DeWine extends closure of Ohio K-12 schools until May 1

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered all of the state’s K-12 schools to remain closed until May 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Back on March 12, Gov. DeWine put all schools on a three-week break until Friday, April 3.

"There is the real possibility that our schools could stay closed longer than this, but we want to give parents and teachers as much notice and flexibility as we can," DeWine said. "Schools should continue to do what they're doing now -- providing the best remote learning that they can, serving meals to students in new ways, and planning for what the rest of the year may look like."

DeWine added they will reevaluate as it gets closer to that date.

On Friday, DeWine signed a bill into law that canceled testing and report cards for this academic year.

If a school determined a student was on-track to graduate before the order, the student will still graduate.

Right now, no announcement has been made on traditional graduation ceremonies and whether they will go on as planned.

Multiple districts issued statements following DeWine's announcement:

Talisa Dixon, Superintendent/CEO for Columbus City Schools, issued the following statement:

"Today, Governor Mike DeWine announced that all schools in the state of Ohio will remain closed through May 1, in response to the continuous spread of COVID-19.

Fortunately, our Academic Services team has been preparing for the possibility of a long-term school closure. Up until this point, we have been operating under the Governor’s short-term closure order, which set an end date of Friday, April 3.

With this new directive, families will be receiving information this week about our new distance learning program for all grades and all students. This program will begin on Monday, April 6, and last through the end of the Governor’s extended school closure of Friday, May 1.

We will also observe the District’s scheduled Spring Break, April 10-17, with no required school activities on those days.

The information we will be providing to families this week includes:

  • How to access your student's online distance learning platforms through Clever. These platforms will vary by grade level and subject.
  • How to connect with your student's teacher, principal, and school support staff. This can include email, phone, and Webex video chats.
  • How to access your student’s new email address. Our IT team will be activating email addresses, to be used for communication within the District only, for all students on April 6.
  • Where to find Wi-Fi access across the city if you don’t have reliable access at home. Many of our school buildings have signal strengths that reach into the parking lot, while a number of community partners have stepped up to offer Wi-Fi services or access.

Despite these new challenges that we are now facing, our staff is confident we can provide quality educational experiences, resources, and supports for all of our students. Our teachers and principals have been training on the distance learning platforms during the short-term closure and will be ready to welcome students virtually on Monday, April 6.

We understand there will be many questions, growing pains, and unforeseen hiccups as our school district transitions into providing remote education. I ask for families to be patient in this process and to partner with us in educating our community’s students.I also understand that education is just one factor that our families are dealing with during this pandemic. Please know that our team is here to help and to support you. It is my hope that all of our families, students, and staff stay safe and follow the recommendations and orders given by health experts.

I encourage you to “Stay Safe, CCS!”

South-Western City Schools issued the following statement:

"It has been clear to us from the start that there was a distinct possibility that Governor and Dr. Acton might have to take this action to protect Ohioans and keep our students safe and healthy. Over the past few weeks, our teams have been planning for the possibility that there would be an extension of remote teaching and learning. We will continue to communicate with our students, families, and staff regarding any adjustments that may need to be made to offer the best remote learning opportunities and the most accurate information possible."

The below statement was issued by Grandview Heights Schools:

"I want to provide everyone with an important update based on Governor Mike DeWine's press conference today. As a result of the Governor's new mandate, Grandview Heights Schools virtual learning will be extended through May 1, 2020. I wanted to thank all of our teachers, administrators, families and most importantly our amazing students as we navigate these unprecedented waters together."

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