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  • March 30, 2020 2:19 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Gov. DeWine announced March 30 in a press conference that school closure would extend through May 1.

  • March 30, 2020 2:09 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    The coronavirus-related ordered school-building closure affects educator evaluation systems. Specifically, this impacts decisions around completion of 2019-2020 educator evaluations and implementation of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) 2.0.

    At the time of the school-building closure, evaluation data still was being collected for many teachers, administrators and school counselors. Additionally, community schools and districts were in the process of preparing for the implementation of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System 2.0 for the 2020-2021 school year.

    The Ohio Department of Education has provided information on its website addressing these issues. Please click here to read more.
  • March 27, 2020 2:51 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The ongoing coronavirus health crisis has not disrupted the ability of the Ohio Department of Education to receive and process applications and renewals for licensure. The Office of Educator Licensure currently is processing applications within five business days and is ready to assist educators, schools and districts with their licensure-related inquiries and needs.

    Flexibility for Current Educators Whose Licenses Expire July 1, 2020
    The Ohio Department of Education is providing flexibility regarding the licensure renewal deadline. All licenses currently set to expire on July 1, 2020, will have their expiration dates extended to Sept. 1, 2020. This license expiration extension will allow educators additional time to complete their requirements for renewal. It is important that educators complete their legally required professional development by Sept. 1, 2020, or an additional three semester hours of professional development will be required for renewal. Educators may need to adjust their individual professional development plans as needed.

    Local Professional Development Committees
    Current educators whose licenses expire this year should contact their Local Professional Development Committees and work to modify, as needed, their individual professional development plans as soon as possible. Although many in-person professional development opportunities have been canceled, educators can continue to take advantage of remote and web-based professional development opportunities as approved by their Local Professional Development Committees.

    Local Professional Development Committees are encouraged to continue meeting via telephone, video-conference or other remote means. If a meeting is subject to Ohio’s Open Meetings Act, districts should work with their legal counsels to determine how best to proceed. These committees also should be flexible in their approaches to reviewing and approving professional development considering the current circumstances.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation and/or Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Investigation and Identification Background Checks for Current and Prospective Educators
    The Ohio Department of Education has been notified by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and Identification it is processing background checks at this time. Any applicant who needs to complete a background check should contact BCI at (855) 224-6446 for instructions on how to complete fingerprint collection at home.

    Current University or College Students Enrolled in Educator Preparation Programs
    The Ohio departments of Education and Higher Education have worked with educator preparation programs to create more flexible pathways for students to complete their clinical experience requirements. Please contact your college or university and work with your educator preparation program to determine your pathway to completion.

    Initial Licensure Exams
    The Ohio Department of Education understands the current situation impedes the ability of applicants to take their initial licensure examinations, including the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE), American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) testing and others. At this time, it is unknown how long this disruption will last. In response to this unprecedented situation, the Ohio Department of Education has been granted the authority to issue a one-time, one-year temporary license for the 2020-2021 school year to applicants who meet all other qualifications for licensure but have been unable to complete their required initial licensure examinations. Under this one-year temporary license, an applicant can apply to advance his or her license upon successful completion of the required licensure examinations. The Office of Educator Licensure will begin accepting applications for these temporary licenses on May 15, 2020. 

    Educators can find up-to-date information regarding coronavirus impacts on educator licensure on the Department’s website.

  • March 26, 2020 7:48 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    In response to COVID-19 emergency and school closures, the General Assembly passed Amended House Bill 197 on March 25.  All of these provisions will be effective once the Governor signs the bill, which should occur shortly. 

