Coronavirus school closure information from the Ohio Department of Education

3/16/2020

Given the current public health crisis, please be sure to check the Ohio Department of Education webpage regularly, as changes, cancellations and updates will be posted there.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Governor Mike DeWine announced on March 12 that all Ohio schools will close beginning at the end of the school day on Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3. This order includes all public, community and private K-12 schools in the state. Read the governor’s complete media release here.
 
What’s next for Ohio’s school districts?
While schools will be closed, it is a local decision as to how, when and the degree to which learning will continue. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria addresses several questions, shares information about flexibility in federal and state requirements, and discusses next steps in this new video. In addition, the Ohio Department of Education has provided a Frequently Asked Questions document that will be updated as more information becomes available and as developments continue to unfold.
 
Finding solutions and providing answers to districts

Now that we know schools will be closed, the Ohio Department of Education can begin to provide clarity on answers related to the minimum hours requirement, accountability issues, testing, special education requirements, ensuring students can get meals and many others.
 
The U.S. Department of Education issued this release regarding K-12 flexibilities, student privacy and educating students with disabilities during school closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a waiver request so schools may continue to provide meals at non-congregate sites.
 
Moving forward together
As State Superintendent DeMaria indicated in his media statement, “We are especially grateful to schools that have proactively developed plans to keep learning going even if school buildings aren’t open. There is a lot of momentum in Ohio’s schools right now and we would hate to see that momentum stalled, although we understand that today’s announcement does mean there will be disruptions.”
 
Thank you and stay tuned
Thank you to Ohio’s school community for all you are doing and will continue to do on behalf of children. A commitment to students will drive our focus, but flexible, creative solutions will get us through this public health crisis. We pledge to work with you and will continue to share information as it becomes available.