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Gov. DeWine to discuss school reopening guidelines today

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is expected this afternoon to announce state guidelines for how schools should reopen this fall amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

The long-awaited guidelines are coming as many districts have already moved ahead with their own proposals. Columbus, the state’s largest district, this week announced plans for all-online classes for high school students at least through the fall, and younger students in classrooms only two days a week.

The governor has said that many reopening decisions will be left up to individual districts. DeWine’s guidelines are coming as the number of confirmed and probable coronavirus cases in Ohio continue to climb.

The state’s one-day tally on Wednesday topped 1,000 for the first time in two months. As cases rise, Dayton will become the first big Ohio city to mandate mask wearing, beginning Friday, with proposals emerging in other cities including Akron and Cincinnati.

Check back here for information as it unfolds this afternoon, or read Friday’s newspaper print edition.

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