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Daily schools update: Tolleson Union uses grant to launch Uber-like ride share service for students


Updated Dec. 13, 2021: Tolleson Union High School School District is putting their $2 million dollar grant to use contracting a ride-share company designed for children called called HopSkipDrive. This service will be used to help students outside of district lines, or in foster care or homeless shelters get to school. Read more from KJZZ.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases have risen to 1,318,580 in Arizona and 23,040 people have died from COVID-19 in Arizona since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 830,216 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 165,803 in Pima County84,692 in Pinal County43,424 in Yuma County37,246 in Mohave County34,578 in Yavapai County26,353 in Coconino County25,768 in Navajo County19,216 in Cochise County15,763 in Apache County10,188 in Santa Cruz County11,693 in Gila County8,793 in Graham County3,516 in La Paz County and 1,421 in Greenlee County.

Authorities announced that teens between the ages of 16 and 18 are now allowed to receive a third booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Season for sharing is helping to bring STEM education into the homes of students during the pandemic.

Following the decision of a federal court, Northern Arizona University suspends employee COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

Apache Elementary students collected over 7,000 cans for their annual food drive.

Surprise Fire Department took Dysart students in need of extra help this holiday to Target for their annual aisles of smiles event.

This week’s expanded child tax credit payment may be the last- read more from ABC 15.

Following approval from the legislature of the Arizona Promise Program, thousands of students may now be eligible to attend ASU, NAU, and UA for free.

Arizona was recognized in an article published in Forbes for their ability to modernize transportation to schools. Read more here:

Students from Nogales High School designed ornaments that are now on Arizona’s Christmas tree in the nation’s capitol.

AZCentral provides takeaways from Arizona’s High School Football Championship this weekend.

If there is a K-12 educator you know that is going above and beyond, nominate them for the LifeChanger of the year award by December 31st.

Updated Dec. 8, 2021: Arizona Governor Doug Ducey says that there are more ways to be transparent in classrooms without installing cameras, as the debate over if schools should install them intensifies. Read more from AZ Central.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases have risen to 1,301,597 and 22,779 people have died from COVID-19 in Arizona since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 819,354 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 163,665 in Pima County83,861 in Pinal County43,138 in Yuma County36,830 in Mohave County33,924 in Yavapai County26,020 in Coconino County25,277 in Navajo County18,834 in Cochise County15,594 in Apache County10,067 in Santa Cruz County11,479 in Gila County8,699 in Graham County3,466 in La Paz County and 1,399 in Greenlee County.

A group of college students in Arizona are on a hunger strike, protesting the passing of a voting rights bill.

Yesterday, police in Surprise arrested a 15-year-old for falsely reporting a school shooting.

Amazon’s Web Service suffered an outage yesterday, affecting many schools that use Canvas for education.

Carl Hayden High School unveiled their newly painted mural today, and congratulated the students that were involved in its making.

The Dysart Maintenance Department is collecting toys for families in need this holiday season.

The majority of school boards lack Latino representation.

The Higley Traditional Academy collected over 1,000 pounds of food for their food drive.

Dr. Scott Hagerman of Tanque Verde USD was selected for the All Arizona Superintendent of the Year for a Medium District.

Schools are struggling to find counselors as there is an increase in demand.

Updates Dec. 6, 2021: High school students participating in AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute’s Storytime virtual reading program gain volunteer hours necessary for scholarship and college applications. The group would like to acquire a bookmobile vehicle to bring books to children who do not have access to libraries and for in-person Storytime, reports The Arizona Republic.

Confirmed COVID-19 up from 1,295,076 yesterday, up from 1,292,054 yesterday, and 22,589 people have died from COVID-19 in Arizona since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 815,557 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 162,926 in Pima County82,910 in Pinal County43,083 in Yuma County36,666 in Mohave County33,627 in Yavapai County25,949 in Coconino County25,131 in Navajo County18,720 in Cochise County15,558 in Apache County10,025 in Santa Cruz County11,411 in Gila County8,667 in Graham County3,452 in La Paz County and 1,394 in Greenlee County.

