Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that students from kindergarten to 12th Grade would continue to study remotely from home till the end of the school year to combat coronavirus pandemic.
“For the remainder of this school year, our young people will continue to go to school remotely,” said Governor Mike DeWine.
“I want to take a moment to thank all of our teachers and school administrators and support staff, such as our kitchen staff, bus drivers, and maintenance workers. You are all our heroes. I want to thank all of the parents as well.”
“Why are we keeping schools closed? We’ve flattened the curve, but the virus remains. Also, to go back to school now with a relatively small amount of time left – many educators have expressed to me that this wouldn’t be a good idea even if the health situation was resolved.”
According to him, “We have to think about the risk to teachers, students, and our communities.”
“As we move forward, we’ve made no decision about the fall. I know parents, teachers, and administrators are anxious about an answer about the fall, but we’re not in the position to make that decision yet.”
“There is the possibility that we will have a blended system this fall, some distance learning as well as some in-person learning. That’s just a possibility and each school district is different.”
On the physically challenged students, Governor DeWine said, “I’m so impressed with everything our educators are doing to continue educating our kids in these difficult circumstances. As I talk with teachers, superintendents, and parents, I have concerns about particular groups of kids who aren’t able to physically be in school.”
- Children with special developmental needs
- Children with health challenges: We must figure out how to protect kids with unique health challenges.
- Kids with no or limited access to the internet
- Children who do not have a supportive home lives.