Chandler USD responds to rising COVID-19 cases and more top local news

The Chandler USD governing board met Nov. 18 to discuss virtual learning and COVID-19. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Chandler USD governing board met Nov. 18 to discuss virtual learning and COVID-19. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Chandler USD governing board met Nov. 18 to discuss virtual learning and COVID-19. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the most popular stories from Chandler and Gilbert from the past week.

Chandler

Chandler USD to discuss virtual learning at Nov. 18 meeting; district reports 45 active COVID-19 cases, 180 'resolved' cases

The discussion comes as coronavirus cases have continued to rise across Arizona and Maricopa County.

3 recently opened businesses in Chandler


Here are three new businesses that have opened recently in Chandler.

Gilbert

Gilbert has more than 100 homes under contract in five of six ZIP codes in September

Here is the relevant residential real estate data in Gilbert from September 2020.

Gilbert Public Schools board keeps eye on COVID-19 health benchmarks

Gilbert Public Schools remains in the “red”—high risk for COVID-19 community transmission—on case numbers as judged by state and county dashboards, but no more schools are close to returning to a hybrid learning.

Statewide

Gov. Doug Ducey adds measures to mitigate coronavirus transmission

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Nov. 18 said an end to Arizona’s state of emergency from the coronavirus pandemic is “not on the horizon” and instituted additional measures to combat the virus’s transmission.

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


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Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board Member Lori Wood expresses her concerns about parts of the proposed school calendars for 2022-23 and 2023-24. (Screen shot from YouTube)
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Home prices continue to increase as the number of days on the market are down significantly from last year, according to local real estate data. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Homes continue to fly off the market across all Chandler ZIP codes

Home prices continue to increase as the number of days on the market are down significantly from last year, according to local real estate data.

City eyes potential transit options in Price Corridor

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Higley USD district office
Higley USD high school graduations will head back to campuses

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The establishment combined food with board game play.

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Maricopa County’s election equipment and software passed all tests performed by two independent firms hired to conduct the forensic audit.

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Gilbert Public Schools to start earlier, extend breaks beginning in 2022-23 school year

Final calendars await some modifications before approval, but Gilbert Public Schools will start its school year in July when the calendars take effect.