A Message from OCCS

LAST UPDATED: 3/30

We are aware and complying with Gov. DeWine’s announcement that all Ohio K-12 school buildings will be closed to students —beginning at 12:01AM on March 17 and ending at 11:59PM on May 1, 2020—due to the ongoing coronavirus health crisis.

The Ohio Council of Community Schools has been working with all our sponsored schools to ensure that they follow the governors order to close school buildings to students but continue supporting instruction and provide meals for students.

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

For information regarding at-home learning packets, meals to go, etc. please check with your child’s specific school.

Find your school's website link HERE on our list of current schools. 

Ohio Department of Health 

Please check the Ohio Department of Health’s website as well as coronavirus.ohio.gov for the latest updates. 

Governor’s Stay at Home Order - Stay at Home FAQ's 

Ohio Department of Education

The Ohio Department of Education has updated the COVID-19 FAQ on their homepage. Please continue to check back at the Ohio Department of Education’s website.

Twitter Accounts to Follow: 

Governor Mike DeWine
Lt. Governor Jon Husted
Ohio Department of Health
Ohio Department of Education

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine:

Governor Mike DeWine holds a daily press conference at 2:00 PM carried live at https://ohiochannel.org/.

Important Resources

Meal Programs

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.

New information about efforts to provide Whole-Child Nutrition has been added including a map of sites where students may obtain meals.

Find your school's website link HERE on our full list of current schools. 

How do I discuss the coronavirus with my children? 

The CDC provides tips on how parents, school staff and others working with children should explain the topic. 
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provided a guide to help families cope with COVID-19.

Resources for Charter Schools

What can charter schools do beforeduring and after a pandemic?

The CDC has created a pandemic flu checklist for K-12 school administrators.

How can I help support my students experiencing homelessness?

School House Connection has put together a resource guide for schools to proactively and intentionally incorporate outreach to homeless families and unaccompanied youth.

What can I do to ensure my students are getting fed? 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture built a webpage compiling all available information about their nutrition programs.

How can students have access to high-quality learning resources at home?

Newsela is offering its entire product suite, free of charge, to all districts and teachers through the end of the school year.

Auditor Yost Sunshine Law Updates: 

Ohio Attorney General Sunshine Law Manual (updates are on pages 107-109) & Ohio Attorney General Sunshine Law Appendix 

National Resources for Special Education

Where can I find resources to help develop plans to educate students with disabilities?

The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools shares resources on how to better serve students with disabilities.

The Department of Education answered questions on how to provide services to children with disabilities.

The Department of Education offers guidance about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and COVID-19.

The Ohio Department of Education created this document to help school districts provide special education services to students with disabilities (ages 3-21). The document addresses specific requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and speaks to the most frequently asked questions that have emerged during the state’s ordered school-building closure.