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COVID-19 Updates & Information

OAESA, like the rest of the US, is working to manage the COVID-19 situation and disseminate credible, timely information that is crucial to our members and their schools. Check back here as needed for updates and information regarding this public health crisis.

April 5, 2020:  Graduation Requirements During COVID-19. One of Ohio’s top priorities in the context of the impact of the ordered school-building closure period is to ensure students can reasonably graduate at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. During these unprecedented times, it is necessary to provide flexibility in meeting graduation requirements.  This flexibility will ensure the thousands of graduation-ready students are able to receive diplomas and successfully transition to college, the workforce, the military or a self-sustaining vocation.  

The Department released an information document, found here, to help guide schools and districts as they prepare to graduate students this spring. Please contact Graham Wood at with any questions.

April 3, 2020: ODE's Remote Learning Resources Guide.  This comprehensive guide should provide support and resources for administrators and teachers as they work to deliver educational services to students.

April 2, 2020: An update from Ohio Superintendent Paolo DeMaria regarding the ordered school-building closures.

April 1, 2020: NAESP Survey Results.
COVID-19 impact on public schools.

April 1, 2020: Scholastic Education.
Instructional support for remote learning.

April 1, 2020: College Credit Plus Updates.
Extended school building closures prompted ODE to update statutes, rules, and guidance relating to the College Credit Plus(CCP) program.

March 31, 2020: 
Parent, Guardian or Agency Meal Pickup without Children Present.
ODE received a waiver from USDA to allow for parents to pick up their child’s food without the child being present.

March 30, 2020: DeWine Extends School Closures Through At Least May 1.

March 30, 2020: ODE Updates Regarding HB 197. 
With the passage of HB 197, ODE has continued to message out updates regarding education-related changes that are relevant for OAESA members. Please visit their website to learn more about changes to special education, educator licensure, nutrition, and the third grade reading guarantee that will affect your students, staffs, and school communities.

March 26, 2020:
: Legislature Passes Legislation Addressing COVID-19
Yesterday, the Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill (HB) 197 in response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Gov. Mike DeWine is expected to sign the bill into law, which will take immediate effect upon his signature. The linked document includes HB 197’s education-related changes of interest to OAESA members.

March 26, 2020: ODE Updates regarding Child Care Center Closures and 
21st Century Community Learning Centers

March 25, 2020: How to support your child's health and well-being during Ohio's ordered school-building closure.

March 24, 2020: ODE Updates
regarding school closures, student nutrition, considerations for students with disabilities, and supporting students with homelessness.

March 22, 2020: 
Govenor DeWine issues Stay-at-Home order: In the ever-changing landscape of a global pandemic, there is much legislation to be covered in this week's legislative update. Most pressing is Ohio's Stay-at-Home order set to go into effect at 11:59 pm, Monday March 23, 2020. Please follow these links for important documents from the governor's office clarifying this directive:

Director’s Orders – Stay at Home

Information on Stay-Home Order

Stay at Home - FAQs

March 22, 2020: Child Nutrition Programs: State Order and National Waiver Updates

March 21, 2020: Residential Treatment FAQs

March 20, 2020: Message from ODE to School District Administrators on Staff Flexibility

March 20, 2020: NAESP Survey. NAESP is monitoring the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and is disseminating information and resources to school communities as needed. In the interim, we hope to gain a better understanding of how the coronavirus outbreak is being addressed in members' schools and districts. 

March 19, 2020: NAESP Resources for Principals on COVID-19

March 18, 2020: Providing Special Education Services During Ohio's Ordered School Closures
This document is designed to help school districts provide special education services to students with disabilities (ages 3-21). 

March 18, 2020: 
Community Resilience Grants Now Available
from ServeOhio, in conjunction with its partners, the American Electric Power Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service, announces the availability of grants to support community resiliency initiatives that mobilize residents to address significant needs in their community as a result of the novel coronavirus. Grant awards will range between $500 to $2,000, applications are due April 1, 2020, and projects must take place prior to April 30, 2020.

March 17, 2020: Joint Statement
on COVID-19 from OAESA and other Ohio educational organizations.

March 16, 2020: Updates
from ODE on FAQs and a video message from Superintendent Paolo DeMaria regarding school closures and COVID-19.

March 15, 2020: Frequently Asked Questions
from the Ohio Department of Education and Governor Mike DeWine.

March 15, 2020: Learning Resources
for online teaching: Virtual Museum Visits, Scholastic Learn At Home Resources, Leader in Meand Renaissance Resources at no cost to OAESA members.

March 12, 2020:
Student Resources on COVID-19. Linked is a short video (transcript included), a slideshow, and a comic to use as a starting point for talking to students about COVID-19.

March 12, 2020: Governor DeWine announces school closures for Ohio.

March 11, 2020: COVID-19 Letter from Governor Mike DeWine for all organizations in the state of Ohio

March 10, 2020: COVID-19 Update for Schools from Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria

March 10, 2020: OAESA has cancelled all regional meetings in March and will hold teleconferences instead. Please see our Regional Meeting page under Events and Registration for info on virtual meetings and information packets for your area of the state.


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