- For the latest information from ODE, visit http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/Coronavirus
- The Ohio ACTE News page is kept up to date with information career-tech educators need to know. Click here to be taken to the list of articles.
- SUCCESS Webinars for CTE Teachers – Because it’s important to stay connected, Ohio ACTE is looking for teachers willing to be the online host for career field-specific webinars for sharing ideas. Both OACTS and Ohio CCS are working with Ohio ACTE on this venture. Email Christine@OhioACTE.org for more information and if you are interested in hosting.
- Career-tech associations continue to work for educators and students, including focusing on solutions for students, especially regarding credentials and licensing. We have been working with the Ohio Department of Education and Office of CTE as well as Ohio Department of Higher Education to represent the interest of career-tech educators and students.
Ohio ACTE Members:
Thank you for everything you do for your students and your community! These are trying times - not only are you dealing with the COVID-19 situation on a personal level, but continuing student engagement and education during this closure is challenging, especially with little or no notice to prepare. Thank you for meeting the challenges and your continued resiliency and creativity, and a special thank you to those schools who were able to donate personal protective equipment and other supplies to their local medical facilities. It was mentioned several times in social media by the Governor, Lt. Governor, and other stakeholders, as well as during two of Governor DeWine’s Press Conferences.
The situation is ever-changing and every day there is more guidance and information available. Both the Ohio ACTE News Blog and the Ohio Department of Education website are two great places to stay up to date.
While you continue to focus on your students during this extended school closing, the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education leadership, in conjunction with our partners Ohio Association for Career Technical Superintendents (OACTS) and Ohio Association of Comprehensive and Compact Career-Technical Schools (CCS), continues to work on behalf of the career-technical and adult education community.
We remain in contact with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and the DeWine-Husted Administration to make sure career-technical and adult education concerns are addressed as plans move forward with dealing with the current crisis, as well as plans post COVID-19. At the same time, Ohio ACTE is monitoring and working with our partners on the implementation of House Bill 197.
Here are the latest updates:
Ohio ACTE Actions
- Ohio ACTE website updated with an easy to find link to ODE’s guidance on COVID-19, and continually post news items on the news blog and use social media to share information and updates from ODE.
- Provide feedback and work with our colleagues at ODE, Office of CTE, on issues and concerns, including graduation requirements, credentials and other issues created by the current school closure. Getting students the credentials they need to be college and career ready remains a number one priority.
- Upon the issuance of Governor DeWine’s March 16 school closure order, Ohio ACTE, CCS and OACTS immediately communicated specific career-tech concerns with the Administration and Ohio Department of Education (ODE) leadership via conference calls and written memoranda. We continue to have weekly calls for updates and to share concerns. These calls include other educational association leaders, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria and senior ODE staff. Calls have also included members of the Governor’s staff.
- In support of Gov. DeWine, Ohio ACTE issued a statement regarding the school closure order and a message to members.
- Ohio ACTE issued a press release on career-technical program donations of crucial equipment and other supplies to local medical facilities.
- Ohio ACTE continues to share information and circulate information from ODE and others via social media and its website.
- ODE has issued general and specific guidance for schools and teachers and provides updates as available. ODE created a special webpage for disseminating important information, including video messages from Superintendent DeMaria.
- On March 25, the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation (House Bill 197) to address issues impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. The bill provides many educational changes to minimize detrimental impacts of school closures on CTE students, including provisions that Ohio ACTE advocated. Ohio ACTE will continue to work with our legislators and state staff on implementation details, and we will ensure the continued communication of any and all CTE-related concerns.
- The United States Department of Education and other agencies are working with states in allowing flexibility, including extending deadlines and providing temporary waivers. Examples include school nutrition flexibility and allowing meal service.
Be sure and check the Ohio Department of Education COVID-19 webpage for continuing updates.
For health-related questions regarding COVID-19, contact the Ohio Department of Health’s call center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
Ohio ACTE encourages members to check for updates from the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health.