As schools across the state and the country prepare to return to in-person learning this fall, guidance has been issued to ensure that students, instructors, and staff remain safe and healthy.
Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff from the Ohio Department of Health held a media briefing on July 26, 2021 to discuss recommendations for reducing the spread of COVID-19 in the 2021-2022 school year. During the briefing, he strongly recommended that unvaccinated individuals wear masks while inside school buildings and when social distancing is not possible.
And on Monday, August 2, the U.S. Department of Education released its “Return to School Roadmap” to support students, schools, educators, and communities as they prepare to return to in-person learning this fall.
The Roadmap includes three priorities that schools, districts, and communities are encouraged to focus on to ensure all students are set up for success in the 2021-2022 school year. These include:
- prioritizing the health and safety of students, staff, and educators
- building school communities and supporting students’ social, emotional, and mental health
- accelerating academic achievement