Updated details on educator licensure, student well-being supports and #GraduateTogether2020

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Updated details on educator licensure, student well-being supports and #GraduateTogether2020

The Ohio Department of Education has posted a Prevention Education and Student Well-being Supports webpage. This page provides resources and assistance to educators as they create comprehensive prevention and intervention systems that support students’ social-emotional and wellness needs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In addition, updated information has been posted since the Office of Educator Licensure began accepting applications for the one-year temporary license. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department has been granted authority (House Bill 197 of the 133rd General Assembly; Section 17(H)) to issue a one-time, one-year temporary license for the 2020-2021 school year to applicants who meet all other qualifications for licensure but have been unable to complete their required initial licensure examinations. Learn more at the updated webpage here.

Finally, the Department is partnering with the Council of Chief State School Officers and XQ Institute in support of Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020, a one-hour, nationally broadcast, commercial-free special to air Saturday, May 16 at 8 p.m. across most major broadcast stations, including ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox.

During the program, viewers will be directed to XQ’s new Rethink Together online forum, which features specific content for each state, including a congratulatory message from Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria and stories highlighting the resiliency and strength of Ohio’s students, teachers and schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Please watch the program, engage online and share this information to help honor Ohio’s class of 2020.

Thank you, as always, for your continued efforts on behalf of Ohio’s students.