    Key provisions of HB 197 for educators include the following:

    • Online Learning and Blizzard Bags: The General Assembly expressed its intent that schools continue “to provide ways to keep students actively engaged in learning opportunities between March 17, 2020 and the remainder of the school year.”  As such, brick-and-mortar schools are now permitted to provide students with and be credited for instruction hour purposes any online lessons or blizzard bags to access and complete classroom lessons. Previously, such use was limited to three days of instructional hours.  Use of Blizzard Bags must be approved by the School’s governing authority, and any existing plan may be amended to provide for the number of hours the schools were closed as a part of the mandatory closure.
    • Food Service: During the period of closure, schools transporting meals during the closure period are exempt from food processing, packaging or handling regulations if the schools (1) already hold a food service operation license and (2) provide meals using the Seamless Summer Option Program or the Summer Food Service Program, pursuant to the recent USDA waiver.
    • Special Education Service Requirements: During the closure period, schools may provide special education services electronically or via telehealth communication without penalty. Services must continue to be provided by an appropriately licensed individual.  Additional guidance will follow regarding special education deadlines.  Note that any schools providing online lessons or blizzard bags as credit for instructional hours must also provide a free appropriate public education for students with disabilities—i.e., they must find ways to provide services in accordance with or consistent with the student’s IEP. 
    • Open Meetings: During the closure, a public body, including a school board, may hold meetings using teleconferences or video conferences. Members will be considered present for quorum purposes and eligible to vote. All formal action taken by the board during the meeting, including adoption of any resolutions or rules, will have the same effect as if the meeting were conducted in person. Public access to meetings held via teleconference or video conference must ensure that the public can observe and hear the discussions and deliberations of all of the members of the board. Notice of any public meeting held via teleconference or video conference must be provided at least 24 hours prior to the meeting using a reasonable method that would allow the public to determine the time, place, and manner in which the meeting will be held. In the event of an emergency where the board must take immediate action, notice of the time, place, and purpose of the meeting must be provided to any media outlet that requests it immediately.  NOTE: This change in law will supersede our prior guidance to avoid major decisions, ratify all actions, and forego board compensation.  Subject to any further guidance from the Auditor of State, such mitigating actions are no longer necessary.
    • Waiver of State Testing Requirements: For the 2019-2020 school year only, schools are not required to administer any state assessments. 
    • School Report Cards: The Department will not assign schools overall letter grades or individual component grades for the 2019-2020 report cards. However, ODE will continue to report any underlying data that is has regarding school building performance for the 2019-2020 school year.  The absence of a report card for the 2019-2020 school year will not excuse community schools already subject to mandatory closure in the 2020-2021 school year, or that would otherwise be prohibited from changing sponsors due to prior report card scores. In other words, for automatic closure purposes, the three-year clock will not restart.
    • Third Grade Guarantee: Schools shall not retain students in third grade based solely the student’s 2019-2020 academic performance in reading unless the principal and the student’s reading teacher agree that the student is reading below grade level and is not prepared to advance to fourth grade.
    • Graduation: For the 2019-2020 school year, any 12th grade student (regardless of whether they are in the 2020 cohort) who was on track to graduate but has not completed the course and assessment requirements for graduation will be granted a high school diploma if the principal / superintendent, in consultation with teachers and counselors, reviews the student’s progress towards graduation and determines that the student successfully completed the curriculum (or IEP) at the time of the closure period began. Diplomas may only be issued under this exception until September 30, 2020.
    • Schools with graduation requirements beyond the state minimum course credit requirements may elect to hold students to the state minimum for graduation for the 2019-2020 school year to determine if the student successfully completed the curriculum.
    • Access to In-Person Instructional Experiences to Complete Career-Tech Requirements: The General Assembly expressed its intent that schools will grant students access to school facilities as soon as reasonably possible (even if the last day of the school’s calendar year has ended) in order to allow students to complete career-tech requirements.
    • 22+ Diploma Program: The Superintendent of Public Instruction must collaborate with 22+ Adult Diploma Program providers to ensure that providers have the “maximum flexibility to assist students whose progress has been affected” by the mandatory school closures, including through waivers or extensions of deadlines to allow students additional time to complete program requirements.
    • Teacher Evaluations: Schools are prohibited from using value-added progress dimension scores to measure student learning for the 2019-2020 OTES evaluations.
    • Teacher Licensure: ODE may issue 1-year, nonrenewable provisional licenses for any educational license so long as the individual has met all licensure qualifications except for passing required exams.
    • Waiver of Statutory Deadlines for Action: The Superintendent of Public Instruction may extend or waive any deadline for action required by the State Board of Education or ODE during the period of mandatory closure.


