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Perlata Elementary Students Work On Computers During Class. Photo By Brooke Razo/ASBA

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Updated 9/8: As parents decide whether to send their children back to in-person classes in some Arizona school districts, parents who chose online learning for their children express concern about the size of classes for distance learners, The Arizona Republic reports.

School nurses around the state use state and federal guidance to help design school COVID-19 mitigation plans to keep students and staff safe, KTAR News 92.3 FM reports.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman and Vice President of Arizona Education Association Marisol Garcia talk about how the return to in-person instruction is going with ABC 15 Arizona.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 206,045 today from 205,964 yesterday, and 5,221 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 136,040 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 22,035 in Pima County, 12,340 in Yuma County, 9,983 in Pinal County, 5,657 in Navajo County, 3,757 in Mohave County, 3,371 in Apache County, 3,397 in Coconino County, 2,776 in Santa Cruz County, 2,369 in Yavapai County, 1,845 in Cochise County, 1,134 in Gila County, 765 in Graham County, 517 in La Paz County and 59 in Greenlee County.

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Deer Valley Unified School District principals discussed safety protocols before students return to in-person classes.

Virtual communities are helping Native American youth during the COVID-19 pandemic, Cronkite News Service reports.

Northern Arizona University President Rita Cheng announced she won’t ask the Arizona Board of Regents for an extension to her contract.

Certifications are the key to create talent pathways to business, says Lumina Foundation.

Prescott Unified students at Abia Judd Elementary School head to lunch during today’s first day of in-person instruction.

School may be a little different this year due to COVID-19, but there are ways to stay healthy and keep learning, Sesame Street says.

Lake Havasu Unified‘s Starline staff welcomes students back to in-person classes and reminds them how long the morning and afternoon sessions will be.

Learning to code creates a way of thinking that helps in all you do, and West-MEC is happy to provide information about their coding program.

The City of Phoenix donated more than a million personal protective equipment items to Phoenix schools.

One teacher decided to provide distance learning for students from the places where history happened, hear about her journey below.

Updated 9/7: Dysart Unified School District shares more info about their safety guidelines as their students return to in-person classes on Sept. 14 and 21.


Cactus Shadows High School Students will return to in-person classes on Wednesday with modifications according to the school principal.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 205,964 today from 205,766 yesterday, and 5,219 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 136,004 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 22,000 in Pima County, 12,333 in Yuma County, 9,981 in Pinal County, 5,659 in Navajo County, 3,762 in Mohave County, 3,372 in Apache County, 3,394 in Coconino County, 2,775 in Santa Cruz County, 2,369 in Yavapai County, 1,841 in Cochise County, 1,132 in Gila County, 766 in Graham County, 517 in La Paz County and 59 in Greenlee County.

Four generations of this family have attended Avondale Elementary School District.

Register now to learn more about Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and University of Arizona‘s opportunities and resources during Tri-University Week.

More than 600 colleges will be online to talk with prospective students during Virtual College Fairs starting Sept. 13. The National Parent Teacher Association encourages students and their families to register now.

Arizona schools are dealing with a laptop shortage after the move to online learning last spring, hear more about it at Arizona PBS.

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a plan for the Census Bureau to end counting U.S. residents earlier than planned, ruling in a lawsuit joined last week by the Navajo Nation and Gila River Indian Community, KOLD News 13 reports.

A summer academic and baseball program moved online and built the program around the value of being on a team.

Updated 9/4: The state’s largest school district prepares to welcome students back to in-person classes in a limited way now that it has met COVID-19 public health benchmarks.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 204,681 today from 203,953 yesterday, and 5,171 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 135,495 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 21,574 in Pima County, 12,297 in Yuma County, 9,839 in Pinal County, 5,641 in Navajo County, 3,700 in Mohave County, 3,360 in Apache County, 3,373 in Coconino County, 2,771 in Santa Cruz County, 2,345 in Yavapai County, 1,838 in Cochise County, 1,125 in Gila County, 750 in Graham County, 514 in La Paz County and 58 in Greenlee County.

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Tucson Unified School District‘s Davis Bilingual Elementary Magnet School is honored as one of America’s top 20 magnet schools.

