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Watch it now: Dr. Christ asks people to avoid holiday gatherings with people they do not live with

Arizona Dept. Of Health Services Dr. Cara Christ Speaks As Gov. Doug Ducey Looks On At A News Conference On Dec. 16, 2020. Photo Courtesy Office Of The Arizona Governor

Updated Dec. 16: Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ asked people to avoid gathering for the holidays with people they do not live with, and Gov. Doug Ducey asked people to keep their holiday gatherings small and outdoors if possible at a news conference updating Arizonans on efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 at 2 p.m. today.

“We continue to remain concerned about the metrics we see regarding COVID-19 transmission throughout the state,” said Dr. Christ. “That includes cases, percent positivity and COVID-19 patients in our ICU and inpatient beds.”

Last week the percent positivity was 18 percent and this week we are trending higher, Dr. Christ said.

“We are asking everyone to avoid gatherings with people you do not live with especially for the holidays,” Dr. Christ said.

Dr. Christ asked Arizonans to wear a mask anytime they are with other people that you do not live with, to reduce the size of gatherings and stay physically distanced from those who you do not live with and wash your hands frequently.

“We share eveyone’s excitement with the COVID-19 vaccine now in the state, but we still have a long way to go before everyone is vaccinated.” Dr. Christ said. “So until then it’s critical that each of us takes steps that are proven to reduce the spread and protect our most vulnerable.”

“This Monday the first shipment of the COVID vaccine arrived in Maricopa County,” said Gov. Doug Ducey. “This is an historic achievement and I can’t emphasize this enough. In less than nine months, we developed a safe and effective vaccine for a virus that has upended our way of life.”

“This monumental effort is the direct result of the hard work of many,” Gov. Ducey said. “I want to recognize all the scientists and public health leaders, health care workers, front-line workers and trial participants here in Arizona and across the country.”

Gov. Ducey announced the names of health care workers and first responders in Arizona who soon would be receiving some of the first doses of the the COVID-19 vaccine in Arizona.

“These men and women are in addition to a World War II veteran, healthcare workers at the Phoenix Veterans Administration and Tucson Medical Center, members of the Navajo Nation, and others who received the vaccine yesterday,” Gov. Ducey said.

“For the first time this year, there is light at then end of the tunnel,” Gov. Ducey said. “But I can’t overemphasize this enough. The fight against this pandemic is not over. Far from it.”

“I need Arizonans to continue to do their part in slowing the spread of this virus,” Gov. Ducey said. “This means, of course, following public health guidelines. Wearing a mask, washing your hands, physically distancing yourself and limit your time with the most vulnerable. And today we have another ask, to please get the vaccine when it is available to you.”

“Public health experts can’t overstate the importance of this,” Gov. Ducey said. “I cannot overstate the importance of this. We need Arizonans to step up and get the vaccine if we want to stop the spread of this virus. It’s our best shot at returning to normalcy.”

Hospitals have been working hard to deploy vaccine sites as soon as possible, Gov. Ducey said.

Vaccine sites will be opening up tomorrow in North Phoenix and Pima County to administer vaccines to nursing home residents before the end of the month, and in less than a week, vaccine sites in every county In Arizona will be opening, Gov. Ducey said.

“In the short term, we still have challenges to overcome right in front of us,” Gov. Ducey said. “Right now, our hospitals and our state are under considerable pressure. We know they are being pushed to their limits.”

Gov Ducey announced $15 million in additional funding would be distributed today to the Arizona Dept. of Health Services for public health emergency needs.

Gov. Ducey said we want to make sure that people are connecting with their families during the holiday season, “and the most important thing is that we do it in a safe way.”

“We have to keep our guard up, we have to remain vigilant at this time, so please limit the size of the gatherings, celebrate outdoors in any instance which you can, and I’d add, please connect virtually,” Gov. Ducey said.

“Likely, the challenge we’re facing right now is a result of those gatherings several weeks ago. That’s why I’m talking about Christmastime and the holidays and being as responsible as possible,” Gov. Ducey said.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 429,219 today from 424,382 yesterday, and 7,530 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 266,196 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 54,957 in Pima County, 23,447 in Yuma County, 22,597 in Pinal County, 9,980 in Navajo County, 9,451 in Coconino County, 9,012 in Mohave County, 6,622 in Apache County, 8,489 in Yavapai County, 5,097 in Santa Cruz County, 5,494 in Cochise County, 3,761 in Gila County, 2,673 in Graham County, 1,102 in La Paz County and 341 in Greenlee County.

