State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria shares updates on the extension of Ohio’s ordered school-building closure

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State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria shares updates on the ordered school-building closure

Earlier this week, Governor DeWine announced plans to extend the current school-building closure through Friday, May 1.

In a new video message, State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria addresses the Governor’s extension of this order and discusses the impact this will have to help flatten the curve during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also shares his gratitude to Ohio’s education community for ensuring that educational supports continue during this time.

Power of positive connections
Superintendent DeMaria emphasizes the importance of communication and staying connected. Whether it’s through handwritten notes in the mail, emails, video chats or even displaying signs in front of homes, Ohio’s educators and school staff members are finding innovative ways to continue meaningful connections with their community of learners. These types of communications are so important and underscore the positive difference teachers and school staff members make in the lives of Ohio’s students.

Importance of reading and writing
It’s important to encourage students to strengthen their literacy skills with writing prompts and a dedicated time for reading each day. Reading and writing are fundamental to their education careers and will be needed throughout their lifelong learning journeys.

Sharing success stories
Educators can continue sharing their ideas with colleagues using the hashtag #MyOhioClassroom on Twitter and Instagram. It’s a way for teachers to share the positive connections being made with students and colleagues, highlight impactful practices, gather new and interesting concepts to try and celebrate successes together.   

More information and updates
Our team continues to update information and add answers to the list of frequently asked questions. Please visit for the latest information.   

The Ohio Department of Education team sends our heartfelt thanks to Ohio’s school communities. We appreciate everything you are doing to support students and their families!