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Daily schools update: Mesa Mother Relieved to get her Young Child Vaccinated


A Mesa Public Schools Nurse Checks A Students Temperature. Photo Courtesy Tim Hacker/ Mesa Public Schools

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Updated Nov. 8, 2021: Mesa mother Jenea Phillips took her 8-year-old daughter to receive her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine last week, after it was approved by the FDA for children ages 5-11. The ability to have their younger child vaccinated brought a wave of relief to the family, KTAR reports.

Arizona has had 1,192,365 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported statewide, up from 1,189,708 reported yesterday, and 21,409 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Arizona since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County, there are 754,747 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 147,945 in Pima County75,293 in Pinal County41,958 in Yuma County34,108 in Mohave County29,374 in Yavapai County23,774 in Coconino County22,346 in Navajo County16,534 in Cochise County14,573 in Apache County9,270 in Santa Cruz County10,108 in Gila County7,879 in Graham County3,253 in La Paz County and 1,203 in Greenlee County.

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Maricopa County Community Colleges announces the development of their first baccalaureate degrees.

Biden looks to local schools to help deliver the vaccine to children ages 5-11.

Arizona is currently second in the nation for rural poverty rates.

This week is National School Psychology week. Learn more about what psychologists offer to schools here:

A for Arizona announced an Arizona Transportation Modernization grant available to K-12 schools in Arizona today.

Governor Doug Ducey is defying federal demands to stop using education grants solely towards schools without mask mandates.

Arizona advocates failed to get enough valid signatures to get a referendum on the ballot to increase taxes to help fund public education.

Arizona State University celebrates first generation college students today.

The Arizona Department of Education highlights another Tribal flag for Native American Heritage Month.

Updated Nov. 2, 2021: The Arizona Supreme Court today upheld a lower court ruling that the ban on school mask mandates that Arizona Legislators included in the state budget bills and that Gov. Ducey signed into law violated the Arizona Constitution.

While the Arizona Supreme Court’s order issued this afternoon said it “does not adopt the trial court’s reasoning in it’s entirety,” it unanimously affirmed the lower court’s decision.

In response to the ruling, Phoenix Union High School District, which was the first district to require masks on campus for all students, staff and visitors because of high numbers of COVID-19 cases in their communities, said it was grateful for the Arizona Supreme Court’s ruling this afternoon and that the safety of students, staff and their families will remain a priority.

The Arizona Supreme Court’s decision upheld a ruling by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper on Sept. 22, 2021 that The laws prohibiting school mask mandates and teaching of controversial subjects were found to violate the title and subject matter requirements of the Arizona Constitution and “are therefore void and unenforceable.”

Judge Cooper’s ruling let K-12 public schools continue to require students, staff and visitors to wear face masks while on campus to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the communities they serve.

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Arizona education and children’s advocates, including Arizona School Boards Association, Save our Schools Arizona, Arizona Education Association, Children’s Action Alliance and more, filed a lawsuit against the state on the laws prohibiting school mask mandates and teaching controversial topics that the Arizona Legislature included in the budget bills and Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law this summer.

Arizona School Boards Association said in a media release that it was pleased with the Arizona Supreme Court ruling today.

The ruling “allows school boards to continue to exercise local decision making, based on local conditions,  in determining whether to have a mask requirement in their schools,” said Dr. Sheila Harrison-Williams, executive director of ASBA.

“The ruling indicated it was illegal for lawmakers to pack legislative changes into a handful of budget bills. ASBA believes this ruling will force the Legislature in engaging in honest budget making for the good of the state, free of legislative logrolling (the practice of exchanging favors) that results in bad public policy that does not have majority public support,”  ASBA said in a media release.

ASBA is part of a coalition of education and children’s advocacy organizations, as well as many impacted individuals, who challenged the anti-mask mandate law.  

“ASBA joined this lawsuit because this case is about local school boards being able to make the best choice for their students, staff and community,” Dr. Harrison-Williams said. “ASBA is your association, and we will continue to advocate for our member districts to have the opportunity to make the best choices for their communities.” 

Soon after the Arizona Supreme Court decision was announced, Arizona House Democrats released a statement with House Democratic Leader Reginald Bolding calling the ruling “a huge win for Arizona students and voters.”

