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School Re-Entry Resources

July 10, 2020: New information about remote education planning: blended learning declarations and remote learning plans--With the passage of House Bill 164, schools now have the option to consider remote learning plans as they prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. The Ohio Department of Education has prepared informational resources outlining the features and differences between blended learning declarations and remote learning plans. In addition, the deadline for submitting a blended learning declaration has been extended to Nov. 1, 2020, while the deadline for submitting a remote learning plan has been extended to Aug. 21, 2020. For more details visit the Remote Education Planning website.   

July 7, 2020: New deadline for remote learning plan submission--
With the passage of House Bill 164, schools now have the option to consider remote learning plans as they prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. The deadline for submitting a remote learning plan has been extended to Aug. 21, 2020 to allow school leaders sufficient time to develop their remote learning models. Read the full waiver language here. 

July 7, 2020:
Information about FY2021 subsidy payments
-- With the new fiscal year, the Department is beginning to process subsidy payments to the various entities that receive funding from the Department’s budget. The state Office of Budget and Management has directed all agencies to distribute subsidies for FY21 at the post-budget reduction FY20 levels. The first Foundation Payments of the year have been computed based on the reduced funding levels of FY20. This approach was referenced during last Thursday’s press conference announcing the school reopening guidance. The statement was made expressing the Administration’s intention, at this time, that schools be funded at a flat amount based on the 3.7% reduction implemented in FY20. The July #2 payment for traditional districts will be updated to reflect the additional funding provided to select traditional school districts in H.B. 164.

This approach is being taken to preserve the state’s options as the plan for ensuring a balanced FY21 continues to be developed. This does not mean that any specific or final decision has been made about reduced general revenue fund appropriations for FY21. Based on our review of district and school five-year forecasts, it appears that few schools and districts anticipated more than flat funding in FY21 compared to FY20. The Governor also indicated his intent to work with the legislature to pursue authority to provide some CARES Act funding to schools. We will keep you apprised of further developments that impact FY21 funding as they occur.

July 3, 2020:  
Governor DeWine has announced publication of the Reset and Restart Education Planning Guide for Schools and Districts. Together with guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health, these documents will help keep students, staff and communities safe as schools restart for the 2020-2021 school year. The guide is available at Additional support materials and resources will be added as they become available.

June 15, 2020:
 From Casel's An Initial Guide to Leveraging the Power of Social and Emotional Learning As You Prepare to Reopen and Renew Your School Community,  "While much uncertainty surrounds how and when school will reopen, we know that social and emotional learning (SEL) will be critical tore-engaging students, supporting adults, rebuilding relationships, and creating a foundation for academic learning. This unprecedented shift to a new type of learning experience may have a lasting and profound impact on young people’s academic, social, emotional, and life outcomes. School leaders will need to bring together administrators, teachers, school staff, families, youth, and community partners to co-create supportive learning environments where all students and adults can enhance their social and emotional competencies, feel a sense of belonging, heal, and thrive." 

June 15, 2020: From School Reentry Considerations from NASP and ASCA, "Local education agencies and individual schools planning for students and staff to return following COVID-19 closures must prioritize efforts to address social and emotional learning and mental and behavioral health needs. Equally important is ensuring staff feel their physical and mental health needs are supported. Districts should ensure all policies or recommendations are culturally sensitive and ensure equity and access for all youth"


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