Interactive Graphic: (Hover over counties and boxes for more info)


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See how much time was spent last week on home-based learning for students with National Center for Education Statistics.

Paradise Valley Unified students’ artwork will be included in the 2021 Economic Concepts Calendar published by the Arizona Council of Economic Education.

Two teens help protect health care workers by creating fashionable masks, 12 News reports.

Cave Creek Unified School District celebrates Sonoran Trails Middle School Cheer.

The innovative efforts schools and teachers have used since the COVID-19 pandemic support delivering better public education, says Emily Anne Gullickson, founder and CEO of A for Arizona and a former middle school teacher.

Updated Dec. 15: The reasons students may fall behind in their online classes are many, but interventions to help have a long way to go, Arizona Daily Star reports.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 424,382 today from 420,248 yesterday, and 7,422 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 263,191 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 54,246 in Pima County, 23,206 in Yuma County, 22,394 in Pinal County, 9,788 in Navajo County, 9,911 in Coconino County, 8,857 in Mohave County, 6,580 in Apache County, 8,321 in Yavapai County, 5,028 in Santa Cruz County, 5,387 in Cochise County, 3,733 in Gila County, 2,665 in Graham County, 1,096 in La Paz County and 338 in Greenlee County.

Students at the East Valley Institute of Technology learn how to manage their daily commitments early to fit their career training into their school day.

A lesson from iCivics helps students learn about the powers granted in the Bill of Rights.

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Dysart Unified School District thanked the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Surprise for donating more than 1,700 books to students.

A Broken Pipeline provides ideas to encourage more diversity in teacher training programs.

Looking for in-state tuition at an out of state college? Check out these regional exchange programs, U.S. News & World Report says.

Valley of the Sun United Way provided laptops for Tolleson Elementary School District parents who participated in Parent Education so they can keep learning.

Learn more about students’ responses on digital assessments courtesy of National Center for Education Statistics.

Updated Dec. 14: Educators are in the priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccine, which arrived in Arizona today and will become available for Arizona health care professionals and long-term care home residents this week.

Here’s what EdSurge says educators need to know about the vaccine.

ABC 15 Arizona will hold a town hall tomorrow about the COVID-19 vaccine and asks you to send in your questions now.

The Arizona Republic is updating their vaccine frequently asked questions as well.

Maricopa County Dept. of Public Health shared this guide as to how the vaccine will be prioritized.

Gov. Doug Ducey reminded Arizonans that they need to continue to wear masks, stay socially distant and stay home if they’re not feeling well as the COVID-19 vaccine is distributed throughout the state.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 420,248 today from 408,442 yesterday, and 7,358 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 260,661 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 53,448 in Pima County, 23,513 in Yuma County, 22,088 in Pinal County, 9,788 in Navajo County, 9,284 in Coconino County, 8,681 in Mohave County, 6,550 in Apache County, 8,171 in Yavapai County, 4,972 in Santa Cruz County, 5,279in Cochise County, 3,725 in Gila County, 2,655 in Graham County, 1,091 in La Paz County and 331 in Greenlee County.

Avondale Elementary School District‘s Desert Star School celebrates another student with a reading award.

After a student teacher’s graduation was cancelled, Desert Valley Elementary held one of their own.

Here’s what educators can do to help students make up their mathematics learning that has taken a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, Education Week says.

Achieve60 AZ shares how students with disabilities have been affected by remote learning. Check it out below.

Rover Elementary and Fees College Prep students received holiday gifts from The Lakes Women’s Club today.

Here is some information teachers can share with their students about how members of the Electoral College are picked and what they do today when they’re casting their votes for president, courtesy of National Public Radio.

It’s been eight years since 20 students and six school staff member lost their lives in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Learn what you need to become an interpreter for the Deaf community at Coconino Community College‘s American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies program.

