.com/j4pmjOnYOu
Dysart High School students and parents, make sure you attend the DHS open house on August 2!
DHS Open House is Monday, August 2nd from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. This is a fantastic opportunity for students and parents to pick up schedules, visit classrooms, pay fees, purchase a yearbook, and meet teachers! Hope to see you there! #onceademonalwaysademon pic.twitter.com/rkPMyQBhX1— Dysart High School (@onceademon) July 28, 2021
Teachers received free breakfast in the Glendale Elementary School District.
Great morning in GESD! Welcoming our new teachers! Thank you GUSTO for providing our new teachers with breakfast! It’s going to be a great year! @GESD40 @SegottaJones pic.twitter.com/B6d7j4ddX9— Cindy Segotta Jones (@SegottaJones) July 27, 2021
Learn how you can help Arizona schools with the Arizona Tax Credit.
AZ Tax Credit: Be a champion in our community by donating to the AZ Tax Credit program. Find out how you can help by visiting https://t.co/j9LUxc12Cg. FMSE has set a goal of $8000 for this school year. Funds received will be used to increase technology on our campus. #QCLeads pic.twitter.com/qTu0IjBE3w— Sossaman Sabercats (@qcusd_sossaman) July 27, 2021
Enrollment ends soon for the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools.
We’re almost to the end of July, meaning the end of the 30 Days of Enrollment! Do you have questions that we haven’t answered about enrollment? Comment below! pic.twitter.com/5BWPgqHrex— Arizona State Board for Charter Schools (@AZCharterBoard) July 27, 2021
Teachers can use new research to better understand their students’ personalities and identities, as reported by EdWeek.
How Can Teachers Better Understand Students? A New Breed of Assessment Will Try to Help https://t.co/XECfiNdNpp— NAESP (@NAESP) July 28, 2021
The Sonoran Foothills Bobcats celebrate the return to in-person classes.
It’s great to be back in person @BobcatsSf @DVUSD pic.twitter.com/3ei9fLmQPm— Tim Yates (@tim_yates5) July 28, 2021
$10 sports physicals are coming to Catalina High School this Saturday, July 31.
🚨THIS SATURDAY AT CATALINA HIGH SCHOOL🚨 https://t.co/GqF8czj8MJ— Tucson Unified (@tucsonunified) July 28, 2021
Register today for the Chandler Gilbert Community College student orientation.
Our self-guided Coyote Kickoff helps you prepare to navigate your first semester experience. Register today: https://t.co/MpZLAJtDeo pic.twitter.com/HtnuGbbPc6— Chandler-Gilbert CC (@chandlergilbert) July 27, 2021
Learn about Micro-Credentials with Maricopa Community Colleges.
The world is changing, and the way we’re learning is changing with it. 🌍 Micro-credentials are the next big thing in education. But what are they? And why are they so popular? This article will answer those questions & more as we explore this new trend!👉 https://t.co/P5Un18V5Np pic.twitter.com/Decy9kVulz— Maricopa Community Colleges (@mcccd) July 27, 2021
This week marks the last week for Flagstaff Unified School District’s Summer Grab & Go meals program.
Don’t forget, this week is the last week for summer Grab and Go meals! Find the meal pick up locations, times, and menus for this week here: https://t.co/kKERWHlmfG pic.twitter.com/ex18CsTKiv— Flagstaff Unified School District (@FlagstaffUSD1) July 27, 2021
Updated July 27, 2021: Some parents are expressing their concerns about sending their children back to school while COVID-19 cases surge in Arizona, while other families are sharing why they’re reassured by school safety measures and looking forward to their children being back on campus with their classmates.
