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Yesterday, July 2nd, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced new guidelines and orders for the reopening of schools this September. At the press conference following the release of the guidelines the Governor made it clear that the state has “an obligation to educate our children and to keep them safe.”

The Governor also stressed that the schools have the autonomy to adjust the guidelines to what works best for their environment while still ensuring a degree of safety to protect the students and staff.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Governor DeWine has made it clear that his goal is to reopen schools in a safe manner and that he will rely on school districts to determine the best way to do so. The flexibility the Governor provided today will enable children across the state to get the education they deserve and have sorely missed since the beginning of COVID-19.

Agudath Israel of Ohio commends the Governor for taking this important and balanced approach to reopening. According to Rabbi Yitz Frank, Executive Director of Agudath Israel of Ohio, “The Governor and his excellent policy staff have done a tremendous job of carefully navigating Ohio through the current pandemic while simultaneously collaborating with the Ohio Department of Education and other stakeholders, including Agudath Israel. We are grateful.”

More information regarding Ohio’s reopening guidelines can be found here: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/responsible/schools/K-12-Schools-Guidance.pdf