Schools

County Spelling Bees Held; Winners Crowned

24 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The 2021 Mid-Ohio ESC County Spelling Bees took place a little differently this year, including transitioning the format to a virtual setting in order to abide by social distancing protocols. The students and coaches from 14 districts adapted well to the virtual format making the bees a great success. The format of the virtual bees was very similar to a typical bee where each student had the opportunity to spell a word in each round until a champion and runner-up were crowned.

The Crawford/Morrow County Spelling Bee was held on Thursday, January 14. Participating schools were Highland Local Schools, Cardington-Lincoln Local Schools, Northmor Local School District, Crestline Exempted Village School District, and Galion City Schools. More…

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Schools

Teachers Unions Push DeWine To Support Schools Without ‘Coerced Preconditions’

23 Jan , 2021  

By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

Eight teachers’ unions throughout the state are pushing Gov. Mike DeWine to rethink his timeline for school reopening and vaccine distribution.

In a joint statement distributed by the Ohio Federation of Teachers and signed by the presidents of the unions in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown, the leaders expressed disappointment with DeWine’s plan, saying his administration is using the vaccine “as a bargaining chip.”

“While we expect there will be no consequences for schools that fail to meet this commitment, that doesn’t mean the Governor isn’t harming communities with this action,” the statement reads. “Parents across the state now have unrealistic expectations for a March 1 reopening that simply will not be possible in many school districts.” More…

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All Things Business, Schools

Curfew To Stick Around; Richland Schools COVID Numbers Continue To Fall

22 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Ohio’s 10 PM to 5 AM curfew will be extended past its expiration date this coming weekend, Governor Mike DeWine said in his Thursday briefing.

“Look, we would love to get rid of it,” DeWine said. The culprit that will keep it around is the arrival in Ohio of new, more contagious strains of the COVID-19 virus and the uncertainty that creates.

The curfew began in mid-November, and was extended an initial time the next month. More…

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Schools

DeWine: 96% Of School Districts Commit To In-Person Learning By March 1

20 Jan , 2021  

By Mahoning Matters Staff

The state is now readying to distribute coronavirus vaccines to adult workers in those schools starting the week of Feb. 1, the governor said during a Tuesday briefing.

Gov. Mike DeWine said 96 percent of all of Ohio’s K-12 school districts have committed to return to in-person learning by March 1.

The state is now readying to distribute coronavirus vaccines to adult workers in those schools starting the week of Feb. 1, the governor said during a Tuesday briefing.

School districts are expected to work with their local Educational Service Centers to identify vaccine providers like local health agencies are partnering pharmacies, DeWine said. More…

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Schools

Richland School COVID Cases Continue To Decrease

16 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Thursday’s numbers shared by the State of Ohio relating to COVID-19 cases in Ohio schools had some good news for Richland County.

The county’s total number of reported cases dropped from a total of 49 a week ago to 39 on January 14.

These 39 new infections represent 15 students and 24 staff members. More…

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History & Tourism, Schools

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: The Ohio State University At Mansfield

6 Jan , 2021  

By: 1812Blockhouse

It’s the latest in our “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About” series — today looking at The Ohio State University at Mansfield.

First institution of higher education in Mansfield: Female Institute, opened in 1840s near the current site of the Renaissance Theatre on Park Avenue West More…

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Schools

Ohio State President Shares End Of Year Communication

26 Dec , 2020  

In an email to The Ohio State University community earlier this week, President Kristina Johnson addressed a variety of matters, including the return to all campuses after the start of the new year.

The email read as follows:

“Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Warmest holiday wishes, Buckeyes. This past year has brought historic challenges for our university. Through it all, you have demonstrated time and again the ingenuity and grace with which our Ohio State family faces moments of great adversity. I am proud to be part of a community that makes such a positive difference in the lives of so many. More…

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All About Richland, Schools

Richland Returns To Red; Indicators, School Case Numbers Fall

25 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

All alone last week as Ohio’s only “Purple” Level county under the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, Richland County had some good news when the State of Ohio released the latest COVID-19 numbers on Thursday afternoon.

The numbers suggested at least a leveling of if nor a slight turnaround in the current wave of cases.

