Covid-19 and Children

Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

School choice has been an option in many urban school districts throughout Ohio. But it hasn’t been as popular in rural and wealthy suburban districts. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports one school choice supporter says that might be changing because of the pandemic.

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

COVID cases numbers are continuing to climb, and the state says only around a third of kids over 12 who can be vaccinated got those shots. One of the Democrats challenging Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s re-election says she questions his motivation for not issuing a statewide mask mandate in schools. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Masks will be required on buses and in buildings when Columbus City Schools returns to in-person instruction for the upcoming school year.

Jo Ingles

Pediatricians are warning the new contagious Delta variant is putting kids under 12, who cannot be vaccinated right now, at greater risk of contracting COVID. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles has details.


The impacts of a year of COVID on children of all ages has yet to be fully understood. Some children transitioned to on line learning and little social interaction with few issues, and others faced huge challenges. What do we know about where our children stand today after so many social norms and safety nets disappeared? Join our panel to find out.

Alison Holm

After two months of studying rates of COVID-19 among students in classrooms, Ohio is dropping quarantine recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for some students. 


Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has high praise for colleges and universities  that have brought down their COVID-19 positivity rate, but he wants to see residential schools use testing to get a better picture of the rate of infection on their campus. 

The vast majority of children dying from COVID-19 are Hispanic, Black or Native American, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers analyzed the number of coronavirus cases and deaths among people under the age of 21 that were reported to the CDC between Feb. 12 and July 31 of this year. They found more than 390,000 cases and 121 deaths.