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Flagstaff Unified School District officials say they’re preparing multiple learning options for students as classes are set to begin next week amid the ongoing pandemic. The district has released plans for in-person instruction, along with an online synchronist system for elementary school students. An additional asynchronous distance learning program will be an option for students from fifth to twelfth grade. The district also plans for temporary remote instruction if necessary.

Angela Gervasi


Public schools across northern Arizona are navigating both state law and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines as students return to the classroom. Officials with the Flagstaff Unified School District say that means recommending — but not mandating — face coverings.

Associated Press | Eric Gay

A Phoenix science teacher is asking a judge to put a halt to a districtwide mask mandate, which goes against a new state law, district officials said Tuesday.

Richard Franco, a spokesman for Phoenix Union High School District, confirmed Douglas Hester’s filing for a temporary restraining order on the mandate. The superintendent and governing board members are named as defendants in the motion.

Sedona officials have dropped the city’s emergency declaration put in place in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

KNAU's Morning Rundown: Thursday, May 27

May 27, 2021

Contested Voter ID Bill Dies In State Legislature 

A contested bill that sought to provide new identification requirements for voters using mail-in ballots has died in the Arizona Legislature. SB 1713 narrowly failed in a Wednesday vote from the House of Representatives. 

The bill received opposing votes from Democratic lawmakers, along with Republican lawmakers —Rep. Michelle Udall and Rep. Joel John. 

KNAU's Morning Rundown: Friday, April 30

Apr 30, 2021

Fire In Kaibab NF Allowed To Burn, Officials Say

KNAU's Morning Rundown: Tuesday, April 20

Apr 20, 2021

Ducey Rescinds Statewide Mask Mandate In Schools

Gov. Doug Ducey has retracted a mask mandate for schools in Arizona. Ducey on Monday cancelled part of an executive order issued last summer, which had required face coverings within the state’s K- 12 schools. Individual districts and charter schools will still have the authority to implement mask mandates and other COVID-19 mitigation strategies. Ducey cited Arizona’s rising vaccination rates as a reason behind the cancellation.