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Alison Holm

At Tuesday's coronavirus press conference Ohio Governor Mike DeWine called out several school districts including Columbus City Schools, that aren't on track to have all students back in school at least part time by March 1rst.  At Tuesday evening's school board meeting officials say there's solid and systemic reasons why that won't happen.  Alison Holm has more.   

Cincinnati Public Schools began giving school-based staff COVID shots Thursday , but the state's official school vaccination program starts Monday.  

Updated at 10:58 a.m. ET Wednesday

Data from K-12 schools that reopened for in-person instruction in the fall show little evidence that schools contributed meaningfully to the spread of COVID-19, according to a new article published Tuesday in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association.

Dan Konik

Ohio’s k-12 schools will begin vaccinating their employees later this week.

Ohio's eight largest teachers unions, including the Columbus Education Association, are denouncing the way Ohio Governor DeWine is rushing a return to in-person classes weeks before school staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Columbus City Schools are proceeding with plans to reopen under a blended learning model for some students February 1st -- before staff is vaccinated.  

State health officials report nearly 5-thousand new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24-hours, and 55 newly recorded deaths. 

Columbus City Schools will begin the return to hybrid learning as scheduled on February 1, starting with vocational tech and the district's youngest students.  

Since the beginning of this pandemic, experts and educators have feared that open schools would spread the coronavirus further, which is why so many classrooms remain closed. But a new, nationwide study suggests reopening schools may be safer than previously thought, at least in communities where the virus is not already spreading out of control.

Columbus City Schools have extended the suspension of all in-person athletic and extracurricular activities through at least January 23.

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. 

State health officials Monday reported 4,519 new cases of COVID-19 and 62 new deaths.

The Columbus City Schools will operate under a remote learning model through the end of January.

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Hilliard City Schools will return to a hybrid learning model today.

Worthington City Schools are preparing to move to a remote learning model Monday because of the pandemic. 

Columbus City Schools are returning to online-only learning Monday, as Franklin County goes under a stay-at-home advisory until December 18th.

The Southwest Licking schools are moving to a remote learning model because of the pandemic beginning today.  

Several school districts in Ohio are changing their operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ohio State University is moving the first two weeks of spring semester classes back to a remote learning model to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

State health officials Tuesday reported 6,508 new cases of COVID-19 and 23 new deaths. 

Officials in the Groveport Madison Schools say a COVID-19 outbreak has led to a shortage of bus drivers, meaning transportation will not be provided for least two weeks while staff is in quarantine.

State health officials say there have been more than 2 thousand new cases of COVID-19 among students and school staff, and over 7 thousand cases since the state began requiring weekly reports in mid-September.

Ohio University says all residential students may return to the Athens campus in January for the spring semester.

Fourteen hundred career and technical education students are scheduled to return to a pair of Columbus City School campuses today, and the district has signed a memo of understanding with the teachers' union on protecting staff and students.  

Thursday morning the City of Columbus will announce  the opening of Learning Extension Centers around the city, where students can get reliable internet, meals and some of the wraparound services they would normally get in school. 

Columbus City Schools abruptly announced Tuesday afternoon that a planned return to part time in-person learning has been postponed for most students until mid-January.

The Pickerington Local School district is returning to four-days per week of in-person learning starting on November 16th.

The Dublin Board of Education has approved a resolution allowing kindergarten through 8th grade students to return to in-person instruction on November 2. 

Columbus City Schools have pushed back students return to the classrooms by at least two weeks, according to a communique released this morning.

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As the coronavirus positivity rate in Columbus continues to improve, Columbus City Schools are getting ready to reopen buildings for at least some of their students.