Arizona State University celebrates Outstanding Undergraduate Online Student Janay Kingsberry, who has 10 year’s experience as a journalist and works for Politico.

Dutch Bros. employees create cards for students who receive Valley of the Sun Pantry Packs.

Find info on all education topics at the National Center for Education Statistics, including resources about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The holidays are a good time to spark your children’s creativity and have them use their imaginations, PBS Kids says and provides some resources to start with.

Mesa Public Schools lets student sand families know that COX will be doing work in the area tomorrow, and if they experience interruptions or can’t log in for remote learning to let their teachers or schools know.

Young people with cerebral palsy are learning to walk more confidently and safely thanks to collaborative research between Arizona’s universities and Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

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Arizona State University President Dr. Michael Crow celebrates graduates today.

Updated Dec. 11: More than 300 Chandler Unified School District teachers called in sick today to request a return to virtual learning after they said in a letter to the district that they returned to in-person learning with the understanding that they’d return to virtual learning if ONE metric was in the substantial spread category and that they wouldn’t have to teach in-person and online at the same time.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>In Chandler Unified today, 349 teachers have called in sick, compared with 244 last Friday – so that&#39;s 105 more teachers than the typical (COVID) Friday</p>&mdash; Lily Altavena🌵 (@lilyalta) <a href=””>December 11, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”” charset=”utf-8″></script>

Sahuarita Unified‘s Walden Grove High School is mourning the loss of a beloved campus monitor from COVID-19, ABC 15 Arizona reports.

Phoenix Union High School District plans to continue online learning through January and will consider possibly returning in February, KTAR News 92.3 FM reports.

Schools and public health officials are weighing whether to require staff and/or students to get the COVID-19 vaccine, says a U.S. News & World Report article.

Arizona Department of Health Services Dr. Cara Christ tells 12 News that Arizona received an update on the state’s allocation of the first COVID-19 vaccine doses that will arrive next week.

Watch what Dr. Christ has to say about the COVID-19 vaccine during a virtual information session today.

Pima County health officials in a letter to the community asked residents to stay home and wear a mask with emergency departments and hospitals full.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 394,512 today from 387,529 yesterday, and 7.245 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 245,671 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 49,637 in Pima County, 21,493 in Yuma County, 20,500 in Pinal County, 9,417 in Navajo County, 8,841 in Coconino County, 8,159 in Mohave County, 6,272 in Apache County, 7,433 in Yavapai County, 4,758 in Santa Cruz County, 4,925 in Cochise County, 3,532 in Gila County, 2,509 in Graham County, 1,053 in La Paz County and 312 in Greenlee County.

The Department of Homeland Security will begin to accept new applications for the DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, after a New York federal court ruling last week, KJZZ News 91.5 FM reports.

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First Things First honors Maria Villalobos for creating a free educational information and resource fair to help local families.

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“Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1,” created by by Native American artists and writers, hopes to help readers learn about Indigenous heroes, reports Cronkite News.

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Arizona State University‘s Sylvia Symonds sees herself reflected in the students affected by her work to build access to higher education for low-income and first-generation college students.

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Updated Dec. 10: Tucson Unified School District will continue online and distance learning in January while Sunnyside Unified School District plans to return to hybrid learning on January 19, as both districts experience staffing issues because so many employees are in quarantine for COVID-19.

Maricopa County Public Health Department reminds residents their actions make a difference as it releases the schools COVID-19 dashboard update today.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 387,529 today from 382.601 yesterday, and 7.154 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 241,880 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 48,436 in Pima County, 21,100 in Yuma County, 19,941 in Pinal County, 9,313 in Navajo County, 8,680 in Coconino County, 7,981 in Mohave County, 6,182 in Apache County, 7,250 in Yavapai County, 4,646 in Santa Cruz County, 4,829 in Cochise County, 3,464 in Gila County, 2,473 in Graham County, 1,045 in La Paz County and 309 in Greenlee County.

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Dysart Unified School District gives a shout out to their maintenance department for collecting more than 100 toys to donate to the Surprise Police Department‘s Toys for Tots program.

Oasis Elementary‘s sixth grade strings spread holiday cheer with pop up concerts around campus.

