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.