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  • April 03, 2020 8:28 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

     As families and educators settle in to a new and different way of teaching and learning, the Ohio Department of Education applauds your efforts and thanks you for all you are doing to rise to the challenges we all are facing.

    In a continuing effort to provide updated information regarding Ohio’s coronavirus-related school-building closure, the Ohio Department of Education today released important new documents, family and educator resources and updates related to the following subject areas:

    Remote Learning Resource Guide
    A new Remote Learning Resource Guide is available to assist parents, families, caregivers and educators as they navigate the world of remote learning during Ohio’s ordered school-building closure.

    State Testing
    With the passage of HB 197 and the approval of federal waiver requests, new information about State Testing during the Ordered School-Building Closure has been made available to help explain the latest developments.

    Early Learning and School Readiness
    A new document has been posted to help explain how Early Learning and School Readiness efforts are impacted by the coronavirus-related closures and changes.

    Community Schools
    As community schools navigate what the school-building closure order means for them, new information regarding Considerations for Community Schools and Sponsors has been posted.

    Whole-Child Nutrition Updates
    As many schools continue to provide meals to students during this time, we are committed to updating our available information on this topic as new details emerge. A new memo regarding Area Eligibility Policy was issued to provide additional direction to food sites. And important updates about new waivers has been added to the Emergency Feeding Application Process for Schools and Sponsors document.

    We will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available so please keep checking back at


  • April 02, 2020 2:38 PM | Anonymous

    The Ohio Department of Education, Business Professionals of America, Ohio Association, Ohio DECA, Ohio FFA Association, Ohio FCCLA, and SkillsUSA Ohio remain committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of its members. Therefore, it has been determined that all in-person career-technical student organization competitions and events are canceled through May 1, 2020. The decision to cancel events was not made lightly. The Office of Career-Technical Education continues to collaborate with stakeholders to discuss possible competitive alternatives, financial resolutions, and next steps.

    The calendar of event cancellations can be found by clicking here.

  • April 02, 2020 1:38 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Due to the impact of the coronavirus health crisis on the education community, after earlier consultation with the statewide career-technical education associations and following recent guidance provided by the United States Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Higher Education extend the deadline for submission of the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment and Local Application to June 30, 2020.

    This 60-day extension from the original May 1, 2020 deadline to June 30th provides some flexibility to institutions dealing with the myriad of issues resulting from the ordered school building closures, while seeking to ensure there will be no gap in funding between fiscal years.
    Please note the earlier guidance dated March 26th and March 27th, located respectively on the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Higher Education websites, that covers documentation of community engagement during this period of social distancing and that highlights the 10 key questions that must be fully addressed in the submission to receive substantial approval status. Late applications – those submitted in substantially approvable form after June 30th – will be expected to document (by similar memorandum attached to the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment and Local Application Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan submission) a more robust stakeholder engagement process, significantly beyond the coronavirus impact bare minimums described in the respective March 26th and March 27th communications.

    The Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan is expected to open for submissions by secondary and postsecondary career-technical education applicants by mid-April, with the deadline for submissions of June 30, 2020.

    Applications for postsecondary Ohio Technical Centers may be submitted through the Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan once Perkins allocations are finalized, which could occur between mid-April to mid-May, with the deadline for submissions of June 30, 2020. The Ohio Department of Higher Education will continue to work with Ohio Technical Centers to ensure these allocations are finalized and uploaded into the Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan.

    Click here for the Local Application Checklist and Submission Process document.

  • April 02, 2020 1:17 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    At the recommendation of Chancellor Randy Gardner and Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria, previously existing statutes, rules, and guidance relating to the College Credit Plus (CCP) program have been updated in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

    The updates attempt to provide as much flexibility as possible for students while continuing to implement the CCP program. CCP is Ohio’s dual enrollment program, providing students with the opportunity to earn college and high school credits at the same time.

    A document listing the updates was released last week after Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 197, detailing the state’s COVID-19 relief legislation. The bill granted new flexibility to the Chancellor, in consultation with the State Superintendent, to waive, extend, suspend, or modify requirements of the CCP program in response to COVID-19.

    “Our new College Credit Plus guidance is designed to provide student-focused direction as we continue the important work of sustaining the program,” Chancellor Gardner said. “This is a strangely challenging time for all of us, but our updates will continue to allow many students to be served and learn in the weeks and months ahead.”

    The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and Ohio Department of Education (ODE) engaged dozens of teachers, school counselors and college CCP directors throughout the state to seek feedback in preparing the updates. The result is maximum flexibility to high school and higher education partners, keeping students at the forefront of the decision-making process.

    “The College Credit Plus program is a great opportunity for Ohio’s students,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria. “Given the unprecedented challenges we all are facing, we wanted to provide solutions so students who are eager to get involved with this program continue to have the ability to do so.”

    Chancellor Gardner said not every situation or circumstance can be comprehensively addressed in one document. ODE and ODHE will continue to monitor all aspects of the CCP program going forward.