As the new school year gets underway in Arizona, parents are weighing the benefits and risks of having their kids back in the classroom while the delta variant is fueling a rise in COVID-19 cases.@GriseldaZetino has the story: https://t.co/aMojrV6mGu— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) July 27, 2021
Is Governor @dougducey setting up Arizona Schools for more COVID-19 spread?— Adam Waltz (@Adam_Waltz) July 27, 2021
Most districts in Maricopa County are in “high transmission. 4 schools have outbreaks. COVID-19 is on the rise and we’re not even through July. FULL STORY on @abc15 https://t.co/Xxi5r86LyT pic.twitter.com/3oEWJ29SHP
Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease control recommended that all students, staff and visitors at schools wear masks while inside school buildings whether they’ve been vaccinated or not, The Associated Press reports.
NEW: Reversing course, the CDC said today that all students and staff should wear masks inside schools, regardless of whether they’re vaccinated. Here’s what you need to know. #COVID19 #EdChat #k12 #EduTwitter https://t.co/mZwKe2PoLq— Chalkbeat (@Chalkbeat) July 27, 2021
“Today’s guidance from the CDC provides much-needed clarity around the importance of masks for all children and adults—vaccinated and unvaccinated—within a school setting,” said Chip Slaven, interim Executive Director and CEO of NSBA. https://t.co/snHJccnQ2A— NSBA | School Boards (@NSBAPublicEd) July 27, 2021
New @CDCgov guidelines recommend that all staff, students, and visitors in K-12 schools wear masks as part of an effort to ensure 100% in-person learning in the fall; this is for EVERYONE regardless of community transmission. pic.twitter.com/ctbInzdJou— NASSP (@NASSP) July 27, 2021
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman asks Gov. Doug Ducey to allow schools to follow public health recommendations for all staff and students to mask in schools in areas where COVID-19 cases are surging like Arizona.
Recent legislation approved in the budget prohibits Arizona schools from requiring masks for students and staff.
My statement on @CDCgov‘s updated mask guidance: pic.twitter.com/YNhRTrBfWR— Kathy Hoffman (@Supt_Hoffman) July 27, 2021
Arizona’s COVID-19 case average and hospital bed use numbers have seen spikes in the past three weeks.— 12 News (@12News) July 27, 2021
These five graphs show what you need to know: https://t.co/qsi3IQdOFm
Maricopa county is at 15.9%, a driving factor in the statewide number. Pima is at 10%— The AZ – abc15 – Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) July 27, 2021
*UPDATED*— Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University (@ASUBiodesign) July 25, 2021
Free #Covid19 saliva testing continues in Arizona in partnership w/@AZDHS:
– Use agency code SALIVATEST
– Drive-thru available
– Results typically < 48hrs
– Ages 5+
– Arrive on time w/QR code (no ID req)
Register: https://t.co/bogIAKKMgo #DeltaVariants
FACT: The ⬇️ vaccinated people, the ⬆️ opptys. for the virus to spread & mutate, putting everyone at risk— Public Health (@Maricopahealth) July 27, 2021
FACT: Every day you wait to get vaccinated is a day longer before you’re protected from serious illness. #GetVaccinatedNow #SlowTheSpread https://t.co/bjzufZ3F4W pic.twitter.com/uNgsegSlGg
A weekly COVID-19 vaccination clinic is held each Wednesday from 10 am – 1 pm at Coconino County Health and Human Services building, 2625 N. King St, parking lot. Both drive up and walk-up vaccinations are available. No appointment is needed. More info https://t.co/mYAidOEmdS pic.twitter.com/wdv68mzgmp— Coconino County (@CoconinoCounty) July 27, 2021
Sunrise High School’s marching band welcomed new arts educators to their orientation in Peoria Unified School District.
Ever been welcomed to your first day at a new job by a marching band? If you join the Arts Ed, Team in @PeoriaUnified11 you would! A great morning as the @SunriseMustangs Band welcomed all of our new Arts Educators to their New Teacher Orientation! Thank you Mr.Osorio & the Band! pic.twitter.com/NAfDXkpy2P— Peoria Arts Ed (@PeoriaArtsEd) July 27, 2021
Many schools Meet the Teacher Night is coming up soon, here’s info on Laveen Unified‘s.
