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Daily schools update: Supply chain issues cause problems for Arizona school cafeterias

First Grade Students At Coyote Springs Elementary School Get Their Hot Lunch In The School's Cafeteria On Tuesday, May 9 In Prescott Valley. Photo Courtesy Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier

Updated Oct. 25, 2021: Supply chain issues and shortages have caused problems in Arizona school cafeterias, from shortages of products to price increases. Read more from KTAR here:

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona are at 1,149,982 today and 20,861 deaths have been reported since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County, there are 729,320 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 141,870 in Pima County72,572 in Pinal County, 41,379 in Yuma County33,000 in Mohave County27,903 in Yavapai County22,775 in Coconino County21,173 in Navajo County15,555 in Cochise County, 14,073 in Apache County8,994 in Santa Cruz County9,620 in Gila County7,512 in Graham County, 3,152 in La Paz County and 1,083 in Greenlee County.

The Arizona Department of Education partnered with NAU and AZK12 to create the first of its kind Arizona Teacher Residency Program. Read more below

Dysart Unified School District will be hosting a college and career expo this Thursday for students in grades 5-11.

Students from the Cartwright District attended a workshop about computer information systems at ASU this weekend.

Firefighters visited preschoolers at Mountain View Little Lions Preschool to teach them about safety.

ASU’s DOwntown Phoenix Campus had to close down their rooftop pool due to potential risk of failure. Read more here:

Peoria Unified School District is hosting a career and development night to show students about their career preparatory classes tonight.

Arizona Universities have managed to keep COVID under control on campuses so far.

Higley Unified School District is hiring for bus drivers part time and full time. Learn more about openings here:

A new GCU program aims to give experiences to students with developmental disabilities.

PAGE Unified School District’s Superintended resigned late last night.

Updated Oct. 20, 2021: Despite the ruling saying that mask mandates may be implemented by schools, many Phoenix metro schools choose to keep masks optional, as reported by AZ Central.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona are at 1,139,627 today and 20,721 deaths have been reported since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County, there are 723,410 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 140,522 in Pima County72,009 in Pinal County, 41,254 in Yuma County32,722 in Mohave County27,575 in Yavapai County22,508 in Coconino County20,743in Navajo County15,328 in Cochise County, 13,600 in Apache County8,935 in Santa Cruz County9,447 in Gila County7,388 in Graham County, 3,126 in La Paz County and 1,060in Greenlee County.

Free Arts Arizona explores how art can be used as a therapy for those children who have been abused or neglected.

Local rotary clubs donated dictionaries to third graders across the Chandler Unified schools.

ASU Alumna is working towards becoming a an amateur race car driver

Glendale Community College is hosting a drive through food bank for those in need in the community. Read more here:

Learn more about your digital footprint from Peoria Unified School District during internet safety week:

Doug Ducey met with county superintendents today to discuss the issues in Arizona public schools.

Yuma Union High School District and ASU have partnered together to create a Special Education Parent Academy.

Arizona Department of Education shares information about why it is important to vaccinate younger kids:

Littleton Elementary School District 65 wore orange today in support of unity day and bullying prevention.

Updated Oct. 18, 2021: After returning to in person instruction this year, Latino students were disproportionately affected by online learning and have a bigger education gap, according to AZ Central.

The Arizona Department of Health Dashboard for COVID cases and deaths in Arizona is currently down for scheduled updates. It will return with data from the past three days tomorrow.

420,000 homeless students went missing from school’s rolls following the pandemic.

Friends Place, a community bookstore, helps to support Gilbert Public Schools

Junior Achievement and Pipeline Arizona have partnered together to help students be more career ready and understand the opportunities available to them.

Learn more about microschools and how they aim to personalize learning.

A webinar will be hosted this week by experts from the EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools to discuss ventilations and COVID in schools. To learn more and sign up, click here

Some voters in Pima County may have received multiple ballots as Tuscon and Vail Unified School Districts proceed with their elections. Here’s why:

Learn more about the teacher shortage in Arizona and why it has been difficult to recruit and retain teachers here:

Nancy Parra-Quinlan was named the Arizona teacher of the year

Early reading instruction and literacy has become a priority after pandemic related education disruptions

State Representative Jennifer Pawlik will be hosting a panel this week about protecting state and local public education in Arizona. Learn more here:

Updated Oct. 15, 2021: University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University will be requiring most of their staff, including student workers, to be vaccinated by December 8th, KTAR reported.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona  rose to 1,129,494 today from 1,127,095 yesterday and 20,491 deaths have been reported since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County, there are 717,366 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 139,324 in Pima County71,224 in Pinal County, 41,147 in Yuma County32,406 in Mohave County27,209 in Yavapai County22,208 in Coconino County20,447 in Navajo County15,120 in Cochise County, 13,462 in Apache County8,902 in Santa Cruz County9,297 in Gila County7,254 in Graham County, 3,099 in La Paz County and 1,029 in Greenlee County.

