Education

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.

Newly enrolled international students whose colleges and universities are operating entirely online this fall won't be allowed to enter the U.S. after all.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed on Friday that its guidance granting visa flexibility to nonimmigrant students only applies to those who were actively enrolled at American schools on March 9.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy Devos spoke at Upper Arlington private school on Thursday to discuss school choice.
Gage Skidmore / Flickr

Some local school administrators and local elected officials say they were surprised to see U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaking at an Upper Arlington Christian academy on Thursday.

Public schools should delay reopening in coronavirus hot spots but should open fully if they want to receive tens of billions of dollars in new federal aid, President Trump said in a White House briefing.

At the news conference Thursday, Trump talked in more detail than he has in the past about the reopening of schools. He also announced new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on reopening schools.

Columbus Board of Education building on April 15, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

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.

For American families with children, the pandemic has meant lost income, increased child care responsibilities, worry and stress. But a majority are not eager for schools to reopen this fall, given the health risk.

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.

Vanessa Ince's daughter, Alexis, has a rare chromosomal abnormality and autism. Alexis has thrived at her public school in Wailuku, Hawaii, and loves spending time with her classmates.

Ince says when the COVID-19 pandemic closed her school in Wailuku, the effect on her daughter's well-being was "devastating."

"Alexis regressed so severely. She was previously, I would say, 95% potty trained and she started wetting herself." She also regressed in other areas, her mother says: She went back to crawling and stopped trying to use her communication device.

Columbus City Schools Board of Education
David Holm / WOSU

With all Columbus City Schools students attending at least some of their classes online in the fall, the city is using $7 million of federal coronavirus relief money to supply students with Chromebooks.

Photo of Ohio State's Oval
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU Public Media

WOSU's Letters from Home collects stories about day-to-day lives during the coronavirus pandemic. This week, we heard from Ohioans sharing their feelings about the impending school year, and the state's plans on how to safely reopen classes.

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

Ohio teachers and union leaders called on the U.S. Senate to pass a COVID-19 relief bill immediately on Monday afternoon.

An educator prepare to enter the shoot house, which is meant to simulate a hallway, doors and corners of a school.
Annie Wu / ideastream

A bill that would give Ohio’s local school boards the power to allow employees to carry guns in school buildings gets its first Senate hearing in almost two months on Tuesday. However, gun control groups say the bill also eliminates required weapons training for those workers.

Pages