The Ohio Stay at Home Order and What Comes Next for Our Schools
Dear Intergenerational Community,
We are monitoring the COVID -19 updates and recommendations from our government and healthcare leaders. On Sunday, Governor Mike DeWine issued a Stay at Home order for Ohio residents. The few exceptions to this order include:
- Taking care of loved ones and neighbors.
- Leaving home for health and safety needs.
- Limited number of trips to essential businesses for food, supplies and services
- Going outdoors for a walk in your neighborhood. Unfortunately, all playgrounds will be closed.
Also, this week, the Ohio General Assembly passed amendments to legislation which will affect how K-12 schools can operate due to COVID-19. These updates include:
- State testing for grades K-12 has been waived this school year. This allows for third graders to move on to the fourth grade provided that the school leaders determine that the third-grader was on track and prepared to move onto the fourth grade.
- The limitations on distance learning for K-12 schools were waived. Schools can now use distance learning to make up for the weeks schools will be closed.
- Schools are exempt from food-processing requirements so that they can continue serving meals now and through the summer. CMSD is providing free breakfast and lunch to children 18 and under.
- The law temporarily permits public meetings to be held remotely as long as the public has access to the meeting. This includes our school board meetings.
The Intergenerational Schools’ Boards will meet on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 to review and approve a Distance Learning Plan for our students. Details of the plan will be communicated immediately after the meeting. We will continue to closely monitor updates comings from our state and healthcare leaders. Communications from our schools can be found here.
Thank you for your patience as we work through plans to continue our students’ education.
Stay Healthy and Stay Safe,