Talisa Dixon

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.

Columbus Board of Education building on April 15, 2020.
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With Franklin County seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases, Columbus City Schools leaders aren't entirely sure how the district will handle school in the fall.

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.

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

As Columbus City Schools prepares to close out this school year, district officials are examining the cost of re-opening schools in the fall. 

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Columbus City Schools has announced plans for virtual graduation ceremonies this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Columbus City Schools District Office.
Nick Evans / WOSU

The Columbus Board of Education has approved a $35,000 deal with Verizon to help get local students internet access.

Shelves of books.
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Columbus City Schools superintendent Talisa Dixon is defending a policy change that would put nearly every third grader on a reading improvement plan. 

Columbus City Schools District Office.
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The early fall heat wave engulfing Central Ohio has pushed Columbus City Schools to cancel classes Tuesday.

Even after a $340,000 update to its cupola in 2018, West High School still doesn't have central air conditioning.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

A mid-September heatwave in Central Ohio has made it difficult for some students to concentrate in class.  While many suburban districts boast air-conditioning throughout, about 30 Columbus school buildings lack a central cooling system.

New Columbus Schools superintendent Talisa Dixon talks to students at Trevitt Elementary in King-Lincoln.
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Dontavius Jarrells, founder of the Columbus African Council, is searching for answers to the challenges faced by Ohio's African American and African immigrant communities.

New Columbus Schools superintendent Talisa Dixon talks to students at Trevitt Elementary in King-Lincoln.
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Columbus City Schools Superintendent Talisa Dixon announced plans to divide the district into six geographic areas starting next year.

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

New Columbus City Schools superintendent Talisa Dixon spent her first morning on the job touring two elementary schools and sharing her priorities for the future.

Columbus City Schools District Office.
Nick Evans / WOSU

The Columbus City School Board has selected Talisa Dixon to be its next superintendent.