Western Peaks Elementary students use the buddy bench to find someone to play with at recess.

Kyrene Schools celebrates library media experts who help students learn more through their interests.

See why project-based learning is meaningful for students, courtesy U.S. News & World Report.

Marana Unified School District replaced lunch tables and thanks district taxpayers and the district teams.

J.O. Combs Unified School District offers this resource for students seeking tutoring.

Ask the experts your questions about the James Webb Space Telescope on Wednesday.

Northern Arizona University‘s leader catches a ride with legends today.

Roosevelt School District seeks people who want to make a difference in students lives during their job fair this Thursday.

Updated Dec. 2, 2021: Engineering students at San Luis High School designed a walker to help Roo, a Yuma Humane Society puppy born without front legs, to walk, reports the Yuma Sun.

Scottsdale Unified School Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg, who was stripped of his title last month after it was discovered he had  collected personal information and pictures of some parents and children in the district, has been cleared of any criminal conduct by the Scottsdale Police Department. 

Confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 1,276,955 statewide today, up from 1,272,943 yesterday, and 22,383 people have died from COVID-19 in Arizona since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 804,278 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 160,397 in Pima County81,996 in Pinal County42,804 in Yuma County36,291 in Mohave County32,974 in Yavapai County25,463 in Coconino County24,732 in Navajo County18,169 in Cochise County15,369 in Apache County9,909 in Santa Cruz County11,199 in Gila County8,582 in Graham County3,414 in La Paz County and 1,378 in Greenlee County.

Phoenix Union High School District honors students with disabilities on National Special Education Day.

Check this out for some ideas on how students can share their learning with different groups of people and have a more in-depth learning experience, courtesy of edutopia.

Cartwright School District students take part in an Hour of Code next week.

Marana Unified School District highlights students that participated in Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary School’s spelling bee.

Glendale Elementary School District students and families enjoyed making gingerbread houses outdoors during a Family Hub activity.

Pendergast Elementary School District encourages you to take advantage of the Arizona School Tax Credit and show your support for students.

Take part in a live chat with a NASA scientist to celebrate the launch of the Webb Space Telescope, courtesy of Arizona Science Center.

School Connect AZ helped Chandler Unified schools work together with community members to develop ways to benefit students.

Balsz School District shares a resource for a fun learning activity for kindergarten through second grade students.

Updated Dec. 1, 2021: Despite controversy on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, ASU confirms that Kyle Rittenhouse is not currently enrolled in any classes or has applied for admission at the university, according to Cronkite News.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 1,272,943 statewide today, up from 1,269,780 yesterday, and 22,350 people have died from COVID-19 in Arizona since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 802,164 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 159,859 in Pima County81,466 in Pinal County42,770 in Yuma County36,153 in Mohave County32,734 in Yavapai County25,395 in Coconino County24,597 in Navajo County18,114 in Cochise County15,327 in Apache County9,869 in Santa Cruz County11,161 in Gila County8,555 in Graham County3,407 in La Paz County and 1,372 in Greenlee County.

Sunset Hills School has collected over 900 stuffed animals for their holiday toy drive.

Gilbert High School Marching band was invited to London by Winston Churchill’s great grandson. Read more here:

Yesterday the Phoenix Police confirmed that a ghost gun was used in the shooting at Cesar Chavez High School.

The Arizona Teacher Residency program is now accepting applications. To learn more and apply, visit below:

Students and staff at Chaparral Elementary School gathered during a superintendent meeting to discuss what makes their school stand out.

Washington Elementary School District is offering the first dose of vaccines to students in the 5-11 age range.

A retired FBI agent discusses how teachers can tell if a student is in need of help, before it is too late.

Laura Alvarez was named the West Region HERO for Chartwells.

Coyote Hills Junior High Orchestra performed today at Desert Ridge to spread some holiday cheer.

Arizona Department of Education team announced the farm fresh challenge. To learn more and participate, visit the link below:

Updated Nov. 30, 2021: A Buckeye teen is thankful for his friends’ quick thinking, help and the Stop the Bleed health training they received at school that they put into use to save his life.

