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How To Reopen Schools

Jul 27, 2020
Ohio schools, which were initially closed until May 1, will remain shuttered through the end of the school year.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

This episode originally aired on July 23, 2020.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced in early July guidelines for local school districts to reopen buildings this fall.

But returning to school has parents and teachers worried, and the rise in COVID-19 infections is causing schools across the state to re-think plans for reopening.

How To Reopen Schools

Jul 23, 2020
Ohio schools, which were initially closed until May 1, will remain shuttered through the end of the school year.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced in early July guidelines for local school districts to reopen buildings this fall.

But returning to school has parents and teachers worried, and the rise in COVID-19 infections is causing schools across the state to re-think plans for reopening.

Avery Elementary School in Hilliard on May 11, 2020.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

Ohio's more than 600 school districts are waiting for the Department of Education to release its COVID-19 guidance on how to operate in the new school year. But with the first day of classes less than two months away, many districts are already making their own plans.

Students in the classroom
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said the state fully intends for schools to reopen in the fall.

An empty elementary school classroom in Westerville.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio’s K-12 schools are winding down their remote classes to end this unusual year. Gov. Mike DeWine says he and school leaders are making plans for returning to in-person classes after the summer break.

New Columbus Schools superintendent Talisa Dixon talks to students at Trevitt Elementary in King-Lincoln.
Olivia Miltner / WOSU

Although Gov. Mike DeWine has not ordered schools in Ohio to close, he has asked them to review and update their safety plans in preparation for a coronavirus outbreak.

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) will have to improve education outcomes for students with disabilities, under a settlement approved this week.

The settlement calls for improvements over the next five years. The agreement also calls for the state to provide additional support for special education services. The plan will focus on student literacy, prepare disabled students for life after graduation, and provide training for educators.

Ohio State State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria at a Get2School Advisory Board meeting.
Ohio Department of Education

Spring is coming, and so is state testing season in Ohio’s schools.

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

An anticipated inaugural meeting of a committee addressing how Ohio’s dropout prevention and recovery schools operate was canceled Wednesday.

Ohio's EdChoice voucher program is making headlines for a recent change that has meant a 400% increase in the number of public schools where students qualify for private school vouchers. While this is due to the number of school buildings now considered to be "failing," one district is facing a different kind of problem under the new rules: Middletown is one district that saw all of its 10 schools on the state's "failing" list, potentially making every student in the district eligible for a voucher.

School bus
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The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has five years to create and implement a plan providing more support and resources to students with disabilities. It's part of a tentative settlement in a class action lawsuit with advocates for children with disabilities.

Ohio State State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria at a Get2School Advisory Board meeting.
Ohio Department of Education

Lawmakers and governors often talk about education as a top priority. For almost a quarter of a century, Ohio’s governors have wanted more control over a panel that oversees education for the state’s 1.6 million students and the top official it hires.

All that came up in a debate over how much to pay the state superintendent at this month's Ohio Board of Education meeting.

Licking Heights High School freshmen take notes in a World History class taught by Amy Obhof..
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Columbus City Schools no longer has a failing grade from the state. Ohio's largest school district earned a D rating in the latest report cards, a marked improvement from its previous F grade.

ODOT

Nearly three quarters of Ohio’s counties have received a “state of emergency” declaration because of severe weather last month.

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Painstakingly drawn F's and goofy-looking G's were once commonplace in elementary school classrooms, but with the rise of keyboards came the fall of cursive. A law passed by the Ohio General Assembly, which takes effect this week, attempts to save the practice.

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