Read this week’s most popular news coverage from Gilbert and Chandler.

Chandler USD unveils draft plans for students, staff to return for 2020-21 school year

Chandler USD is set to return to campuses July 22 for the 2020-21 school year, and the district's governing board walked through several options for students and faculty to return, including returning to in-person full-time classes, hybrid distance and in-person learning, distance learning, and keeping schools closed.

Chandler's experience with COVID-19 is reminiscent of a past pandemic: Spanish influenza

The current coronavirus pandemic has many parallels to the most recent pandemic the city had experienced prior to this past March, the Spanish influenza of 1918.

Gilbert mayor addresses coronavirus spike, listening space forums

Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels told residents June 10 to be vigilant against the spread of coronavirus and invited community members to the town’s “listening spaces” forums to speak about racial injustice in the town.

Chandler Police Department highlights department's policies and practices in the wake of protests over George Floyd's death

The Chandler Police Department released a statement on social media June 6 on the department's policies and practices as scrutiny has been applied to police departments across the country in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd while in police custody.

Building permits increase year over year across Chandler, Maricopa County despite pandemic

The number of building permits between January and May is up year over year in Chandler despite the coronavirus pandemic, according to data from the city of Chandler.

Alexa D’Angelo and Tom Blodgett contributed to this report.