Updated June 29: Gov. Doug Ducey said the re-opening of some Arizona businesses remains on pause due to an increase in COVID-19 cases during a news conference today.
In addition, Gov. Ducey delayed the re-opening of schools’ in-person classes until August 17 due to the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases during a news conference this afternoon.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 74,533 today from 73,908 yesterday, and 1,588 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Arizona Dept. of Health Services: COVID-19 News Conference June 29, 2020
In Maricopa County, there are 45,178 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 7,568 in Pima County, 5,882 in Yuma County, 3,570 in Navajo County, 3,382 in Pinal County, 2,309 in Apache County, 1,850 in Coconino County, 1,717 in Santa Cruz County, 1,028 in Mohave County, 755 in Yavapai County, 580 in Cochise County, 332 in La Paz County, 271 in Gila County, 92 in Graham County and 18 in Greenlee County.
“As we head into a new week and, soon, a new month, we must remain vigilant in fighting the spread of #COVID in our community. The actions individuals take now reflect their compassion for the health of our community.” @MayorGallego #MaskUpAZ pic.twitter.com/88fDnQpAhA— Valley of the Sun United Way (@myvsuw) June 29, 2020
“(Patients) are texting in their bed and we look at their chest X-Rays and say, ‘This is not good.’ And within a few hours, they’re on the ventilator and on life-sustaining medication. It just happens very quickly.” https://t.co/mk81ygqCSP— 12 News (@12News) June 29, 2020
BREAKING: The Arizona health department said this morning’s COVID-19 report was incomplete because a lab partner did not meet the daily data submission deadline.@AZDHS said the posted data would be caught up tomorrow. https://t.co/WajgeQlgwu— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) June 29, 2020
Pendergast Elementary School District reminds community members that free COVID-19 drive through testing is available at South Mountain Community College on July 2 & 3 and July 9 & 10.
No previous symptoms are required to be tested. No pre-registration or appointment necessary. While supplies last. pic.twitter.com/myd1aHVsDl— PESD92 (@PESD92) June 29, 2020
Tucson Unified School District’s re-opening plan includes more money and space to reduce the risk of COVID-19 among students and staff.
The district has pledged to be ready for students on Aug. 6. https://t.co/nlInVe63f0— AZPM (@azpublicmedia) June 29, 2020
Tempe Elementary schools kindergarten screenings continue July 13 and 14 at Bustoz Professional Learning Center.
Reminder: Tempe Elementary’s kindergarten screenings start tomorrow. TD3 offers free screenings to help determine if a child is prepared to start kindergarten. Please call Dulcia Benitez (480) 730-7221 to schedule. More information can be found at https://t.co/i377UqjMaQ. pic.twitter.com/6yOcSbPrG4— Tempe Elementary (@TempeElementary) June 16, 2020
Mesa Public Schools initial school opening plan is up online and an updated plan will be released on July 14.
Our initial school opening plan is now available at https://t.co/JCOzKnUJUU. Learn more about our three learning opportunities: in-person learning, modified in-person learning and remote learning. Enrollment will be open by July 1, with a final plan to be released July 14. pic.twitter.com/IyqbkRbrYE— Mesa Public Schools (@mpsaz) June 18, 2020
Now is the time to analyze what worked and what didn’t when schools moved to distance learning in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Fordham Institute says.
The past few months have reminded us that everything works for someone, nothing works for everyone, and regardless of the format, the well-resourced and motivated student—or one with engaged and pushy parents—has an advantage, writes Robert Pondiscio. https://t.co/k27g2PQj02— Fordham Institute (@educationgadfly) June 29, 2020
Khan Academy shares ideas to keep everyone learning this summer.
Loved our daily schedules for school closures? Our June & July summer playlist 🌞 is full of fun activities to #KeepEveryoneLearning!— Khan Academy (@khanacademy) June 26, 2020
🏕️ Camp Khan
📚 Reading lists & writing prompts
🚌 Virtual tours & field trips
🧸Tips for @khanacademykidshttps://t.co/aNZnP1TZjR
Dysart Unified School District will post the virtual graduation ceremonies of its seniors on YouTube today at 11 a.m. to celebrate students achievements.
In an effort to recognize and celebrate the hard work and achievements of the Class of 2020, we will be releasing the virtual ceremonies via YouTube today, June 29, at 11am. Head to https://t.co/dUt8BVy4Au to view the virtual ceremonies. Congratulations Class of 2020! pic.twitter.com/tyoVZrip1a— Dysart School District (@DysartUSD) June 29, 2020
Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR Center) shares what students say their teachers taught them.
Rio Rico High School shares the accomplishments of it’s graduating high school seniors in Border Eco Magazine.
Excel in Ed shares how states can improve college- going opportunities like Advanced Placement (AP), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), dual enrollment, early college high schools and International Baccalaureate (IB) and outcomes for their students in their Accelerating Students from High School to College and Careers playbook for state policymakers
College Goal Arizona reminds students there’s still time to complete their FAFSA to qualify for financial aid.
Peoria Unified and arizonafamily’s Surprise Squad honored a Peoria Unified School District employees who has served children in the district for the past 45 years.
At Peoria Unified, we truly do feel like family. This is a great send-off for one of our own, who has given 45 years of service to our district. We will miss you, Pam. Enjoy your retirement! https://t.co/9OjJkV6zAf— Peoria Unified (@PeoriaUnified11) June 28, 2020
EdTrust is conducting a national survey of Black students debt to better understand how they are affected.
Understanding the Black Student Debt crisis means hearing from those directly affected – Black Students. That’s why we are conducting a National Study of Black Student Debt. Take the survey today! https://t.co/PwigZuHeE1 #BlackStudentDebt #CollegeCosts— The Education Trust (@EdTrust) June 29, 2020
Pendergast Elementary School District reminds you that today is National Camera Day.
Everything comes into focus today because June 29 is National Camera Day! The day commemorates photographs, the camera, and their invention. Find out more about how a camera works at – https://t.co/xxC0Wn8vHY pic.twitter.com/4tGn2qiTaN— PESD92 (@PESD92) June 29, 2020
More than 30% of residents in 7 of Arizona’s 15 counties can’t access broadband, the Greater Phoenix Chamber says.
#DYK: In 7 of Arizona’s 15 counties, over 30% of residents can’t access broadband. Learn more about the digital divide and how it impacts Arizona’s students. https://t.co/pJ9AB5k6wZ #ConnectAZStudents #EveryStudentConnected pic.twitter.com/623fX2dVhl— Greater Phoenix Chamber (@phxchamber) June 29, 2020
Updated June 28: The single highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in a single day so far – 3,858 – in Arizona were reported on Sunday.
“Yes, we do have ‘capacity’ available, but that looks like using these beds we normally wouldn’t use and having patients in conference rooms,” an ICU nurse said. https://t.co/mk81ygqCSP— 12 News (@12News) June 28, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 73,908 today from 70,051 Saturday, and 1,588 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.
States like Texas and Arizona are seeing alarming surges in cases of COVID-19 and pausing plans to lift restrictions. https://t.co/BIpCSHWs9B— 12 News (@12News) June 29, 2020
In Maricopa County, there are 44,962 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 7,525 in Pima County, 5,781 in Yuma County, 3,537 in Navajo County, 3,350 in Pinal County, 2,303 in Apache County, 1,819 in Coconino County, 1,698 in Santa Cruz County, 1,004 in Mohave County, 668 in Yavapai County, 561 in Cochise County, 328 in La Paz County, 268 in Gila County, 85 in Graham County and 18 in Greenlee County.
Updated June 25: Gov. Doug Ducey said that this is Arizona’s first wave of COVID-19, but not its last during a news conference this afternoon.
“The rate of the spread of this virus in unacceptable and it’s time for us to step up our actions and personal responsibility in response to this virus,” Gov. Ducey said.
