School buildings to remain closed for remainder of school year, new information available on attendance, child safety and family engagement

4/20/2020

In light of the current public health crisis, please be sure to check the Ohio Department of Education webpage regularly. Changes, cancellations and updates will be posted there.
 
Governor DeWine today announced Ohio’s coronavirus-related school-building closure order will extend through the end of the school year. This order includes all public, community and private K-12 schools in the state. As more information becomes available, the Ohio Department of Education remains committed to updating online resources regularly and communicating new details via email updates.
 
Most recently, the Department has issued information on instructional hours and student attendance for the 2019-2020 school year, resources for mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse and neglect, and a family engagement guide for remote learning.
 
Specifically, the webpage related to instructional hours and student attendance for the 2019-2020 school year provides information about how different education options count toward attendance and instructional hours, as well as how to code time away from school buildings for EMIS reporting requirements. 
 
School leaders, employees and teachers are mandatory reporters, meaning they are required to file a formal report if they suspect a child is being abused or neglected. Since the coronavirus-related ordered school-building closure, reports of child abuse have plummeted. The Ohio Department of Education has teamed up with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to provide important information and resources to assist with identifying possible cases of abuse and neglect and how to report them.
 
Finally, details about how families can stay engaged with remote learning have been posted as a supplement to the Remote Learning Resource Guide. This information is provided as a support for parents, families and caregivers as they help students navigate the remote learning environment.
 
Please stay safe and thank you, as always, for everything you have done and continue to do for Ohio’s students!