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Daily Schools Update: How will children becoming eligible for COVID-19 vaccine change schools’ prevention measures?

Abia Judd Elementary Teacher Jeff Becher Greet Students By Nanci Hutson The Daily Courier

Updated Oct. 4, 2021 – How will school children becoming eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine change the conversation around ways to prevent the spread of the virus in Arizona schools and keep students and staff safe? The Arizona Republic asks in this article.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona  rose to 1,104,535 today from 1,102,422 yesterday and 20,137 deaths have been reported since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County, there are 701,787 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 136,445 in Pima County69,280 n Pinal County, 40,849 in Yuma County31,551 in Mohave County26,442 in Yavapai County21,616 in Coconino County19,904 in Navajo County14,519 in Cochise County, 13,181 in Apache County8,828 in Santa Cruz County9,067 in Gila County7,044 in Graham County, 3,042 in La Paz County and 980 in Greenlee County.

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


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That means those and other unrelated provisions included in the budget bills do not go into effect today.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona rose to 1,090,839 today from    1,087,451 yesterday and 19,959 deaths have been reported since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County, there are 692,629 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 134,906 in Pima County, 68,584 in Pinal County, 40,636 in Yuma County, 31,131 in Mohave County, 26,036 in Yavapai County, 21,291 in Coconino County, 19,648 in Navajo County, 14,231 in Cochise County, 13,087 in Apache County, 8,774 in Santa Cruz County, 8,984 in Gila County, 6,952 in Graham County, 3,003 in La Paz County and 947 in Greenlee County.

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“We’re turning in hundreds of thousands of signatures,” said Beth Lewis, executive director of Save Our Schools Arizona, one of the pro-public education groups hoping to block the tax cuts in an interview with KJZZ 91.5 FM. “And I’m confident that we’re going to turn back the attacks on Prop. 208 and keep $1 billion in our classrooms every single year.”

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,” said Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper in her ruling dated Sept. 22, 2021 that was released yesterday.

Dr. Richard Carmona, former U.S. Surgeon General and a state public health emergency preparedness advisor, says masking is an important way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but debating mask mandates does not benefit the public, in a KJZZ 91.5 FM story.

Meanwhile, Gov. Doug Ducey has said he will challenge Judge Cooper’s ruling.

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona rose to 1,087,451 today from   1,086,328 yesterday and 19,920 deaths have been reported since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County, there are 690,451 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 134,558 in Pima County, 68,366 in Pinal County, 40,577 in Yuma County, 31,040 in Mohave County, 25,894 in Yavapai County, 21,192 in Coconino County, 19,582 in Navajo County, 14,167 in Cochise County, 13,041 in Apache County, 8,769 in Santa Cruz County, 8,951 in Gila County, 6,949 in Graham County, 2,973 in La Paz County and 941 in Greenlee County.

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Earlier coverage:

Sept. 14 – Sept. 27, 2021: Daily 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