Our annual Meet the Teacher Night is this Thursday starting at 5pm at all Laveen schools. https://t.co/gBPhUKpQCy pic.twitter.com/ngEepaxd41— Laveen Schools (@LaveenSchools) July 27, 2021
Many families will be enrolling kindergarteners for the upcoming school year. See how Dysart Unified School District welcomed students and showed them what their first day of school would be like.
The @MtnViewLions hosted a Kinder Experience to welcome their newest students to the school. Our Kinder kiddos met their teachers & classmates to learn about what their 1st day of school will be like. Need to enroll? Register today 🖇️ https://t.co/2o0Ucl0Mad #DysartWelcome pic.twitter.com/Imruq51Ek9— Dysart Schools (@DysartUSD) July 27, 2021
Check your school district’s webpage for apps that help families take care of many students’ needs like this one in Avondale Elementary School District.
School supplies, pay for lunch, frequently asked back-to-school questions… ALL on our app!— Avondale District (@AvondaleESD) July 27, 2021
Download today! And stay up-to-date throughout the year with instant alerts and news 📱 #AESDconnectED pic.twitter.com/z62te9NRi5
Buckeye Elementary School District opened today for the school year and azfamily was there at their newest school.
3TV was out this morning at the Grand Opening of @JsMcCainElaz @KwilsonBESD33 @CHASSEteam @orcuttwinslow @azfamily https://t.co/yhBURccr4w— BESD (@BuckeyeESD) July 27, 2021
Hear what students say will help them as they return to campus this school year.
Last week, we asked you to share advice for first year teachers and received dozens of incredible responses.— Teach For America (@TeachForAmerica) July 27, 2021
Now it’s time to hear from the students🗣🗣🗣
Follow along @VillanuevaBeard’s account for what students want teachers to know about returning to the classroom: https://t.co/JD4yZUZokR
Cave Creek Unified School District shares some of the clubs students can be involved in.
Check out these amazing club opportunities for students at CSHS! pic.twitter.com/zUkDj20r8s— CCUSD Ed Services (@CCUSDEdServices) July 27, 2021
Having older students work with younger students with the same learning differences gives them hope and lets them see they’re not the only one.
Video: Eye to Eye pairs younger students with learning differences with older students with the same challenges to show them they’re not alone.https://t.co/FHfFtsAFuP— Education Week (@educationweek) July 27, 2021
Teen Lifeline reminds youth it’s okay to ask for help and there’s someone ready to listen 24 hours a day 7 days a week on their hotlines.
It’s always okay to ask for help!— Teen Lifeline (@602248TEEN) July 27, 2021
Teen or adult, call, text, or online chat; there is always someone ready to listen and help at one of these 24/7 hotlines. We are here for you!
Save this image & retweet so you can easily share this info with those who may need help🙌 pic.twitter.com/NalOqINCi9
Corona del Sol High School encourages students to share photos of their school gear and back to school shopping with them.
Share your #BacktoSol shopping and CdS gear with us! We are so excited to welcome our Aztecs back on campus for the 2021-22 school year in just 6 days!🧡☀️ pic.twitter.com/aIwghqtOgn— Corona del Sol HS (@CDS_TUHSD) July 27, 2021
Is it time to go back to school, but you need a little help? Check this out!