AZ Dept. of Health Services video: Arizona COVID-19 briefing June 25, 2020
“As we have all come to realize, COVID-19 has changed our world and not just in Arizona,” Gov. Ducey said.
“COVID-19 is widespread in Arizona, its in all 15 of our counties and it’s growing and growing fast across all age groups and demographics,” Gov. Ducey said.
The numbers speak for themselves, Gov. Ducey said.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 63,030 today from 59,974 yesterday, and 1,490 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Record day for COVID-19 hospitalizations today in Arizona: 2,453 patients who are positive or suspected to be positive.— Anne Ryman (@anneryman) June 25, 2020
In Maricopa County, there are 37,135 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 6,546 in Pima County, 5,113 in Yuma County, 3,311 in Navajo County, 2,912 in Pinal County, 2,235 in Apache County, 1,676 in Coconino County, 1,587 in Santa Cruz County, 881 in Mohave County, 564 in Yavapai County, 468 in Cochise County, 299 in La Paz County, 216 in Gila County, 70 in Graham County and 17 in Greenlee County.
This weekend’s West Phoenix COVID-19 testing event has reached capacity. Registration was required. If you were not notified by @equalityhealth to confirm your appointment, call 602-889-9401.— City of Phoenix, AZ (@CityofPhoenixAZ) June 25, 2020
Additional testing opportunities: https://t.co/6mLDoXBpQz#MaskUpPHX #MaskUpAZ pic.twitter.com/caBc46pWB2
“This is Arizona’s first wave and this will not be our last wave,” Gov. Ducey said.
Arizona is one of seven states hitting a daily records of hospitalizations, Gov. Ducey said.
“We do need to change directions on these numbers,” Gov. Ducey said.
Arizona will remain vigilant, flexible and humble as this virus presents new challenges at every turn, Gov. Ducey said.
“We expect our numbers will be worse next week and the week following in numbers of cases and hospitalizations,” Gov. Ducey said.
“We want to save lives and protect livelihoods,” Gov. Ducey said.
The best way to help do this is to wear a mask, that will make a real difference in slowing the spread of this virus, Gov. Ducey said.
We need to keep our physical distance, wahs our hands and stay home when sick, Gov. Ducey said.
Arizonans had 45 days of the stay at home order to slow the spread of the virus so we could prepare for the surge in hospitalization we’re seeing today, Gov. Ducey said.
“You are safer at home. All Arizonans are safer at home and you can stay healthy at home,” Gov. Ducey said.
“You can help reduce the risk for the most vulnerable in our society and reduce the burden on our hospitals,” Gov. Ducey said.
AZ. Dept. of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ encouraged people to wear a mask when outside of their home.
“You need to consider if you go out if you can keep 6 feet away from other people,” Dr. Christ said. “Indoor spaces are more risky than outdoor spaces were there is more ventilation and space.”
“We consider a close contact with someone interacting with people for more than 10 minutes within six feet of space,” Dr. Christ said.
Not all businesses have taken steps to protect their employees and customers and enforcement actions against several businesses have been taken, Gov. Ducey said.
…AND A CHASER https://t.co/TytFf25tvc— BrahmResnik (@brahmresnik) June 25, 2020
Arizona is seeing growth in the number of COVID-19 cases among young adults, and warned they could spread it to more vulnerable adults, Gov. Ducey said.
“There is no consideration of increasing activity. Arizona is on pause,” Gov. Ducey said. “The last several weeks we’ve been on an upward trajectory and it needs to be reversed.”
‘This is the wrong direction, and we need to reverse this trend,” Gov. Ducey said.
The increase of positive COVID-19 tests is another trend that needs to be reversed,” Gov. Ducey said.
We have less availability in hospital beds, we have more hospital beds and and ICU beds in use, and we’re seeing increased use of ventilators, Gov. Ducey said.
“We are going to increase testing in Arizona. It gives us more information to make decisions,” Gov. Ducey said.
When asked if there will be another Stay at Home order in the future, Gov. Ducey said it’s a tool that works and we want to use the tools that work, but we don’t need to use that right now.
Staff at some immigration detention centers are worried about dealing with COVID-19, KJZZ reports.
A new watchdog report says staff at some immigration detention centers worried about an inability to have people social distance or isolate if they may have been infected with COVID-19.https://t.co/cgS0gPvrlu— KJZZ Phoenix (@kjzzphoenix) June 25, 2020
Arizona State University reaches out to help Native Americans in Arizona during COVID-19 by delivering test kits and providing public health support.
University of Arizona’s presidents is concerned that the increase in COVID-19 cases might impact the school’s re-opening.
With COVID-19 surging in the state, the University of Arizona’s president cast doubt that the campus in Tucson would reopen in late August as planned. https://t.co/HKPvB1Etcw— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) June 25, 2020
Now, Maricopa Community College presidents are recommending canceling the 2020-21 athletic season.
Parents and teachers can talk with children to help intercept harmful racial stereotypes and normalize difference, The Hechinger Report says.
By talking to kids about race, racism & differences, parents and teachers have a unique opportunity to intercept harmful stereotypes and normalize differences. @jackiemader asked experts to answer kids’ tough questions about race & racism. @hechingerreport https://t.co/EeW3xsHYTJ— MindShift (@MindShiftKQED) June 25, 2020
Veterans have gathered signatures to demand the removal of a Confederate monument from the capitol, KJZZ 91.5 FM reports.
There has been increasing pressure to remove a Confederate monument from Arizona’s Wesley Bolin Plaza at the Capitol. Now a veteran community has gathered 80 signatures on a petition demanding its removal. @Jill_C_Ryan reports.https://t.co/WT9E5lT8xl— KJZZ Phoenix (@kjzzphoenix) June 25, 2020
NASA is naming its agency’s headquarters building Washington, D.C. after Mary 1. Jackson, the first Black woman engineer at the space agency, said its administrator Jim Bridenstine.
NASA’s Headquarters will be named the Mary W Jackson NASA Headquarters. Mary Jackson was @NASA‘s first African-American female engineer. She elevated America’s space program & led towards inclusion. Looking forward to holding a formal naming ceremony soon. https://t.co/R5tYNKPYNS pic.twitter.com/vKuIzMwpGN— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) June 24, 2020
National School Boards Association Chief Legal Officer will be on the June 26 edition of Es Teimpo to talk about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on DACA.
NSBA Chief Legal Officer Francisco Negrón, Jr., will be on the June 26 edition of #estiempo to talk about the U.S. Supreme Court’s DACA decision. Tune in this Friday at 6 p.m. EDT/3 p.m. PDT on “EsTiempo with Frank.”https://t.co/Avj1egvHWl pic.twitter.com/U6m1MrJrha— NSBA | School Boards (@NSBAPublicEd) June 25, 2020
Twelve ASU Cronkite School students will be working on a team to investigate the juvenile justice system.
Twelve Cronkite students have been selected to be @news21 fellows this summer! 👏 They’re working with a team of student journalists from across the nation to investigate the juvenile justice system in the U.S. Find out more: https://t.co/77jhXGB5zZ pic.twitter.com/AJv7ks7jRh— Cronkite School (@Cronkite_ASU) June 25, 2020
Horizon Honors Schools posted it’s back to school plan with learning choices parents need to make by June 30.
About 77 percent of high school students interested in STEM careers in 2009 and 2012 were male, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
NEW STAT: Among HS students who had #STEM career intentions in 2009 & 2012, 77% were male and 23% were female.— NCES (@EdNCES) June 25, 2020
More #EdStats on student interest in STEM fields: https://t.co/ytP6QMKEri pic.twitter.com/bkzY6Oj4QO
Trying to reach a college admissions officer? There are plenty of tools to do that virtually, says U.S. News & World Report.
Virtual tours, chatbots and Zoom calls with admissions officers all offer ways for applicants to engage. https://t.co/KqZYWNy1Yg— U.S. News Education (@USNewsEducation) June 25, 2020
The new Magic School Bus film will feature Elizabeth Banks.
