COVID's impact on Ohio education

An Illustration of a virus on a school paper.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Ohio's K-12 school report cards were released Thursday, shining a spotlight on pandemic-related challenges that include spiking absenteeism and a significant drop in statewide test scores.

Why it matters: The state's annual reports provide families and taxpayers a snapshot of their district's academic achievement, spending and demographic data, while also shaping instructional decisions.

Tyler Buchanan
Oct 14, 2021 - COVID

More campus COVID mandates at OSU

Students and medical workers line up to take a bus on the Ohio State University campus.
Students and medical workers line up to take a bus on the Ohio State University campus. Photo: Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Several COVID requirements at Ohio State go into effect this week and next, including mandated vaccines and testing.

Why it matters: These efforts are meant to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on a crowded campus with tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff, many of which are traveling for fall break

Vaccine mandate hits Columbus performing arts

Ohio Theatre marquee theater sign in downtown Columbus.
Ohio Theatre in downtown Columbus. Photo: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

As of Friday, the biggest performing arts organizations in town require guests to be vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19 to attend indoor performances.

Why it matters: Cash-strapped venues and performance groups want to return to a busy slate of shows, but a late summer rise in COVID cases has made safety a priority.

COVID surging among Ohio's youth

Illustration of a pattern of covid cells.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

COVID-19's Delta variant is sending more young people into Ohio hospitals than ever before.

Why it matters: The recent spike is putting a major strain on healthcare systems. It's also threatening Ohio's ability to keep children in classrooms.

  • Nationwide Children's Hospital chief medical officer Dr. Rustin Morse told Axios that COVID hospitalizations were a "non-issue" in the spring and summer — then came the Delta variant.
  • Hospitals facing staffing shortages and an unseasonable spike of respiratory syncytial virus, which usually peaks in winter, created a "perfect storm."
  • "The way we get out of this pandemic is by vaccinating people," Morse said.

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