Schools (K-12), Colleges, Post Secondary Schools, & Universities

Ohio Department of Education (ODE)

Ohio Department of Education (ODE) ReSet and ReStart Education Planning for Schools and Districts Resources

ReSet and ReStart Education Planning is intended to spur local-level, partnership-based discussions and decision-making in areas critical to the start of the 2020-2021 school year by sharing a coordinated and collaborative approach for codesigning and framing various considerations in planning the Reset and Restart of Ohio's schools.

COVID-19 Health Guidance for Schools

COVID-19 Fire Safety Guidance for Schools

Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Resources

CDC Guidance for K-12 Schools 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for K-12 schools and childcare facilities includes:

CDC Youth Fact Sheets and Posters 

American Academy of Pediatrics 

The American Academy of Pediatrics states that, "Schools are fundamental to child and adolescent development and well-being and provide our children and adolescents with academic instruction, social and emotional skills, safety, reliable nutrition, physical/speech and mental health therapy, and opportunities for physical activity, among other benefits. Beyond supporting the educational development of children and adolescents, schools play a critical role in addressing racial and social inequity."  For the latest guiding principles, click here.

CDC Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education: University, College, Post-Secondary School 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance to colleges and universities includes guiding principles, campus housing considerations, on-campus settings, healthy operations, healthy environments, reducing spread, and other resources.

Nutrition Food Assistance

During Ohio’s coronavirus-related ordered school-building closure, many schools are ensuring students continue to receive nutritious meals. Some districts and schools can provide meals to all students in their communities, while others can provide meals only to qualifying students. 

School Nutrition Professional Guidance

Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 is spread through food.  For school nutrition professionals and volunteers working in meal preparation and/or distribution at a school/school district site or other public settings, potential sources of exposure include close contact with co-workers, students, and families with COVID-19 and touching your nose, mouth, or eyes after touching contaminated surfaces or handling items that others infected with COVID-19 have touched.

Additional COVID-19 food information click here.  For CDC & OSHA Workplace Safety safety guidance click here.


Graduation Guidance

The Portage County Health District, Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Health urge school districts to be thoughtful and careful in choosing and planning the best way to celebrate graduation and other milestones. Several options are available and can be successfully implemented all while keeping safe practices in mind. 

Reccommended approaches include: Virtual Graduations, Structured and Controlled In-Person Graduation Ceremonies, Drive-thru Graduations, and Single Family In-Person Graduations.  Guidance is available on the ODH COVID-19 website (click here)

Graduation Parties

The Portage County Health District, Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Health reminds graduates that the current ODH Director's Updated and Revised Order for Business Guidance and Social Distancing prohibits gatherings of more than ten (10) people unless other wise exempted by subsequent the order.  

Additional Resource 


Ohio Department of Health (ODH) School Orders


Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Sports Information click here

CDC Youth Sports Programs FAQs click here 


ReSet and ReStart Education