🎸 Thinking about enrolling for Fall but not sure where to start? Attend our Rock EnROLLment Event, July 26-29!— ScottsdaleCC (@ScottsdaleCC) July 27, 2021
Attend live, online sessions to ask Qs about enrollment, financial aid & more. https://t.co/VJRaNUEpDp #ScottsdaleCC pic.twitter.com/e2KJokP0uL
Updated July 26, 2021: Arizona students attended summer school in record numbers ahead of the 2021-2022 school year, said AZ Family. “While learning should look more normal this school year, many children still have lots of catching up to do after falling behind in the pandemic. “
Sparked by pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across US. https://t.co/lKig8NpReI pic.twitter.com/hS8dimFR9U— azfamily 3TV CBS 5 (@azfamily) July 26, 2021
Said one student, “I was struggling a little bit last year with math, it was kind of hard to understand, like over a screen instead of in-person where they can interact with you better.” Younger students are more likely to have fallen behind during the height of online learning, and parents are encouraged to speak with their children’s teachers if they need additional help in the classroom.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 918,609 today up from yesterday’s 917,168 and 18,171 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Today’s #COVID19 dashboard update adds 1,441 cases and no deaths. Since March, 98% of COVID-19 deaths have been in those not fully vaccinated. Visit https://t.co/kQPvHZUDbl to find a safe, free, effective vaccine near you. #RollUpYourSleeve pic.twitter.com/X1v5ixNvRk— AZ Dept of Health (@AZDHS) July 26, 2021
In Maricopa County, there are 576,443 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 119,623 in Pima County, 55,574 in Pinal County, 37,468 in Yuma County, 25,111 in Mohave County, 20,566 in Yavapai County, 18,403 in Coconino County, 17,121 in Navajo County, 12,327 in Cochise County, 11,691 in Apache County, 8,180 in Santa Cruz County, 7,303 in Gila County, 5,658 in Graham County, 2,541 in La Paz County and 600 in Greenlee County.
Cartwright School District’s virtual academy is still registering new students for the upcoming school year.
Check out our Cartwright Virtual Academy! We are still accepting applications for all our schools including the virtual academy. Call 623-691-4000 to register your scholar today! #oneteamunafamilia pic.twitter.com/sCNJdp08L6— Cartwright District (@CartwrightSD) July 26, 2021
Cave Creek Unified School District students celebrate Mandarin and Chinese culture over the summer.
ECS is so happy students had two weeks of our Chinese Culture Camp this summer. Students learned, created, and played together as they explored the Chinese Culture and the Mandarin language. @AaronJPettinato pic.twitter.com/2FIq1jdHkK— Cave Creek USD (@CaveCreekUSD93) July 23, 2021
Hamilton High School highlights its outstanding Social Studies teachers.
Did you know Hamilton has over 200 teachers? This week we will highlight each of our amazing departments…first up is Social 🌎 Studies- students have out-performed state and national scores on AP exams for the last 18 years! @ChandlerUnified #civicengagmentschool #wethepeople pic.twitter.com/LnIYqTfIYp— Hamilton High School (@Hamilton_High) July 26, 2021
Remember to complete student registration for Sahuarita Unified School District as back to school approaches.
Higley High School celebrates its new cheer captains.
Page High School’s football team finishes up preparations for the upcoming season.
Tempe and Kyrene students can visit Threadz for free clothing and school supplies as they return to classes.
School is back in session and so is Threadz! Tempe and Kyrene middle and high school students can visit Threadz for free clothing, school supplies, and hygiene products! Opening day is this Thursday from 2-4:30. See flyer for details or call 480-858-2300 for more info. #threadz pic.twitter.com/1fEtUpu2kB— TCC (@TempeCommunity) July 26, 2021
Edutopia discusses how students can become more confident in their public presentations.
Some students get really nervous at the prospect of having to give a presentation—but this framework can make it much easier for them. 🙌🏾https://t.co/Cbu071aBDY— edutopia (@edutopia) July 26, 2021
An ASU study has indicated that dishwasher and laundry detergent pods may not be safe for the environment.
ASU researchers say it’s time to take a closer look at what it actually means for a material to be biodegradable.https://t.co/cGaqVFpYtO @Lab_Casual @Kelkar_Varun93 #Sustainability— Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University (@ASUBiodesign) July 26, 2021
The National PTA has plenty of fun STEM activities for students over the summer.
Lemons, invisible ink, and secret coded messages! Check out this fun STEM at Home activity for your family! https://t.co/A4uH6WqQ9g #PTA4STEM pic.twitter.com/CKtF2yChsn— NationalPTA (@NationalPTA) July 26, 2021
Thursday, July 22, 2021: Arizona schools will continue offering free breakfast and lunch to all students, regardless of which school or district they attend, due to an extension of a USDA federal program for families impacted by COVID-19.
