Updates from Gov. DeWine
The governor made the following announcements this week:
- In counties with red status under the new early warning system, people are required to wear masks while inside any building that is not their residence and outside in situations where they are not able to socially distance.
- The Ohio Department of Higher Education has developed guidance to help campuses safely reopen. The Responsible RestartOhio guidance for institutions of higher education includes minimum operating standards and best practices for all campuses. The Guidance for COVID-19 Testing at Institutions of Higher Education was also released to help institutions develop policies.
- To help K-12 schools and institutions of higher education address increasing costs associated with the COVID-19 safety measures, Gov. DeWine and legislative leaders are requesting that the Ohio Controlling Board approve $200 million for higher education and $100 million for K-12 schools from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. The funding request is in addition to the direct federal CARES Act funding that Ohio K-12 schools and higher education institutions are receiving.
- Gov. DeWine is awarding an additional grant of $15 million to the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio to support homelessness-prevention efforts and rapidly rehouse individuals and families experiencing homelessness who could be at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.
JFS HRA moves to monthly meetings
The Human Resources Association that supports staff in all three human services associations met July 7 on a new monthly web meeting schedule. Jonathan Downes of Zashin & Rich continues to support and advise the group on special HR matters related to the pandemic. HR leads from JFS, PCSAs and CSEAs are encouraged to participate. JFS HRA has canceled its in-person meeting Sept. 2 in favor of ongoing web meetings. The next meeting will be Aug. 4.
Conference Planning Committee meets
The PSCAO Conference Planning Committee met July 10 to review nominations for the PCSAO Child Protection Worker of the Year, Child Protection Support Staff of the Year and Child Protection Supervisor of the Year. Winners will be notified by their county agencies and honored during PCSAO's virtual annual conference.