Greetings 21st CCLC Grantees,
During the ordered school-building closure period, school buildings are closed to students. The goal of this action is to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure the health and safety of our state and local communities. The governor, however, has directed that schools should work to provide education through alternative means to the extent practicable and based on each district and school’s capacity.
21st Century Community Learning Centers program providers can be an important component to continuing to support students. However, it is likely that delivery of program activities will be different during this closure period. When making decisions about program activities involving students, providers should consider the following three questions. These considerations are designed to drive practical approaches that are sensitive to ensuring the health and safety of students, educators and the community:
1. Is the activity essential?
2. Can the activity be done virtually?
3. If there is no other choice, can the activity be done safely? This means individuals are separated by distance, not congregating in close proximity and the health of participants (students, educators and others) is protected.
Consulting the local health department is advisable and encouraged.
The information in this document is intended to help inform the actions of 21st Century Community Learning Centers program providers during this period. Please refer to Ohio Department of Education’s website for up-to-date information.
As we are practicing social distancing to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19, there are ways to be flexible and creative in how we continue to support our students most in need. The guidance document provides you with a list of the appropriate program staff to contact, if you have inquiries.
Thank you for your patience, and please disseminate this information to all 21st Century Community Learning Centers program staff.