Free breakfast, lunch for all students this school year https://t.co/8goGiWyphW #abc15 pic.twitter.com/Fnik60Igzl— ABC15 Arizona (@abc15) July 21, 2021
“This is one way that they can make everything easier for us to make sure we access all students,” said Jenny Bracamonte, Director of Food and Nutrition for the Chandler Unified School District. Students and their families are not required to fill out applications, but may be eligible for additional food benefits and reduced sports and testing fees if they choose to do so.
The @CUSDNutrition department will continue to provide free school meals for 2021-2022. The USDA has approved free meals for all students for the entire school year. This means all students can receive up to one breakfast and one lunch FREE each school day. pic.twitter.com/20nMQ1W7zF— Chandler Unified SD (@ChandlerUnified) July 14, 2021
Rincon High School is utilizing new tech for Summer School Algebra 1 classes.
Inking inside of a OneNote is powerful for Math teachers! Mr. Kennedy from Rincon High School demonstrates how he uses OneNote in Summer School Algebra 1 class taking examples from @Apex_Learning modules& breaking them down for students. @OneNoteEDU #MicrosoftEDU @tucsonunified pic.twitter.com/hwa1g4Np35— EdTech – TUSD (@EdTech_TUSD) July 22, 2021
Barry Goldwater High School is welcoming freshmen and their families today, July 22, starting at 3:00.
Freshmen family orientation is Thursday! Come engage with our community!@DrFinchDVUSD @DVUSD pic.twitter.com/aMqTlP1fpz— Barry Goldwater High (@BGHS_DVUSD) July 21, 2021
Hamilton High School Huskies welcome new assistant principal and School Resource Officer
Introducing two new Huskies- Assistant Principal, Dr. Amy McCarthy and Chandler PD SRO, Shawn Hansen 👏🏼#huskyproud @ChandlerUnified pic.twitter.com/H27tr6o63u— Hamilton High School (@Hamilton_High) July 22, 2021
Second graders at Sossaman Elementary School are enjoying their first music classes of the year.
Ms. Gilliam’s 2nd grade class had music with Mrs. Purcell this morning and jumped right in with a song. #2ndGradeRocks #FunInMusic pic.twitter.com/Mbt0wMdmQH— Sossaman Sabercats (@qcusd_sossaman) July 22, 2021
Pima County’s CAPE program teachers and staff return to classes in the juvenile detention center and jail.
We are welcoming back our CAPE teachers & staff. CAPE is our school located in the juvenile detention center & jail. This is a special group of educators & we are forever grateful for the impact they have on our students. #pcss #pimacountyschools #backtoschoolaz @PimaSheriff pic.twitter.com/7QuUPHVLCE— Pima County School Superintendent’s Office (@PimaSchoolSup) July 21, 2021
Cave Creek Unified School District is still registering students for the 2021-2022 school year.
We can’t wait to welcome our students back in two weeks! The first day of school is August 4. If you haven’t registered for one of our award-winning schools yet, there’s still time. You can stop by any school office or register online: https://t.co/oZ4s9TC7xd— Cave Creek USD (@CaveCreekUSD93) July 21, 2021
Ajo Unified School District’s summer feeding program ends this Friday, July 23.
Cartwright School District welcomes its new teachers and staff to the Cartwright family.
“You made the right decision in choosing Cartwright!” @csd83super addressing new teachers at NTI (New Teacher Induction) #oneteamunafamilia #newteachers pic.twitter.com/riq1mAOkIR— Cartwright District (@CartwrightSD) July 21, 2021
W.F. Killip Elementary School construction is underway and constantly updating.
