A Message from OCCS

LAST UPDATED: 8/27

Ohio school buildings are allowed to reopen for the 2020-2021 school year, per the Ohio Governor and Ohio Department of Education. The Reset and Restart planning guide provides support for schools navigating this process of reopening their buildings:

"Based on advice from school leaders and educators, the planning guide will address considerations to ensure the health and safety of students, educators and staff once school buildings reopen. This includes measures for assessing student health, practicing physical distancing, sanitizing surfaces, exercising good hygiene, wearing masks and other components relevant to a student's daily journey—from stepping on the school bus, to learning in the classroom and eating in the cafeteria. The planning guide also will discuss caring— considerations for ensuring equity, social-emotional learning and behavioral health; teaching—approaches for professional development and effective remote learning; and learning—ideas for assessing students' learning needs and meeting them where they are."

The Ohio Council of Community Schools is working with all of our sponsored schools to ensure that they have a plan in place, that they are following recommendations by health professionals, and that students’ needs are being met.

OCCS employees will continue working remotely with access to emails and voicemails. Should you have questions or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

For administrators seeking guidance and assistance as it relates to re-opening schools, see:

Ohio Department of Education Reset and Restart Planning Guide for Ohio's Schools and Districts

CDC Schools Decision Tool 

CDC Interim Guidance for Resuming School and Day Camps

 

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