In the 2017-18 school year, 40 percent of public school teachers had 10 to 20 y ears experience, says the National Center for Education Statistics.

East Valley Institute of Technology criminal justice students learn to document and draw a crime scene.

Think about having a family reading night during National Literacy Month, Read On Arizona says.

Here are five tips to help students succeed in online courses, courtesy of U.S. News & World Report.

edutopia offers this anti-racist roadmap to discuss tough topics in class.

Glendale Community College reminds students that Netflix nights start on Friday, Sept. 11.

Looking for ways to change your school’s approach to discipline and foster safe, inclusive schools? WestEd has some suggestions.

Chandler Unified‘s Haley Elementary teachers are working hard to support students in the drop-in learning lab.

Updated 9/3: Eight Arizona counties have now met the public health benchmarks for schools to resume hybrid learning models, the Arizona Dept. of Health Services said.

Hybrid learning models with vary by district, Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman says.

Globe Unified School District students can return to in-person learning on Monday, Sept. 21st.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 203,953 today from 202,342 yesterday, and 5,130 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 135,109 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 21,443 in Pima County, 12,269 in Yuma County, 9,744 in Pinal County, 5,631 in Navajo County, 3,675 in Mohave County, 3,355 in Apache County, 3,355 in Coconino County, 2,761 in Santa Cruz County, 2,342 in Yavapai County, 1,832 in Cochise County, 1,122 in Gila County, 744 in Graham County, 512 in La Paz County and 58 in Greenlee County.

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See how dual enrollment can help your student, West-MEC says.

Flagstaff Unified School District congratulates Puente de Hózhó‘s Jillian Hernandez who has been named a top five finalist for the 2021 Arizona Education Foundation Teacher of the Year.

Returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic is a balancing act between students’ needs and public health, the Brookings Institution says.

Tolleson Elementary School District shares this inspiring message from Maya Angelou.

Educational rights are important, especially for teens and families experiencing homelessness, says All4Ed.

Rio Rico High School celebrates Spirit Week.

Arizona Interscholastic Association says Fall sports can compete.

West Point Elementary origami students present their flower table displays.

Arizona’s Census 2020 response rate is lower than the national average, KJZZ 91.5 reports.

Ajo Unified School District makes sure students have access to meals while they learn from home.

Glendale Community College reminds students that tutoring is free.

Queen Creek Unified teachers take part in emergent writing training.

East Valley Institute of Technology asks parents what career training they would have been interested in when they were in high school.

How Andersen Junior High School teachers provide in-person special services and virtual learning in their classrooms, courtesy of Chandler Unified School District.

Updated 9/2: Families shared what the first day of school looked like with 12 News.

Maricopa County and Pima County might transition to hybrid learning according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

An East Valley school district is thinking of installing HEPA filters in classrooms before in-person learning begins, KTAR 92.3 FM reports.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 202,861 today from 202,342 yesterday, and 5,065 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 134,346 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 21,294 in Pima County, 12,264 in Yuma County, 9,690 in Pinal County, 5,625 in Navajo County, 3,351 in Apache County, 3,346 in Coconino County, 2,732 in Santa Cruz County, 3,651 in Mohave County, 2,324 in Yavapai County, 1,830 in Cochise County, 1,117 in Gila County, 498 in La Paz County, 735 in Graham County and 58 in Greenlee County.

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Updated 9/1: As schools determine when to return to in-person instruction now that coronavirus cases are declining, azfamily reports that more children and teens in Arizona have been hospitalized from COVID-19 than in any other state.

Dysart Unified School District may begin a phased approach to in-person classes starting Sept. 14 if public health benchmark data continues to trend in the right direction, with all students returning Sept. 21.

Here are 10 things you can do to prepare you child for returning to in-person classes, courtesy of Cave Creek Unified School District.

FEMA told state and tribal emergency managers that it will no longer reimburse states for the cost of cloth face masks for schools, public housing and courthouses effective Sept. 15, National Public Radio reports. In addition, the agency will stop paying for some disinfection costs unless they are considered an emergency protective measure.

