This Reset and Restart Education Planning Guide is designed to help schools and their partners understand guidelines and considerations for reopening school buildings during the continued presence of COVID-192 in a way that protects the health and safety of vulnerable members of school communities. Its intention: to spur local-level, partnership-based discussions and decision-making that will result in locally developed Reset and Restart Education Plans.
The planning guide is organized by three distinct, yet connected sections:
- Health and Safety Guidelines for Schools to Reopen. This section provides a link to the Ohio Department of Health and State of Ohio guidelines for school buildings to reopen in fall 2020.
- Return-to-School CONSIDERATIONS for Local Planning. This section includes considerations to help schools and their partners reopen in the most effective way in fall 2020.
- Role CONSIDERATIONS for Associations, Educational Organizations (including Educational Service Centers) and Other State and Community Partners. This section focuses on leveraging the support of partners to implement the health and safety guidelines and return-to-school considerations for local planning.
Together, these sections offer a comprehensive framework to help schools and partners plan to reopen and ensure each child is challenged to discover and learn, prepared to pursue a fulfilling post-high school path and empowered to become a resilient, lifelong learner who contributes to society.
It is important to note the health and safety guidelines referred to in this document have been identified by the Ohio Department of Health and are intended to protect Ohioans. The return-to-school considerations outlined later in this guide are not mandatory and were co-designed with educators, educator-related organizations, education advocacy
organizations, parents and students. In the coming weeks, the Ohio Department of Education will release additional tools and informational documents that also will support the reopening planning process. These will be available on the Ohio Department of Education’s Reset and Restart web page. The Ohio Department of Education will continuously update resources over the coming weeks and months in collaboration with health experts and education stakeholders as new information becomes available.