This week, thousands of teachers were absent across Pima County schools. Schools have only been back in session for a few weeks after the holiday break, and school officials are doing what they can to keep students in the classroom.
Just a couple of weeks after returning to school from holiday break, southern Arizona’s largest school district is seeing staff shortages due to COVID-19. This combined with a limited substitute availability is forcing some schools to combine classes.
The White House announced Wednesday that a dedicated stream of 5 million rapid tests and 5 million lab-based PCR tests will be made available to schools starting this month to ease supply shortages and promote the safe reopening of schools.
Ducey is tapping $10 million in relief funds to give parents up to $7,000 a year to pay tuition and education costs. Applicants can earn up to 350% of the federal poverty level — $92,750 for a family of four.