Meanwhile, Arizona State University is changing students housing plans as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, KTAR News 92.3 FM reports.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 202,342 today from 201,835 yesterday, and 5,044 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 134,004 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 21,286 in Pima County, 12,257 in Yuma County, 9,616 in Pinal County, 5,602 in Navajo County, 3,341 in Apache County, 3,334 in Coconino County, 2,732 in Santa Cruz County, 3,639 in Mohave County, 2,311 in Yavapai County, 1,824 in Cochise County, 1,113 in Gila County, 498 in La Paz County, 717 in Graham County and 58 in Greenlee County.

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Some Arizona charter schools received funds from the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program while they hadn’t lost any of their state funding, find out what’s happening about that now at KJZZ 91.5 FM.

Willcox Unified School District congratulated 2020 graduate Dakota Finley , who was selected as a recipient of the Governor’s Future Innovator of the Year for her project to create an asphalt mix substituting recycled HDPE plastic for aggregate.

Congratulations, Dakota! Your hard work and innovation is incredible!

Posted by Willcox Unified School District #13 on Thursday, August 27, 2020

Native American youth navigate a convoluted justice system, Cronkite News reports.

Yuma County launched a school resource page as area schools prepare to welcome students back to the classroom, Yuma Sun reports.

A school district in California gave a family a hot spot after their students used Taco Bell’s Wi-Fi to access their coursework.

An endowment will provide several Flowing Wells High School graduates each year a full-ride scholarship to attend University of Arizona.

This teacher gives students choices in assignments to show their mastery of goals she’s set for them to meet state standards, according to this Achieve the Core article.

Peoria Unified thanked the Peoria North Rotary club for a donation to purchase student laptops.

Learning hubs are trying to fill the gap for parents looking for childcare while they work and their students do online learning, National Public Radio reports.

Balsz School District‘s Brunson-Lee Elementary showed Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego their testing site in partnership with the City of Phoenix and their socially distanced classrooms.

Here’s how to find educational apps that work, edutopia says.

Tempe Elementary’s Laird School students picked up library books curbside to keep reading while learning from home.

Need a clear mask? The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is offering some to residents in need, KOLD News says.

There’s still time to respond to the 2020 Census before a Census worker knocks on your door, Arizona Civic Leadership says.

Students participated in a fitness test and goal setting at Faith Mather Sossaman Elementary School.

A Prescott College student spent her summer unearthing 150 years of Prescott Unified School District history, The Daily Courier reports.

Students are leading a movement to get school to teach Black history, CNN reports.

Fly by the James Baldwin mural in downtown Phoenix in the video below, while listening to audio from an interview with the famous Black novelist, playwright, activist, poet and essayist.

Phoenix may be the next city to add a Black Lives Matter street mural, azfamily reports.

A Flagstaff Unified teacher sings the “Hello Song” with his students.

Kitchen maintenance is done and curbside meal service at H.L. Suverkrup Elementary will resume tomorrow, Crane School District says.

Updated 8/31: Gov. Doug Ducey called on Arizonans to get a flu shot and outlined the flu plan of action today during a news briefing today with Arizona Dept. of Health Services Executive Director Dr. Cara Christ who talked about the next steps for schools as COVID-19 cases decrease in parts of the state. Watch it here.

Media Briefing on Flu Plan of Action with Gov. Ducey & Dr. Christ – August 31, 2020

“Flu season is around the corner and Arizona isn’t taking any chances,” Gov. Ducey said. “We’ve always taken the flu seriously, but the overlap with COVID-19 this year presents greater challenges than the typical flu season.”

Gov. Ducey said that with public health and resources focused on responding to COVID-19, “preventing the flu is more important than ever.”

Every year in Arizona on average, 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu, more than 4,000 people are hospitalized with flu complications and about 700 people die from the flu each year, Gov. Ducey said.

“Health experts will tell you the single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot, doing so can reduce the severity of symptoms and the need for hospitalization for those who do contract the flu,” Gov. Ducey said.

To expand access to flu vaccinations before the upcoming flu season, Arizona’s Dept. of Health services is working to expand the number of flu vaccines available to the uninsured and the underinsured, Gov. Ducey said.

Arizonans will be able to receive one vaccine at their health provider’s office pharmacies, community health centers and facilities run by the local health department, Gov. Ducey said.

