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School Re-Entry Resources

August 17, 2020: Ohio Department of Education Highlights New Resources and Updates Others
The Ohio Department of Education published several new resources today on its Reset and Restart Education webpage to address topics such as: Child and Caregiver Health and Well-BeingPreventing Abuse and Neglect and Child Nutrition Technical Assistance.  

The Department also updated several existing Reset and Restart resources with new information including the Career Technical Education page, the Students with Disabilities page and the TeleHealth Guidance page.  

August 14, 2020: Interim Health Director Signs Mask
Order: Yesterday, Ohio's Intirim Director of Health, Lance Himes, signed an order requiring the use of facial coverings in all K-12 educational settings. View the signed document here.  

August 10, 2020: Updated Pre-K Rules:
The State Board of Education adopted updated emergency rules that reflect the changing environment of the state as it continues to face challenges created by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Click here to learn more.

August 7, 2020: New information and resources on special education and telehealth available on Reset and Restart website:
The Ohio Department of Education posted four new pages with information and resources for those serving students with disabilities and providing special education services, including a collection of special education-specific resources. In addition, a separate page provides guidelines for telehealth services.  Please continue to check the Reset and Restart Education webpage for more updates.  

August 5, 2020: News Release: Ohio Distributes 2 Million Face Masks to Schools-- 
The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA), in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Education, received two million face masks this week for Ohio school children, teachers, and administrators. 

These donated masks were made available to the State of Ohio from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and will be available to Ohio school districts through regional Educational Service Centers (ESCs).

“This donation helps provide masks for students, teachers, and other school staff, as they plan for the coming school year,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.  “Mask wearing is one of the ways to help slow the spread of COVID-19, along with frequent hand washing and maintaining social distancing.”

These KN-95 or KN-90 masks are not medical grade, according to FEMA and Ohio EMA. There are about 12,000 masks per each shipping pallet. In total, the masks fill eight semi-tractor trailers.

“With the opening of schools around the corner, we’re delighted these masks will be put to good use by Ohio schools,” said Ohio EMA Executive Director Sima Merick.

“The donated masks are another way the Department and so many education partners are working to ensure the health and safety of students, educators, and staff when school buildings reopen,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria.

The masks were received by Ohio EMA, a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, on Monday and are being distributed to certain ESCs this week. School districts should contact their regional ESC on how to take possession of the masks.

Contact: Jay Carey , Ohio EMA (614) 799-3695
Dan Minnich, Ohio Dept. of Education (614) 728-5959

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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