Get ready to join Ms. Frizzle for a new ‘Magic School Bus’ adventure! https://t.co/gQu9ykXt2b— 12 News (@12News) June 25, 2020
And a quick reminder from NALEO during Pride Month that if you haven’t responded to Census 2020 yet, there’s still time to go online or respond by phone or by mail.
Amazing blog post by our very own @NALEO Deputy Director of National Census Program @adanjchavez on the importance of ensuring a full count of Latinx LGBTQ+ communities – https://t.co/leGmXmzAyX #QueerTheCensus #HagaseContar— Lizette Escobedo (@EscobedoLizette) June 24, 2020
Updated June 24: Gov. Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order and unveiled a plan with the Arizona Department of Education today that provide instruction flexibility and additional funding as schools re-open with COVID-19 precautions in place.
Click here to learn more about the plan that provides more funding, flexible instruction as schools re-open
Some states now require Arizonans to quarantine after they arrive because of the high incidence of COVID-19 here, and more are considering a travel ban for Arizonans and people from other COVID-19 hotspots, according to an azfamily.com article.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 59,974 today from 58,179 yesterday, and 1,463 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.
UPDATE Additional cities/towns now taking formal action to require #facecoverings 😷— Arizona League (@AzCities) June 22, 2020
Find info + proclamations here 👉🏼https://t.co/kR4AWuQp18
WATCH upcoming meetings ⬇️@BuckeyeAZGov ➡️ https://t.co/tytPJ5HdFb@CityofSedonaAZ ➡️ https://t.co/df7wM0tCQZ pic.twitter.com/OyQX2B87gT
Crowd filling in outside Scottsdale City Hall for an “anti-mask” rally. This less than a week after Scottsdale and other AZ cities issued mask mandates for many public settings #12News pic.twitter.com/igGwO1w2O5— Erica Stapleton (@EricaReportsAll) June 24, 2020
In Maricopa County, there are 34,992 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 6,318 in Pima County, 4,915 in Yuma County, 3,248 in Navajo County, 2,778 in Pinal County, 2,194 in Apache County, 1,611 in Coconino County, 1,538 in Santa Cruz County, 841 in Mohave County, 521 in Yavapai County, 441 in Cochise County, 289 in La Paz County, 201 in Gila County, 71 in Graham County and 16 in Greenlee County.
Arizona Dept. of Health Services Video: Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 28,843, followed by people 45 to 54 years old with 9,288 cases, then people from 55 to 64 years old with 7,318 cases, people 65 years and older with 7,723 cases and people under 20 years old with 6,697 cases, in 105 cases the age of the person is unknown, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Forty-three percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 26% in Hispanic or Latino, 16% in White/Non-Hispanic, 9% Native American, 2% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.
Twenty-one percent of people who had confirmed COVID-19 cases had a chronic medical condition and 28% were high risk – 65 or more years old with one or more chronic medical condition. Fifty-two percent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are female.
Update June 23: A record high of 3,591 new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported today when President Donald Trump will visit Phoenix to speak at an event organized by students and Yuma to visit the border wall under construction.
Arizona reports record number of new COVID-19 cases ahead of Trump visit https://t.co/zlstNQcAIj— azcentral (@azcentral) June 23, 2020
This is the line waiting to get a seat for the @realDonaldTrump rally in Phoenix this afternoon. It’s about 97 degrees right now. People are selling water along with President Trump merchandise. The President is expected to speak around 3:30/4pm. pic.twitter.com/Abw5PQmqW5— Justin Pazera (@justinpazera) June 23, 2020
Almost all of the 216 miles of border wall built so far have been replacements for older, existing border barriers that were constructed under the Secure Fence Act of 2006, Customs and Border Protection said. https://t.co/aYi0n5m1XH— Cronkite News (@cronkitenews) June 23, 2020
About 20 minutes before the end of the Trump rally, Phoenix Police deployed pepper balls & pepper spray saying it was an unlawful assembly and would not let medics through to treat injured people, according to Briana Whitney with CBS 5 and 3 TV part of azfamily.
#BREAKING: Phoenix Police just declared an unlawful assembly and have used flash bangs on protesters outside President Trump’s rally as they started getting rowdy and blocking the street.— Briana Whitney (@BrianaWhitney) June 23, 2020
Heard several large bangs. #TrumpInAZ #TrumpRallyPhoenix #azfamily pic.twitter.com/qYLYumRh2Q
This is what a medic experienced outside the Trump rally in Phoenix as Phoenix PD deployed pepper balls & pepper spray and called an unlawful assembly. She was treating somebody for heat exhaustion, then treated a young boy shot in the back of his neck by a pepper ball#azfamily pic.twitter.com/gQjqyYfm9K— Briana Whitney (@BrianaWhitney) June 24, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 58,179 today from 54,586 Monday, and 1,384 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health.
In Maricopa County, there are 33,883 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 6,089 in Pima County, 4,591 in Yuma County, 3,166 in Navajo County, 2,704 in Pinal County, 2,165 in Apache County, 1,595 in Coconino County, 1,521 in Santa Cruz County, 813 in Mohave County, 510 in Yavapai County, 432 in Cochise County, 286 in La Paz County, 192 in Gila County, 66 in Graham County and 18 in Greenlee County.
When Pima County’s hospitals reach capacity for COVID-19 patients, it’s about far more than just having enough beds. It’s also about equipment, supplies and staffing. https://t.co/ajCoB0YbMr— Arizona Daily Star (@TucsonStar) June 24, 2020
Teachers are helping students understand what’s happening now, even when they aren’t in the classroom.
It’s during these challenging moments that educators are needed the most. https://t.co/Ug2I7a9l7Z— National Head Start Association (@NatlHeadStart) June 24, 2020
Students of color challenge schools to do more to address racism, in and Arizona Republic article.
Four years ago, Mariah Harvard wore a Black Lives Matter t-shirt to school.— Lily Altavena🌵 (@lilyalta) June 23, 2020
Another student told her, “Black lives don’t matter.” Administrators told her to stop wearing the shirt. She didn’t. https://t.co/xswkGV6qjn
Children do better when parents are honest about tragedy, The Atlantic reports.
While Arizonans were protesting, muralists have honored the movement on walls in downtown Phoenix.
MY LATEST! While some have taken to the streets to march in protest, Phoenix muralists have taken to the walls. I talked to the artists behind the new murals popping up around Phoenix. You may have seen them! #blacklivesmatter https://t.co/coQ1eNl6EK— Elizabeth Montgomery (@EMontNews) June 23, 2020
National Public Radio wants to hear what your favorite picture books and easy chapter books are for young children.
Our summer reader poll is back!— NPR (@NPR) June 24, 2020
This year, with lots of folks staying inside, we want to hear about your favorite books for young kids — specifically picture books and very easy chapter books.
Have thoughts? Submit your vote here ⤵https://t.co/c9sv6swQiT
Interested in teachers use of technology in learning? Take a look at this data.
In SY 2018–19, 51% of public school teachers reported being somewhat knowledgeable about their students’ Internet access at home.— NCES (@EdNCES) June 23, 2020
Interested in teachers’ use of #EdTech for homework assignments? Click here for stats on #DigitalLearning: https://t.co/yneA23eBHD #DistanceEd pic.twitter.com/83SUCQ384G
Here are some tips to create a calm learning environment for preschoolers from Edutopia.
Here’s how teachers can avoid feeling overwhelmed by a classroom full of young children. https://t.co/45z1qEF2Is— edutopia (@edutopia) June 24, 2020
Update June 22: The Joint Legislative Budget Committee released a June Budget Update on Friday, June 19 that indicates Arizona’s shortfall in the budget could be $708 million, less than the $1.1 billion what they originally predicted in April due to the economic effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
“The economy has performed better than we anticpated in this the fourth quarter of fiscal 20,” said Richard Stavneak, director of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.
