Teachers, School Staff Ready to Complete School Year Through Distance Learning

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April 20, 2020
Contact: Neil Bhaerman, Communications Director, Ohio Federation of Teachers
(412)266-4899; nbhaerman@oft-aft.org
Teachers, School Staff Ready to Complete School Year Through Distance Learning
Governor Mike DeWine announced today that Ohio schools will complete the 2019-2020 school year through distance learning. 
OFT President Melissa Cropper released the following statement:
“Distance learning, even when perfectly executed, is not a replacement for classroom instruction. However, this is the right call. It protects the health and safety not just for students, staff and teachers, but for everyone in Ohio. We must remain focused on flattening the curve and slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio.
Across the state, OFT members and other educators have been stepping up to implement distance learning and work through obstacles like providing essential services to students and navigating the digital divide between students who have and don’t have reliable access to technology. We’ll continue working with school districts, parents, and students to make distance learning as meaningful and productive as possible. 
We want to thank Governor DeWine for getting input from health experts and educators before making decisions about Ohio's schools.”
The Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT) is comprised of more than 50 local unions representing 20,000 members who are active and retired public school teachers, charter school teachers, school support staff, higher education faculty and staff, and public employees. OFT works to advance quality education and a voice in the workplace for Ohio’s education professionals. OFT is affiliated with the 1.7 member American Federation of Teachers.