Check out the progress of the new @KillipElem School! Photos of the school are updated every 10 minutes here: https://t.co/3H8zHxRkPX pic.twitter.com/7TW4HraSbL— Flagstaff Unified School District (@FlagstaffUSD1) July 22, 2021
Pueblo High School CTE celebrates recognition for Home Health students.
https://t.co/0SlGdPg3dN Good job @Pueblowarriors Home Health students & amazing Teacher. Congrats for the recognition of your hard work this summer! Check out the story @BrianBrennanTV from @kgun9 produced. @tucsonunified @PimaJTED @PimaSchoolSup— Tucson Unified CTE (@TUSD1CTE) July 22, 2021
Wednesday, July 21, 2021: As Chandler Unified School District students return to school, students, staff, and parents alike can expect COVID-19 safety measures to remain in place.
Chandler Unified School District students and teachers are going back to school on Wednesday. Here’s what they can expect. @rociohzz reports. https://t.co/nSz9ARlXbV— KJZZ Phoenix (@kjzzphoenix) July 21, 2021
If cases continue to rise, the district will likely tighten rules around social distancing and contact tracing. Says their district spokesman Terry Locke, “We just want parents to know we have very strong mitigation plans in place.”
Millions of Arizonans have safely received a COVID-19 vaccine. Review the real-world data that continues to show the effectiveness of the vaccines – and the consequences of not getting the shot. https://t.co/IfMk3CnR9Z— AZ Dept of Health (@AZDHS) July 18, 2021
Tolleson Elementary School District is holding a free COVID-19 vaccine event starting July 22.
@TollesonESD is pleased to share this information with our community. Free 1st dose Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine available at Tolleson Fire on July 22 from 3-9 PM. Second dose on August 12th. pic.twitter.com/IDGEWNp62Q— Tolleson Elementary School District (@TollesonESD) July 21, 2021
Rio Rico High School’s Byron Coulter takes over the Marching Hawks’ Band Camp.
Hawk Nation, Band Camp is in full swing as the Marching Hawks take the field. The Marching Hawks are under new leadership as Director Byron Coulter takes over the program. Let’s goooo, 💯! #werep #hawkpride #marchinghawks #bandcamp #scv35abovethebar @scv35_comm pic.twitter.com/RjLd3mkM88— Rio Rico High School (@rioricohigh) July 21, 2021
Students can still register for classes at Mesa Community College.
✅ Have career goals?— Mesa Community College (@mesacc) July 21, 2021
Let us help you achieve them! Register today for the fall 2021 semester. View the course schedule at https://t.co/UrCAF8SkAT. pic.twitter.com/uwhBbK4YQZ
Scottsdale Unified School District teachers work with Cognia for student advancement.
We @CogniaOrg so enjoyed working with @ScottsdaleUSD at @ScottsdaleArts Monday and Tuesday! They are ready for students in their world class district! Thanks @NicoleReeves for your presentations. #equityandexcellence #continuousimprovement #studentengagement pic.twitter.com/p97Xx4Px5w— Toni Badone (@ToniBadone) July 21, 2021
Arizona families advocate to maintain COVID-19 safety measures in schools.
Actually it’s up to 2,664💥 “Over 1,200 families sign letter asking ADHS to keep COVID safety measures at Arizona schools” https://t.co/PrJ64uJFSi— Jessica Wani (@JessicaWaniEsq) July 20, 2021
Peoria Unified School District is holding a backpack drive for students in need on July 31.
PLEASE SHARE! We are hosting a backpack drive in partnership with @PeoriaFire with supplies for families in need! pic.twitter.com/YzeYWW4TON— Peoria Unified (@PeoriaUnified11) July 20, 2021
The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University looks into the dangers of microplastics.
“It becomes like a toxic float and its surface characteristics can change so it almost looks like a piece of asbestos.” — @ASUBiodesign‘s Rolf Halden joins @Salon to talk about why microplastics are dangerous. #plasticpollution https://t.co/yUJAiIE0bt— ASU News (@asunews) July 20, 2021
Sign up now for webinar on using tech tools to teach your students courtesy of Arizona Council on Economic Education.
