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Daily schools update: Green Schoolyards Initiative hosts planting party

Volunteers, Teachers And Students Gather On A Late-August Afternoon After School To Plant A New Native Pollinator Garden On The West Side Of The New Killip Elementary Building. Courtesy Of Rachel Gibbons, Arizona Daily Sun.

Updated Sept. 14, 2022: Students and community volunteers participated in a pollinator planting party, working together to plant over 200 native plants.

An amazing show of sportsmanship as opposing highschool football teams come together for a moment of silence to honor two students that passed away earlier in the week.

With growing pilot shortages, it is the best time to get into the commercial airline industry. Flight school students are prepared to take advantage of this opportunity.

Counselors worry that violence in schools are becoming normalized, resulting in an increase of threats and scares.

The latest dashboard update shows confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona are 2,264,159 as of Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, up 6,119 cases from last week, and 31,244 in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 1,421,340 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 289,898 Pima County146,915 Pinal County67,559 in Yuma County63,455 Mohave County, 54,789 in Yavapai County49,418 in Coconino County43,986 in Navajo County35,943 in Cochise County31,066 in Apache County19,736 in Gila County18,489 in Santa Cruz County13,368 in Graham County5,741 in La Paz County and 2,456 in Greenlee County.

Plans to open a border studies and outreach center, meant for the University of Arizona, are unclear.

See how high school athletes are speaking our against suicide, and providing support to their peers.

Once again, Arizona State University has been named number one in innovation, for the eighth consecutive year.

A new ride share app has been created, giving students in Chandler a free way to get to school.

Arizona Teacher Residency program is aiming to fix the shortage of teachers in Arizona, and it might be working.

Students honor first responders & service members on 21st anniversary of 9/11

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Desert Harbor Elementary students recognized first responders and service members during their annual Walk of Honor to thank people who stepped up to help others on 9/11. Photo courtesy Peoria Unified School District

Updated Monday, Sept. 12, 2022: Students around the state learned about and honored first responders and service members on the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

Chandler Unified School District students hosted events on Sept. 9 in honor of Patriot Day including flag raising ceremonies, patriotic song singalongs and speeches describing the historical signifigance of Sept. 11. More events were planned for Monday.

Carlson Elementary and Andersen Elementary honored visitors from Chandler Fire Department, Chandler Police Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Students were able to meet first responders, explore their vehicles, and ask questions. 

Chandler Unified high schools and junior high schools discussed September 11, 2001, in social studies classes and commemorated Patriot Day in additional ways. Basha High School’s AFJROTC honored the 21st anniversary of 9/11 at exactly 6:37 a.m. in remembrance of the time the Pentagon was attacked. 

Bogle Junior High School’s student council asked students and staff to submit pictures of friends and family members who served in the military. The photos with stories are on display in the windows of the media center. 

While students did better on state assessments during the 2020 to 2021 school year, many still failed to pass the English and math. Since students took a new exam, Arizona’s Academic Standards Assessment, for the first time last spring, there’s no good way to compare results from the previous school year to the latest data from the 2021 to 2022 school year.

Students at Central High School worked from home today after an incident on campus led to a lockdown on Friday and students’ families expressed their concerns at a meeting after the incident.

The latest dashboard update shows confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona are 2,258,040 as of Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, up 3,666 cases from last week, and 31,162 in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 1,417,741 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 288,749 Pima County146,416 Pinal County67,428 in Yuma County63,477 Mohave County, 524,629 in Yavapai County49,296 in Coconino County43,871 in Navajo County35,842 in Cochise County30,895 in Apache County19,687 in Gila County18,466 in Santa Cruz County13,351 in Graham County5,739 in La Paz County and 2,453 in Greenlee County.

Dysart Schools students recently saw a production of Junie B. Jones the Musical thanks to the late author’s husband who also gave each student a book.

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Find out how a Northern Arizona University student’s research can change how mental health care providers and patients are treated in Ghana.

Arizona State University’s nursing program is ranked 29th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

San Luis teacher in the running for National History Teacher of the Year!

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control shares these resources to highlight the role everyone plays in preventing suicide during Suicide Prevention Month.

See what students are learning at Jasinski School in Buckeye Elementary School District.

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Earlier coverage


August 1 – August 31: Daily schools update: When student loan debt forgiveness application launches

July 1 – July 31: Daily schools update: How to save money on back-to-school shopping

June 1 – June 30Schools update: ASU professor shares how supply chain issues impact Independence Day fireworks shows

May 3 – May 31: Schools update: How to discuss traumatic events with kids

April 4 – April 30: Daily schools update: Chinle principal wins Milken Educator Award

March 1- March 30: Daily schools update: An event-filled weekend of school arts festivals and a CTE competition

Feb.2, 2022 – Feb. 28:  Daily schools update: College in Ukraine powered by ASU would have welcomed students next month

Jan. 13, 2022 – Feb. 1: Daily schools update: Students learn more about Year of the Tiger during Lunar New Year


Dec. 20, 2021 – Jan. 12, 2022Daily schools update: AZ doctors urge schools to require masks as COVID surges

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