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, www.education.ohio.gov/coronavirus.
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.