  • March 25, 2020 8:02 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Equity for Each: Advanced Approaches for Improving Equity in Career-Technical Education Programs grant opened March 20, 2020. Ohio will allocate funds via this competitive grant using the Perkins V Reserve Funds to foster and incentivize innovative, advanced approaches to address equity gaps.

    This competitive grant will assist recipients and the state in identifying and promoting promising practices for improving equity in career-technical education delivery. The grant will prioritize applications that emphasize collaboration between secondary and postsecondary institutions with strategies that focus on the promotion or expansion of programs of study aligned with state-identified high-skill, high-wage or in-demand occupations. Additionally, the grant will support recipients in the ongoing development and alignment of local data collection systems to improve data-driven decision-making and strategic planning regarding special populations and subgroups.

    Please refer to the Request for Applicationfor more details. Beginning April 1, submit applications through the CCIP on the OH|ID platform by logging in at The Department deadline for all applications is May 31, 2020. For answers to questions, email Becky Crance.

    Technical Assistance Call

    Call Information:

    March 26, 2020 from 12 – 1 PM

    Call-in number is 1-614-721-2972, access code: 941498546#

  • March 25, 2020 7:48 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Superintendent Paolo DeMaria recorded another video message to Ohio educators, noting allowances the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) included in the order for educational services and graduation comments.

    “Fortunately it makes allowances for several things that impact education, namely activities that relate to continuing educational services for students, as well as meal service for students, with some caveats and conditions,” Supt. DeMaria said.

    He said the Ohio Department of Education will be working to provide more precise information about application of the order to education at its online coronavirus hub,

    Specifically, the order states, in Section 12(m), that educational institutions are among “essential businesses and operations” with exemptions from the general order to stay at home. “Educational institutions – including public and private preK-12 schools, colleges and universities – for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible. This order is consistent with and does not amend or supersede prior orders regarding the closure of schools,” the order states.

  • March 23, 2020 2:00 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Career-technical centers and career-technical programs across Ohio are donating personal protective equipment (PPE) that would have been used in classes that are not able to meet because of the COVID-19 outbreak.  The donations are being made to local medical facilities and emergency medical associations as the statewide school closures ordered by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine enters the second week.

    “We have all heard about the shortage of personal protective equipment in our hospitals and other medical settings as the pandemic grows, and our healthcare workers need to stay safe,” said Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director.   “Career-technical education programs that include instruction in medical and veterinary fields are not meeting for classes and do not need the PPE, so many schools are donating their current supply to local hospitals and other medical facilities that need them immediately,” she added.

    Career-technical education is part of Ohio’s public school system and is delivered to high school students throughout Ohio, either in a career center, a comprehensive high school or a compact, which is a group of school districts who join together to offer career-technical education. Almost 122,000 of Ohio’s high school students participate in career technical education, and almost 15% of those students are in a health science pathway, according to the Ohio Department of Education. 

    Career-technical programs are part of the communities they serve and are stepping up to help during this crisis. “Upper Valley Career Center values our community support and believes it is part of our mission to serve others especially in this time of significant need,” said Nancy Luce, Superintendent of Upper Valley Career Center and Ohio ACTE President.

    “Miami Valley Career Technical Center has answered the call from our local counties to help provide medical and cleaning supplies…our partners at the EMAs have been extremely thankful for our efforts,” said Nick Weldy, Superintendent of Miami Valley Career Technical Center and Ohio ACTE Past President.

    In addition to health science programs, career technical programs are offered to high school and adult students in 15 other career fields across the state with a goal to offer programs that meet local workforce demand. All career technical programs prepare students for further education and/or to enter the workforce and must meet standards set by the Ohio Department of Education for academic rigor and career field instruction.

