Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has approved guidelines for the reopening of schools in the state.
“Just as we have done in the business sector with employees, we are requiring school staff to wear face coverings to reduce the spread of the virus, unless it is unsafe or when doing so could significantly interfere with the learning process,” said Governor Mike DeWine during briefing on Covid19.
“When face coverings aren’t practical, face shields may be considered. For example, wearing a face mask could make communication more difficult when teachers are interacting with students with disabilities or students who are learning a foreign language.”
He said that “to reopen school safely, there will be unforeseen expenses schools will face. I’ll work with the Ohio General Assembly to ensure federal CARES Act dollars are available to Ohio school districts to help with these costs.”
“Working with educators and health officials, we’ve created K-12 school guidelines – backed by science – for schools to follow when developing their reopening plans. Schools can adjust their rules to what works best for them for a safe environment and that protects students/staff.”
“I would like to thank teachers, principals, parents, and the following organizations for all of their help, input, and expertise in putting this guidance.”
He said “We are now at yet another critical juncture in our battle against the COVID19. The virus once again is spreading with a vengeance across many parts of the country — and across parts of Ohio.”
“Going forward, we will maintain vital, necessary baseline orders to control the spread of the virus, while implementing a new warning system to provide local health department and community leaders data and info to help combat flare-ups as they occur in different parts of the state.”
Governor DeWine said, “We know that the number of COVID19 cases is rising. We’ve seen them climb over the last three weeks.”