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DUSD reinstates mask mandate

The Douglas Unified School District has reinstated its face covering mandate.

Herald/Review Sports Editor and Douglas Reporter @Bruce Whetten  reported that the resolution, which came from the DUSD’s attorney and was approved by the Douglas School Board 5-1 at a special meeting Aug. 18 went into effect Thursday, Aug. 19. It will remain in effect until Sept. 28, the day before Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order prohibiting face coverings goes into effect.

Dr. Ed Gomez voted against the resolutions.

“Once the law kicks, in we’re going to follow the law,” Ana Samaniego, DUSD superintendent told the board.

For more information, check out our feature HERE

What are your thoughts on this? Share them with us in the comments below!

Douglas High School breaks ground on 87,502-square-foot addition

Douglas Unified School District debuted a new 87,502-square-foot addition to Douglas High School last Friday.

Herald/Review Sports Editor and Douglas reporter @Bruce Whetten reported that the $27 million project is scheduled to start construction in September, and is expected to be completed in 11 months.

DUSD’s chief financial and operations officer Cesar Soto said that 100% of the funding came from the school facilities board and is at no cost to taxpayers.

To learn more about the plans for this expansion, check out our feature HERE.


Cochise County kicks off the 2021-22 school year on a solid note

As schools across the country return back to school, classrooms once again buzz with students, teachers and staff gracing the hallways as more districts return to in-person learning. 

Herald/Review reporter @Dana Cole  reported that the Tombstone Unified School District reported having a smooth first day of the 2021-22 school year, with the high school having a record number of freshmen students with a class size of 156. 

Herald/Review Sports Editor and Douglas Reporter @Bruce Whetten  also reported a smooth first day for the Douglas Unified School District, with approximately 150 incoming freshmen and first year sophomores partaking in Douglas High School’s boot camp.

Over in the Sierra Vista Unified School District, enrollment numbers are up, but many high schoolers struggled on the first day of school to get last-minute registration forms submitted and schedules finalized. 

What are your thoughts as students return back to in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Douglas Oral History Project works to preserve residents' stories

When you take away all of your earthly possessions, what remains? Your story and the stories of your ancestors who came before you.

“That’s what I love about the Douglas Oral History Project: it connects people with their memories and with the way life was,” said Dr. Cecelia “Ceci” Lewis, co-founder of the Douglas Oral History Project with Dr. Beth Henson and Ginny Jordan.

The Douglas Oral History Project aims to keep those stories from being forgotten by capturing the history of residents and their ancestors of how they contributed to the area in the early 20th century.

Currently, the Douglas Oral History Project, a nonprofit, shares stories through its Facebook page of the same name, which has nearly 500 followers since its creation on Dec. 30.

To see our full coverage of the organization, check out our article HERE, and our podcast feature on this story on the Daily Chirp HERE