Updated Oct. 13, 2021: K-12 public schools and community colleges in Arizona saw drops in enrollment during the pandemic, but are starting to see recovery this year, KJZZ 91.5 FM reported.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona  rose to 1,124,709 today from 1,122,390 yesterday and 20,447 deaths have been reported since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County, there are 714,404 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 138,833 in Pima County70,897 in Pinal County, 41,100 in Yuma County32,242 in Mohave County27,020 in Yavapai County22.054 in Coconino County20,344 in Navajo County15,010 in Cochise County, 13,353 in Apache County8,883 in Santa Cruz County9,266 in Gila County7,197 in Graham County, 3,083 in La Paz County and 1,023 in Greenlee County.

Roosevelt School District is celebrating their principals during National Principal Month.

Next week, Project Humanities at ASU will be hosting an interactive presentation on Racial Representation. Learn more about the event here.

J.O. Combs Unified School District celebrates their students of the month.

A Cartwright student and his REACH teachers were honored at their board meeting last night. See more here.

Maricopa School Districts have asked voters to approve funding in an all mail-in ballot. Learn more here

ADOT is helping to lay conduit near Flagstaff in an effort to provide rural communities with affordable, high-speed internet.

Pima JTED celebrates the opening of the Innovative learning center at the Bridges in Tucson.

Sunnyside Unified School District is working with U of A to include more diversity and community members in classes. Learn more here.

PepsiCo is offering scholarships to Black and Hispanic students who are pursuing degrees in Information Technology, Cybersecurity, or Advanced Manufacturing. Learn more and apply here.

Project based education can be beneficial to students in many ways. Learn how here.

Arizona Dept. of Health Services Interactive Graphic: (Hover over counties and boxes for more info)


Arizona Education experts grow concerned about Latino student performance on key education benchmarks.

Elementary aged school children can greatly benefit from after school activities.

The East Valley Institute of Technology celebrates 30 years of educating students today. See what they have accomplished since opening their doors.

Arizona continues to have a shortage of teachers in the classroom.

J.O. Combs Unified School District plans to honor their custodial staff at their school board meeting tonight to honor National Custodial Day.

Dysart High School Coach arrested after allegations of sexual misconduct.

This Saturday, ASU will be hosting movies on the field with a night market of local vendors. Find out more and register here:

Washington Elementary School District had volunteers clean their school grounds to celebrate Love our Schools Day this year.

Littleton Elementary School District bus drivers wore pink today in celebration of breast cancer awareness month.

Updated Oct. 12, 2021: National supply chain delays and issues are having an impact on what Arizona schools are able to serve to students and changing up pre-planned breakfast and lunch menus, reports KJZZ 91.5 FM.

The number of Latino students in Arizona schools has grown through the years, but their academic achievement “has also been subpar over time,” said Dr. David Garcia, associate professor with the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University in an interview with KTAR News 92.3 FM.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona  rose to 1,122,390 today from 1,120,361 yesterday and 20,453 deaths have been reported since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County, there are 712,879 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 138,627 in Pima County70,743 in Pinal County, 41,086 in Yuma County32,152 in Mohave County26,967 in Yavapai County22.027 in Coconino County20,282 in Navajo County14,925 in Cochise County, 13,332 in Apache County8,879 in Santa Cruz County9,224 in Gila County7,175 in Graham County, 3,075 in La Paz County and 1,017 in Greenlee County.

Arizona Dept. of Health Services Interactive Graphic: (Hover over counties and boxes for more info)


Interested in career and technical education opportunities available in high school? Pima JTED has a few more spots left for their Fall Career Exploration Experience for eighth-graders and high school freshmen.

See how East Valley Institute of Technology helped one student launch a career she loves.

See below for resources for starting a spelling bee program at your school, courtesy of Education Week.

Looking for what to do after high school? Check out the Mesa Public Schools College and Career Fair.

Hear what Tempe Elementary School District students look forward to during Fall in Arizona.

Take a look at all that Phoenix Union High School District schools offer for students at the PXU Expo.

Would you like to become a teacher?Tthen take a look at becoming a teacher in residence through Rio Salado’s online program.

Earlier coverage:

Sept. 27 – Oct. 11, 2021: Daily 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