The shortfall could be significantly smaller than originally predicted, legislative analysts say. https://t.co/efnnghzpMC— AZPM (@azpublicmedia) June 22, 2020
“In the current fiscal year, we are forecasting a shortfall of just under $200 million, and then we would incur an additional $500 million in fiscal 21,” Stavneak said.
“Now there remains in the economy, great uncertainty about what the next year will look like,” Stavneak said. “As a result that (fiscal year) 21 balance could range from a balanced budget to a $1 billion shortfall.”
Several factors will influence that outcome, including a potential for a second wave of COVID-19 and the government’s policy response, the availability and effectiveness of a future vaccine, the willingness of the public to resume normal activities and the governor’s plan for allocating federal COVID resources, Stavneak said.
Had a call with @VP & fellow governors to discuss the latest on #COVID19. Arizona continues to focus on containing the spread, continuing to increase testing & contact tracing, & prioritizing those most vulnerable. We’re grateful to the Administration for the continued support. pic.twitter.com/dmSq4vf1rM— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) June 22, 2020
Meanwhile, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 54,586 today from 52,390 Sunday, and 1,342 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health.
In Maricopa County, there are 31,650 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 5,587 in Pima County, 4,591 in Yuma County, 3,037 in Navajo County, 2,459 in Pinal County, 2,121 in Apache County, 1,541 in Coconino County, 1,482 in Santa Cruz County, 723 in Mohave County, 490 in Yavapai County, 372 in Cochise County, 279 in La Paz County, 176 in Gila County, 65 in Graham County and 13 in Greenlee County.
“Quite frankly, the resources haven’t been in this area and kudos to (Equality Health) for bringing it.” — @Sierra4AZ on Maryvale #COVID19 testing efforts. Response was overwhelming with concerned residents experiencing symptoms waiting hours for tests. https://t.co/SETKGDBHhs— Arizona House Democrats (@AZHouseDems) June 22, 2020
As Ducey’s COVID-19 charity gives grants, groups with political ties often benefit https://t.co/tT6eKiLqaH— azcentral (@azcentral) June 22, 2020
Women have been especially hard hit by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, CNN says.
College Success Arizona says it’s time to address racism in education and the workforce.
“No matter how well you speak, or how educated you are, my blackness will always define me.” It’s time to address racism in education and the workforce. https://t.co/dSttzIl4Cq pic.twitter.com/l6lMX4KG3a— CollegeSuccessAZ (@CollegeAZ) June 22, 2020
A New Leaf in Phoenix offers on-line support and classes to help you land your next job.
A job provides much more than a paycheck. Health insurance and contributions to Social Security and retirement funds are just a few other items. A New Leaf can help you find your next job. Classes start 7/6. On-line support to help you stand out! https://t.co/zwrGCuG8SM— A New Leaf (@ANewLeafAZ) June 22, 2020
Dysart Unified School District today cancelled its in-person graduation ceremonieshttps://azednews.com/dysart-graduation-ceremonies-cancelled-due-to-health-concerns/, originally planned for June 30 at State Farm Stadium due to health concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instead, Dysart will celebrate and honor each and every 2020 graduate at drive-through celebrations at each school on June 30 where students will receive their diplomas and a virtual graduation ceremony video for each high school at 11:00 a.m. on June 29.
DYSART SCHOOLS – The Dysart Unified School District regretfully announces that the in-person graduation ceremony, originally planned for June 30, is now cancelled. It was determined that holding an in-person… https://t.co/LnLCR30j4k— Valley Vista Student Council 💜 (@VVHSStuCo) June 22, 2020
Balsz School District reminds families and community members that learning resources, COVID-19 updates, meal info and more are available on their Family Resource Hub.
To better support our #BalszSchoolDistrict students & their families, we have a Family Resource Hub full of learning resources, meal distribution information, #COVID19 updates, and more. Visit our website to stay informed about important district updates: https://t.co/DiEsG0bqpr pic.twitter.com/D0wAl3l2kj— Balsz SD (@BalszSD) June 22, 2020
Dysart Unified reminds families that this is the last week of its Grab and Go meal service this summer.
This is the last week for our Grab-and Go meal service. Thank you to all that participated in the meal program, it has been an honor to serve the #WeAreDysart community! Meals will be served from 10am-12pm, through this Thursday, June 25. Menu: https://t.co/uTFMio7pcx pic.twitter.com/h4tGGelTvm— Dysart School District (@DysartUSD) June 22, 2020
Hear more about how Arizona State University professor Lekelia “Kiki” Jenkins is helping shape the future of ocean science.
.@ASU_SFIS professor Lekelia “Kiki” Jenkins to help shape the future of ocean science as a newly appointed member of the prestigious @theNASEM Ocean Studies Board. #womeninSTEM #BLACKandSTEM https://t.co/g3rD82xeP2— Arizona State University (@ASU) June 22, 2020
Student athletes at several colleges have tested positive for COVID-19, Education Week says.
“Dozens of athletes at several colleges have already tested positive for Covid-19, presenting a preview of what the early days of a fall semester could look like.” https://t.co/Yj9x84V61o— Lauren S. Camera (@laurenonthehill) June 22, 2020
Sunnyside Unified is seeking nominations for their alumni hall of fame.
OUTSTANDING NOMINEES WANTED-— Sunnyside Unified School District (@sunnysideusd) June 22, 2020
Do you know someone you would like to nominate for the Sunnyside District Alumni Association Hall of Fame?
For more information click on the link 👇https://t.co/hUFQ2GswPD pic.twitter.com/56ZTSo2KG5
Despite widespread attention to inequitable school funding formulas — and courts that have declared them unlawful for shortchanging school districts serving large percentages of low-income students — too many states continue this unfair practice, says an article in The Education Trust.
“Districts with the most Black, Latino, & Native American students spend almost $2,000 less per student per year than districts with mostly White students.” @JohnBKing to @EdLaborCmte #COVID19 https://t.co/eT6IMVyFwP— The Education Trust (@EdTrust) June 22, 2020
English Language Learners need more support during remote learning, says Education Week.
Update June 21: Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 52,390 Sunday from 46,689 Friday, and 1,339 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health.
Friday’s 3,246 new confirmed COVID-19 cases was Arizona’s highest one-day case increase yet. The trend continued on Saturday with 3,109 new confirmed COVID-19 cases.
In Maricopa County, there are 30,136 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 5,370 in Pima County, 4,403 in Yuma County, 3,009 in Navajo County, 2,357 in Pinal County, 2,117 in Apache County, 1,536 in Coconino County, 1,413 in Santa Cruz County, 721 in Mohave County, 456 in Yavapai County, 363 in Cochise County, 273 in La Paz County, 160 in Gila County, 63 in Graham County and 13 in Greenlee County.
Update June 19: Juneteenth events have always commemorated the day 155 years ago when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the last enslaved Black people in Texas, but this year events in Arizona will be focused on the present Arizona organizers told Cronkite News Service.
“We’re still marching, fighting and protesting to have full equality,” Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Pastor Terry Mackey said. Mackey’s church is hosting a forum Friday night celebrating Juneteenth. https://t.co/rrJYhdahHs— Cronkite News (@cronkitenews) June 19, 2020
Even though this year marks Tucson’s 50th Juneteenth celebration, organizers postponed the historical celebration. There are smaller, socially distanced or virtual Juneteenth events commemorating the day with music, art or education about systemic racism. https://t.co/oDKlo8VjKL— AZPM (@azpublicmedia) June 19, 2020
Today, we commemorate #JuneteenthDay and the ending of slavery in the US. 155 years later, systemic racism and oppression still pervade our society at every level.— Regina Romero (@TucsonRomero) June 19, 2020
This morning we unveiled a short but critical message from the 10th Floor at City Hall: #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/88fflvwfFf
Confirmed COVID-19 cases reached a new single day high today of 3,245 new cases in Arizona.