    For more information on the CCP program, including details about the new updates, visit

  • April 01, 2020 8:01 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced March 31new flexibilities for career and technical education (CTE) leaders who are required to submit their local CTE plan for FY 2020-2023 under the Strengthening Career and Technical Education Act for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) by April 15, 2020.  

    Following up on feedback she received from town hall meetings between the Department and state CTE directors, the Secretary has decided to use transition authority to provide an extension for states that need additional time to submit their Perkins V state plans, allow states and local Perkins recipients to receive their first installment of Perkins V funds on time—even if they need an extension, and allow states to provide funding recipients additional time to complete their applications.

    “The 12 million students in career and technical education programs today are tomorrow’s first responders, nurses, and medical assistants—those who are right now on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus,” said Secretary DeVos. “They are also those who will help rebuild and grow our economy. This Administration’s commitment to CTE programs is unwavering, and the flexibilities provided today will help to ensure their critical work continues.”

    Information on the new flexibilities was provided to local leaders through a new Q&A document which can be found here.

    Ohio had already submitted its combined plan for Perkins implementation and will extend the deadline, and according to ODE will move the deadline for local recipients Perkins submission to June 30 (not the original due date of May 1).

    Perkins V plans allow state and local education agencies and institutions of higher education to receive federal support for CTE programs that develop more fully the academic, technical, and employability skills of secondary and postsecondary students. These programs are designed to expand opportunities for every student to explore, choose, and follow career pathways to earn credentials of value.

    For more information on all the efforts the Department is taking to address the COVID-19 national emergency, visit

    For more information about COVID-19, please visit the following websites:, and

  • March 30, 2020 2:19 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    Gov. DeWine announced March 30 in a press conference that school closure would extend through May 1.

  • March 30, 2020 2:09 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)
    The coronavirus-related ordered school-building closure affects educator evaluation systems. Specifically, this impacts decisions around completion of 2019-2020 educator evaluations and implementation of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) 2.0.

    At the time of the school-building closure, evaluation data still was being collected for many teachers, administrators and school counselors. Additionally, community schools and districts were in the process of preparing for the implementation of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System 2.0 for the 2020-2021 school year.

    The Ohio Department of Education has provided information on its website addressing these issues. Please click here to read more.
  • March 27, 2020 2:51 PM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    The ongoing coronavirus health crisis has not disrupted the ability of the Ohio Department of Education to receive and process applications and renewals for licensure. The Office of Educator Licensure currently is processing applications within five business days and is ready to assist educators, schools and districts with their licensure-related inquiries and needs.

    Flexibility for Current Educators Whose Licenses Expire July 1, 2020
    The Ohio Department of Education is providing flexibility regarding the licensure renewal deadline. All licenses currently set to expire on July 1, 2020, will have their expiration dates extended to Sept. 1, 2020. This license expiration extension will allow educators additional time to complete their requirements for renewal. It is important that educators complete their legally required professional development by Sept. 1, 2020, or an additional three semester hours of professional development will be required for renewal. Educators may need to adjust their individual professional development plans as needed.

    Local Professional Development Committees
    Current educators whose licenses expire this year should contact their Local Professional Development Committees and work to modify, as needed, their individual professional development plans as soon as possible. Although many in-person professional development opportunities have been canceled, educators can continue to take advantage of remote and web-based professional development opportunities as approved by their Local Professional Development Committees.

    Local Professional Development Committees are encouraged to continue meeting via telephone, video-conference or other remote means. If a meeting is subject to Ohio’s Open Meetings Act, districts should work with their legal counsels to determine how best to proceed. These committees also should be flexible in their approaches to reviewing and approving professional development considering the current circumstances.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation and/or Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Investigation and Identification Background Checks for Current and Prospective Educators
    The Ohio Department of Education has been notified by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and Identification it is processing background checks at this time. Any applicant who needs to complete a background check should contact BCI at (855) 224-6446 for instructions on how to complete fingerprint collection at home.

    Current University or College Students Enrolled in Educator Preparation Programs
    The Ohio departments of Education and Higher Education have worked with educator preparation programs to create more flexible pathways for students to complete their clinical experience requirements. Please contact your college or university and work with your educator preparation program to determine your pathway to completion.

    Initial Licensure Exams
    The Ohio Department of Education understands the current situation impedes the ability of applicants to take their initial licensure examinations, including the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE), American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) testing and others. At this time, it is unknown how long this disruption will last. In response to this unprecedented situation, the Ohio Department of Education has been granted the authority to issue a one-time, one-year temporary license for the 2020-2021 school year to applicants who meet all other qualifications for licensure but have been unable to complete their required initial licensure examinations. Under this one-year temporary license, an applicant can apply to advance his or her license upon successful completion of the required licensure examinations. The Office of Educator Licensure will begin accepting applications for these temporary licenses on May 15, 2020. 

    Educators can find up-to-date information regarding coronavirus impacts on educator licensure on the Department’s website.