Updated Dec. 9: Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 382.601 today from 378.157 yesterday, and 7.081 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 239,417 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 47,570 in Pima County, 20,788 in Yuma County, 19,649 in Pinal County, 9,159 in Navajo County, 8,569 in Coconino County, 7,743 in Mohave County, 6,039 in Apache County, 7,120 in Yavapai County, 4,605 in Santa Cruz County, 4,747 in Cochise County, 3,422 in Gila County, 2,438 in Graham County, 1,031 in La Paz County and 304 in Greenlee County.

Updated Dec. 8: Decisions about whether to switch from in-person or hybrid classes to online learning are pitting local school districts against each other, The Copper Courier reports.

Cox Connect2Compete will double its speed until the end of the 2021 school year in all markets to help families with their children’s online learning.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 378.157 today from 365.843 yesterday, and 6,973 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 236,818confirmed cases of COVID-19, 46.849 in Pima County, 20,490 in Yuma County, 19,579 in Pinal County, 9,056 in Navajo County, 8,494 in Coconino County, 7,621 in Mohave County, 5,952 in Apache County, 6,989 in Yavapai County, 4,569 in Santa Cruz County, 4,663 in Cochise County, 3,365 in Gila County, 2,419 in Graham County, 996 in La Paz County and 297 in Greenlee County.

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Updated Dec. 7: Paradise Valley Unified Schools Supt. Dr. Jesse Welsh resigned Monday after he said he and his family were harassed by students’ parents who disagreed with the district’s decisions about virtual and in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arizona commemorates the 79th anniversary of Pearl Harbor with a flyover, lowered flags, and a virtual memorial ceremony, according to an Arizona Republic article.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 365.843 today from 364,276 yesterday, and 6,950 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 228,486 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 45.892 in Pima County, 19,755 in Yuma County, 18,959 in Pinal County, 8,766 in Navajo County, 8,326 in Coconino County, 7,239 in Mohave County, 5,864 in Apache County, 6,796 in Yavapai County, 4,460 in Santa Cruz County, 4,342 in Cochise County, 3,290 in Gila County, 2,398 in Graham County, 976 in La Paz County and 294 in Greenlee County.

Teachers share what works when teaching students to read through online learning with Achieve the Core.

Littleton Elementary School District is including Read Better Be Better‘s literacy kits along with their meal packages that are delivered by bus.

Maria Anguiano will lead Arizona State University‘s Learning Enterprise.

Nogales High School‘s University Club provides guidance to students on their way to completing their college and career goals, Expect More Arizona says.

Hudson Elementary‘s Nurse Melissa cam up with the slogan for students new t-shirts.

Updated Dec. 4: Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 352,101 today from 346,421 yesterday, and 6,885 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 222,218 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 42,698 in Pima County, 18,762 in Yuma County, 18,046 in Pinal County, 8,519 in Navajo County, 7,897 in Coconino County, 6,940 in Mohave County, 5.702 in Apache County, 6,212 in Yavapai County, 4,226 in Santa Cruz County, 4,106 in Cochise County, 3,226 in Gila County, 2,314 in Graham County, 958 in La Paz County and 277 in Greenlee County.

Updated Dec. 3: Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 346,421 today from 340,979 yesterday, and 6,821 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 218,935 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 41,882 in Pima County, 18,636 in Yuma County, 17,702 in Pinal County, 8,423 in Navajo County, 7,744 in Coconino County, 6,792 in Mohave County, 5.548 in Apache County, 5,971 in Yavapai County, 4,118 in Santa Cruz County, 3,953 in Cochise County, 3,167 in Gila County, 2,281 in Graham County, 921 in La Paz County and 265 in Greenlee County.

Updated Dec. 2: Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and said teachers would be among the first groups to be vaccinated in Arizona during a news briefing today with Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ. Watch it live here.

Dec. 2, 2020 COVID-19 Briefing

Gov. Ducey announced financial help for hospitals that will provide for more nursing staff to take care of the surge of COVID-19 cases in the state. Gov. Ducey announced a $60 million investment today on top of the previous $25 million investment in hospital staffing. The funding comes from the Coronavirus Relief Fund which was part of the federal CARES Act.