Another record number of positive COVID-19 cases was reported by the state Friday, along with continued highs for hospitalizations, as the virus continues its escalating spread in Arizona. https://t.co/ew5yjvbbFy— azcentral (@azcentral) June 19, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 46,689 today from 43,443 yesterday, and 1,312 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health.
In Maricopa County, there are 25,999 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 5,019 in Pima County, 3,857 in Yuma County, 2,928 in Navajo County, 2,130 in Pinal County, 2,103 in Apache County, 1,470 in Coconino County, 1,293 in Santa Cruz County, 686 in Mohave County, 417 in Yavapai County, 332 in Cochise County, 257 in La Paz County, 125 in Gila County, 59 in Graham County and 14 in Greenlee County.
A newly released report from Bloomberg Law says that Peabody Energy Corp. drained Navajo Aquifer months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Navajo Nation. https://t.co/SZLzk91esp— 12 News (@12News) June 19, 2020
Gov. @dougducey has ordered flags be lowered to half-staff tomorrow from sunrise to sunset to honor the life and service of Navajo Police Department Officer Michael Lee. https://t.co/YMdzpkhV7y @Navajopd pic.twitter.com/iB1a5RvexY— The 9th Floor (@9thFloorAZ) June 19, 2020
A partnership has developed a virtual summer school to help children avoid the summer slide, Arizona Board of Regents said.
The leaders of @VCP_AZ, @ClubzonaBGC, @UMOM and @NAU announced a partnership for an innovative virtual summer school program designed to help Phoenix’s most underserved children catch up on lost learning time due to #COVID19. More: https://t.co/nJWECKLfMw pic.twitter.com/iXYqGOG2fn— Arizona Board of Regents (@AZRegents) June 19, 2020
Crane School District said two more staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
📌📌As of June 19, 2020, the Crane Elementary School District has confirmed two additional positive case of COVID-19 involving Crane staff members. For more information, please click on the link: https://t.co/G52YEcAqbX #WeAreCraneStrong💙 pic.twitter.com/0zfGmiwIUv— Crane School Dist. (@CraneSchools) June 19, 2020
Some Yuma Union High School District student athletes have started practicing in a limited way this week.
Phase one begins: Several local YUHSD athletic programs have returned to practice in a limited capacity this weekhttps://t.co/bRoTpNGvW9— yumasun (@yumasun) June 19, 2020
Tech can help keep students attention during online learning, Edutopia says.
No more zoning out—technology can help provide supplemental strategies to get students responding in video conference calls. https://t.co/gvwl61N3Qq— edutopia (@edutopia) June 19, 2020
Teachers retiring during COVID-19 feel like they’re fading away, says Education Week.
“I think that’s what’s hard about retiring in this age of the coronavirus…You’re not having some sort of milestone to show that you’ve transitioned from this identity to another. You’re just kind of fading out.” https://t.co/ar0IAZABtB— Education Week (@educationweek) June 19, 2020
Update June 18: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today that Dreamers retain key protections, and blocked President Donald Trump’s administration’s efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Gallery: DACA recipients, allies celebrate in Phoenix after Supreme Court ruling.https://t.co/H4RbB7PIOY— azcentral (@azcentral) June 18, 2020
Supporters of DACA rallied outside the Supreme Court, which on Thursday ruled that the Trump administration could not immediately end the program that protects 700,000 young immigrants from deportation.— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 18, 2020
Read more here: https://t.co/e8PTmRS2wp pic.twitter.com/o70pU4VzuZ
That means that the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children keep deportation protections and work permits under the DACA program.
The Supreme Court has ruled against the Trump administration and extended a lifeline to DACA — allowing the program that has permitted about 650,000 “Dreamers” to stay and work in the U.S. legally to continue for now. pic.twitter.com/q0UKaHJMBX— NPR (@NPR) June 18, 2020
“The dispute before the Court is not whether DHS may rescind DACA. All parties agree that it may. The dispute is instead primarily about the procedure the agency followed in doing so,” said Chief Justice John Roberts who wrote the ruling.
“We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies. ‘The wisdom’ of those decisions ‘is none of our concern.’ We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action,” said Chief Justice Roberts who joined Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor in the decision.
“Here the agency failed to consider the conspicuous issues of whether to retain forbearance and what if anything to do about the hardship to DACA recipients. That dual
failure raises doubts about whether the agency appreciated the scope of its discretion or exercised that discretion in a reasonable manner. The appropriate recourse is therefore
to remand to DHS so that it may consider the problem anew,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote in the decision.
Please view Superintendent Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor’s reaction to the Supreme Court DACA decision today. https://t.co/JlE29ZndUT— Cartwright District (@CartwrightSD) June 18, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona reach a new single day high of 2,519 new cases.
As record numbers of coronavirus cases continue to be reported in Arizona, state Health Director @drcarachrist told @BroomheadShow she expects the totals to get worse before they get better. https://t.co/P0VgmtXmP2 pic.twitter.com/fasgwS68dd— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) June 18, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 43,443 today from 40,924 yesterday, and 1,271 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health.
In Maricopa County, there are 23,880 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 4,682 in Pima County, 2,874 in Navajo County, 1,439 in Coconino County, 1,888 in Pinal County, 402 in Yavapai County, 1,998 in Apache County, 3,635 in Yuma County, 676 in Mohave County, 267 in Cochise County, 1,210 in Santa Cruz County, 58 in Graham County, 245 in La Paz County, 115 in Gila County and 13 in Greenlee County.
The Mesa City Council is meeting tomorrow to discuss the provisions of the proclamation mandating masks. It is my intent for school districts to implement mask policies that make sense for a classroom environment.— Mayor John Giles (@MayorGiles) June 18, 2020
Tolleson Union High School announced today that each school in the district will celebrate graduation with drive-thru events at their campuses on June 29th with the exception of University High School, which will hold their event at the Tolleson Union High School District office.
Education Week provides some Q&A posts from the past nine years on race and racism in schools.
Chalkbeat is seeking students’ six-word stories about their feelings and experiences with Black Lives Matter protests, police actions and more.
Hi rockstar students! @Chalkbeat is calling for 6-word stories ~from students~ about your feelings and experiences with Black Lives Matter protests, police violence, racism, and your hope for the future: https://t.co/S1rEcEbLBF— Rock to the Future (@Rock2Future) June 17, 2020
As Juneteenth, when enslaved Blacks in Galveston, Texas, first learned about the Emancipation Proclamation that freed them had been signed by President Abraham Lincoln two-and-a-half years earlier, is commemorated tomorrow Arizona Informant Newspaper Publisher Cloves Campbell Jr. talks to KJZZ 91.5 FM about it.
Juneteenth is gaining traction as a workers’ holiday, and more than 24 businesses in Arizona and nationwide will be closed tomorrow for it, The Arizona Republic says.
These Arizona businesses will observe Juneteenth as a company holiday. Here’s what you need to know.https://t.co/e43BWVfk9Z— azcentral (@azcentral) June 18, 2020
Phoenix New Times highlights events in Phoenix to observe Juneteenth.
Observe the Juneteenth holiday tomorrow and through the weekend with these Phoenix events.— Phoenix New Times (@phoenixnewtimes) June 18, 2020
A federal court judge struck down the U.S. Dept. of Education’s policy to exclude undocumented college students from receiving coronavirus relief grants but the agency is fighting it.
The Dept. of Education is continuing its fight to exclude undocumented college students from receiving coronavirus relief grants despite a ruling from a federal court judge Wednesday that temporarily strikes down the agency’s policy on funding eligibility https://t.co/PCKWvAWtkS— CNN (@CNN) June 18, 2020
School districts around the state are seeking bus drivers before school starts.
