June 3, 2020

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday the state “fully intends” for schools to reopen this fall in an announcement coming almost exactly two months after he shut down schools for what turned out to be the remainder of the spring semester.

“The goal is to have kids back in the classroom,” the governor said at a news briefing that covered both the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and protests across the state over racism and police violence against minorities.

DeWine’s comment didn’t order schools to reopen, and he also said the date for starting was entirely up to local education boards.

The state would provide districts with broad health guidelines ahead of time, “fully recognizing that over 600 school

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