Written By: Ishton W. Morton – May 6th, 2020
On Wednesday 6th, 2020 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine gave a brief insight into what grades K through grade 12 schools might look like in the fall as students possibly return to the classrooms.
However, unique is defined as being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else and flexibility is defined as the quality of bending easily without breaking. DeWine said Ohio schools will need to utilize unique flexibility and to continue to work with the state department.
Also, DeWine had this to say during his daily briefing, when it comes to physically going back to the classroom in August, “We are just going to have to see where we are.”
DeWine added he has spoken with many local superintendents and that schools are working on different options on how to exist in a world where COVID-19 is still very much here.
It became very clear that they’re looking at ways to still make social distancing work while focusing on teaching as well.
Governor DeWine alluded to one option, which could be a “two day, two day” meaning some students will attend class in the school for two days and then other students will attend the next two days to help spread the students out more. He said that way schools are still doing distance learning.
However, this could be extremely problematic as well. For all practical purposes this proposal will reduced to 2021 school year to approximately 50% of its original time.
Quickly, Governor DeWine responded and say, “I’m not saying that’s where we will end up.”
Meanwhile, he intentionally and obviously suggested that schools are still figuring out the configuration of their school building and how students could get picked up in buses.
Finally, DeWine said, “We have to see where we are with the virus. My recommendation is for schools to look at different options, what is unique to them.”
When it is all said and done the question is; could Ohio schools be alternating a “two day” in classes and a distance learning option in the fall or both?