“Bus drivers start between $14 and $16.50 an hour. They earn full benefits, insurance and retirement,” Jaime Festa-Daigle said, noting that route drivers work a split schedule that totals approximately five hours a day when school is in session.https://t.co/kPVVoPTDlu— Today’s News Herald (@havasunews) June 18, 2020
NotMyKid’s Kristen Polin talks about the toll the quarantine has had on teens’ mental health with KJZZ 91.5 FM.
Many people worried about the mental health if teens during the pandemic. One of them is Kristen Polin, CEO of the Scottsdale-based nonprofit @notMYkidTweets.@markwbrodie talked with her about how the pandemic has affected teen metal health.https://t.co/ilkaicqcn9— KJZZ Phoenix (@kjzzphoenix) June 18, 2020
Update June 17: Gov. Doug Ducey said, “COVID-19 is widespread in the State of Arizona, and Arizonans must act responsibly to protect one another,” in a news conference today.
“We want to see all Arizonans wear masks, and we are working with local leaders to have that flexibility,” Gov. Ducey said.
Gov. Ducey thanked the mayors around the state for their input that they wanted flexibility on being able to require residents to wear masks and face coverings depending on the rate of coronavirus infection in their area and they have flexibility on enforcement efforts as one way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in their communities.
1/2 Everyone must pitch in to stop the spread of #Covid19 so our children can safely return to school + small businesses can keep operating. I’ll be issuing a proclamation requiring the use of masks in the @CITYOFMESA.— Mayor John Giles (@MayorGiles) June 17, 2020
We’re all in this together. #MaskUpArizona #MaskUpMesa
Arizona Dept. of Health Services video: COVID-19 News Conference June 17, 2020
On some things a statewide order works well, but in rural Arizona where there is very little transmission and you have counties that say “pound sand” on an executive order and that doesn’t work, Gov. Ducey said.
“We are not out of the woods yet,” Gov. Ducey said.
“First and foremost we want people to stay healthy,” Gov. Ducey said. “We want to slow and contain the spread. We have successfully slowed the spread of COVID-19 in the past and we’re going to slow it again.”
“We will take urgent action to protect health,” Gov. Ducey said. “We will be vigilant constantly as this virus is tough and challenging on every front.”
“I said two weeks ago that there was not a trend here. Looking at the last two weeks of data there is a trend and they’re in the wrong directions,” Gov. Ducey said. “The actions we’re going to take are going to change this trend.”
“What we will see in the actions we take today is a downward trend in cases” along with an increase in testing, Gov. Ducey said.
We’ve partnered with ASU to develop a test that gives on-site rapid results that can be used in workplaces, Gov. Ducey said.
Dr. Cara Christ, director of Arizona Department of Health Services, talked about updated guidance from the U.S. Centers from Disease Control to consider before leaving home.
“We always recommend that you stay six feet away from other individuals, the closer you are the greater your risk of COVID-19,” Dr. Christ said.
Indoor spaces with less ventilation increases your risk compared to outdoors where air circulation is greater, Dr. Christ said.
Dr. Christ said they are testing one corrections facility each week and they’re working on corrections to test all inmates in conjunction with private lab partners.
Arizona Dept. of Health Services has tested almost 15,000 long-term care staff and residents for COVID-19 and 21 homes are doing their own testing, Dr. Christ said.
“You are most safe at home. If you can’t stay home and you go out, you are most safe when you physically distance and if you do go out, wear a mask. It’s the smart thing to do,” Gov. Ducey said.
To give you an idea of how different things are in different parts of our state, and in response, Gov. Ducey said he is changing requirements allowing local leaders to tailor requirements on whether to require masks and apply enforcement.
“Facts around the state are demanding an individualized approach,” Gov. Ducey said.
“Studies speak to the effectiveness of these face masks. Every Arizonan should wear a face mask and we’re asking Arizonans to do their part to protect the most vulnerable in their communities,” Gov. Ducey said.
3/3 On our next agenda, Phoenix City Council will vote to mandate face masks for residents going to essential businesses and in public spaces. I fully support this measure. We will only overcome this virus by working together. #MaskUpAZ— Mayor Kate Gallego (@MayorGallego) June 17, 2020
Today @dougducey authorized AZ cities to mandate wearing face masks in public spaces. I just called an Emergency Special Voting Meeting for Friday morning, June 19 for the @GlendaleAZ City Council to discuss & vote on a measure to protect the public from #Covid19 . #MaskUpAZ— Mayor Jerry Weiers (@MayorWeiers) June 17, 2020
The AZ Dept of Health services is strengthening measures to protect patrons and employees of establishments, Gov. Ducey said.
“For those operating responsibly there will be no change,” Gov. Ducey said.
“The objective here in addition to keep Arizonans healthy is to slow and contain the spread,” Gov. Ducey said.
Contact tracing is being stepped up at the county level with help from the National Guard, Gov. Ducey said.
“If you do get contacted by public health, please answer the call. They have information for you about someone wjo has tested positive that you have come into contact with,” Gov. Ducey said.
“Just recently I know a lot of people who have contracted this and they’ve contracted this as graduation parties in private homes,” Gov. Ducey said.
There will be additional testing for residents and staff in high contact settings such as long-term care homes, Gov. Ducey said.
“We’re going to continue to boost testing,” Gov. Ducey said. “We’re going to amplify contact tracing with the counties.”
“We’re also going to have increased awareness of distancing and face-covering guidelines. We’ll empower local officials to provide additional requirements. and we’ll continue our focus on long-term care facilities,” Gov. Ducey said.
“Serious changes need to be made and enforcement efforts will be made around those requirements,” Gov. Ducey said.
“COVID-19 is widespread in the State of Arizona and Arizonans must act responsibly to protect one another,” Gov. Ducey said.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 40,924 today from 39,097 yesterday, and 1,239 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health.
First Tucson, now Tolleson https://t.co/8IDk2PP5WT— News Conover (@newsconover) June 17, 2020
In Maricopa County, there are 22,272 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 4,385 in Pima County, 2,771 in Navajo County, 1,410 in Coconino County, 1,793 in Pinal County, 387 in Yavapai County, 1,998 in Apache County, 3,454 in Yuma County, 636 in Mohave County, 248 in Cochise County, 1,165 in Santa Cruz County, 56in Graham County, 238 in La Paz County, 99 in Gila County and 12 in Greenlee County.
As #COVID19 cases continue to rise in Arizona and Nogales-Santa Cruz County, the offices of @santacruzaz and the @nogaleschamber would like emphasize these precautionary measures to help keep you and your loved ones safe. #StaySafeStayHome #SantaCruzCountyStrong pic.twitter.com/nfWWuUH8vf— Nogales-SCC Chamber (@NogalesChamber) June 17, 2020
More of our interview with @LWashingtonTV next hour on @MSNBC with @chucktodd & @KatyTurNBC.— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) June 17, 2020
Robert Washington, 68, will be laid to rest on Sunday. He returned to work at casino job on May 15 (day of AZ re-opening). Two weeks later, COVID positive. Passed away June 11. https://t.co/7dqIYIDTGd pic.twitter.com/2K33ne1LNn
Arizona Cardinals Quarterback Kyler Murray says it’s not enough to not be racist, we’ve got to be anti-racist in response to the protests against racism and police brutality.
“It’s not enough to just not be racist.” pic.twitter.com/5YpZ38lNLu— 12 SPORTS (@12SportsAZ) June 17, 2020
In Phoenix, protesters are gathered around different workshops to learn, participate and hear more from organizers.
Protesters are gathered around different workshops at the protest to learn about police brutality against black people, participate in wellness exercises and hear more from organizers @blmphxmetro, @PoderinAction, @mass_liberation, @tqpueblo & Drinking Gourd Farms pic.twitter.com/ARWRGGiunh— Audrey Jensen (@Audreyj101) June 17, 2020
Nextgen Arizona and March For Our Lives Arizona will host a town hall next Wednesday of achieving racial justice and equity in Arizona.
