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But there’s a bit of hope that this upcoming school year won’t be as crazy as the last one (and a half). Arizona’s COVID cases are at a steady low and we’ve never been more vaccinated as a population. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, daily COVID cases in Arizona have averaged around 700 new cases per day since mass rollout of the vaccine around March. Compare this to the peak in January, when the state saw more than 10,000 cases per day.

Definitely good news, but there is room for improvement as local and national doctors push for continued vaccinations and general caution (same as it ever was).

Ahead of our local students returning to school for what is poised to be the most normal school year since this whole thing began, Tucson Local Media presents our annual Back to School edition, which features information on how various school districts are handling updated guidelines, an update on student athletes getting back to work, and listings of local school foundations that provide supplies and scholarships for Tucson area students.

Despite the Arizona Legislature banning mask requirements in public schools, local districts are still allowing individuals to wear masks if they prefer. In a nutshell, we’re not finished, but we’re looking better than we have in a good while.

Here’s to our future scholars.

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