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Coronavirus In Ohio: DeWine 'Fully Intends' For Schools To Reopen In Fall

Students in the classroom
Columbus Neighborhoods

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said the state fully intends for schools to reopen in the fall.

The governor said Tuesday the goal is "to have kids back in the classroom." DeWine said at a news briefing that the date for when schools could start is completely up to local school boards.

DeWine also said the Ohio Department of Education will provide districts broad health guidelines while recognizing that districts have different needs and are in different situations.

Columbus City Schools superintendent Talisa Dixon said the district assembled a task force to determine what changes need to be made for students to return in the fall. Dixon said both students and staff will likely wear masks, and the district's 109 buildings will need to ramp up sanitization, both of which will cost money.

Ohio was the first state in the country to close K-12 schools, on March 11. That started as a three-week shutdown before being extended to May 1. 

Later, in-person classes were canceled for the rest of the school year.