Nextgen Arizona and @azmfol are going to be hosting a town hall next Wednesday on achieving racial justice and equity here in Arizona! We’ll be joined by some amazing panelists from right here in Arizona to give their input on what should be done. Sign up: https://t.co/YTtucAvVOD— Jacob Martínez (@JacobDMartinez) June 17, 2020
Schools and parents might want to consider building mindful routines for students as they head back to school, Education Next says.
Thinking ahead to what schools will look like when they reopen, teachers or parents might consider establishing mindful practices with students, such as deep breathing, journaling, quiet pacing, or meditation for 20 minutes a day. https://t.co/4louQZqmED— Education Next (@EducationNext) June 17, 2020
Peoria Unified thanked their Food and Nutrition team for providing students in summer camps with meals each day.
Students and their families are reminded that filling out the FAFSA is an important step in applying for college.
Filling out the FAFSA is one of the most important steps students and their families can take to pay for college, and our guide tells you everything you need to know about it. https://t.co/pjKURwc2SC— U.S. News Education (@USNewsEducation) June 17, 2020
Sahuarita Unified is the first school in the state to offer NJROTC course to eighth-graders.
New NJROTC course approved for next school year will open up opportunities for 8th graders to participate.— Sahuarita USD (@SUSD30) June 17, 2020
SUSD first in Arizona to offer NJROTC to eighth-graders https://t.co/tLs0KeLcvT via @greenvalleynews
Maricopa County Supt. of Schools Steve Watson encouraged teachers to register for upcoming workshops like this one.
Today school administrators from across Maricopa County attended a virtual workshop with @CIC_NICERC to learn about #cybersecurity curriculum. Teachers who are interested in attending one of these upcoming workshops can register on our website! (https://t.co/AiugY0xWjx) pic.twitter.com/dV8HkYeNfT— Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson (@mcschoolsup) June 17, 2020
Update June 16: Fountain Hills students who planned a protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement canceled the event after social media threats of an armed response, The Arizona Republic reports.
Fountain Hills teens wanted to hold a Black Lives Matter protest. Threats shut it down https://t.co/lfUsjcsLkz— azcentral (@azcentral) June 16, 2020
Give people who can help a seat at the table to come up with solutions for education issues related to race as well as COVID, an Education Week article says.
Many people are unsure about what they can do about educational issues relating to race as well as the pandemic. Giving the people who can help us a seat at the table is a good start. #EWopinion https://t.co/jQrxjLCli4— Education Week (@educationweek) June 16, 2020
School resource officers may be replaced in Tempe Union High School district by social workers or mental health professionals, 12 News says.
Four school resource officer positions in Tempe Union High School District could be replaced by social workers or other mental health professionals in the wake of protests on justice reform. https://t.co/H9N6URULl1— 12 News (@12News) June 16, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 39,097 today from 36,705 Monday, and 1,219 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health.
The Navajo Nation is resuming lockdowns for at least the next two weekends as the number of coronavirus cases off the reservation increases, most notably in Arizona.https://t.co/NvzEBUXbk7— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) June 17, 2020
In Maricopa County, there are 20,775 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 4,329 in Pima County, 2,749 in Navajo County, 1,393 in Coconino County, 1,727 in Pinal County, 384 in Yavapai County, 1,996 in Apache County, 3,379 in Yuma County, 624 in Mohave County, 241 in Cochise County, 1,104 in Santa Cruz County, 55 in Graham County, 238 in La Paz County, 91 in Gila County and 12 in Greenlee County.
JUST IN: 688 medical providers have signed a letter requesting @dougducey to mandate universal mask wearing in public. 😷— Nicole Grigg (@NicoleSGrigg) June 16, 2020
‘There is sufficient, clear, scientific evidence that wearing masks is one way to decrease the spread of COVID-19….’ pic.twitter.com/iwjQZ9GsRx
Wear a mask. https://t.co/xFA9FnTzAP— Banner Health (@BannerHealth) June 16, 2020
As the world anxiously awaits development of a vaccine for COVID-19, new and controversial research measures are being considered. These include the possibility of deliberately exposing volunteers to the disease to see if they are infected. https://t.co/zc4CI0XTfE— AZPM (@azpublicmedia) June 16, 2020
It bears repeating: We cannot have a healthy economic recovery while we are shattering #COVID19 case records. 1,377 cases in Maricopa County reported yesterday with @AZDHS reporting 2,392 cases in the last 24 hours. #MaskUp #StayHome https://t.co/a07c0MrCwz— Mayor Kate Gallego (@MayorGallego) June 16, 2020
As unemployment applications for benefits increased in Arizona during the coronavirus pandemic and layoffs, investigations of fraud have delayed benefits for some people, The Arizona Republic reports.
Sorting out fraudulent unemployment claims from the valid claims has delayed benefits for some people who need to have their claim investigated by the department. https://t.co/whR5HJZBIG— azcentral (@azcentral) June 16, 2020
As the nation awaits the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Dreamers, an Ambassador of Mexico to the United States points out that many Dreamers are providing essential services during COVID-19.
Well said @Martha_Barcena! @AZChamber appreciates the contributions of DACA recipients to our great state and we continue to support a permanent federal fix for all Dreamers. #DACA program has played a major role in keeping America going during the pandemic. https://t.co/nyhzLQklUl— Glenn Hamer (@GlennHamer) June 16, 2020
Social distancing and slowed down screening of young children for developmental delays, First Things First said.
#Childdevelopment experts say the earlier the better when it comes to identifying children with developmental delays, but social distancing has made early identification difficult in some cases. #AZFTF https://t.co/dWYqEK43cj— First Things First (@AZFTF) June 16, 2020
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a video game as a treatment for children between the ages of 8 and 12 with some types of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a CNN story says.
The first video game-based treatment for ADHD has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.— CNN (@CNN) June 17, 2020
The video game, called EndeavorRx, will be prescription only and aimed at children between the ages of eight and 12 with certain types of ADHD. https://t.co/eLZUhESG1B
Deer Valley Unified’s student athletes are beginning summer training.
Earning certificates through dual enrollment can help high school students in the job search after graduation, an edutopia article says.
Certifications can help in the job search after high school graduation, and can be gained in almost every career field. https://t.co/3RZC6DB8o9— edutopia (@edutopia) June 16, 2020
Arizona high school seniors can still fill out the FAFSA, College Goal Arizona says.
Looking for a place to cool off with the kids? Raising Arizona Kids has some ideas.
Looking to cool off? Our research indicates about half of the Valley’s #splashpads have opened for the summer. We made calls to verify which are, and which aren’t. Not all organizations have updated their websites. https://t.co/Mt3VWd7WA6 pic.twitter.com/W7jlFVczK1— Raising Arizona Kids (@RAKmagazine) June 16, 2020
Edutopia provides some ideas for meeting IEP goals during remote learning.
During the pandemic, meeting IEP goals can be a challenge. Here are ways to help. https://t.co/vaQQG7fpYl— Cognia (@CogniaOrg) June 16, 2020
Update June 15: Some delayed traditional graduation ceremonies have been cancelled as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
For more information, visit our website at https://t.co/Z4KGVOEKKu— Peoria Unified (@PeoriaUnified11) June 15, 2020
“Given the increase in COVID-19 cases, we have determined it is not in the best interest of our students, staff, parents and community to proceed with these events,” the letter said.
“As we shared in our recent survey communication, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has released guidance recommending that mass events, specifically graduations, do not take place at this time. We received this guidance at the beginning of June but were hopeful that our state would begin to see a decline in cases. As recently as this morning, we reached out to the county again to see if the guidance had changed and unfortunately, it has not,” the letter continued.
“Safety has always been our first priority and we do not feel we can in good conscience proceed with an event that may jeopardize the health and well-being of our graduates, families and staff. We are devastated that we will not be able to celebrate our graduates for their achievements in the way we had originally planned and in the way that they deserve,” the letter read.
