US colleges mull new virus protocols for students’ return

The coronavirus presented huge challenges for the fall semester for U.S. colleges that opened the academic year with in-person learning, including some that took a battering from outbreaks.

Gov. Ducey announces additional CARES Act funding for K-12 education

  Marana Unified School District parents describe their child’s COVID exposure experience

High school winter sports season postponed by AIA

  TUSD board pushes decision on school resource officers to next year, new members

Arizona leaders, groups ask Gov. Ducey to act now to slow spread of coronavirus

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Tucson Medical Center CEO calls on educators to expand in-person learning

  Salpointe Catholic High School launches esports team

Douglas Unified School District to go remote for two weeks following spike in COVID-19 cases

Principal confirms COVID-19 case at Tortolita Middle School; exposed individuals asked to quarantine

Marana Unified School District confirms positive student COVID-19 case

Startup company Cell Work joins the University of Arizona Center for Innovation

  Sunnyside schools returning to remote learning after Thanksgiving

SUSD plans to return to hybrid instruction after the holidays.

  University of Arizona to expand COVID-19 student testing in spring

Returning students will find an enhanced test, trace, and treatment protocol in place.

Campus Closed: Buena High School returns to remote learning because of COVID-19 cases

In-person classes are planned to start again at the end of this month.

US Forest Service celebrates National STEM Day with free coloring page

The US Forest Service has released a coloring page for National STEM Day.

  TUSD to remain in remote learning until end of the quarter

Tucson Country Day School 7th graders to stay home for remote learning Friday because of COVID-19 case

Marana Unified School District votes to remain in hybrid learning structure

District confirms six cases of COVID-19 at Ironwood Ridge High School

  University of Arizona plans pre-holiday testing blitz, transition to online-only instruction after Thanksgiving

  Two Sahuarita students win national ‘Masks By Me’ contest

TUSD sets start date for hybrid learning

After a long meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 27, the board finally passed the motion on a 3-2 vote allowing students to begin the hybrid-learning option on Thuesday, Nov. 12.

University of Arizona: Latest COVID-19 testing results

Data from the University of Arizona's COVID-19 dashboard shows an exponential increase in the number of cases since the end of August.

Desert View High student tests positive for COVID-19

A student at Desert View High School has tested positive for COVID-19.

OSIRIS-REx collected at least 2 ounces of asteroid surface material from Bennu

After OSIRIS-REx’s succesful mission in outer space, NASA officials have determined that the spacecraft captured more than enough material from the asteroid Bennu.

  University of Arizona students petition to reinstate a traditional spring break

Some believe spring break is important for mental wellbeing.

  School nurse shortage poses new challenge amid pandemic

In the midst of the pandemic, one position at schools is proving to be more important than ever before.

Virtual learning poses unique challenges for Arizona’s 148,000 students in special ed programs

Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order in July requiring that schools reopen at least in a limited capacity for some students.

  University of Arizona set to test students for COVID-19 before Thanksgiving break

The latest COVID-19 numbers at the University of Arizona show no one has tested positive since Friday, but the university will soon start testing students before heading into the Thanksgiving break.

  San Xavier Mission School students get laptops

Many students at the San Xavier Mission School didn’t have laptops or computers for virtual learning but the community worked together to raise tens of thousands of dollars and get the technology they needed.

  Adults gaining education, job skills for free in Pima County

The Pima County Superior Court Adult Probation LEARN program is joining the national “Move Ahead With Adult Ed” campaign to help adults gain skills to join the workforce.

  UA law professor breaks down Barrett confirmation hearings as senators prepare to vote

The full Senate is slated to take up the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Friday, Oct. 23. The final vote is expected the following week, days before the election.

Amphi alerts families: Positive COVID-19 case confirmed at Mesa Verde Elementary

Amphitheater School District officials sent out a letter to parents and families about a positive COVID-19 case traced at Mesa Verde Elementary.

USDA, AZ Department of Education announce eligibility requirements for free and reduced-price meals

Under the new pricing program for school lunches, meals will be provided for free or at reduced-price for children whose families meet low income elegibility requirements.

  Common mistakes by voters that get ballots rejected

Nearly a thousand out of more than 226,000 ballots in Pima County were rejected in the 2020 Primary Election due to mistakes made by voters.

  Amphi students return to campus for hybrid learning

Students will spend two days attending classes on campus each week and spend the other three days learning virtually from home.

  Tucson police aim to bridge the gap between race and policing

TPD training officers how to react better with the community.

Trump administration extends free meals for kids for entire school year

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending flexibilities to allow free meals to continue to be available to all children throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year.

  Teachers and students ask for more transparency from U of A administration regarding health safety

Thousands of U of A students are expected to return to campus Monday, bringing the total number of students attending in-person class to nearly 10,000. This is raising concerns among faculty and students who say the university isn’t being transparent when it comes to health safety.

  Student athletes feeling the mental strain of COVID-19 before training season

The University of Arizona’s Football team is scheduled to start training camp at the end of the week.

  Voters to see Invest in Ed on ballot

The measure is said to help motivate teachers to work in Arizona which in turn will help students.

John B. Wright Elementary School receives A+ School of Excellence Award

A+ schools are celebrated and recognized as exceptional.

TUSD School Board pushes vote on hybrid-learning start-date to later date

TUSD pushed back vote on hybrid learning start-date to a later date.

New Covid-19 tracking tool for Pima County

Pima County Health Department introduces its first real-time Covid-19 tracking dashboard.

