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Updated July 27, 2022: High inflation on gas and food hurts everyone’s wallets, but there are some things you can do to save money on back-to-school shopping.

See what your school requires.

See where there might be free school supplies in your area.

If you’d like to help students with school supplies, here’s an opportunity for you to help the Boys & Girls Club of the Valley with their virtual backpack drive.

See what students did to keep learning this summer.

Peoria Unified School District’s Liberty High School welcomes new freshman to campus before classes start.

Students return to Tolleson Elementary School District campuses on Monday.

Creighton School District’s new teacher training has begun.

See some of the safety measures in place in Kyrene School District.

Learn more about Hoop of Learning, a high school to college scholarship program to help American Indian youth through for credit college courses at South Mountain Community College.

Schools across the state saw more demand for more mental health counseling services during the COVID-19 pandemic, see what Cochise County is doing to meet that need.

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.

Learn more about how Phoenix Union High School is working with Arizona State University to make applying for college easier.

See how a Phoenix-based muralist and an Alhambra Elementary art teacher and encouraging students to paint together in public spaces.

Buckeye Elementary School District helps teachers with supplies for the classroom.

See what Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman is encouraging state Legislators and the Governor to do to ensure Arizona’s K-12 schools can use the money appropriated to them.

Alhambra Elementary School District celebrates and welcomes new teachers.

Prescott Unified School District rewards teachers and staff with salary increases.

Going back to school to develop skills for a higher-wage, higher-demand career? Take a look at the “Route to Relief” program at Maricopa Community Colleges.

Updated July 17, 2022: Students are going back to school in the next two weeks, but some students in schools with year-round schedules are already in the classroom with their teachers.

If your children are going to a new school this year, PBS Kids has some suggestions on how to ease their concerns.

Many students around the state are still taking part in summer learning and enrichment activities to keep their skills fresh and engagement in learning strong.

Chandler Unified School District thanked everyone who made their back to school drive a success.

Toltec Middle School’s gym will be an overnight shelter and cooling station for Eloy residents affected by the power outages after an APS tower collapsed during the monsoon storm last night.

Hear about Flagstaff Unified School District’s climate plan.

One teen has already been accepted to medical school.

Phoenix Union High School District encourages it students to show their school spirit and win the Spirit Stick challenge.

A Peoria High School student honored her Nana by dedicating her senior project to her.

A Centennial High School graduate returned to create an inspiring mural on campus.

Students are encouraged to use College Depot as a resource as they apply to college and search for financial aid.

The latest dashboard update shows confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona are 2,161,045 as of Wednesday, July 13, 2022, up 15,280 cases from last week, and 30,632 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 1,364,256 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 274,018 in Pima County140,061 in Pinal County64,074 in Yuma County60,807 in Mohave County, 51,708 in Yavapai County47,364 in Coconino County41,116 in Navajo County33,840 in Cochise County28,113 in Apache County18,183 in Gila County17,308 in Santa Cruz County12,399 in Graham County5,483 in La Paz County and 2,315 in Greenlee County.

See how students learn to read.

Gilbert Public Schools and Buckeye Elementary School District welcome new teachers to their classrooms.

See what students in East Valley Institute of Technology’s Emergency Medical Technician program are learning.

Columbine High School principal talked with lawmakers about student mental health.

Text 988 for 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week crisis and mental health support.

Queen Creek Unified shares some of the security upgrades they’ve got planned.

U.S. News & World Report offers these suggestions when applying for college.

If you’re looking to help students in your neighborhood check out the opportunities at your local school.

Arizona State University’s Dr. Michael Crow celebrates serving students and the university for the past 20 years.

Learn More about this Radio/ Audio production career training program for high school students.

Updated July 7, 2022: Queen Creek middle school students had some hands on learning this summer about careers in health care during Camp Scrubs hosted by Banner Ironwood Medical Center in partnership with J.O. Combs Middle School in San Tan Valley.

“It’s definitely changed my perspective on health care and what I want to do in health care,” said Ian Richardson to Queen Creek Independent. “I mentioned the nursing thing to my mom, and she said, ‘Yea! That’s my kid,’ because she wanted to do nursing too.”

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A J.O. Combs Middle School student gets a first-hand experience on how a CT scan machine works. Photo courtesy Banner Ironwood Medical Center

Students enjoy some learning activities during Tucson Unified School District’s Summer STEAM camp.

Advocates rallied yesterday to support Prop. 308, which would guarantee in-state tuition for any Arizona high school graduate, regardless of citizenship status.

Arizona State University students, faculty & staff took part in conversations, workshops, performances and a meal during Herberger Institute Day.

Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law legislation that would make all school age children in Arizona eligible for Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, also known as vouchers, which use public taxpayer dollars to pay for students’ private school tuition.

Save Our Schools Arizona launched a petition drive to stop voucher expansion on the 2024 ballot.

Find answers to your questions about paying for college and financial aid at College Depot.

See how Alhambra Elementary School District built its professional development plan around standards.

The latest dashboard update shows confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona are 2,145,765 as of Wednesday, July 6, 2022, up 20,198 cases from last week, and 30,572 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 1,355,204 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 272,138 in Pima County139,128 in Pinal County63,767 in Yuma County60,284 in Mohave County, 51,183 in Yavapai County46,865 in Coconino County40,629 in Navajo County33,589 in Cochise County27,698 in Apache County18,052 in Gila County17,178 in Santa Cruz County12,334 in Graham County5,430 in La Paz County and 2,286 in Greenlee County.

Avondale Elementary School District reminds you to be the I in kind.

Hear more about how one school district is recruiting teachers.

See how schools are helping students improve their mental health.

Looking for ways to help students and families in your community? Here’s are a few.

Kyrene Schools celebrates Rachel Polay for everything she does to make the AVID program for students at Aprende Middle School such a success.

Building a school schedule can be challenging. Here’s a resource to help.

See how Glendale Elementary School shows its appreciation to new staff members.

Looking to serve students and school staff? Check this out.

See how a Northern Arizona University professor is improving access to broadband internet access to help students and families in rural and remote areas of Arizona.

Earlier coverage


June 1 – June 30: Schools 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