It’s Giving Tuesday, when people share acts of kindness and support communities and causes they hold dear.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 1,269,780 statewide today, up from 1,266,809 yesterday, and 22,307 people have died from COVID-19 in Arizona since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 800,696 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 159,621 in Pima County80,703 in Pinal County42,742 in Yuma County36,025 in Mohave County32,544 in Yavapai County25,351 in Coconino County24,534 in Navajo County18,062 in Cochise County15,290 in Apache County9,838 in Santa Cruz County11,088 in Gila County8,501 in Graham County3,396 in La Paz County and 1,369 in Greenlee County.

See how to keep students learning about Native American history and perspectives throughout the school year, courtesy of One Day.

See how Mesa Public Schools’ Jefferson Elementary students are creating behavioral enrichments for the Phoenix Zoo’s orangutans.

If your student has difficulty counting, estimating or telling time, they might have a learning disorder, according to an articles in U.S. News & World Report.

Tucson Unified School District students learn the road to college and career starts in elementary school.

See what a Avondale Elementary School District graduate said about how his experience in National Junior Honor Society led to his career.

See how a Peoria Unified School District teacher encourages her students interest in science.

Arizona Teacher Residency announced three school district partners and that people interested in becoming teachers can now apply.

See what families can do to keep children and teens safe on social media and online in this webinar hosted by Tucson Police.

Find out more about what happened when a student was shot at a Phoenix high school yesterday.

Learn more about planning your financial future for your family and children with Arizona Council on Economic Education.

Tolleson Union High School District invites community members to support the Phoenix Suns at an upcoming game.

Updated Nov. 29, 2021: Two teens from the West Valley have collected over a thousand gently used books to donate to kids in the Welcome to America Project, which is an organization focused on welcoming refugees to Arizona, according to ABC 15 News.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 1,266,809 statewide today, up from 1,264,848 yesterday, and 22,230 people have died from COVID-19 in Arizona since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 798,982 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 159,242 in Pima County80,399 in Pinal County42,724 in Yuma County35,903 in Mohave County32,411 in Yavapai County25,300 in Coconino County24,449 in Navajo County18,016 in Cochise County15,266 in Apache County9,830 in Santa Cruz County11,048 in Gila County8,489 in Graham County3,390 in La Paz County and 1,360 in Greenlee County.

A report reveals the underfunding of rural schools in Arizona and the risk it puts students and their education at.

The Arizona Children’s Association is using a $200,000 grant it received recently to expand the children and family behavioral health services.

Student activist groups at ASU are calling for the expulsion of Kyle Rittenhouse, after he expressed interest in attending the university in-person.

Kari Lake, a candidate for Arizona Governor, is echoing the opinions of some in the state who are calling for cameras in school classrooms.

Dysart schools are able to provide free breakfast and lunch for all students through the 2021-2022 school year. To find out more details, read below:

A senior at Campo Verde High School is one of 375 students in the world who earned every possible point on her AP research exam.

Today, the Arizona Department of Education spotlights the tribal flag of the Yavapai-Apache Nation for Native American Heritage Month.

More than 100 Arizona classrooms quarantine over COVID-19 across 12 districts.

The November educator recruitment and retention newsletter from the Arizona Department of Education is now available:

Rio Rico High School is bringing back Taste4, a healthy eating and changing menu in their school cafeteria.

Updated Nov. 23, 2021: Just 46% of Arizona high school graduates go to college or trade school, and the Arizona Board of Regents is looking for ways to increase the number of Arizonans taking part in post-secondary education.

Arizona doctors and health care professionals today urged adults to get their COVID-19 vaccination booster shot if it’s been six months since their last shot, and encouraged partents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 to slow the spread of the disease, which is filling up hospital beds and straining health care workers and resources statewide.

If children get their first COVID-19 vaccine now, they could be fully vaccinated by the time they return to school in January after winter break, making in-person learning safer, doctors said.

