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Article: March 25 Update (9:25 a.m.)

March 25 Update (9:25 a.m.)

On March 24, 2020, Ohio state legislature passed legislation addressing COVID-19 and its impact on Ohio schools.

House Bill (HB) 197 was passed in response to the Coronavirus crisis and is expected to be signed by Governor Mike DeWine. It will take immediate effect upon his signature.

The bill makes several education-related changes that will impact the Mariemont City School District:
  • eliminates state and federal testing for the 2019-2020 school year;
  • eliminates school and district state report cards for the 2019-2020 school year (these are different from student report cards which will still be issued at the end of each quarter);
  • waives the state’s third-grade reading guarantee retention requirement;
  • permits the high school to grant high school diplomas to students on track to graduate and for whom the principal determines that the student has successfully completed the curriculum;
  • permits boards of education to use electronic communication for in-person meetings and hearings during the emergency period but not later than Dec. 1, 2020;
  • permits schools to make up through distance learning any number of days or hours necessary to meet minimum instructional hour requirements.

Mariemont City Schools is committed to continuity in instruction and services throughout the extended closure. The Remote Learning Program begins for all students and staff on Monday, March 30, while mental health and counseling services, food services, nursing support, etc. are ongoing.

Visit the Coronavirus Updates webpage on the district’s website for the latest information as it relates to the Mariemont City School District as well as a frequently asked questions document and helpful resources. Should you have any further questions, email [email protected] or submit them through the Coronavirus Updates webpage.

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