    Schools that have donated PPE:

    • Apollo Career Center
    • Belmont Career Center
    • Buckeye Career Center
    • Butler Tech
    • Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County
    • Columbiana County Career and Technical Center
    • Columbus City Compact
    • Delaware Area Career Center
    • Four Cities Compact, Barberton High School
    • Four County Career Center (also serving as medical overflow facility for Henry County)
    • Great Oaks Career Campuses
    • Kettering-Fairmont High Schools
    • Lorain County JVS
    • Knox County Career Center
    • Lakeshore Compact, Mentor High School
    • Madison Local Schools
    • Miami Valley Career and Technical Center
    • Mid-East Career Center
    • Millstream Career Center
    • Parma City Schools
    • Penta Career Center
    • Pickaway-Ross Career Technical Center
    • Pioneer Career Center
    • Polaris Career Center
    • Six District Education Compact - Kent City Schools
    • South-Western City Schools Career Academy
    • South Stark Career Academy - Canton Local, Perry Local
    • Stark Career Compact - Hoover High School
    • Springfield Clark Career Center
    • Tri-Rivers Career Center
    • Tri-Star Career Compact
    • Upper Valley Career Center
    • Warren County Career Center
    • Vanguard Sentinel Career Center
    • Vantage Career Center - also using truck driving academy to transport food for United Way

    If your school/program has made a donation, please email Christine Gardner at so we can keep this list up to date.

    Schools wishing to make donations should contact their local health department, EMA or medical facility.

  • March 23, 2020 1:41 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. MPH, announced Ohio will be under a "Stay at Home" order beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

    Click here for information from ODE.

  • March 23, 2020 10:22 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    New Fact Sheet Provides Additional Information on How Distance Learning Can be Used to Meet Students’ Needs During COVID-19 National Emergency

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the Department has released new information clarifying that federal law should not be used to prevent schools from offering distance learning opportunities to all students, including students with disabilities. This new resource from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) explains that as a school district takes necessary steps to address the health, safety, and well-being of all its students and staff, educators can use distance learning opportunities to serve all students.

    “It was extremely disappointing to hear that some school districts were using information from the Department of Education as an excuse not to educate kids,” said Secretary DeVos. “This is a time for creativity and an opportunity to pursue as much flexibility as possible so that learning continues. It is a time for all of us to pull together to do what’s right for our nation’s students.”

    “Nothing issued by this Department should in any way prevent any school from offering educational programs through distance instruction,” she continued. “We need schools to educate all students out of principle, rather than educate no students out of fear. These are challenging times, but we expect schools to rise to the occasion, and the Department stands ready to assist you in your efforts.”

    As the fact sheet states, schools “… should not opt to close or decline to provide distance instruction, at the expense of students, to address matters pertaining to services for students with disabilities. Rather, school systems must make local decisions that take into consideration the health, safety, and well-being of all their students and staff. To be clear: ensuring compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act should not prevent any school from offering educational programs through distance instruction.”

    To help schools provide distance learning in compliance with federal law, this fact sheet explains:

               The Department recognizes that exceptional circumstances may affect how special education and related services and supports are provided to students with disabilities, and the Department will offer flexibility.

               School districts must provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities, and the provision of FAPE may include, as appropriate, special education and related services that can be provided via computer, internet, or phone.

               Although online learning must be accessible to students with disabilities, federal law does not mandate the specific methodologies by which distance education must be provided.

               In instances where technology is not accessible or where educational materials are not available in an accessible format, educators may still meet their legal obligations by providing equally effective alternate access to the curriculum or services provided to other students.

    The Department will continue to work with state and local leaders to identify any additional areas where it can provide resources to support educators in their important work, and both OCR and OSERS are available to provide technical assistance during these uncertain times. The Department continues to update with information for students, parents, educators, and local leaders about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    For more information about COVID-19, please visit the following website:

  • March 19, 2020 2:25 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The Ohio Department of Education is updating its information and answering questions from schools across the state.  Please click here for the most update frequently asked questions document and a new document outline considerations for special needs students.

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