Back to School 2021-2022

Back to School 2021-2022

Resources for Return

In alignment with the vision established in Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Ohio's education community is engaged in a partnership-based approach to providing the services and supports necessary to meet the needs of the whole child. This includes taking steps toward ensuring students, educators and staff are healthy, safe and successful every day. The Department continues to work with districts and schools to address challenges presented during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and beyond.


This webpage provides information and resources to further support the academic, social and emotional needs of each Ohio student. Resources on this page are intended to assist Ohio’s education community in achieving a safe and successful 2021-2022 school year including the following:


Ohio Department of Education Resources

General Back to School Resources

Federal Funding Supports

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government allocated Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Programs (ESSER) and American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to local education agencies (LEAs) as they respond to emergent needs in their schools and communities. The information below can serve as practical advice for districts, community schools and stakeholders as they make local decisions regarding how to direct ESSER ARP funds.

Educator Supports

Student Performance Supports

Student Supports

Education Delivery Models and Mask Policies for School Year 2021-2022

The Department's Schools Dashboard incorporates multiple information sources to build an understanding of the Education Delivery Models and Mask Policies in use for each traditional public school district. Districts have not confirmed the accuracy of these data in all cases, and districts remain the best source of up-to-date information on their respective plans and policies.

Education Delivery Model District Count Pct. of Districts Est. Pct. of
Students in
those Districts
5-Day In-Person 608 99.8% 99.8%
Partial Access to Hybrid 1 0.2% 0.2%
Fully Remote 0 0.0% 0.0%
Total 609 100.0% 100.0%

Mask Policy District Count Pct. of Districts Est. Pct. of
Students in
those Districts
Optional for All Students 421 69.1% 49.7%
Required for Some Students 31 5.1% 10.7%
Required for All Students 157 25.8% 39.6%
Total 609 100.0% 100.0%

 (Information updated Nov. 18, 2021)

Please check back often for new and updated resources.

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Health Resources for Safe Return in Light of COVID-19

For updated public health information and resources
specific to COVID-19, visit

The Ohio Department of Health opened a call center to answer questions from the public regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The COVID-19 call center is 9am to 8pm every day of the week (even holidays) and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)


Resources from Additional State Agencies

Resources from External Orgnizations

Last Modified: 11/18/2021 3:54:06 PM