“We’re going to be making it easier for Arizonans insured by the state’s Medicare agency AHCCCS to get their flu shot,” Gov. Ducey said, noting that reimbursement rates for flu shots will be increased and that the agency will offer $10 gift cards to members who get the flu vaccine.

These actions have led to a 50 percent increase in flu vaccinations in other states, and “we’re confident they will make a big difference in Arizona as well,” Gov. Ducey said.

In addition, flu vaccines will be available at certain COVID-19 testing sites around the state, Gov. Ducey said.

In coming days, online tools will be rolled out including a vaccine finder and a business toolkit so they can set up their own flu vaccine clinics on site, Gov. Ducey said.

“We’ve been able to make a significant amount of progress in the fight against COVID-19, we can’t let up now,” Gov. Ducey said. “We know many of the same prevention measures that work for COVID-19 will also work for influenza, so please continue doing the things we know that work – the fundamentals – mask up, wash your hands frequently, don’t touch your face, nose, mouth or eyes, stay physically distant, if you don’t feel well please stay home and of course boost your immune system by rolling up your sleeve and getting a flu shot.”

Dr. Christ said we all need to work together to slow the spread of the flu and COVID-19.

Businesses re-opening agreed to follow Arizona Dept. of Health Services guidelines requiring masks for clients and staff except when eating or drinking, reducing physical occupancy, increasing their cleaning and disinfecting practices and screening staff for symptoms prior to the start of their shift and other industry-specific public health requirements, Dr. Christ said.

The AZ Dept of Health Services received more than 800 complaints of businesses not following the guidelines since Thursday, and they are going out to investigate as high-risk complaints come in, Dr. Christ said.

Next steps for schools

“For schools, we all know the critical importance to get our children back in the classroom, but we want to make sure that we’re doing it safely for our students, their families, and their teachers,” Dr. Christ said.

“Working collaboratively with Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman and her team at the Department of Education a roadmap for reopening schools and benchmarks were developed to return to safe, in-person instruction,” Dr. Christ said.

“Currently, four counties have met the benchmarks to return to the classroom, and many schools have made the decision to return to a hybrid learning model,” Dr. Christ said.

“Based on a forward look at our data, we anticipate that additional counties will move into the moderate category and allow them to move into hybrid learning,” Dr. Christ said.

Schools will post their COVID-19 mitigation plans on their websites so parents can view them and determine if they want to send their child back for in-person instruction, Dr. Christ said.

“It’s a decision that each family needs to make based on the risk to their students and their household loved ones,” Dr. Christ said. “I would encourage parents to review these plans and determine the best method for their families.”

In addition to reporting COVID-19 outbreaks to their local public health department, “schools must notify students, parents, guardians and staff about any outbreaks of COVID-19 at their school,” Dr. Christ said.

“They must also provide their parents with the actions they have taken to keep their students and staff safe,” Dr. Christ said.

“Last week, Supt. Hoffman and I sent a joint letter to schools reminding them of the importance of wearing masks in reducing the spread of COVID-19, and that mask use is required by Executive Order 2020-51,” Dr. Christ said.

“We want everyone who needs a face mask to have access to that so we have partnered with Hanes to provide five free face masks to students and their families. Families and schools can go to to get free masks shipped to their home,” Dr. Christ said.

Earlier today, parents looking for tips to help their children with online learning could take a look at this 12 News video.

Northern Arizona University offers more in-person instruction starting today, KJZZ 91.5 FM reports.

Tombstone Unified School District shares what school has been like.

Dysart Unified’s Nutrition Department created a book to honor the work their staff did during the past few months.

Learn more about how Arizona’s universities are dealing with COVID-19 today from 10 a.m. to noon at the online League of Arizona Cities Conference. Register now.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 201,835 today from 201,661 yesterday, and 5,029 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 133,728 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 21,221 in Pima County, 12,230 in Yuma County, 9,550 in Pinal County, 5,598 in Navajo County, 3,338 in Apache County, 3,324 in Coconino County, 2,728 in Santa Cruz County, 3,615 in Mohave County, 2,311 in Yavapai County, 1,816 in Cochise County, 1,106 in Gila County, 498 in La Paz County, 714 in Graham County and 58 in Greenlee County.

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Madison Elementary School District is providing free COVID-19 testing in September in partnership with Valle Del Sol.