Richland County’s designation was returned to “Red,” or “Level Three,” matching most other counties in the state and all contiguous counties. More…

Schools

NCSC Making A Safe Start To 2021

20 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

North Central State College is taking a serious and considered start to the new year.

That was made clear in a letter sent to the NCSC Community this past week by President &CEO Dorey Diab. Diab shared the basic plan for restarting classes after the first of the year:

“Starting January 11, we will begin the semester totally online for the first week. All classes will meet online for that first week, and no in-person, on-campus classes will be held until Tuesday, January 19th. More…

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Schools

Richland County Schools COVID Count Decreasing

20 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

As we shared last Thursday, Richland County found itself all alone in the “Purple” Level of the Ohio Public Health Advisory System after numbers were released by the State of Ohio.

Although placed in the most serious level, there was some indication that the number of COVID-19 cases and their impact have recently begun to level off.

This conclusion is buttressed by the fact that the number of students and staff in Richland County Schools testing positive for the COVID-19 virus fell for the first time in three weeks. More…

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Schools

CDC Estimates Costs For Schools’ COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies; Ohio Impacted

16 Dec , 2020  

By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released COVID-19 mitigation strategies for schools in the 2020-2021 school year, and estimated costs schools would have to pay.

The CDC acknowledged that the risk of hospitalizations or deaths from COVID-19 among children is lower than for adults, but said the risk “posed to teachers and other staff members in the school environment is expected to mirror that of other adults with similar demographic characteristics in the community,” according to a recent CDC report.

The CDC wrote that districts should determine the risk of in-person schooling based on the use of strategies such as “consistent and correct” use of masks, social distancing, hygiene, cleaning and disinfection and contact tracing in partnership with local health departments. More…

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Schools

MOESC Closing Out Successful Experience With Reading Grant

13 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Supporting early readers at home by providing tools for parents is an ongoing part of the Striving Readers Grant, which is in its final year.

Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center initially received the $1.2 million Striving Readers Grant (SRG) in 2018 and has continued to provide evidence-based language and literacy teaching and learning for all learners from birth through grade 12. Three of the five initial participating districts remain in the grant’s final year: Buckeye Central, Highland and Plymouth.

Aligned to Ohio’s comprehensive literacy plan, Mid-Ohio’s SRG Team has been working to promote proficiency in reading, writing and communication for all learners, driven by scientific research. The grant assists districts in their existing efforts to implement data-based, differentiated and evidence-based practices in literacy. More…

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Schools

COVID Cases in County Schools Continue To Increase

4 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

Thursday’s release of information from the Ohio Department of Health included the weekly look at reported statistics from Ohio’s public and private schools.

For Richland County, these numbers continued an unfortunate trend of increases in student and staff cases of COVID-19. The figure of 77 new cases reported this week was 10 higher than that shared on November 28, and 23 higher than the 54 cases reported the Thursday before that.

These 77 cases involve 40 students and 37 staff members. It is unknown how the return of remote learning with some county schools impacted these numbers. On Thursday, Richland Source shared this overview of how various districts are handling that difficult decision. More…

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All About Richland, Schools

Ohio Announces Two Days Of COVID Numbers; Richland Schools Report 67 More Cases

28 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

With the Thanksgiving holiday providing a one-day respite on reporting of COVID-19 cases, the Ohio Department of Health shared new statistics that covered both Thursday and Friday.

That two day total revealed that Ohio’s number of new cases grew by 17,065 during those two days, bringing the total to 399,908.

It is all but certain that the next update will take the state’s total over 400,000.

The total number of deaths now stands at 6,346, up 72 from Wednesday’s figure. More…

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Schools

Education Bills Very Active During Ohio Statehouse Lame Duck Session

25 Nov , 2020  

By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

Both the Ohio Senate’s and House’s proposed overhaul of the state’s public education system are speeding through committees.

Both the House and Senate heard hours of testimony on companion bills meant to spell out the changes that would be made to the school funding formula, one that has been deemed unconstitutional multiple times over the past few decades.

Last Wednesday night, the Senate Finance Committee spent an hour-and-a-half hearing from school districts leaders, some of whom are also members of a working group formed to find a solution to the education system that has been criticized for being inequitable and overly reliant on property values to determine state aid. More…

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