Get creative as you explore ThingLink and discover how students can capture unique experiences and expressions with interactive images, videos, and 360 degree media in this webinar from the @CouncilEconEd and ACEE. https://t.co/WL3YwR5MyV pic.twitter.com/RojhQ0ZjuT— AZ Council Econ Ed (@AzCouncilEconEd) July 21, 2021
Shadow Ridge High School’s Pom Line helped feed people at St. Mary’s Food Bank.
We 💚💙 seeing students give back to the community. @ShadowRidgeHS Pom helped feed 154 people at St. Mary’s Food Bank recently. #DysartExtraordinary pic.twitter.com/Hrj7ZsYynv— Dysart Schools (@DysartUSD) July 21, 2021
Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, and the University of Arizona all receive grants for a new kind of digital learning.
Scientists at @NAU, @ASU & @uarizona have been awarded a grant from the @NSF to develop a virtual reality teaching tool called Polar Explorer. In this immersive environment, students will explore polar environments in the Arctic to learn about permafrost. https://t.co/F84xHVKzYQ pic.twitter.com/3Ca2SsVRpy— Arizona Board of Regents (@AZRegents) July 20, 2021
US News Education says there are other ways to get kids interested in art at home.
Artistic exploration is not limited to the classroom, experts say. Here’s how you can engage your children in process art activities at home. https://t.co/aRZE2buKjQ— U.S. News Education (@USNewsEducation) July 21, 2021
Fort Worth Independent School District gets students ready for their future careers.
#FWISD and community partners connect students to the modern workforce. Learn more at https://t.co/vrbq0YarAp. #FWISDGold #FWISDPartners pic.twitter.com/dQ77MlNAgw— Kent P. Scribner (@KentPScribner) July 21, 2021
Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman thanked Avondale Elementary School district for letting her share how the Arizona Dept. of Education worked through COVID challenged to support students virtual learning.
Thank you, @AvondaleESD, for having me on your recent #AESDscoop episode to discuss how @azedschools maneuvered through the challenges of #COVID19 and continued to support students in a virtual learning environment. Listen to the full podcast! ⬇️ https://t.co/mY5Zla4lbt— Kathy Hoffman (@Supt_Hoffman) June 30, 2021
Monday, July 19, 2021: The American Academy of Pediatrics has announced that while in-person learning is essential for younger students’ educational, social, and mental health, “layers of protection” are still recommended for COVID-19 prevention in those too young to be vaccinated.
The AAP strongly recommends in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year and urges all who are eligible to be vaccinated to protect against COVID-19. Read more here: https://t.co/58L7GpE1JK pic.twitter.com/0BnvqVFpbh— American Academy of Pediatrics (@AmerAcadPeds) July 19, 2021
The AAP emphasized that schools will likely not be tracking which students and teachers have been vaccinated, making universal mask mandates even more crucial.
CDC advises masks for unvaccinated students, staff. But Arizona schools can’t require them https://t.co/dxU10UUJUu— azcentral education (@azceducation) July 19, 2021
Pima County celebrates students’ first week back in school.
Back to School! Wishing the students, staff, and families of @vailschools an excellent first week of school! Let’s have a great school year focused on student success! @thesuperteacher #PCSS #PimaCountySchools #VailSchools #BacktoSchoolAZ pic.twitter.com/Sye6SzPUmV— Pima County School Superintendent’s Office (@PimaSchoolSup) July 19, 2021
See what students received special education services for nationwide in the 2019 to 2020 school year.
DYK? Among students who received #SpecialEd services under IDEA in SY 2019–20, 33% had specific learning disabilities.— NCES (@EdNCES) July 19, 2021
Interested in #EdStats on students w/ disabilities?
Read this UPDATED indicator from the 2021 #ConditionOfEd for more: https://t.co/yYb0ymNwcm @ED_Sped_Rehab pic.twitter.com/dSXexePGX4
San Tan Heights K8 School partners with non-profit Great Minds.
