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Schools out for summer after DeWine said academic year will be completed online

At Monday’s coronavirus briefing, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that school buildings across the state would remain closed and students will complete their school work online.

“The virus continues,” DeWine said. “It remains dangerous.”

The schools were originally closed on March 12 and set to reopen on April 3. On March 30, May 1 was set as a possible opening date.

But DeWine said there was too much risk to students and teachers, as well as for community spread of the disease. The risk to students is low, but students could carry COVID-19 and spread it to their families and throughout the community.

As to whether schools would reopen in the fall, it remains undetermined at this point although schools may become a combination of time spent at school and time at home online.

“We’ve made no decision about the fall yet,” DeWine said. “We’re going to have to see where we’re going.”