The Arizona Department of Health Services released its eagerly anticipated criteria for when schools can safely reopen for in-person learning amid the continuing COVID-19 crisis, though the benchmarks won’t be mandatory and it will be up to school districts to decide whether it’s safe to bring students back to campus.
How best to safely open Arizona classrooms has been the primary focus of parents, teachers and school administrators for weeks, but a different challenge is receiving little public consideration: how best to get kids safely to school.
For the second time in as many election cycles, a judge has barred from the ballot a citizen initiative that seeks to increase funding for K-12 education by hiking income taxes for higher earning Arizonans, ruling that the campaign omitted critical information from a brief description on the petitions they circulated.
We are asked almost daily about children and COVID-19: Do they get COVID-19? Should they attend day care or school, play sports, see friends and attend summer camps? What are the risks to themselves and to others?
This year, there will be no photos with backpacks. No shopping cart with supplies. This year, everything from sports seasons to in-person learning is TBD. The only sure things are uncertainty and stress.
By the time he was in fifth grade, Emily McIntosh’s son, Mo, had cycled through several schools, and nothing had worked.
Public schools will be allowed to determine on their own when to start in-person instruction for the upcoming K-12 school year based on a set of benchmarks that will be established by state health officials instead of being tied to the Aug. 17 start date that Gov. Doug Ducey set last month.
Arizona Schools Superintendent Kathy Hoffman said July 15 that the already delayed Aug. 17 start of in-person classes may have to be pushed back again in light of continuing concerns about COVID-19 safety.
With possibly thousands of evictions looming later this month, Gov. Doug Ducey is extending the moratorium he imposed on evictions that he implemented to keep people in their homes amid the economic downturn triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent shutdown of many businesses.
Maybely Muñoz is not typically outspoken. She described herself as an introvert. But on Tuesday morning, the public elementary school teacher was at the Arizona Capitol and had strong words for Gov. Doug Ducey