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DeWine: Ohio fully intends to have school this fall, goal to have kids in classroom

DeWine said the state is currently working on health and safety guidelines for schools to implement upon return.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Gov. Mike DeWine said the state is planning to have K-12 students return to classrooms this fall.

“We fully intend to have school in the fall," DeWine said. "Our goal is to have kids in the classroom."

K-12 students were initially sent home from school for a three-week break beginning on March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 30, DeWine announced that students would remain away from the classroom through the remainder of the academic calendar.

As for when classes will be permitted to resume, DeWine said it will be up to each local school district to determine starting dates.

DeWine said the state is currently working on health and safety guidelines for schools to implement upon return.

In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines for schools to consider for reopening.