Critical Information & Resources
Updated April 6, 2020; 11:42 p.m.
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The Ohio Department of Education has created a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) site for Ohio's Schools and Districts: Click HERE to access this updated information.
The Ohio Department of Education has released a document entitled, "Considerations for Students with Disabilities During Ohio’s Ordered School-Building Closure", to provide guidance for serving students with disabilities, which can be accessed by clicking here: FAQ: Students with Disabilities
ODE released the 21st Century Community Learning Center After-school Program Guidance available HERE.
ODE released FAQ for Residential Treatment Facilities that can be found HERE .
ODE released guidance on supporting whole-child nutrition - During the ordered school-building closure period, schools may continue to receive reimbursement for meals served by participating in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) or the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Schools may operate as open, restricted open or targeted outreach sites. Guidance and all applicable applications can be accessed online at: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Student-Supports/Coronavirus/Supporting-Whole-Child-Nutrition
The Ohio Department of Education received national and state updates impacting Ohio’s meal service during the ordered school-building closure period. Click HERE for information relative to the State Order and National Waiver Updates.
Based on the governor’s recently announced Executive Order following the confirmation of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ohio, the Department of Education is canceling, postponing or modifying the format of several meetings and events. The Ohio Department of Education is reporting on the status of department-sponsored meetings and events - click here: Ohio Department of Education Meeting and Event Cancellations
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The U.S. Department of Education released a question-and-answer document pertaining to students with disabilities and COVID-19. The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services’ (OSERS) document answers questions schools might have about students with disabilities and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as related to the COVID-19. Click HERE for this resource.
The U.S. Department of Education released a Supplemental Fact Sheet Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities - click HERE to download the fact sheet.
The Office of Civil Rights has also published a number of important resources for elementary and secondary schools including the following:
- Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students [PDF, 385KB] (March 16, 2020)
- OCR Short Webinar on Online Education and Physical Accessibility Webinar (Length: 00:07:08) (March 16, 2020)
- Protecting Student Privacy: FERPA and the Coronavirus (March 12, 2020)
The Federal Government has issued Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by COVID-19 due to Loss of Operations (Office of Management and Budget) - click HERE to download that guidance and information.
Executive Orders: The following Executive Orders have been signed and executed by Governor Mike DeWine
- Executive Order 2020-01D - declaration of a state of emergency
- Executive Order 2020-02D - amendment of rules by ODJFS
- Executive Order 2020-03D - lifting unemployment benefit restrictions
- Executive Order 2020-04D - establishing a temporary pandemic childcare license
- Executive Order 2020-05D - an executive order expanding access to medical and behavioral health services using telehealth.
- ODH Director Stay-At-Home Order - Dr. Acton Issued a Stay-At-Home Order March 22, 2020
- ODH School Closure Extension Order - Dr. Action Issues an order extending school closures through May 1, 2020 on March 30, 2020.
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF JOBS & FAMILY SERVICES
ODJFS has issued guidance for temporary pandemic childcare centers pursuant to Executive Order 2020-04D, which can be found by clicking here: CoronvirusAndChildcare Guidance
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
For the latest information from the Ohio Department of Health and the Office of the Governor, click HERE for updates, checklists, press releases and more.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has created interim guidance for administrators of K-12 schools and childcare programs - access these resources HERE.
OHIO LEGISLATIVE RESPONSE
The Ohio General Assembly passed HB 197 with unanimous support out of both chambers. To follow are the associated documents and resources:
- House Bill 197 An Enacted Bill Text
- HB 197 LSC Fiscal Impact Statement
- Senate Amendments
- Senate Amendment Summary
OESCA will continue to update these resources as the Ohio General Assembly acts on measures relate to COVID-19 including, but not limited to HB 581 and HB 582.
The Ohio Governor's Office of Budget and Management (OBM) has released the Ohio monthly preliminary revenues for March 2020 HERE. A more detailed explanation will be included in the monthly financial report, set for Release on Friday, April 10th.
The U.S. Congress approved a $2 Trillion stimulus package, the Coronavirus Aid, Re lief, and Economic Security Act’’ or the ‘‘CARES Act’’. You can access that by clicking HERE.
On March 28, 2020, Governor Dewine requested that President Trump declared a major disaster for the State of Ohio as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic. This letter is available HERE. On March 31, Trump approved the requested designation: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-approves-ohio-disaster-declaration-3/