DeWine Talks Back To School – Here’s What’s Coming This Fall

3 Jul , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware

The Governor of Ohio began his Thursday COVID-19 briefing with a look ahead — specifically, at the 2020-2021 school year that grows closer each day.

DeWine took the opportunity to unveil newly released guidance for school districts as they make plans for the new school year, laying out both requirements and what DeWine referred to as “strong recommendations.”. The State of Ohio also issued the new “Reset and Restart Education Planning Guide for Ohio Schools and Districts”to provide additional guidance (can be accessed below). More…

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Education Officials: Schools Need Consistency In Reopen

30 Jun , 2020  

By: Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

Officials and superintendents said local control is a good thing for Ohio school districts, but consistency and guidance from the state is necessary in a global pandemic.

Opponents and interested parties testified in a recent meeting of the Senate Education Committee regarding Senate Bill 320, which seeks to give full authority for school reopenings to the districts for the 2020-2021 school year.

The bill’s language excludes “other public officials” from determining a school’s readiness to reopen. That includes the Ohio Department of Health and the governor. More…

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Columbus State Staying Online; Makes Statement On Statue Removal

22 Jun , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff; CSCC

Columbus State’s campuses, including its Delaware County location, remain quiet as instruction and events take place online.

The school has now announced that classes and services will continue in a largely online status for Autumn semester, which begins on August 31. Information will be clearly communicated to students at the time of registration concerning the means of instruction. Some classes may be taught completely remotely, in-person, or in a blended fashion. More…

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Big Walnut Softball Coach Resigns

18 Jun , 2020  

On Tuesday, Brian Shelton, Athletics Director at Big Walnut High School, was informed that Softball head coach Jeff Hatfield is stepping down from that position.

In a press release, Shelton shared:

“…Coach Hatfield had just completed his 13th season as head coach and this spring he had a very good group of players returning. Coach Hatfield was looking forward to this past season until COVID-19 ended their season abruptly. More…



Live Local, Learn Local

27 May , 2020  

Ohio Wesleyan University and six other Central Ohio nonprofit colleges – knowing the coronavirus pandemic has thrown fall college plans into doubt for thousands of local students – are joining together to encourage those students to consider staying within the region, even if they had planned to travel to attend other institutions.

The seven institutions will accept applications until their fall semesters begin and have pledged their partnership to continue providing the education that makes Central Ohio a thriving place to live. More…

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Graduation Day For Several Area High Schools: A Roundup

24 May , 2020  

The Class of 2020 will have stories to tell their grandchildren, to be sure. High schools in Westerville and Delaware had graduation ceremonies take place on Saturday. Here are a handful of tweets that demonstrate the various and creative ways that local school districts, high schools, parents, and communities came together to honor their graduates.

Congratulations to each 2020 grad from the new 1808Delaware! More…

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Delaware Board Looks To The Future WIth Unknowns In Play

20 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

When the Delaware City Schools Board of Education met on Monday evening, they joined boards of education around the state in trying to plan for the future in an unpredictable time.

Noting that the requirement nevertheless exists under the Ohio Revised Code for the Board of Education to adopt a Five Year Forecast, District Treasurer Melissa Swearingen led members on the review of finances and projections.

Described as a “snapshot” of what is known today, the presentation focused on what is expected in terms of revenues and expenditures. More…

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Schools, Sports

OHSAA Clarifies Lifting Of No-Contact Period For Six Sports, Report Shares

17 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

It’s time to play ball! Well, maybe.

On Saturday, the Toledo Blade reported that the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) is lifting its no-contact period for baseball, golf, softball, swimming and diving, track and field, and tennis, while spring sports seasons remain cancelled.

This will be effective on May 26.

In a letter sent on Friday evening, OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass attempted to clarify the situation caused with several announcements from Columbus and previous OHSAA statements. More…

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Westerville To Light The Path To Celebrate Class of 2020

14 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff; Westerville Schools

All across Delaware and Franklin Counties, and across Ohio and the country, the Class of 2020 is experiencing a sense of achievement tinged with a bit of disappointment as traditional ceremonies make way for different types of graduation events.

In Westerville, the idea is to hold a community-wide celebration to recognize members of this class in all Westerville City Schools high schools. More…

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Ohio Wesleyan Included In This Profile Of COVID-19 Impact On Ohio Colleges

28 Apr , 2020  

COVID-19 pandemic costing Ohio colleges millions

CLOSE As uncertainty over fall semesters looms, the coronavirus pandemic already has cost Ohio colleges hundreds of millions of dollars, sparking conversations about hiring freezes, possible furloughs and other budget reduction measures. The COVID-19 crisis has cost Ohio’s 14 public universities between $290 million and $310 million this fiscal year, said Bruce Johnson, president of the Inter-University Council of Ohio, an association of the state’s public universities.


Breaking: Schools Now Closed Until Summer

21 Apr , 2020  

By: Jess Hardin, Mahoning Matters

Ohio students will not go back to school this academic year and will continue to learn remotely, Gov. Mike DeWine announced during today’s coronavirus briefing.

The decision was made to continue to mitigate the risk of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have flattened the curve, but it remains dangerous. The situation is fluid. We now have eight or nine days of fairly straight line in terms of hospitalizations,” said DeWine. More…

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Delaware Teacher Teaches, Helps Students With Puppets

11 Apr , 2020  

Good Morning: School counselor uses puppets to help students via YouTube

MUNCIE – When the COVID-19 pandemic closed her elementary school last month in Delaware, Ohio, Marie Weller, Ball State University Class of 1984, wanted to continue working with students dealing social and emotional issues on a daily basis.