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MUSD sets new start date for in-person instruction

  Maricopa Unified School District will come back to in-person classes Sept. 8. That is the day after Labor Day and two weeks after Gov. Doug...

MUSD may push back in-person start

  The superintendent of Maricopa Unified School District said Wednesday that a return to in-person education Sept. 8 is “unrealistic.” Among the three benchmarks set by...

Numbers down as Leading Edge starts school in class, online

  While other public schools in Maricopa started the new academic year online weeks ago, Leading Edge Academy opened its doors Monday. About half of its...

MUSD compliance means some in-person schooling next week

  Parents will no longer have to fill out a weekly attendance log. That was one update to the Maricopa Unified School District’s distance learning plan...

MHS teachers complain of stress, overcrowding in first 72 hours back on campus

Three days after students returned to campus at Maricopa High School, some teachers were pushing back hard against the school board. The staff members wrote...
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Families line up for MUSD laptops (GALLERY)

Monday, Maricopa Unified School District began distributing laptops to all students, starting with the incoming freshmen at Maricopa High School. The drive-through line started...

MUSD to hand out thousands of laptops starting Monday

Maricopa Unified School District will begin distributing Lenovo laptops and technology to students next week. The district has just over 7,600 devices, and enrollment has...
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Copper Sky staffer tests positive for coronavirus

Another staffer at Copper Sky has tested positive for coronavirus. The employee worked the front desk at the Aquatic Center, the city announced late Friday...

Divided MUSD board compromises on start dates

In what was called a tradeoff, Maricopa Unified School District will open elementary campuses Sept. 14 and middle schools and the high school Sept....

Positive COVID-19 test puts MHS football, wrestling into quarantine

  Maricopa Unified School District informed parents Monday a high school student tested positive for COVID-19. Though classes are being conducted online, some student-athletes are preparing...
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Coming soon? Movie theater, gyms, bars may reopen this week

A number of Maricopa businesses still closed due to COVID-19 restrictions may be able to open Thursday. The Arizona Department of Health Services expects that,...

Parents question MUSD on off-campus education experience

  How long will children be learning from a distance? Tough questions and enlightening feedback came at Maricopa Unified School District administrators in a virtual meeting...
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Kristina Donnay, the nurse who stepped up on COVID-19 testing

When Kristina Donnay took it upon herself in April to provide coronavirus testing in Maricopa, she didn’t anticipate working weeks on end in the...

ESS teachers raise worries about ‘rushed’ in-person plan

  Being required to offer in-person schooling for special-education students by Monday, 10 teachers at Maricopa Elementary School are asking for more time and lots...

Schools evaluating state benchmarks for returning to in-person instruction

Arizona schools now have state benchmarks for deciding when to come back to in-person instruction, with the Health Services Department and Governor’s Office releasing...
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Study: Arizona 4th least-safe state for school reopenings

Arizona is the fourth least-safe state for schools to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new study. The study by WalletHub, a personal finance...

Going the distance: New school year starts virtually online

Platforms in use at Maricopa schools for distance learning   Edgenuity Founded: 1998 Grades; K-12 Solutions: Core curriculum, credit recovery, exceptional learners, intervention, personalized learning, summer school, test...

Taking attendance for online schooling a team effort

  In 2020, virtual truancy is a serious concern for virtual educators. Part of Maricopa Unified School District’s efforts to make everyone accountable was adopting attendance...

County falls short of school COVID benchmarks

  Thursday’s numbers for COVID-19 mitigation benchmarks were one step forward and one step back for schools wanting to bring students back to campus. Pinal County...

COVID benchmarks achieved for return to school campuses

  Pinal County now meets the recommended benchmarks for schools to return to in-person classes. That does not necessarily mean Maricopa Unified School District will be...

MUSD to update plans for Distance Learning, construction of 2nd high school

Wednesday, updates on the Distance Learning plan and the second high school are up for discussion at a meeting of the Maricopa Unified School...
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Pinal hits COVID-19 benchmarks to reopen businesses

Some businesses in Maricopa will be able to enter phase one of reopening after Pinal County moved Thursday to a moderate level of community...

Charter high schools pave way to get kids back on campus

  Charter high schools are setting an example for returning to campus amid COVID-19 as Maricopa Unified School District prepares to bring back secondary students...

Make a reservation: Copper Sky to reopen this week

The Copper Sky Multigenerational Recreation Center will reopen Thursday on a reservation-only basis to facilitate physical distancing. The facility will open with limited hours before...

County Health: New data from prisons could impact schools, business

Pinal County’s public health director is warning that school and business dashboards for COVID-19 are going to be harmed by tests in correctional facilities. Tascha...

Council critiques city’s handling of AZCares funds

  Nearly 40 businesses benefited from the City of Maricopa’s distribution of AZCares funds, with over $560,000 disbursed. The funds are to cover the costs...

Hoffman: Setting definite date for reopening schools ‘unreasonable’

  While extending the closure time of some businesses, Gov. Doug Ducey pulled a start date for schools “off the table.” State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman said...

After 2 weeks online, Legacy brings many students back to class

  Legacy Traditional School had a “stellar” first in-person day, according to its principal. Dion Koltes, in his second year heading the charter school, said he...

Q&A with Maricopa High School Principal Deana McNamee

Born and raised in Northern Arizona, Deana McNamee was an administrator at Winslow Unified School District when she was named this year as principal...

Fall sports comeback: The 3-sport student-athlete

  High school athletes have been on pins and needles in preparation for what they hope is a fall season of competition. Football will be...

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