Tolleson Union High School District reminds students to sign up for Zoom sessions to learn more about Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University, their admission process and financial aid opportunities.

There are five key things school districts should focus on before trying to get students caught up on academics, Education Week reports.

Listen to school social workers describe how they help student development.

First Things First invites you to join their free, online Early Childhood Summit kicking off tomorrow.

Here’s what some classrooms may look like when students go back to school, The New York Times reports.


Sunnyside Unified invites families considering enrolling their children at Octotillo Learning Center to call for more information.

Maricopa Community College students who need a little help finding resources should check out the college district’s Emergency Assistance Fund.

Sierra Linda High School students will enjoy this new performing arts center at their school when they return to campus.

Students are the first priority at Pendergast Elementary School District.

Updated Aug. 28: Peoria Unified School District‘s Governing Board voted 3-2 against re-opening schools on Sept. 8, and the three board members who voted against said the public health benchmarks should be the basis for re-opening schools, according to a Daily Independent article.

Earlier this month, a medical advisory committee was created to help the district as it determines when to re-open, and the committee advised district administrators to follow the public health benchmarks developed by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 200,658 today from 200,139 yesterday, and 4,978 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 132,986 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 21,072 in Pima County, 12,165 in Yuma County, 9,488 in Pinal County, 5,569 in Navajo County, 3,329 in Apache County, 3,287 in Coconino County, 2,720 in Santa Cruz County, 3,585 in Mohave County, 2,284 in Yavapai County, 1,809 in Cochise County, 1,101 in Gila County, 498 in La Paz County, 707 in Graham County and 58 in Greenlee County.

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Deer Valley Unified School District says great teachers let their students know they care everyday.

Nogales Unified School District is planning a telemedicine program in partnership with Mariposa Health.

NUSD getting ready with webcam technology and planning for a Telemedicine Program in partnership with Mariposa Health.

Posted by Nogales Unified School District #1 on Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Special enrichment courses have never been more important for students says an Avondale Elementary School District lead psychologist as teachers find ways to include the arts and movement during online larning learning.

Tuba City Elementary School will host their virtual family orientation on Monday Aug. 31.

Hear why Phoenix Indian Center CEO Patricia Hibbeler says it’s important for the American Indian community to be counted in the 2020 Census.

Maricopa Community Colleges congratulated Julissa Muñoz, who will serve as an advocate for students on the governing board.

Hear how Dysart Unified School District partners with local businesses to give students real world training.

Take part in an equity webinar to ensure all students are college and career ready on Thursday, Sept. 3, hosted by The School Superintendents Association.

Black Mothers Forum founder Janelle Woods speaks at the Phoenix event supporting the Get Your Knee Off Our Necks anti-racism rally, Cronkite News reports.

George Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, spoke at the March on Washington today demanding racial equity, watch the full program courtesy of Reuters.

Learn more about creating safe and inclusive schools in The Education Trust‘s new guide so the disturbing fact of school discipline below changes quickly.

Schools are finding ways to make remote learning engaging and equitable despite plenty of tech issues, Education Week reports.

Hear what the back to school experience has been like for two families from 12 News.

Tempe Elementary School District thanks the Tempe Coalition for donting bags filled with supplies for students.

Yes, teachers, you can use trauma informed practices with students during online learning, Education Week reports.

Updated Aug. 27: The Arizona Department of Health Services reminds school leaders that it recommends county-specific benchmarks be in the moderate or minimal range in all categories for two weeks before schools offer hybrid learning – a mix of in-person instruction and online learning.

Mesa Public Schools Supt. Dr. Andi Fourlis discussed during a Facebook Live session yesterday a possible return to modified in-person learning on Sept. 14 if the state’s public health benchmarks are met.

Kyrene Schools are also preparing for a safe return to in-person instruction.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 200,139 today from 199,459 yesterday, and 4,929 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 132,704 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 21,001 in Pima County, 12,142 in Yuma County, 9,435 in Pinal County, 5,546 in Navajo County, 3,323 in Apache County, 3,269 in Coconino County, 2,718 in Santa Cruz County, 3,566 in Mohave County, 2,277 in Yavapai County, 1,805 in Cochise County, 1,095 in Gila County, 498 in La Paz County, 702 in Graham County and 58 in Greenlee County.

