Reset and Restart

Reset and Restart

Education Planning for Ohio Schools and Districts 

Since the ordered school-building closure began on March 17, Ohio’s education community stepped up to ensure a student-centered approach to caring, teaching and learning. The entire system turned on a dime to meet the nutritional needs of the whole child through meal deliveries and grab-and-go sites, and through the delivery of remote teaching and learning opportunities that drove education continuity. These efforts were geared toward challengingpreparing and empowering students for future success—and they were unparalleled, especially given the challenges that accompany a pandemic.

This page is intended to spur local-level, partnership-based discussions and decision-making in areas critical to the start of the 2020-2021 school year by sharing a coordinated and collaborative approach for codesigning and framing various considerations in planning the Reset and Restart of Ohio's schools.


A broad, diverse group of stakeholders worked to co-design this information. The group included Ohio's major education associations, school leaders, educators, school counselors, school nurses and union representatives, among others. Officials from the Ohio Department of Health also were at the table, in addition to parents, students and business and philanthropic representatives. This cross-sector approach enabled collective impact. To assure coherence, the group considered tools and resources that have emerged locally across the state. The intent was to honor and build on those local-level efforts, respecting the importance of and need for local decision-making.

Based on advice from school leaders and educators, the planning guide will address considerations to ensure the health and safety of students, educators and staff once school buildings reopen. This includes measures for assessing student health, practicing physical distancing, sanitizing surfaces, exercising good hygiene, wearing masks and other components relevant to a student's daily journey—from stepping on the school bus, to learning in the classroom and eating in the cafeteria. The planning guide also will discuss caring— considerations for ensuring equity, social-emotional learning and behavioral health; teaching—approaches for professional development and effective remote learning; and learning—ideas for assessing students' learning needs and meeting them where they are.


BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant

Resources from Additional State Agencies

Ohio Department of Health Printable Guideline Posters

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  External Resources


From Around the State

The following resources, assessments, and suggestions for professional development are based upon educators' experiences from a variety of districts around the state. These are not endorsed by the Ohio Department of Education nor are they mandated by the Department. They are recommended resources for districts that may choose to use them.
  Research shows a single process or program will not work for all children. Therefore, districts need to utilize multiple literacy and numeracy measures to reach all children. Below are resources that include approaches to teaching that have been used statewide.

Last Modified: 8/14/2020 5:22:10 PM