Pickerington students in September.
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Schools around Central Ohio took a cautious approach to the academic year. Many started remote, and pledged to return to distance learning should COVID-19 cases spike. But despite record-breaking new case numbers, most districts are still in the classroom at least part of the time.

Classes at the University of Akron will all be remote as of Monday.

A listener asked WKSU's OH Really? why Kent State is still holding in-person classes this week.

Even before the fall semester began, Kent had planned to send students home at Thanksgiving break. During a mass coronavirus testing event Sunday, University President Todd Diacon said they’re staying with that timetable.

Mahua Barve lives in Frankfurt, Germany, with her husband, a son in first grade and twin daughters in kindergarten. All three children are currently attending school full time and in person. That's despite a coronavirus surge that has led Germany to shut down restaurants, bars, theaters, gyms, tattoo parlors and brothels (which are legal in the country) for November. Schools were allowed to remain open.

Sen. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) proposes bill to ban expulsions and out-of-school suspensions for young students.
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A bipartisan bill to reform school funding has been introduced in the Ohio Senate, with many similarities to a plan introduced in the Ohio House last year.

Brain POP, Metamorphabet, and PBS Kids apps.
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Educational apps aren’t new for the Brimfield family. Kristin Brimfield said she’s been using mobile learning games with her son, Logan, since he was two. But while schools were closed where she lives near Canton, she said she relied on them more often to fill Logan’s free time.

Despite a legacy of low turnout, college students — and young people in general — could be a decisive voting bloc in this election. Already, nearly 5 million Americans, ages 18 to 29, have cast early votes, a far higher number than at this point in 2016.

But will this fall's pandemic campus experience upend optimistic projections for a college student turnout?

In this Thursday, March 26, 2020, photo, this wi-fi-enabled school bus, seen at an apartment complex in Winnsboro, S.C., is one of many being sent to rural and lower-income areas around South Carolina to help students with distance learning.
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The city of Columbus announced Thursday that it is funding "learning extension centers" for students who are doing school online during the worsening COVID-19 pandemic.

A stop sign on a school bus.
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says the most effective way to bring down the current spike of COVID-19 in Ohio is for everyone to start taking social distancing more seriously. DeWine laid out what the stakes are if the virus continues to spread.

Ohio schools, which were initially closed until May 1, will remain shuttered through the end of the school year.
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Columbus City Schools announced it will continue with remote learning for most students through January 15. The district began a weeks-long process to bringing students back into the classroom with a blend of in-person and virtual learning on Monday.

Gahanna-Jefferson teachers picket on Tuesday morning.
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A teachers' strike in Gahanna is over after the union and the school board on Sunday approved a new contract.

Columbus Board of Education building on April 15, 2020.
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Columbus City Schools begins a phased approach to bringing students back to the classroom for in-person learning Monday.

Metabolite hemp being grown at the Central State University research farm in Wilberforce.
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Central State University in Wilberforce has received a $1.3 million hemp research contract from the United States Food and Drug Administration.

Gahanna-Jefferson teachers picket on Tuesday morning.
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Remote learning continues for Gahanna-Jefferson School District students while their teachers strike over a contract dispute on how to safely return students to the classroom, while allowing others to remain online during the pandemic.

Gahanna-Jefferson teachers picket on Tuesday morning.
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Dozens of teachers held signs saying "Settle Now" in front of the Gahanna-Jefferson School District headquarters and Lincoln High school on Tuesday morning, after the teachers union voted to go on strike.