University of Arizona to offer more in-person classes as new COVID-19 cases decline

The school plans to start phase two of its reopening plan Monday, Oct. 12.

  University of Arizona’s stay-at-home request ends, officials say it may be reinstated if numbers spike again

University of Arizona students are no longer under a voluntary stay-at-home order. It expired on Tuesday, September 29th, but officials say the two-week recommendation had its intended effect.

Hybrid learning plans for school districts across Pima County

Across Pima County, school districts are beginning to release their plans for hybrid learning. Here are the plans for each school district in the county. If you don't see a school district in the story, it will be available soon.

  Parents asked to sign COVID-19 waiver for in-person learning

Marana Unified School District parents who sign the waiver are promising to not sue the school district for any trauma, illness or death to their child or household from COVID-19.

Just Between Friends announces shopping dates for Tucson

Shopping dates are planned for Sep. 19-20 and Sep. 25-26 at 4881 N. Stone Ave.

  UA student working to create ‘non-clogging’ toilet paper

A flight from India - diverted because of clogged toilets - inspired University of Arizona sophomore Kunal Shamdasani to come up with his award-winning idea.

  TUSD moving forward with hybrid learning, start date not set in stone

District will survey teachers and parents over the next two weeks and will solidify a hybrid learning plan by Oct. 6.

Virus spread around University of Arizona causing consternation

County health officials are concerned because what happens on campus does not always stay on campus.

Startup business Techletics joins the University of Arizona Center for Innovation

Techletics is developing a patent pending mobile health application that utilizes the embedded sensors of a smartphone to track and improve posture with no other additional device.

Amphitheater School District releases plans for hybrid learning

The Amphitheater School District released it's plan for hybrid learning. Students would be divided into two cohorts and attend in-person learning twice a week.

Virus puts brakes on car show, but charity motors on

Five companies donate sponsorship fees to Pima Community College.

University of Arizona to study viral immunity of COVID-19 in essential workers

The research team is currently enrolling 4,000 health-care workers, first responders, and frontline essential workers as participants across Arizona within four months for this study.

Arizona Department of Education announces partnership to support free math professional learning for teachers statewide

Free workshops will be designed to deepen teachers' mathematical understanding, promote hands-on, student-centered lessons, examine alternative ways to present particular topics.

  TUSD families can pick up a week’s worth of food at one time

TUSD believes a lot of families are having challenges getting to the bus stops for meal drop-offs. To help, the district is launching an alternative meal pick-up.

Sunnyside Unified School District hiring substitute teachers

SUSD hiring substitute teachers

  University of Arizona students say voluntary two week quarantine isn’t taking off

The Pima County Health Department, along with the University of Arizona, are asking students on or near campus to shelter in place for 14 days.

  COVID on Campus: At the largest universities, data vary widely and lacks transparency

Only around a quarter of the nation's largest universities publicly release active COVID-19 case information. Public health experts say the more data available, the better.

Empire High School gets assist from NBA great in PSA video

Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal appears in opening scene of video explaining expectations for return to campus.

  Local men run from Nogales to Tucson for charity

Two local Tucsonans completed a 58-mile run from Nogales to San Xavier Mission to raise money for Sunnyside School District.

TUSD schools receive $24,500 in grants to help feed students in need

The grant money will help feed students in need.

  Pima County Public Library can help with your learning at home needs

Families can access a list of resources like test prep and homework through different videos, practice tests, and flashcards.

  University of Arizona asks students to quarantine for two weeks to slow spread of coronavirus

14-day shelter-in-place issued for students living on or near campus.

Fiesta Bowl Wishes for Teachers applications open Sept. 14

2020 applications for the Wishes for Teachers grant open on Sept. 14.

Study: Junipter’s moons may be warming each other

A new study published in Geophysical Research Letters found that moon-moon interactions may be more responsible for the heating than Jupiter alone.

  TUSD tentatively plans to bring staff back, hybrid learning could start in October

Pima County’s largest school district is working towards a phased return to in-person classes.

  U of A opens second isolation dorm as COVID-19 cases grow

University of Arizona campus leaders said 8.8 percent of students tested in the past 24 hours had positive results.

University of Arizona cancels upcoming in-person graduation celebrations for class of 2020

In a letter, the UA said they are unable to host this event or any other in-person convocations expected for December.

University of Arizona researchers discover green light therapy relieves headaches

Many of the study's participants reported fewer and less painful headaches.

PCC gets $2.5M grant for Center of Excellence in Applied Technology

Gift is largest ever received by Pima Foundation.

OSIRIS-REx spacecraft observes an asteroid in action

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has provided planetary scientists with the opportunity to observe such activity at close range for the first time ever.

  Pima County families calling on local health authority to give hybrid learning the green light

Tuesday night, several dozen people gathered in front of the Pima County Superior Court for a peaceful protest. Their goal, to give parents a choice in getting their kids back in classrooms.

University of Arizona expands workspace options to assist international students

Students enrolled in UArizona programs internationally have “All Access” to WeWork’s flexible workspaces.

School board president’s virtual birthday party hacked by racists

The racist hackers began playing video from a Ku Klux Klan rally during the virtual party.

Nonprofits commit to sponsor six months of free internet in Amphi district

Amphi Foundation, GRINS partner with Cox, Comcast to provide free service to eligible families.

University of Arizona appoints first SVP for Native American advancement

Equerra will oversee university-wide efforts to improve the success of Native American students.