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The Pandemic Has Researchers Worried About Teen Suicide. See more national education news here

| September 15, 2020
The Pandemic Has Researchers Worried About Teen Suicide. See more national education news here

Teen and youth anxiety and depression are getting worse since COVID lockdowns began in March, early studies suggest, and many experts say they fear a corresponding increase in youth suicide.

At the end of June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed Americans on their mental health. They found symptoms of anxiety and depression were up sharply across the board between March and June, compared with the same time the previous year. And young people seemed to be the hardest-hit of any group.

Almost 11 percent of all respondents to that survey said they had “seriously considered” suicide in the past 30 days. For those ages 18 to 24, the number was 1 in 4 — more than twice as high.

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How to manage at-home stressors related to remote learning. See more state education news here

| September 1, 2020
How to manage at-home stressors related to remote learning. See more state education news here

In addition to technical challenges, at-home learning also carries an array of stressors that can weigh on families. For perspective, Arizona 360 heard from Tricia Haynes, who specializes in behavioral health at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

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Many Arizona students lack internet, schools improvise. See more state education news here

| April 14, 2020
Many Arizona students lack internet, schools improvise. See more state education news here

As a junior high dance teacher, Jasmine Benton has always had to be flexible, but now this fourth-year teacher is being tested more than ever.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools across Arizona and much of the nation to stop in-person classes and teach remotely. As schools make the transition, they’re finding on average only about half of their students have access to the internet, making it harder for them to deliver lessons and homework — and some haven’t heard from their students or families since they closed.

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Education board adopts rules for high school graduation during crisis. See more state education news here

| April 7, 2020
Education board adopts rules for high school graduation during crisis. See more state education news here

As Arizona is reeling from the fallout of COVID-19 and people are sitting somewhere between preparation and panic, an unlikely duo has formed to put partisan politics aside during the pandemic.
Each day brings a new executive order from Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, but by his side throughout most of it is Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman.
The two gave their first joint press conference the morning of March 19 after passing out meals to students in the Cartwright School District. When Ducey announced schools would close, initially for two weeks, he deferred to her in a joint announcement in the Executive Tower.
Even when Ducey ordered a “stay at home” order on March 30, Hoffman was there.
And though both sides will say they have worked well together from the beginning, it’s clear that their relationship wasn’t always rainbows and butterflies.

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