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  • 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
    • Eastland - Fairfield 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
    • Northern Career Institute
    • 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.

  • March 17, 2020 7:22 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Testing vendor ACT delayed an upcoming national administration of its test from Saturday, April 4 to Saturday, June 13 because of the coronavirus outbreak. The College Board, meanwhile, reported last-minute cancellations of testing that was to take place during an SAT administration over this past weekend.

    The state pays for all high school juniors to take either the SAT or ACT, as decided by local district leadership, with most schools opting for the ACT.

    Three of four ACT testing windows for this spring have passed, but a fourth is scheduled to start Tuesday -- the first day of a mandatory statewide school closing ordered by Gov. Mike DeWine. Makeup testing windows are also scheduled for late March and early April, when schools will still be closed. DeWine indicated over the weekend that schools may end up being closed through the end of the academic year.

    Some SAT administration windows are likewise in the past, but districts had a choice of having their online testing windows March 4-6 or April 14-16. One makeup testing window was ongoing Monday, while others are scheduled for later in March or in April.

    DeWine and Superintendent Paolo DeMaria have assured schools that state leaders are prepared to grant schools relief on testing, attendance reporting and the like should the coronavirus outbreak require doing so. The federal government has also announced plans for accountability waivers because of the situation.

    The state has also published testing schedules from the 2021 spring administration of the SAT and ACT:



  • March 16, 2020 12:21 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    One of Ohio’s highest priorities during the ordered school-building closure period, which seeks to diminish the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), is to ensure that students receive nutritious meals. This is fundamental to supporting the whole child. We recognize this will be challenging, but we are already heartened and encouraged by the way in which the education community and food service operations are stepping up to meet the needs of students.

    To achieve this goal, the Ohio Department of Education has developed this technical assistance document to help schools think through important child nutrition opportunities. This information will help ensure the most successful outcomes.

    Please continue to check back at the Ohio Department of Education website as well as for more updates.  

  • March 16, 2020 11:06 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for education, emphasizes that in high school, each child should see the relevance of his or her learning, be exposed to practical, real-world work settings and begin defining his or her future. The plan calls for Ohio high schools to inspire students to identify their paths to future success through career-focused learning.

    To support this career-focused approach, Ohio House Bill 166 enacted a series of industry recognized credential initiatives. Find an overview of these initiatives here.

    Reimbursement for Schools

    FY19 Reimbursements

    Based on credentials earned by students who left school in 2019, reimbursements will be completed in early summer 2020. Reimbursements for the Fiscal Year 2019 will be made based on credentials earned by students who are economically disadvantaged. If the allocated amount ($750,000) is exceeded, reimbursements will be prorated.

    FY20 Reimbursements

    Based on credentials earned by students who left school in 2020, reimbursements will be completed in early summer 2021. Reimbursements for the Fiscal Year 2020 will be made based on credentials earned by any student. These reimbursements will be paid to schools who report that they have paid for the credentials earned. If the allocated amount ($8,000,000) is exceeded, reimbursements will be prorated.

    Click here for more information

  • March 14, 2020 2:08 PM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Education released this frequently asked questions document on March 14, in response to questions generated by the mandatory school closure issued by Governor DeWine on March 12.

    If you have additional questions, please email Ohio ACTE Executive Director Christine Gardner at  As much as possible, the career-tech community is trying to consolidate questions.

    The following excerpt from the document addresses career-technical education specifically:

    What about career technical education centers? Will students and teachers be able to access the buildings?

    During the ordered closure, career technical education centers will not be open to students. However, the closure does not include administrators, teachers, staff, vendors or contractors of a school. Per the order from the Ohio Department of Health, “The administration of each school shall determine the appropriate level of access to the school during the closure.”

    Are students still permitted to work as part of apprenticeships, internships, etc. that are supervised by the school?

    The answer to this question depends on the individual arrangement. In some cases, it might be appropriate if the student’s work based-learning experience is safe and is attentive to social distancing (i.e., the student interacts with very few other people). It may also matter if the student is actually an employee of the business. Ultimately, this is a local decision that should be made in partnership with the student, parents and/or caregivers, school leadership and the employer.

    Career technical education centers also provide adult education through their Ohio Technical Centers. Is it permissible for career technical education centers to allow adult students on site for instruction?

    The ordered closure does not apply to Ohio Technical Centers which serve adults. As such, schools should make their own determinations about the continuing operations of these programs. Schools may want to consider distance learning options to the extent practicable. Schools should also be attentive to the Governor’s emphasis on social distancing and avoiding large gatherings.

  • March 14, 2020 1:38 PM | Anonymous
    Event cancellations as of March 14, 2020:
    • All CTSO in-person events cancelled through April 13.  See related article- click here.
    • *OCTA Conference, March 18-20
    • *Success Bound,Northeast Ohio Region - May 4
    • *PACE/OTDN Conference, April 2-3

    *Ohio ACTE handles registration for these events.  Paid attendees will receive full refunds in the form in which the registration was paid, either check or credit card.  REFUNDS WILL BE AUTOMATIC. No need to call/email to request a  refund.  Checks payments received but not yet processed will be returned.  Your patience is requested and appreciated as we process all of the refunds in as timely manner as possible.

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