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State map shows three different ways Ohio school districts are planning to return

Ohio Education Model Planned Start map
Posted at 2:37 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 18:54:17-04

COLUMBUS — On Tuesday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled a map showing the three options districts across the state are choosing between when returning to school in the coming weeks.

Ohio Education Model Planned Start map
This map released by the Ohio Department of Education breaks down how each district in the state plans to return to school in the fall - 5-day in-person return, full remote/online, or a hybrid of in-person and online instruction.

DeWine said schools in the yellow shaded area are returning to in-person classes all five days of the week, districts in the blue shaded area will be doing remote learning, and schools in the green area will be doing a mixture of in-person and online classes.

According to the governor, districts in rural areas are the ones that intend on going back to school regularly, whereas districts in cities tend to be starting remotely. The rural areas tend to have less students attending their schools compared to the districts in the cities, according to the numbers.

Currently, 325 districts are returning to a regular five-day schedule, which accounts for about5 90,000 students, 38% of Ohio's public school students.

According to the governor, 55 districts are planning on starting the school year fully remote, which is about 25.6% of the state's public school students, or 390,000.

DeWine said 154 districts are planning on the hybrid model, which is 24.5% or 380,000 students.

At this point in time, 78 districts have not finalized their back to school plan.

"Those that are going to be online or those that are going to be in person I think they’re doing a good job they’ve been working very very hard for those who are starting either hybrid or totally in person," DeWine said.

DeWine is allowing school districts to still choose their own start date.

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