  • March 26, 2020 7:48 AM | Ohio ACTE (Administrator)

    In response to COVID-19 emergency and school closures, the General Assembly passed Amended House Bill 197 on March 25.  All of these provisions will be effective once the Governor signs the bill, which should occur shortly. 

    Key provisions of HB 197 for educators include the following:

    • Online Learning and Blizzard Bags: The General Assembly expressed its intent that schools continue “to provide ways to keep students actively engaged in learning opportunities between March 17, 2020 and the remainder of the school year.”  As such, brick-and-mortar schools are now permitted to provide students with and be credited for instruction hour purposes any online lessons or blizzard bags to access and complete classroom lessons. Previously, such use was limited to three days of instructional hours.  Use of Blizzard Bags must be approved by the School’s governing authority, and any existing plan may be amended to provide for the number of hours the schools were closed as a part of the mandatory closure.
    • Food Service: During the period of closure, schools transporting meals during the closure period are exempt from food processing, packaging or handling regulations if the schools (1) already hold a food service operation license and (2) provide meals using the Seamless Summer Option Program or the Summer Food Service Program, pursuant to the recent USDA waiver.
    • Special Education Service Requirements: During the closure period, schools may provide special education services electronically or via telehealth communication without penalty. Services must continue to be provided by an appropriately licensed individual.  Additional guidance will follow regarding special education deadlines.  Note that any schools providing online lessons or blizzard bags as credit for instructional hours must also provide a free appropriate public education for students with disabilities—i.e., they must find ways to provide services in accordance with or consistent with the student’s IEP. 
    • Open Meetings: During the closure, a public body, including a school board, may hold meetings using teleconferences or video conferences. Members will be considered present for quorum purposes and eligible to vote. All formal action taken by the board during the meeting, including adoption of any resolutions or rules, will have the same effect as if the meeting were conducted in person. Public access to meetings held via teleconference or video conference must ensure that the public can observe and hear the discussions and deliberations of all of the members of the board. Notice of any public meeting held via teleconference or video conference must be provided at least 24 hours prior to the meeting using a reasonable method that would allow the public to determine the time, place, and manner in which the meeting will be held. In the event of an emergency where the board must take immediate action, notice of the time, place, and purpose of the meeting must be provided to any media outlet that requests it immediately.  NOTE: This change in law will supersede our prior guidance to avoid major decisions, ratify all actions, and forego board compensation.  Subject to any further guidance from the Auditor of State, such mitigating actions are no longer necessary.
    • Waiver of State Testing Requirements: For the 2019-2020 school year only, schools are not required to administer any state assessments. 
    • School Report Cards: The Department will not assign schools overall letter grades or individual component grades for the 2019-2020 report cards. However, ODE will continue to report any underlying data that is has regarding school building performance for the 2019-2020 school year.  The absence of a report card for the 2019-2020 school year will not excuse community schools already subject to mandatory closure in the 2020-2021 school year, or that would otherwise be prohibited from changing sponsors due to prior report card scores. In other words, for automatic closure purposes, the three-year clock will not restart.
    • Third Grade Guarantee: Schools shall not retain students in third grade based solely the student’s 2019-2020 academic performance in reading unless the principal and the student’s reading teacher agree that the student is reading below grade level and is not prepared to advance to fourth grade.
    • Graduation: For the 2019-2020 school year, any 12th grade student (regardless of whether they are in the 2020 cohort) who was on track to graduate but has not completed the course and assessment requirements for graduation will be granted a high school diploma if the principal / superintendent, in consultation with teachers and counselors, reviews the student’s progress towards graduation and determines that the student successfully completed the curriculum (or IEP) at the time of the closure period began. Diplomas may only be issued under this exception until September 30, 2020.
    • Schools with graduation requirements beyond the state minimum course credit requirements may elect to hold students to the state minimum for graduation for the 2019-2020 school year to determine if the student successfully completed the curriculum.
    • Access to In-Person Instructional Experiences to Complete Career-Tech Requirements: The General Assembly expressed its intent that schools will grant students access to school facilities as soon as reasonably possible (even if the last day of the school’s calendar year has ended) in order to allow students to complete career-tech requirements.
    • 22+ Diploma Program: The Superintendent of Public Instruction must collaborate with 22+ Adult Diploma Program providers to ensure that providers have the “maximum flexibility to assist students whose progress has been affected” by the mandatory school closures, including through waivers or extensions of deadlines to allow students additional time to complete program requirements.
    • Teacher Evaluations: Schools are prohibited from using value-added progress dimension scores to measure student learning for the 2019-2020 OTES evaluations.
    • Teacher Licensure: ODE may issue 1-year, nonrenewable provisional licenses for any educational license so long as the individual has met all licensure qualifications except for passing required exams.
    • Waiver of Statutory Deadlines for Action: The Superintendent of Public Instruction may extend or waive any deadline for action required by the State Board of Education or ODE during the period of mandatory closure.


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