Lisa Rantala, WTTE FOX 28

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Schools on hold, Gov. DeWine says reopening guidelines will take another week

Seven weeks before the first day of school, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said he’ll release reopening guidelines within a week. At his briefing Tuesday, he called the upcoming rules during the Coronavirus pandemic expected and flexible. Until they know more, school district superintendents are telling parents there is little they can do. Many are surveying families to measure preferences for the… → Read More

Columbus Mayor executes order against police deploying tear gas during peaceful protests

On Tuesday, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther issued an order to stop the police deployment of tear gas during peaceful protests. “Thursday and Friday evening, I thought it was a great deal of restraint from officers who were on the receiving end of verbal abuse and harassment but also physical aggression,” Mayor Ginther said during the first few nights of protests in downtown Columbus after George… → Read More

Less than 20% of Ohio school districts filed paperwork to hold blended learning this fall

Weeks before the first day of school, less than 20% of Ohio school districts have asked to continue online learning. “I can tell you what we hope it looks like as close to as normal as possible,” said Dublin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley with a virtual meeting with parents Friday. “We know how it looked the last two months. we need to be better. ” Of the 6,000 parents surveyed… → Read More

Central Ohio school districts promise to make changes to fight racial injustice & inequity

School districts across Central Ohio say they stand in solidarity with protesters across the nation and some are committing to take action. “I have to say that I continue to be worried,” said Columbus City Schools (CCS) board member Carol Beckerle at the last board meeting. “There’s been a lot of wonderful discussion and talk and appearances of coming together. However, unless it’s followed by… → Read More

Smaller daytime crowds on eighth day of Columbus demonstrations

A day after more arrests were made and charges increased in George Floyd’s death in Minnesota, crowds demonstrating at Ohio’s Statehouse are decreasing. Ten protesters stood with signs along High Street just before noon Thursday, including Taylor Hinnant. “I never felt an energy like this before I’ve never like been to anything we’re people care so much,” Hinnant said regarding the last week of… → Read More

Linden neighbors looking for city help after second flooding event in two months

Linden area neighbors want answers after another heavy rain floods basements for the second time in just two months. “I got a notification that they had posted that their basement had started flooding,” said neighbor Scott Sergeant about his other neighbors on their social media board. He then discovered his own flooding, “It was definitely gushing up 7 to 8 inches out of the sewer drain. ” → Read More

Thousands sign Ohio petition against mixed school days and remote learning next year

Tens of thousands of parents are fighting back against the possibility of remote learning for their kids for the fall. “We’re going to be in late July and August and no one is going to have an answer,” said father Brett Marrs. “We’re going to end up making a horrible, horrible solution because we don’t have time to make a good solution. ” His daughters Avery and Kasey attend Piqua Public Schools… → Read More

Online face mask request to joggers prompts debate in German Village neighborhood

A neighbor in German Village sparked a heated online debate after she requested that runners wear a face mask. “First of all, I had no idea of the reaction I would get. It literally went viral, no pun intended,” said Celia Latz. She made her online request on the Next Door App this weekend after a jogger got close to her on her sidewalk and blew air into Latz’ face. “I thought, ‘Yikes. ’ I had a… → Read More

Furloughs, cuts and layoffs plaguing colleges, universities during pandemic

Ohio’s publicly funded colleges and universities are taking quick action as they’re seeing total losses of up to nearly $300 million. “Like all other universities in Ohio and elsewhere, the pandemic has weakened us,” said President of the University of Akron Gary Miller in a video message. Amongst a hiring freeze and reducing his salary by 10%, Miller said athletics will be cut by 20%. → Read More

Single mom called back to work says she has no childcare for her daughter

Parents want to know what they should do as the state has reopened their jobs but not daycares. Single mom Darian Kuhn contacted ABC6/FOX28 because she works at a dental office which can now open back up May first. However, she said she has nowhere to place her five-year-old daughter as their Hilliard daycare is still closed. “It’s awful. It’s absolutely awful. At this point, I don’t have many… → Read More

Dad claims teachers want to hold his son back despite his success at remote learning

A Columbus dad is asking for help after he claims teachers want his son to repeat the third grade. Asmere Moore told Scoring Our Schools that his son attends Avondale Elementary within Columbus City Schools. Two weeks ago, he said his son Jameer’s teachers called to say they wanted him to hold him back due to his reading level. “(The teacher) didn’t think he was where he needed to be to move… → Read More

Ohio malls drawing up reopening plans as state opens door to retail May 12th

While malls have the capacity to hold a lot of people at one time, owners of some of the most popular in central Ohio say they’re working out rules to follow new state protocols. “My daughter is a manager here at Macy’s and there’s been so much confusion about what’s going to happen and how it’s going to happen,” said father Jeff Mayes while standing feet away from Tuttle Mall near Dublin. “I… → Read More

Ohio's retail stores to open back up May 12 but with restrictions

After nearly a two month shut down, Ohio retail stores can soon open but with restrictions. In order to open, employees must keep six feet of social distancing, monitor health, wear face coverings, wash hands frequently, keep hand sanitizer throughout the store and clean high touch items like carts and baskets after each use. For customers, the state requires more face masks, they must follow… → Read More

Summertime school programs moving online after state order to keep campuses closed

More closures and cancellations for central Ohio schools are surfacing a day after the state announced school buildings will stay closed for the rest of the academic year. The Worthington City Schools website is now announcing the district’s Summer Enrichment Academy is canceled and high school and middle school courses are moving online. “Our buildings are closed but the teaching and learning… → Read More

Central Ohio hospitals furloughing hundreds of staff during pandemic

Central Ohio hospitals are expected to lose millions of dollars during the coronavirus pandemic. Some hospital systems are furloughing hundreds of their employees. No one could have imagined a few short weeks ago what we would be dealing with today," said Adena Health CEO and President Jeff Graham on the health care system’s website this month. → Read More

Westerville City Schools easing pandemic burdens, reimbursing tuition & fees

With families out of work and bills not being paid, a local school district is trying to ease the burden. This week, Westerville City Schools says it’s going to start paying its families back for tuition and fees. “A lot of them have been furloughed or laid off from their employment,” said Westerville City Schools Treasurer Nicole Marshall. “They had to start making decisions on what they could… → Read More

Columbus City Schools announces graduation requirements amid coronavirus outbreak

Columbus City Schools announced its graduation requirements Tuesday after state issued guidelines were released days ago for the COVID-19 pandemic. CCS Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon said requirements for a technology credit, additional elective course credit, and 120 internship hours will be eliminated. She'll also ask the school board to roll back requirements to meet the state minimum. → Read More

Ohio releases new high school graduation guidelines during coronavirus pandemic

The Ohio Department of Education released new requirements for high school graduation as schools remain closed due to the pandemic. Prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the class of 2020 had three pathways to graduate along with two alternative routes. The process was so complex, Columbus City Schools created a new department solely focused on graduation. The three pathways included scores… → Read More

Some colleges looking at cost-cutting in falling economy

As more people claim unemployment during a stay at home order and coronavirus pandemic, some Ohio colleges and universities are looking at cutting costs for next year. Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware now offers virtual tours for upcoming students who have been ordered to stay at home. Of its 14,000 students, OWU representatives announced they won’t be raising tuition with a 3% hike next… → Read More

COTA cutting services, calls routes to student free meal sites essential

With the Ohio Department of Health's stay-at-home order, Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA ) says it’s cutting some of its services. However, it will not cut lines for students using the transit authority to get to free meals. COTA is calling student meal pick-ups essential during the coronavirus pandemic. It has mapped out the routes students will need to ride to get to the 15 Columbus City… → Read More