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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

CPS Considers Back-To-School Options For Fall


Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education meets Monday night to consider several proposals for fall classes. Board members are considering what safety precautions the school district will need to take with the threat of the novel coronavirus.

Three options are up for consideration, ranging from various different staggered schedules for students, to five days of classes with social distancing. There has been considerable community feedback with last Monday's public comment portion of the meeting extending for hours.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the options are Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education members Ryan Messer and Mike Moroski.

You can watch a livestream of Monday's public meeting at 3p.m. online

Update: At Monday's meeting the board selected a "Blended" option for fall classes. Under the Blended Option all students will attend two days of in-person classes per week or three days on alternate weeks. They will attend school remotely the other days. The students will maintain six feet of social distancing in school.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.