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Andrea Heaton in Tempe Elementary’s Nutrition Services Department has been handing out cloth face masks to fellow staff members to help brighten their day.

Cartwright School District’s monthly meetings for students’ parents and school administrators have started up again.

Experts share their dos and don’ts for remote learning, courtesy The Hechinger Report.

Working from home and helping your children with their online learning? You’re not alone hear what Dr. Haynes from University of Arizona has to say tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. courtesy of Arizona Public Media.

Sunnyside Unified shared this picture of the Challenger Middle School soccer team as part of Throwback Thursday.

Deer Valley Unified highlights the great work their teachers are doing leading online learning.

Take part in the discussion today and the effort to make sure all children are counted in the 2020 Census to ensure schools and communities receive funds for vital programs.

Here are some tips to make using iCivics during remote learning easier.

Want to know more about federal assistance funds and how to use them? Check out this webinar from the Arizona Department of Education and its partners.

Arizona State University congratulated Cecilia Mata on her appointment to the Arizona Board of Regents.

Does your child need to get caught up on vaccines? Click below to find out about free immunizations available this Saturday at Greenway Middle School.

A Cronkite School graduate student talks to a wildlife rehabilitator who helped orphaned baby wombats.

Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented thanks sponsors of Parent Institute 2020.

Updated Aug. 26: As COVID-19 cases enter the moderate area of the public health benchmarks, some schools boards like Peoria Unified School District will meet later this week to consider re-opening for in-person classes soon, while others like Tolleson Union High School District plan to continue distance learning until cases in their communities decline.

A network outage affected students distance learning in Marana Unified earlier today.

COVID-19 cases in children have risen more than 21 percent since early August indicates an updated joint report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, CNN says.

Alhambra Unified School District teachers are finding interesting ways to engage their students in online learning just a week after classes started.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 199,459 today from 199,273 yesterday, and 4,896 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 132,434 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 20,911 in Pima County, 12,103 in Yuma County, 9,247 in Pinal County, 5,529 in Navajo County, 3,309 in Apache County, 3,266 in Coconino County, 2,718 in Santa Cruz County, 3,541 in Mohave County, 2,260 in Yavapai County, 1,802 in Cochise County, 1,081 in Gila County, 496 in La Paz County, 698 in Graham County and 58 in Greenlee County.

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Arizona is preparing to re-open nursing homes to visitors who test COVID-19 free, says The Arizona Republic.

Many Arizona assisted-living centers has to stop taking in new admissions and some families chose to bring their loved ones home during the COVID-19 pandemic, KJZZ 91.5 FM reports.

Arizona Dept. of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said bars that serve food would be able to re-open tomorrow now that COVID-19 cases are in the moderate range according to public health benchmarks if they follow the guidelines and keep occupancy at 50 percent said on The Mike Broomhead Show on KTAR 92.3 FM today.

Raising Arizona Kids talks about how Frank Lloyd Wright liked to reuse materials in his work an encourage students to find things around their home they can use to create with.

FREE vaccinations are available for all children from Preschool-12th grade tomorrow, Thurs. August 27, from 3pm-6:30pm, at Freedom Traditional Academy, Dysart Unified School District says.

Peoria Unified School District congratulated Peoria High School graduate Lyndzi Ramos, who was recently named the “Doodle for Google” winner for Arizona.

GateWay Community College’s Learning Center is offering virtual learning support for students and staff’s elementary school age children, email them to find out more.

If someone you know is struggling, the counselors at the Lifeline are here to help.

High school students interested in learning digital photography, Adobe Photoshop and podcasting should apply now to The SPOT’s Youth Media Center.

Teachers, here’s an idea on how to monitor students work in breakout groups from another teacher.

Hear how a Tempe Elementary School District instructional guide helped a student struggling to use Google Classroom.

A quick reminder to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or with a paper form, when you’re counted it helps provide funding for many educational and community programs for residents of all ages.

What works for increasing family engagement with schools? Hear what some school leaders are saying in the School Superintendents Association Twitter chat this morning.

