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Gov. DeWine Finalizes New COVID-19 Reporting Requirements For K-12 Schools

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Statehouse News Bureau) — As many Ohio kids go back to in-person classes, Gov. Mike DeWine says it’s important for Ohio’s students, parents and communities know about coronavirus spread. So, he’s signed an order to require better reporting in schools starting next Tuesday. DeWine’s order requires three things: “One for parents to notify schools if… Read More

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DeWine Predicts More COVID-19 Cases As Schools Reopen

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOSU) — Gov. Mike DeWine says the state is already seeing an increase of of COVID-19 cases as schools and colleges bring students back to campus. “Schools are going to have positive cases because they’re in the community, and they reflect the community,” DeWine said at his coronavirus briefing Tuesday. The Ohio Department… Read More

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Ohio: Schools Can’t Sub Face Shields For Masks In Most Cases

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio health officials say school districts will not be allowed to use face shields rather than facial coverings or masks in most cases as a means of curbing coronavirus transmission as schools get ready to start the 2020-21 academic year. The Ohio Department of Health on Saturday cited guidance from the… Read More

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Ohio Supreme Court To Hear Armed School Staff Training Case

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HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court will hear a school district’s appeal of a ruling that they must provide police-level training to employees carrying concealed weapons. Madison Local Schools voted to allow armed school employees after a 2016 shooting in which two students were shot and wounded by a 14-year-old boy. A group… Read More

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Students In Ohio’s K-12 Schools Must Wear Masks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCPN) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday added another statewide health order requiring all children in grades K-12 to wear masks while in school, with certain exceptions. The previous order was for third graders and older. DeWine said the aim is providing safe schools for students and employees when schools return to in-person classes…. Read More

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Workers, Community Members Want Local Labor for Warren Local Schools Project

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VINCENT, Ohio (WOUB) — Workers and community members rallied at Warren Local Schools Thursday to express concern with out-of-state workers being hired in a major project. In 2017, community members approved a bond issue and permanent improvement levy to help fund construction and renovations in the district. In a statement, Warren Local Schools said local… Read More

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State’s Largest School District, Teachers OK 3-year Contract

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state’s largest school district and its teachers union have approved a three-year contract that includes pay raises and some smaller class sizes. The Board of Education for the 50,000-student Columbus City Schools district approved the agreement Monday. The Columbus Education Association ratified it Sunday. The union represents more than 4,000… Read More

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Kentucky Schools Working on ‘In God We Trust’ Displays

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Schools across Kentucky are working to fulfill a new state law requiring the national motto “In God We Trust” be displayed in a prominent place before classes begin. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports some school districts, including Jessamine and Franklin, have put up plaques while some, including Jefferson County Public Schools, plan to use… Read More

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How Should Ohio’s Schools Handle Requests By Students To Bring Medical Marijuana?

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Ohio law says medical marijuana can be used to treat specific conditions in children. But what happens when those kids need to take a dose of it while they are attending school? The answer is unclear. The chief legal counsel for the Ohio School Boards Association says some administrators have been asking about how to… Read More

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Ohio Bill Would Require Defibrillator Training For Students

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An Ohio proposal would require high school students to have basic training in how to use automated defibrillators and administer CPR. Schools could offer the instruction any time during the student’s high school tenure. It would first apply to those entering ninth grade on or after July 1, 2016. Defibrillators use electric shocks to jolt… Read More