Education

University of Arizona keeps most classes online, helps county with more vaccinations

Arizona has the highest infection rate in the country, with a rolling seven-day average of 100 daily new reported cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents.

Vail schools begin going back to hybrid learning Monday

U of A Police Dept. gets more than $26K in grants

SAT doing away with optional essay, subject tests

Gov. Ducey releases Arizona’s budget for Fiscal Year 2022

Record number of startups enrolled at University of Arizona Center for Innovation

University of Arizona to lead telescopic mission with NASA

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  University of Arizona students return to campus

Pandemic’s toll shows up on students’ college applications

Superintendent Hoffman announces continued student and family support in partnership with Boys and Girls Club and YMCA

Former TUSD Governing Board President Michael Hicks has passed away

Sunnyside schools to remain remote until county issues newest recommendations

  Governor’s push for in-person learning concerns some educators

Bank of America Student Leader’s program deadline approaching

Each year, Bank of America selects 300 high school juniors and seniors across the country to participate, including two from Tucson.

Arizona State University to vaccinate in-person instructors

The university will move forward in the vaccination process in the coming days.

Flowing Wells Unified School District to remain in remote learning until Feb. 1

The Flowing Wells Unified School District announced Friday that its schools will continue learning remotely at least until Monday, Feb. 1st.

Arizona high school sports winter season canceled due to pandemic

The high school sports winter season in Arizona was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Amphi School District serves millionth free meal

  University of Arizona set to resume in-person classes next week

  Arizona medical school applications surge with “Fauci Effect”

MUSD to provide ‘grab & go’ meals for remote students beginning Jan. 4

Gov. Ducey rejects 2-week ‘quarantine’ for schools

ASU students win $500,000 top prize in mask contest

ASU shortens spring 2021 semester, no spring break

Executive Vice President and University Provost Mark Searle sent a letter to the ASU community saying the spring semester will now end on May 1, he also stated there will not be a traditional spring break.

ASU shortens spring semester and cancels 2021 spring break

Arizona State University officials have confirmed that the school’s 2021 spring break is canceled, and students will also attend a shortened spring semester.

  Tucson Unified School District will allow ‘passing’ grades

The modification is a temporary change in grading practices and policies in an effort to compensate for the learning challenges presented throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Some believe a “passing” grade would alleviate some of the academic pressure for students.

  Marana Unified School District will return to remote learning in Jan 2021

The approval means students will begin remote learning on Monday, Jan. 4 with a plan to return to a hybrid model on Monday, Jan. 25.

Marana Unified School District creates COVID-19 information page

The goal of the COVID-19 Resource & Communication Center is to be a one-stop spot for families to get the latest information on how the pandemic is affecting education.

Tanque Verde schools returning to full remote learning Monday

On Dec. 12th, officials with the Tanque Verde Unified School District announced its students will be fully returning to remote learning by Monday, Dec. 14th.

Amphi students shifting to full remote learning after winter break

According to Amphi School Superintendent Todd Jaeger, students will shift to a “Remote by Necessity” learning model after returning from winter break.

Sahuarita schools to continue remote learning 2 weeks after winter break

According to a statement released on Dec. 11th, students attending schools in the Sahuarita School District will continue with remote learning for at least two more weeks after the end of winter break.

Some Chandler-area teachers stage sickout in protest of in-person learning

This comes after the district governing board voted Wednesday, Dec. 9 to stay with in-person learning five days a week, without hybrid or virtual options.

Cox to increase internet speeds for low-income families, students

Eligible households that sign up before Thursday, Dec. 31, can get two months free.

Once used to track foodborne illnesses, University of Arizona team now traces COVID contacts

For 15 years, the Student Aid for Field Epidemiology Response program has trained students to investigate public health crises.

Tucson-area school districts announce plans for rest of semester

School districts across southern Arizona have changed their plans as the coronavirus continues to spread.

Mesa teachers union urges district to halt in-person classes

The district offers students a choice between learning online or in-person.

  Student with learning disability starts holiday card business

10 percent of his profits will be for beautification projects at his school and he will use the rest to buy his grandparents a Christmas gift.

  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.

Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

It’s another layer of the “tremendous stress” faced by administrators and educators navigating the pandemic, said Dan Domenech, executive director of AASA, the nation’s leading school superintendents association.

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

Gov. Ducey announced the state will begin awarding additional Cares Act money to K-12 school districts and charter schools in Arizona.

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

At least 76 students and employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Marana Unified School District.

High school winter sports season postponed by AIA

The Arizona Interscholastic Association said its executive board voted to postpone the start of the winter sports season.

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

SRO says providing a sense of security is not only goal of program.

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

Several officials and groups in Arizona are asking Gov. Doug Ducey to act now to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Hit the trails on National Take a Hike Day

Enjoy the great outdoors from a trail.

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

Judy Rich, the president and CEO of Tucson Medical Center, is asking that schools offer more options for in-person learning.

  Salpointe Catholic High School launches esports team

Esports gives students a chance to be part of a team atmosphere in a virtual world.

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

Students and staff will be able to return to campuses Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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

Contact tracing determined there were multiple exposures.

Marana Unified School District confirms positive student COVID-19 case

The Marana School District sent a letter home to parents on Nov. 10.

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

Cell Work aims to provide all-age informational and visual biology kits to both homes and academic settings.

  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

TUSD to remain in remote learning model throughout the end of the quarter.

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

On-campus and remote learning will continue for all other students as scheduled.

Marana Unified School District votes to remain in hybrid learning structure

The district voted whether to move to a five-day in-person learning structure or to stay in their current program online.

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

Spokesperson: There are six “active positive” cases.

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

Seven gatherings of more than 100 people were reported the week of Oct. 26.

  Two Sahuarita students win national ‘Masks By Me’ contest

As finalists, Eva Scholtes and Karla Lopez won masks for themselves and their school, and money for back-to-school supplies.

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.