Scott DiMauro

Supporters of President Donald Trump gather outside the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
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Ohio’s largest teachers' union says a sitting member of the state board of education has some explaining to do for her part in last week’s trip to the nation’s capitol.

Ohio’s K-12 students should be learning remotely, starting now, and not return to the classroom until Jan. 11, according to recommendations from the Ohio Education Association (OEA), the union representing most of the state’s teachers.

A stop sign on a school bus.
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Some of Ohio’s K-12 school districts will hold online classes this fall, while others are trying a hybrid of remote and in-person learning. Education leaders say it’s important the schools have proper precautions in place when they do reopen to students.

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.
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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.

Avery Elementary School in Hilliard on May 11, 2020.
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Ohio teachers and union leaders called on the U.S. Senate to pass a COVID-19 relief bill immediately on Monday afternoon.