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Daily schools update: Learn more about a large school district’s focus on safety & students’ mental health

Phoenix Union High School District Students Wear Masks While On Campus. Photo Courtesy Phoenix Union High School District

Updated Aug. 15, 2022: Find out more about Phoenix Union High School District’s new safety division and it’s focus on lockdowns and preventing school shootings as well as supporting mental health and well being for students.

Peoria Unified School District welcomes back a student who has now become a teacher in the district.

See how Arizona celebrated Navajo Code Talker Day on Sunday.

Arizona State University is projecting a record 140,000 students enrolled for the Fall semester.

The latest dashboard update shows confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona are 2,224,964 as of Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, up 13,501 cases from last week, and 30,901 in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 1,399,709 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 283,188 Pima County144,191 Pinal County66,610 in Yuma County62,861 in Mohave County, 53,610 in Yavapai County48,679 in Coconino County42,901 in Navajo County35,115 in Cochise County29,781 in Apache County19,191 in Gila County18,036 in Santa Cruz County13,005 in Graham County5,669 in La Paz County and 2,418 in Greenlee County.

Avondale Elementary students enjoy a healthy breakfast to help them get ready to learn.

See how things are changing for students, courtesy of edutopia.

See some solutions teens from Arizona YMCAs came up with to help the homeless in the City of Chandler.

Public school advocates led by Save Our Schools Arizona is seeking to have voters decide on their ballot whether a universal school voucher expansion passed by Arizona Legislators this session should stand. Voters rejected the last ESA expansion 2 to 1.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman visited students and staff at two Tucson Unified School District elementary schools.

Tempe Elementary School District seeks to hire electricians, custodians, HVAC techs, groundskeepers, and more.

Chandler Unified’s Hamilton High is determining it’s response to an AIA ruling putting the school on probation and making the football team ineligible for postseason competition.

See why meaningful learning opportunities are key for English Learners and multilingual students academic growth, courtesy of WestEd.

Flagstaff Unified School District thanked Desert Financial Credit Union and AZTV Channel 7 for their generous donation of backpacks and school supplies to Marshall Magnet Elementary students.

Updated Aug. 3, 2022: Schools across Arizona welcomed students back to the classroom today to start the new school year.

Glendale Elementary School District’s Welcome Back event energized teachers and staff before students returned to campus.

Temporary fixes to boost the number of school counselors to students throughout the state may disappear when funding ends the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting’s Maria Polletta reports.

See what University of Arizona students and faculty found and how it will help fellow astronomers.

Inflation is leading many families to carefully choose which back-to-school items their students need.

Cave Creek Unified School District honors a student for her achievements.

Teachers and staff at Chino Valley Unified and Prescott Unified School districts kicked off the new school year with a reminder that positive relationships and support for students boosts a sense of community and academic engagement.

The latest dashboard update shows confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona are 2,211,463 as of Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, up 15,034 cases from last week, and 30,842 in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 1,392,047 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 281,185 Pima County143,145 Pinal County66,214 in Yuma County62,485 Mohave County, 53,247 in Yavapai County48,448 in Coconino County42,559 in Navajo County34,895 in Cochise County29,488 in Apache County18,943 in Gila County17,909 in Santa Cruz County12,876 in Graham County5,630 in La Paz County and 2,392 in Greenlee County.

Chandler Unified students develop their design and engineering skills.

Prescott High School has partnered with Yavapai College to develop an early college program for students.

Looking for a way to help student? Kyrene is hiring counselors, speech language pathologists and psychologists.

Arizona Department of Education congratulates school district for serving students farm fresh local foods.

Cartwright School District welcomed staff back with an inspirational keynote speaker.

See how University of Arizona’s New Start program helps freshmen adjust to college life.

Sign up now for Poston Butte High School’s blood drive on August 18th.

Updated Aug. 1, 2022: Families who need help getting their students clothes for back to school, should look into the Assistance League of PhoenixOperation School Bell, which helps students with clothing, shoes and hygiene items.

It’s primary elections day tomorrow Tuesday, Aug. 2. So vote or bring your filled-in early ballot to a voting center or drop box.

As students go back to school, here’s a helpful guide to keep safe as they walk around their neighborhood.

Learn more about a Navajo Code Talker who passed away this weekend and how critically important they were in World War II.

It’s meet the teacher night at Deer Valley Unified School District.

Pendergast Elementary School district encourages families to make student attendance at school a priority.

See what students did to keep learning this summer.

The latest dashboard update shows confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona are 2,196,429 as of Wednesday, July 27, 2022, up 17,249 cases from last week, and 30,768 in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 1,383,292 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 279,033 Pima County142,228 Pinal County65,768 in Yuma County61,998 Mohave County, 52,857 in Yavapai County48,160 in Coconino County42,174 in Navajo County34,557 in Cochise County29,107 in Apache County18,603 in Gila County17,720 in Santa Cruz County12,672 in Graham County5,586 in La Paz County and 2,374 in Greenlee County.

See how you can help your child get ready for classes this week.

See why teachers of color are so important for students.

See how students can prepare for careers in the sports industry.

See how teachers are preparing for the school year that starts this week.

See why being able to regulate their emotions is so important for students’ success.

Earlier coverage


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