Last week, Tolleson Union High School District cancelled it’s planned in-person graduation ceremonies scheduled for June 29 last week.
“We do, however, want to celebrate our graduates and recognize their accomplishment in a meaningful way. Our seniors have missed a lot this year, and we want to be sure to acknowledge them in a special way to the best of our ability. Currently, schools are working on a plan to celebrate and honor our graduates with a celebration at each school site. Principals will be sending out a communication to you soon with information on the graduation celebration at your home school,” the letter sent to parents on June 11 read.
On Thursday, June 18, Tolleson Union High School sent out a news release that each school in the district will celebrate graduation with events at their school campus on June 29th with the exception of University High School which will hold their event at the Tolleson Union High School District office.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 36,705 today from 32,918 Friday, and 1,194 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health.
Arizona is experiencing a very troubling spike in #COVID cases. AZ’s testing is up 17%, while cases are up 138%. That means for every 1 additional test, there are 8 new cases. Let’s not undo the hard work residents did to #StopTheSpread of this deadly virus. #MaskUp #StayHome— Mayor Kate Gallego (@MayorGallego) June 15, 2020
In Maricopa County, there are 19,372 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 3,944 in Pima County, 2,636 in Navajo County, 1,373 in Coconino County, 1,568 in Pinal County, 374 in Yavapai County, 1,975 in Apache County, 3,265 in Yuma County, 618 in Mohave County, 221 in Cochise County, 988 in Santa Cruz County, 50 in Graham County, 222 in La Paz County, 87 in Gila County and 12 in Greenlee County.
People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 16,636, followed by people 45 to 54 years old with 5,785 cases, then people 65 years and older with 5,541 cases, people from 55 to 64 years old with 4,846 cases and people under 20 years old with 3,864 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Arizona, remember to do your part to protect your neighbors and #StopTheSpread by washing your hands frequently, maintaining social distance when in public, and staying at home if you feel unwell. pic.twitter.com/jdYS43iGPJ— GCC (@gccaz) June 15, 2020
Thirty-eight percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 26% in Hispanic or Latino, 18% in White/Non-Hispanic, 11% Native American, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 3% Other/Non-Hispanic.
The U.S. Treasury Department is withholding $679 million in coronavirus relief funding for tribes while a challenge over its initial round of payments to tribal governments plays out in court.https://t.co/6HeJppNgds— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) June 15, 2020
Twenty-five percent of people who had confirmed COVID-19 cases had a chronic medical condition and 33% were high risk – 65 or more years old with one or more chronic medical condition. Fifty-three percent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are female.
Arizona’s bigger cities got CARES Act funding directly from the federal government while the state distributed funds to smaller towns.@charrisazrep was part of the @azcentral team that discovered the small tows ended up with a lot less money per person.https://t.co/tYkpnHg1Y9— KJZZ Phoenix (@kjzzphoenix) June 15, 2020
Forty-five percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 20% Hispanic or Latino, 18% Native American, 12% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.
Recent studies have concluded masks can be effective in preventing transmission of COVID-19 and should be worn when around others — particularly to protect others from any infection you might have.— azcentral (@azcentral) June 15, 2020
More men, 54%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older – 903 – have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.
These are the five states we’re watching most closely. pic.twitter.com/cHnFPHUg9M— The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking) June 15, 2020
There were 449 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities, hospitals, shelters, workplace, dialysis clinics, private residential, hospice, childcare/daycare, college/university, outpatient clinics and religious facilities.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that federal law protects LGBTQ workers from job discrimination.
Extremely important ruling from #SCOTUS today. Their ruling ensures America’s workers cannot be fired for being gay or transgender. PHX embraces the ideas, innovation, and strength of our #LGBTQ community members. Everyone deserves these basic protections. https://t.co/Yb3jQYJ6tG— Mayor Kate Gallego (@MayorGallego) June 15, 2020
The 6-3 opinion was written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s four liberal justices said a provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 known as Title VII that bars job discrimination because of sex, amongst other reasons, includes bias against LGBTQ workers, The Associated Press reports.
Given today’s Supreme Court ruling “it’s no contest” that Title VII protects LGBTQ persons from discrimination @BetsyDeVosED needs to rescind OCR’s violation letter wrongly finding discrimination for allowing transgender athletes to play on teams consistent with gender identity— Catherine E. Lhamon (@CatherineLhamon) June 15, 2020
Today’s #SCOTUS ruling is a remarkable victory for the LGBTQ community that is long overdue. In America, nobody should ever live in fear of losing their livelihood because of who they are and who they love. #PrideMonth pic.twitter.com/LmDVu7htqN— Arizona Senate Dems (@AZSenateDems) June 15, 2020
“An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids,” Justice Gorsuch wrote.
Today’s #SCOTUS ruling was a significant – but only partial – victory for #LGBTQ Arizonans.— Arizona House Democrats (@AZHouseDems) June 15, 2020
“In Arizona, you can still be discriminated against in stores, restaurants and hotels. You can still be denied housing.” — LGBTQ Caucus Chair Rep. @danielforaz.https://t.co/oGGpnF6L20
Monsoon season begins today and continues to the end of September.
Welcome to Monsoon 2020! The monsoon season begins today and will be with us for the next 107 days. Typically Phoenix sees its first summer rain by July 14. However, dust storms forming from dying thunderstorms will be possible through September. #12News #12NewsWx pic.twitter.com/184avlwuWg— Lindsay Riley (@LindsayRileyWx) June 15, 2020
Teachers want to be part of the decision-making process as schools create their re-opening plans, says Expect More Arizona.
AZ educators have many concerns about getting back to teaching and want to be a part of the decision-making process as schools consider their reopening plans, according to the results from a survey that we released today. Read more: https://t.co/8gadrs6R7y. #Road2Equity pic.twitter.com/CC0el8E5sn— ExpectMoreAZ (@ExpectMoreAZ) June 15, 2020
Looking for ways to strengthen student engagement in online discussions? Here are some ideas.
From a note-taking document to a feedback survey, these tools can help facilitate and monitor small-group conversations when students are in breakout rooms. https://t.co/zsHjQK8XQN— edutopia (@edutopia) June 15, 2020
A study released this week in Educational Researcher found teachers cover significantly less algebra material in those classes at predominately black schools than peers in majority white schools or schools with no racial majority.
“I was not surprised … but I found the results jarring. I feel like especially in today’s climate, we need to be very much focused on what’s happening and not assume that opening up access guarantees opportunities to learn.”https://t.co/eOI14wpOdL— Education Week (@educationweek) June 15, 2020
Arizonans are protesting for the 19th day against racism and police brutality.
It’s day 19 in a row of protests against racism and police brutality in metro Phoenix. @vv1lder and @alana_minkler are headed to cover a prayer walk led by churches in south Phoenix, while @RobSchumacher1 is at a rally in Mesa. Follow updates here: https://t.co/CHCNBkofDA— Kaila White Roberts (@kailawhite) June 15, 2020
Help youth solve civic problems and help nonprofits responding to social challenges.
Young people have a lot to say about the social problems in our country right now. Invite them to join the @iCivics Impact Points Challenge to get informed about how to solve civic problems and help nonprofits at the same time: https://t.co/3P66itkBgi // #iCivicsImpactChallenge pic.twitter.com/kx1GjnGIrk— Filament Games (@FilamentGames) June 15, 2020
The economic fallout from COVID-19 has many students reconsidering their plans after high school. Some are considering a gap year.
A gap year offers high school graduates the opportunity to explore interests before starting college. https://t.co/D7SuRFdqEk— U.S. News Education (@USNewsEducation) June 15, 2020
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 – 25: You can get tested now if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19
Updates from March 12 – April 7: Coronavirus response: Cases rise; AZ Day of Giving