“This additional investment will allow us to provide an additional 500 nurses through the end of the month with additional staffing to last through January,” Gov. Ducey said. “It will ensure our hospitals can care for those who need it and that the existing staff in our hospitals are properly compensated for their dedication and committment.”

Instead of another shutdown, Gov. Ducey said he supported enforcement of the mitigation efforts already in place.

“Some have called for additional mitigation measures: shut downs of entire industries and curfews on our citizens,” Gov Ducey said. “I believe we should instead focus on accountability and enforcing the rules we have in place now and taking a targeted approach and participate in the safety and precautions we know work.”

“Life as we know it has changed,” Gov. Ducey said. “There’s almost nowhere you can go in the State of Arizona and no part of our economy you can participate in without wearing a mask.”

Gov. Ducey announced a new executive order that allows municipalities to selectively approve organized public events with more than 50 people only if they comply with enhanced mitigation strategies and detail those strategies on the municipalities web site.

Dr. Christ is providing revised enforcement policies for businesses on mitigation guidelines that include closure on the second substantiated incident, Gov. Ducey said.

“Since the middle of May we have been fortunate to keep most of our businesses open,” Gov. Ducey said. “It’s because of the responsibility of these businesses that they have remained open.”

Gov. Ducey also issued an executive order that allows restaurants to temporarily expand their outdoor dining to sidewalks and the public right of way to allow people to dine outdoors safely. In addition, Gov. Ducey announced a funding mechanism to help restaurants buy materials needed to move more dining outside. The funding for the Safest Outside Restaurant Assistance Program comes from the Crisis Contingency and Safety Net Fund, a bipartisan budget agreement signed by Governor Ducey that added $50 million for Arizona’s COVID-19 response. 

Then Gov. Ducey announced an executive order in cooperation with insurers and health care providers that ensures any Arizonans who want the COVID-19 vaccine to receive it free of charge. The executive order waives all cost-sharing requirements for consumers – such as co-pays and co-insurance – related to the administration of all COVID-19 vaccinations and without regard as to whether the provider is in network

“We expect Arizona to receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in mid- to late December,” Gov. Ducey said.

Later this week, Dr. Christ will unveil the state’s vaccination plan, Gov. Ducey said.

Also, teachers, front-line healthcare workers, first responders, long-term care providers and Arizona’s most vulnerable will be among the first Arizonans vaccinated, Gov. Ducey said.

“I’ve asked her to prioritize teachers as among the first individuals in the state who will receive the vaccine,” Gov. Ducey said. “We want our schools open and our teachers protected. We know that teachers desperately want to get back in their classrooms safely. Teachers are essential to our state so under our plan they will be prioritized.”

Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Michael McGuire said, “As the vaccine arrives, Dr. Christ and the county health officials have done just a great job developing a plan for distribution and as we filled the gap last time in rural areas, if there are any gaps in the rural areas for that last mile we’ll cover that as well.”

“We continue to need the support of the public in all of these efforts, please continue to follow the public health guidelines: wear a mask, wash your hands, physically distance yourself and stay home if you’re feeling sick,” Gov. Ducey said. “These are small steps that make a significant difference in slowing the spread of this virus and protecting our fellow citizens..”

Eight health care leaders wrote a letter Tuesday to Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ asking for measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 that is straining hospital resources that include: a statewide curfew after 10 p.m., no indoor dining, a prohibition on gatherings for more than 25 people, enforcement for local ordinances, posting restrictions on municipality websites, reassessment of previously approved gatherings and permits, a stop to group athletic activities including club sports, and requiring businesses to use the same metrics to close that were used to re-open.

ABC 15 Arizona reports that a White House report says “Arizona is experiencing a full resurgence equal to the summer surge but without the needed aggressive mitigation across the state.”

“If you are under 40, you need to assume you became infected during the Thanksgiving period if you gathered beyond your immediate household,” the report says. “Most likely, you will not have symptoms; however, you are dangerous to others and you must isolate away from anyone at increased risk for severe disease and get tested immediately.”