Arizona State University was ranked in the top 1 percent of universities world wide on the quality of student education, faculty members’ research, research publications, patents and broad impact according to the Center for World University Rankings.

A U.S. appeals court today ruled that a Virginia school board acted unlawfully in preventing a transgender student from using a bathroom at his high school that corresponded with his gender identity, Reuters reports.

Learn more about adapting civics education to this digital age with iCivics.

Updated Aug. 25: All Arizona public, private and charter schools with kindergarten- through 12th-grade students, childcare centers and shelters are now required to report outbreaks of COVID-19 to their local health department as a result of an Arizona Department of Health Services emergency measure.

A week after schools were required to provide on-site support services for vulnerable students, Tucson Unified closed a second school and two special education classes on another campus after a student and staff member tested positive for COVID-19, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Maricopa County’s school dashboard is helpful for anyone interested in seeing how where they live is doing on state public health benchmarks.

Businesses in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties could be allowed to partially reopen this week after Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said public health benchmarks updated on Thursdays indicate those counties are likely to move into the moderate category of community spread.

To reopen, those businesses would need to follow guidelines that include limiting occupancy, requiring masks of staff and patrons and if they do not they will be subject to strict enforcement, Dr. Christ said.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 199,273 today from 198,414  yesterday, and 4,792 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 132,290 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 20,919 in Pima County, 12,085 in Yuma County, 9,232 in Pinal County, 5,523 in Navajo County, 3,309 in Apache County, 3,264 in Coconino County, 2,728 in Santa Cruz County, 3,534 in Mohave County, 2,259 in Yavapai County, 1,798 in Cochise County, 1,083 in Gila County, 496 in La Paz County, 694 in Graham County and 58 in Greenlee County.

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Dysart Unified School District thanked an El Mirage student and staff members who helped with a health emergency during an online lesson.

Flagstaff High School senior and member of the Navajo Nation Alyssa Williams won the the Code Talker Seal Design Contest.

Tempe Elementary’s Rover Elementary School staff sent this fun message to students and their families reminding them that we’re all in this together.

Here are some ways to encourage Black teachers to continue working in schools, edutopia says.

University of Arizona’s newest class is the most diverse ever, the Arizona Board of Regents says.

Looking to increase students’ writing interest? Consider asking your students to read and write fan fiction, says KQED.

Manuel Pena Jr. Elementary School second graders get to celebrate after submitting their quiz.

Holiday Park second graders learn about how to accept consequences appropriately and how to follow online learning expectations.

An Avondale Elementary School District teacher leads her class in some positive reinforcement exercises.

Online classes have been difficult for some students, CNN reports.

It’s time to close the digital divide and reinvent education with strong relationships, authentic learning and equity, says Linda Darling-Hammond.

Yuma School District One students received internet hot spots to help them with their online learning.

Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson invites you to take part in STEMProLive at 10 a.m. on Friday.

To learn about how Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program recipients and applicants will be affected, The Show spoke with Ruben Reyes, a Phoenix attorney with the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

The move to learning pods could increase segregation and worsen racial and economic disparities, the Annie E. Casey Foundation says.

GLSEN and other organizations are helping LGBTQ+ students while they’re learning from home, azfamily reports.

Scottsdale Unified reminds students to apply for the Superintendent’s Student Advisory board soon.

Tolleson Union High School District reminds students and families that they can pick up their 5-day meal pack at all 6 campuses every Tuesday from 5 -6 p.m.

East Valley Institute of Technology second-year students help first-year students using mills and lathes.

More colleges are seeing increases in COVID-19 cases as in-person instruction starts up again.

Seeking to boost your career skills? Maricopa Community Colleges may have just the certificate program for you.

Peoria Unified congratulates students who received nominations in the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Student Production Awards Rocky Mountain Division.

Earlier coverage

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

Updates from 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

Updates from May 26 – June 12: Increase in COVID-19 cases marks a new daily high

Updates from May 20 – 25: AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school

Updates from May 11 – 19: Arizonans consider workplace safety, what back to school will look like amid COVID-19

Updates from April 26 – May 10: Stores re-open, COVID-19 testing blitz resumes on Saturday

Updates from April 8 – 25You can get tested now if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

Updates from March 12 – April 7Coronavirus response: Cases rise; AZ Day of Giving