Arizona Dept. of Health Services video: Dr. Richard Carmona and Hospital Medical Leaders on Nov. 23, 2021

Last week, 94% of all inpatient hospital beds and all hospital intensive care unit beds in Arizona were full. COVID-19 patients took up more than one-third of those ICU beds, a ratio that pushes hospitals to capacity and beyond. Unvaccinated people make up more than 80 percent of hospitalized patients and fatalities in Arizona. 

“We need your help,” said Dr. Richard Carmona, senior adviser to Gov. Doug Ducey on emergency health preparedness and a former U.S. Surgeon general, at the news conference today.

“The current circulating variant of COVID-19 is highly infectious and highly transmissable even if you’re fully vaccinated like myself and my colleagues,” said Dr. Keith Frey, chief medical officer of Dignity Health at the event. “We want to remind you of those mitigation or safety procedures that we’ve shared with you over the last 20 months, as we particularly this week gather as families and friends to enjoy this Thanksgiving season.”

“I know we’re all tired of this. It’s been a long haul. Wearing a mask, washing our hands, it’s out of our ordinary routine, but it is so important right now as we move into this next season where gatherings naturally occur that you follow our recommendations on wearing a mask whether you’re vaccinated or not, maintaining social distancing, great hand hygiene,” Dr. Frey said.

Dr. Frey also suggested that families consider gathering outdoors to enjoy their Thanksgiving feast with the great Arizona weather we’ll have this week.

He also reminded anyone with any symptoms of COVID-19 infections to avoid any holiday gatherings.

Parents and other adults who have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to speak with their doctor and get information from them, said Dr. Kara Geren, an emergency medicine specialist in Scottsdale.

“I have seen COVID-19 ravage families leaving children without parents and grandparents and putting children in the hospital for months; getting adults and children vaccinated against COVID-19 is our best path out of this pandemic,” Dr. Geren said.

As more people get vaccinated, the virus that causes COVID-19 has fewer hosts to infect and multiply in, which drastically reduces community transmission, but Arizona still has a long way to go to achieve this, said Dr. Cadey Harrel, a family physician in Tucson and the Arizona State Lead for the Committee to Protect Health Care.

“Vaccinating as many kids and adults now is how we can keep our schools open so children can learn in-person safely, without sudden closings that affect all families and disproportionately impact low-income, underserved families,” Dr. Harrel said.

“When schools suddenly close because of COVID-19, many parents aren’t afforded the luxury of time off or costly child care, and may not have access to the internet for remote learning,” Dr. Harrel said.

“Widespread vaccinations now can help make the holiday season a little safer and merrier for all Arizona families,” Dr. Harrel said. “The best gift we can give to our families is a holiday season they can enjoy without worrying whether they’ll get infected with a virus that has sickened 1.2 million Arizonans and is now the leading killer in our state.”

Confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 1,248,184 statewide today, up from 1,245,127 yesterday, and 22,062 people have died from COVID-19 in Arizona since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 787,377 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 156,373 in Pima County79,470 in Pinal County42,529 in Yuma County35,503 in Mohave County31,654 in Yavapai County25,010 in Coconino County24,022 in Navajo County17,589 in Cochise County15,087 in Apache County9,713 in Santa Cruz County10,816 in Gila County8,344 in Graham County3,359 in La Paz County and 1,338 in Greenlee County

See what Dysart Unified School District students and staff are thankful for this year.

As part of Native American Heritage Month, Salt River Schools is sharing students and staff members stories about how they celebrate being Indigenous.

Morenci High School students enjoyed a workshop and performance with Delirium Musicum.

Take a look at what students in Buckeye Elementary School District are doing.

Help a teenager keep warm by donating a hoodie to the Tempe Community Countil’s Threadz teen clothes closet.

See how students’ project based learning can institute change outside the classroom, courtesy of edutopia.

Take a look at five solutions educators tried during the pandemic that can be adapted and improved on to make learning more accessible, flexible and equitable. 

Education Week shares survey results that provide key insights from teachers, principals and school district leaders.

Scottsdale Community College if offering a self-paced wellness workshop.

West Ed shares what school principals think should happen next to address key staffing shortages

Washington Elementary School District in Phoenix is hosting a teacher interview Fair in early December.

Earlier coverage:

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