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Ohio schools report record new COVID-19 cases as DeWine hopes compliance to orders can return students to classrooms

Ben Orner, WCMH |

Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday continued his pleas for Ohioans to follow coronavirus protocols in hopes that increased compliance may decrease new cases of COVID-19 and get students back into physical classrooms.

Meanwhile, Ohio schools reported a record 5,281 new cases of COVID-19 among students and staff, according to the latest weekly numbers from the Ohio Department of Health. That’s the largest weekly increase in cases this school year, bringing the total to 33,499.

Cumulative COVID-19 cases reported by Ohio schools:

  • Sept. 17: 319
  • Sept. 24: 739 (+420)
  • Oct. 1: 1,274 (+535)
  • Oct. 8: 1,870 (+596)
  • Oct. 15: 2,739 (+869)
  • Oct. 22: 3,826 (+1,087)
  • Oct. 29: 5,058 (+1,232)
  • Nov. 5: 7,068 (+2,010)
  • Nov. 12: 9,876 (+2,808)
  • Nov. 19: 14,593 (+4,717)
  • Nov. 26: 19,302 (+4,709)
  • Dec. 3: 23,052 (+3,750)
  • Dec. 10: 28,218 (+5,166)
  • Dec. 17: 33,499 (+5,281)

Current education models across Ohio

As of Thursday, 233 of Ohio’s 609 public school districts are open five days a week for in-person learning, according to the Ohio Department of Education. 204 are fully remote, 171 are on a hybrid schedule, and one is fully closed.

 Map updated Dec. 17, 2020 – Ohio Department of Education

Definitions for this data compilation are the following:

  • 5-Day In-Person: All students have the option of in-person instruction, even if schedules are somewhat adjusted.
  • Fully Remote: All students to receive only remote education, which may be teacher-led or student-led.
  • Hybrid: A mix of in-person and remote education, noting some grade levels may be entirely in-person or entirely remote.

This is a high-level categorization of General Education Models. Within these model types, there is considerable variation in district approaches. In following, some important points to keep in mind:

  • Hybrid models come in many forms such as two consecutive (or nonconsecutive) days a week in-person, alternate weeks in-person, or selected grade ranges or schools as fully remote or fully in-person;
  • Districts may be planning to transition to in-person within a short span of time if conditions allow;
  • Districts utilizing remote learning may be planning for in-person education or services for students with special needs;
  • Most districts offer an option for individual students to participate in fully remote education (although these options may vary by eligibility and capacity); and
  • Most districts have contingency plans in place for adjusting the mode of education delivery based on alert levels or other local factors.

Full data set available for the December 17th map.

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