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Bill would bring NRA gun safety classes into all Arizona schools

A Republican bill that would require a National Rifle Association gun safety course - deemed largely ineffective in real-world scenarios by the American Academy of Pediatrics - for Arizona middle- and high school students passed out of committee Monday evening. ... Read more»

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Anti-vaxx doc invented claims on COVID vaccine risk and its harm to kids

Dr. Robert Malone, who claims he invented mRNA vaccine techonology, mades speeches and did interviews where he said the COVID-19 vaccine is not safe and creates long-term health problems for children. ... Read more»

COVID harmed kids’ mental health—and schools are feeling it

After more than 18 months of school closures and social isolation, the nation’s more than 50 million public school children are mostly back at their desks - but the grief, anxiety and depression children have experienced during the pandemic is welling over into classrooms.... Read more»

COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 5 to 11 could be ready as soon as next week

The next wave of the massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign could begin as soon as next week, after federal regulators decide if elementary school students across the U.S. should begin rolling up their tiny sleeves. ... Read more»

Take the shot? Schools explore vaccine mandates for student-athletes

COVID-19 outbreaks from last year and this fall that originated in schools often were traced back to sports, leaders say, which led them to mandate vaccines for athletes as opposed to all students - but some parents feel the choice should be left up to them.... Read more»

Orphaned, infected, in crisis: How the coronavirus pandemic is traumatizing kids

The pandemic has brought heartbreaking consequences for millions of U.S. children, and while children have been less likely to be hospitalized or die from a COVID-19 infection thanks in part to differences in how their bodies respond to the virus, many still have become sick. ... Read more»

Pfizer seeking FDA approval to vaccinate children ages 5 and up

A lower dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has proved highly safe and effective in kids ages 5 to 11, the pharmaceutical companies said Monday alongside highly anticipated trial results that show the vaccine produced robust antibody responses in children. ... Read more»

Republican AGs urge Biden administration to give up on vaccine requirements

More than 20 Republican state attorneys general are threatening to sue the Biden administration over its mandate that large employers require their employees to either be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly testing.... Read more»

Scientists examine kids’ unique immune systems as more fall victim to COVID

18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Delta variant fueling a massive resurgence of disease, hospitals are hitting a heartbreaking low - they’re now losing babies to coronavirus and nearly 30% of COVID infections reported for the week that ended Sept. 9 were in children.... Read more»

Mask wars and quarantines stymie school reopenings

Defying Republican governors and legislators, a growing number of school districts are instituting mask mandates for students and teachers - despite GOP threats to cut state funding or dock school officials’ pay and an intense backlash from anti-mask parents.... Read more»

Arizona pediatricians urge Ducey to rescind school mask-mandate ban

More than 150 Arizona doctors have signed onto a letter praising schools that have defied a state law banning mask mandates and are urging Gov. Doug Ducey to change his mind on the law.... Read more»

As schools reopen, Arizona confronts high rates of COVID-19 in youth

Arizona has one of the highest rates of COVID-19 in young people in the nation – driven in part, experts say, by a large population of children of color, who are more likely to have underlying health conditions that make them susceptible to the disease.... Read more»

Critics: Feds reopened tribal schools without asking or advising tribes

Lawmakers and tribal leaders berated the Bureau of Indian Education on Thursday for a school reopening plan that prioritizes in-person learning, despite tribes’ opposition to the plan in the face of COVID-19 health concerns.... Read more»

Start date, online learning issues a concern for K-12 schools

Even with the start of the new school year pushed back to mid-August, with the possibility that it could be delayed further, some education officials are skeptical that the COVID-19 crisis will have abated enough for students to safely return to campus and want Gov. Doug Ducey to allow for more online learning to start the academic year.... Read more»

Can the government be sued for climate change? Appeals court hears arguments

Federal judges are weighing whether the U.S. can be held legally responsible for failing to protect future generations from climate change. ... Read more»

Officials, advocates hope state ban on e-cigarettes curbs rising use among kids

With electronic cigarettes increasingly popular among children nationally, officials and advocates hope a new Arizona law banning sales to those under 18 will pay dividends here. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said e-cigarette use among high school students rose from 1.5 percent in 2011 to 2.8 percent in 2012.... Read more»

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