FUSD is excited for our partnership with San Tan Heights K8 school & the the non-profit, Great Minds! #BacktoSchool2021 #educators @SanTanTimes @FloAZBlade @DrKellySmith1 @adamdavid223 pic.twitter.com/Y6XoawaDaL— Florence Unified (@Florenceusd) July 19, 2021
See what a New Jersey school did to reduce police referrals through restorative justice practices.
“The most important thing, the imperative for us, was to begin to shift this data and to shift this experience that our kids were having,” said Cherry Hill High School West Principal Kwame Morton during a virtual session at #NPC21. https://t.co/DEunbyzYLq @NASSP— K-12 Dive (@K12DiveNews) July 19, 2021
John F. Long Elementary School kindergarteners begin their JumpStart program.
@JFLongSchool Kindergartners start their Jumpstart program today! These scholars are learning and having a blast doing it! #oneteamunafamilia pic.twitter.com/yrvdTTj0lB— Cartwright District (@CartwrightSD) July 19, 2021
Hear what it was like for an azfamily television producer embedded inside an elementary school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Embedded Inside An Elementary School During COVID https://t.co/E35Y45dpge— CareyPenaTV (@CareyPenaTV) July 19, 2021
My podcast interview with @KHarringtonTV who produced the #documentary Empty Seats, Full Hearts. @azfamily #COVID19 #inspiredmedia360
Last chance to enroll for digital learning at ASU Prep Digital!
The deadline to enroll K-12 students for Fall Session 2 is today! Academic classes begin August 23. This is the last fall session where full-time students will have enough time to complete a full schedule of courses. Enroll today: https://t.co/DB86HpAohP pic.twitter.com/BxBPXBTblf— ASU Prep Digital (@asuprepdigital) July 19, 2021
Kids can still enroll in Higley Unified School District’s after school program.
Don’t forget to register for Higley Unified School District’s after school program. Kids Club is now open for the 2021/2022 new school year! pic.twitter.com/s6atMEq4tW— Higley Schools (@higleydistrict) July 17, 2021
Teachers receive school supply kits from Four Peaks at Treasures4Teachers last Saturday.
A huge THANK YOU to @fourpeaksbrew for continuing to support local teachers.— Treasures 4 Teachers (@Treasures4Teach) July 19, 2021
300 Four Peaks For Teachers School Supply Kits handed out Saturday at @Treasures4Teach. #amAZing #FPForTeachers pic.twitter.com/zXpq1lDIUj
June 20 to July 16, 2021: Daily schools update: Arizona lawmakers 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, 2021: It’s time to get students enrolled in school for fall & ready for in-person classes
May 17 to May 28, 2021: A year after George Floyd’s murder, a look at empathy, equity, what’s changed & what hasn’t
May 10 to May 14, 2021: Students ready for graduation ceremonies
May 4 to May 6, 2021: Amendment to bill would prohibit teachers from discussing controversial policy & social issues not essential to learning objectives
April 28 to May 3, 2021: Thank 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, 2021: Children, young teens may be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine before next school year
March 15 to March 26: Masks 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. 23: U.S. Dept of Ed: Students must take standardized tests, but there’s flexiblity on when & how
Feb. 2 to Feb. 9: Video: Supt. Hoffman gives State of Special Education address
Jan. 21 to Feb. 1: Black History Mural Month Project to highlight pioneers of the Black community launches in Phoenix
Jan. 10 – Jan 20: How students engage with Inauguration Day
Dec. 21, 2020 to Jan 8, 2021: Teachers help students deal with attacks on Congress, Capitol
Nov. 30 – Dec. 16: Watch it now: Dr. Christ asks people to avoid holiday gatherings with people they do not live with
Nov. 18 – 25: COVID-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. 19: What 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. 11: Parent organizes co-op for learners; group rallies for in-person school days after benchmarks release
July 13- July 30: Teachers prepare for digital learning and back to school
June 29 – July 12: Video: 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 – 25: You can get tested now if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19
March 12 – April 7, 2020: Coronavirus response: Cases rise; AZ Day of Giving