The White House report also says all Tribal Nations should test residents and visitors weekly, universities should have mandatory testing policies there should be expansion of point-of-care antigen tests, and people must continue to social distance, wear masks, limit interactions and comply with other mitigation efforts.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said yesterday that the Arizona Department of Education had released a new statewide tracker to show what model schools around the state are using to instruct students as COVID-19 cases surge.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 340,979 today from 326,817 yesterday, and 6,739 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 215,386 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 41,313 in Pima County, 18,518 in Yuma County, 17,372 in Pinal County, 8,323 in Navajo County, 7,644 in Coconino County, 6,608 in Mohave County, 5.548 in Apache County, 5,814 in Yavapai County, 4,067 in Santa Cruz County, 3,863 in Cochise County,, 3,117 in Gila County, 2,256 in Graham County, 902 in La Paz County and 248 in Greenlee County.

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Queen Creek Unified‘s Transportation Department thanked families for ensuring students wear masks on the bus.

Arizona State University celebrates faculty newly named American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows.

A social and emotional learning roadmap for reopening schools centers on relationships and the school community, WestEd says.

Updated Dec. 1: Consider making a tax credit donation to your local public schools or to organizations that help students and their families during Giving Tuesday.

Want to help out students over winter break? Then consider donating to the Maricopa County Education Service Agency‘s healthy snacks and easy meals food drive for Maricopa County Regional School District students to have over winter break.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 326,817 today from 326,817 yesterday, and 6,687 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 213,121 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 40,803 in Pima County, 18,352 in Yuma County, 17,124 in Pinal County, 8,283 in Navajo County, 7,575 in Coconino County, 6,477 in Mohave County, 5.492 in Apache County, 5,666 in Yavapai County, 4,025 in Santa Cruz County, 3,781 in Cochise County,, 3,076 in Gila County, 2,242 in Graham County, 883 in La Paz County and 239 in Greenlee County.

Opponents of Prop. 208 filed lawsuits yesterday and today to prevent the voter-approved law from going into effect in January 2021.

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McClintock High School celebrates student Noah Sanchezfor his sharing his time with underprivileged kids in a boxing ring, mentoring, and lending a hand at homeless shelters.

Tempe Elementary offers a free class on Thursday for parents and guardians on mindfulness to help them improve their students ability to pay attention.

Take a look at how Central High School‘s Erica Earl uses Academic Sentence Frames to help students learn, courtesy of Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools Steve Watson.

Phoenix Suns encourages middle schoolers to register for National Game Growers Sign-Up Day and meet a special quest in an exclusive Zoom Chat at 4 p.m. PST today.

Honor a teacher in your life with a donation to Tucson Values Teachers during Giving Tuesday.

Yuma Union High School District libraries offer curbside pickup for students during distance learning.

Students math skills declined more than their reading skills during distance learning due to COVID-19, Education Next reports.

Queen Creek Unified shares a quick video of the pouring of a foundation for Schnepf Elementary School.

Updated Nov. 30: Five Scottsdale Unified schools are closed today due to a lack of staff, and the community is in the COVID-19 substantial spread category of the Maricopa County Public Health Department schools dashboard, according to ABC 15 Arizona.

Meanwhile in Vail School District, Esmond Station School , a K-8 school, will close for two weeks after two staffers tested positive for COVID-19, Arizona Daily Star reports. Hybrid in-person learning will resume on Dec. 14.

All Blue Ridge Unified Schools will return to online learning from Nov. 30 to Dec. 14 because of a surge in COVID-19 cases in the area, azfamily reports.

University of Arizona’s COVID-19 modeling team recommends a three-week stay-at-home order to ease the strain on hospitals from the surge in COVID-19 cases, 12 News reports.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 326,817 today from 325,995 yesterday, and 6,639 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 205,658 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 39,859 in Pima County, 17,871 in Yuma County, 16,699 in Pinal County, 8,163 in Navajo County, 7,520 in Coconino County, 6,199 in Mohave County, 5.392 in Apache County, 5,530 in Yavapai County, 3,974 in Santa Cruz County, 3,639 in Cochise County,, 3,003 in Gila County, 2,215 in Graham County, 867 in La Paz County and 228 in Greenlee County.

East Valley Institute of Technology video production students worked on a project last week.

Earlier coverage

Nov. 18 – 25: COVID-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. 19: What 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. 11: Parent 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 7Coronavirus response: Cases rise; AZ Day of Giving