Coronavirus In Ohio: DeWine Keeps Schools Closed Through May 1

Mar 31, 2020

Gov. Mike DeWine has extended his order to close all Ohio schools from April 3 through May 1, and he's hinting that another extension is possible.

At his daily coronavirus press conference Monday, DeWine said he amended the order to give families a heads-up.

“We want to take this kind of one chunk at a time, because we don't know exactly where we're going to be, but it's clear that we're not going to be back in the classroom before May 1. And so we want to signal to everybody today you can plan," DeWine said.

DeWine said online learning appears to be working in districts. But he admitted some superintendents are concerned that their students will fall further behind, because not all districts have the same ability to do distance learning.

DeWine said it's possible that in-person classes may be canceled for the rest of the year, but he's not ready to make that call just yet.

Last week, state lawmakers approved waiving required state testing for this academic year, which could open the door to closing school till the fall.