District OKs return to in-person instruction when health metrics met and more: News from Chandler, Gilbert

Gilbert Public Schools' governing board will allow in-person instruction once the state's health metrics have been met. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gilbert Public Schools' governing board will allow in-person instruction once the state's health metrics have been met. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gilbert Public Schools' governing board will allow in-person instruction once the state's health metrics have been met. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read recent news from the Chandler and Gilbert areas.

Gilbert Public Schools approves return to in-person instruction when health metrics are met

Gilbert Public Schools will resume in-person instruction one week after the state clears the health metrics according to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the district's governing board decided July 28.

Gov. Doug Ducey says COVID-19 metrics are 'heading in the right direction'

Gov. Doug Ducey said Arizona's COVID-19 metrics are "heading in the right direction" during a press conference July 30 as the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals and on ventilators continues to decrease after spiking in June.



Hamilton High School senior highlights importance of girls in STEM with Girls Who Code

When Anika Attaluri moved to Hamilton High School, she realized there were not many clubs focused on science, technology, engineering and math—better known as STEM. Upon further investigation, she realized there were only a few girls involved in the STEM-focused clubs that did exist.

So, in her sophomore year, she took matters into her own hands and worked to bring Girls Who Code to Hamilton.

Higley USD to wait on state benchmarks before making reopening decision

The Higley USD governing board did not make a decision at its July 29 meeting on when or how to resume in-person learning until after the state releases its benchmarks for a safe return to campuses.

A decision could come as early as a newly scheduled board meeting at 9 a.m. Aug. 8, a Saturday.

Chandler-Gilbert Community College to serve as drive-thru COVID-19 testing site

Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s Pecos Campus is now a location for drive-thru COVID-19 testing, according to a news release.

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



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Three businesses in Chandler have one-year anniversaries this year. (Community Impact staff)
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Almost 3 million COVID-19 doses have been administered to Maricopa County residents as of May 4, according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Nearly 3M vaccine doses have been given to Maricopa County residents

Almost 3 million COVID-19 doses have been administered to Maricopa County residents as of May 4, according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

See daily COVID-19 data updates. (Community Impact staff)
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Here are the coronavirus hospitalization data updates to know across Arizona. (Community Impact staff)
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99 Ranch Market will anchor the shopping center located at the northeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and Dobson Road. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
99 Ranch Market to anchor Chandler shopping center

99 Ranch Market will anchor the shopping center located at the northeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and Dobson Road.

Jinya Ramen Bar opened its downtown Chandler location April 29. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Jinya Ramen Bar opens downtown Chandler location

Jinya Ramen Bar opened its downtown Chandler location April 29

Chandler USD Superintendent Camille Casteel announced she will be canceling an event planned to honor her years of service to the district ahead of her retirement at the end of the school year. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
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More than 2.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Maricopa County residents. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Almost 1.3 million Maricopa County residents have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine

In the last week, an average of about 30,000 doses of vaccine per day were administered.

Sasha's Kitchen & Cocktails finds groove with new menu, drinks

A new scratch Italian menu was implemented last summer as well as an array of new cocktails.

Mechanical Keyboards recently acquired a 74,000-square-foot flex industrial building in west Chandler, according to an April 26 news release. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
Mechanical Keyboards announces expansion with new facility in Chandler

Mechanical Keyboards recently acquired a 74,000 square-foot flex industrial building in west Chandler, according to an April 26 news release.

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced April 27 that appointments are no longer required at the state's COVID-19 vaccination sites.  (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
ADHS: Appointments no longer required at state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced April 27 that appointments are no longer required at the state's COVID-19 vaccination sites.