The Ohio School Boards Association
Previewing the 2020 OSBA Capital Conference and Trade Show
For more than 60 years, OSBA’s Capital Conference and Trade Show has been the premier event for all who play a role in education in Ohio. This year we're bringing the learning to you! Jeff Chambers, OSBA’s director of communication services, plays a big role in bringing the conference to thousands of attendees every year. He joins the podcast to discuss what attendees can expect and how to get the most out of this year's virtual experience, Nov. 7-10. Learn more about the Capital Conference at conference.ohioschoolboards.org. OSBA's Leading the Way is powered by CompManagement, an OSBA endorsed program. Learn more at https://www.ohioschoolboards.org/ohio-schoolcomp.
Board members question how they should meet
Ohio school boards can meet virtually through Dec. 1, unless the state's health emergency expires prior to that date. Boards then would be required to meet in person. The decision on whether to meet in person or virtually continues to cause some concern. Cheryl Ryan, OSBA's director of board and management services, discusses what she's hearing from board members and also provides more information on OSBA's new STAR Awards program. Read more about the awards program at http://links.ohioschoolboards.org/24610. Then, Sara Clark, OSBA's chief legal counsel, breaks down a federal judge's ruling that declared the state's new school territory transfer law unconstitutional. Read more about the case at http://links.ohioschoolboards.org/23685.
Changing the school culture: Fostering diversity, inclusion and equity
Schools have reinforced their efforts to develop effective school policies against racial inequality following the death of George Floyd and the large protests over the summer. Districts have committed to change, creating community task forces and hiring director-level equity officers. Two of OSBA's diversity and equity consultants, Kim Brazwell and Daniel Juday, join the Leading the Way podcast to discuss how schools can prioritize and promote diversity and equity and do it the right way. Learn how to foster diversity and equity in your district with the help of OSBA's diversity and equity consultants at https://www.ohioschoolboards.org/diversity-equity-consulting-services.
The legalities of fall sports and COVID-19
Gov. Mike DeWine gave the green light for high school football and other fall contact sports, like soccer and field hockey, to proceed but with many restrictions and guidelines. He also stressed that the decision on whether to play would be made locally by the school district. If a district decides to have sports, then it must follow specific health, safety and Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) guidelines. A district also could choose not to have fall sports. The governor's recent order has generated many questions for OSBA's Division of Legal Services. Senior Attorney Van D. Keating joins Leading the Way with answers to some of those questions. Learn more about sport-specific OHSAA guidelines at http://links.ohioschoolboards.org/50693. OSBA also has many COVID-19 resources at ohioschoolboards.org.
Getting students to and from school during a pandemic
School leaders must confront many complex challenges as a new school year begins in the middle of a pandemic. Their toughest challenge just might be getting 26 million bus-riding students to school in the first place. How do you social distance on the school bus? Should fewer students ride the bus? What about cleaning standards? OSBA's Transportation Task Force set out to answer those questions and share ideas to help keep students and drivers safe. Nearly 30 transportation supervisors serve on the task force. OSBA Senior Transportation Consultant Pete Japikse and transportation supervisors Dan Grothause of St. Marys City Schools and Sheila Dikowicz of Kirtland Local and Perry Local schools in Lake County discuss the task force's work and the common ideas and concerns all districts must consider as the new year begins. Learn more about OSBA's Transportation Task Force and find resources at https://www.ohioschoolboards.org/transportation-during-pandemic.
What will a return to school look like during a pandemic?
We ended the 2019-2020 school year with remote learning after the COVID-19 coronavirus closed school buildings across the state in March. Now the focus is on reopening. School boards and their administrative teams have an incredible task before them: preparing for a return to school during a pandemic. Members of South-Western City Schools' board-superintendent leadership team -- board President Robert W. Ragland, board member Lee Schreiner, OSBA's 2020 president, and Superintendent Bill Wise -- discuss the district's reopening plans and how the team is working together to ensure students and staff are safe.
Parents certainly will have a huge say in how districts shape their reopening plans. Ohio PTA President Ana Chapman, who also is president of the Berea City Schools Board of Education, and Ohio PTA President-elect Jackie Arendt, a North Royalton City Schools board member, joined the podcast in June to talk about the importance of community engagement.
OSBA continues to update and share information to support boards of education and school leaders during the pandemic. Find more information at https://www.ohioschoolboards.org/coronavirus-covid-19-resources.