Updated details on educator licensure, student well-being supports and #GraduateTogether2020

5/18/2020

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.
The Ohio Department of Education has posted a Prevention Education and Student Well-being Supports webpage. This page provides resources and assistance to educators as they create comprehensive prevention and intervention systems that support students’ social-emotional and wellness needs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In addition, updated information has been posted since the Office of Educator Licensure began accepting applications for the one-year temporary license. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department has been granted authority (House Bill 197 of the 133rd General Assembly; Section 17(H)) to issue a one-time, one-year temporary license for the 2020-2021 school year to applicants who meet all other qualifications for licensure but have been unable to complete their required initial licensure examinations. Learn more at the updated webpage here.

Finally, the Department is partnering with the Council of Chief State School Officers and XQ Institute in support of Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020. Although this one-hour, nationally broadcast special already aired on Saturday, May 16, you still can participate on social media using #GraduateTogether2020 and the XQ Rethink Together online platform to celebrate Ohio’s graduating class of 2020. The website showcases specific content for each state, including a congratulatory message from Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria and stories featuring graduating students from Mason High School and Dover High School, as well as a teacher from Hilliard Davidson High School.

Engage online and via social media using #GraduateTogether2020 to help honor Ohio’s class of 2020.