Additional guidelines include:

  • Monitoring for symptoms
  • A testing strategy with local health departments
  • Proper social distancing
  • Frequent hand washing and thorough sanitation of desks and other surfaces
  • Schools will also be required to provide hand sanitizer

DeWine also recommended that schools consider modified lunch schedules or having students eat in classrooms in an effort to limit contact with others.

The more than 600 school districts in the state have started to plan for the fall. Some have announced plans to continue online learning while others are looking to a regular, full-time, in-person approach. And others still are considering a hybrid approach that would include alternating in-person class days and incorporating remote learning.

DeWine added that while the pandemic is still very real, there is a widespread consensus across the state that students need to get back to school so they do not fall even further behind.

Additionally, the Governor indicated he hopes to make an announcement next week regarding how much funding the state will provide to help schools implement new guidelines.