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Ohio to distribute estimated $86.1 million in school meal credits |

Ohio received the federal go-ahead to use credits to help replace free or reduced-price meals for students learning virtually at the beginning of the 2020 school year — but only for those who are participating remotely five days at a time.

And the program, which distributed more than $250 million to families in the spring, is not yet confirmed for October.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education are waiting on guidance from the federal government, and criteria is not yet finalized, a spokesman wrote in a Monday email.