Save Our Schools Arizona said in a release that “This decision means that public schools across the state will continue to be able to enact mask mandates, allowing them to protect students, staff and families from COVID-19 outbreaks. In light of this decision, we encourage more Arizona schools to follow CDC and AZDHS guidance by mandating masking.”

Arizona Education Association released a statement in response to the Arizona Supreme Court’s ruling.

In it, AEA President Joe Thomas said, “Today’s Arizona Supreme Court ruling is a victory for our students, educators, and parents. This ruling puts the power of local control and decision making back in the hands of our communities. Now, our elected school boards can make decisions based on local conditions in determining whether to have a mask requirement to keep their students and school staff safe.”

Marisol Garcia, vice president of Arizona Education Association, had this to say upon hearing about the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision.

Sen. Martin Quezada, who also serves on the Pendergast Elementary School District governing board, also shared his thoughts on the ruling.

Arizona has had 1,173,340 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported statewide, up from 1,170,990 reported yesterday, and 21,149 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Arizona since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County, there are 743,175 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 145,218 in Pima County74,286 in Pinal County41,707 in Yuma County33,677 in Mohave County28,709 in Yavapai County23,420 in Coconino County21,745 in Navajo County16,002 in Cochise County14,358 in Apache County9,118 in Santa Cruz County9,849 in Gila County7,714 in Graham County3,218 in La Paz County and 1,144 in Greenlee County.

Updated Oct. 29, 2021: Chaparral High School‘s parent teacher organization brought in an attorney from a local law firm to talk with parents and let them know that they can be held responsible for their teen’s choices and actions and to help them talk to their teens about the risks of challenges posted on social media and the school discipline and legal charges students and their parents can face as a result.

Arizona has had 1,163,217 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported statewide, up from 1,159,526 reported yesterday, and 21,096 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Arizona since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County, there are 733,316 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 142,863 in Pima County73,073 in Pinal County41,466 in Yuma County33,222 in Mohave County28,115 in Yavapai County23,026 in Coconino County21,284 in Navajo County15,673 in Cochise County14,145 in Apache County9,022 in Santa Cruz County9,693 in Gila County7,560 in Graham County3,174 in La Paz County and 1,099 in Greenlee County.

Yet some schools, like Antelope Union High School in Yuma Union High School District and Prescott Unified‘s Mile High Middle School, are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks right now.

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U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton reminds students today is the last day to apply for a nomination to the nation’s military academies.

Gilbert Public Schools honors Gilbert High School for renewing its Cognia accreditation and certification.

Updated Oct. 27, 2021: A Scottsdale Unified School District bus driver thanked students who saved her when she had a medical emergency behind the wheel, azfamily reports.

As of today, 1,156,731 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Arizona, up from 1,150,432 reported yesterday and there have been 21,044 deaths from COVID-19 reported since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County, there are 733,316 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 142,863 in Pima County73,073 in Pinal County41,466 in Yuma County33,222 in Mohave County28,115 in Yavapai County23,026 in Coconino County21,284 in Navajo County15,673 in Cochise County14,145 in Apache County9,022 in Santa Cruz County9,693 in Gila County7,560 in Graham County3,174 in La Paz County and 1,099 in Greenlee County.

Sundown Mountain Town Hall students hosted a blood drive to benefit the community,

If you’re interested in becoming a child care professional, Arizona First Things First is offering free online early childhood training courses.

Early childhood learning is in crisis after not receiving many of the same benefits that K-12 schools did during the pandemic, learn more in this The Hechinger Report article.

Avondale Elementary School District thanks community members for helping schools and students during Love Our School Day.

Here’s how one school district celebrates the holiday this weekend.

See what Mesa Public Schools teachers are including in their classroom work with students.

See how to build culturally affirming practices and spaces at your school and district with this WestEd webinar happening now.

See how Yuma Elementary School District 1 students ensure their campus is clean and safe.

Take part in Scottsdale Community College’s talking circle focusing on resiliency this week.

See how Peoria Unified School District is partnering with the Arizona Council of Economic Education to provide financial and economic literacy for students and professional development for all their K-12 teachers at no cost.

See how to find, earn and maintain college scholarships from ASU students.

Flagstaff Unified School District students and Northern Arizona University basketball players read stories together and have a Q & A session.

See how to help students safety and well-being during crisis preparation and drills.

Marana Unified students visit Central Arizona College during a Welding Demo and Outreach Day.

Earlier coverage:

Oct. 12- Oct. 25, 2021: Daily 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