“While many kids can do well under these circumstances, many cannot.”

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s spiking coronavirus cases could endanger in-person learning for schoolchildren, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine warned Tuesday in his latest effort to encourage people to take steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

At least 16 school districts have scaled back to either hybrid concepts — in-person and remote learning — or fully remote models because of high rates of spread in the community, DeWine said. At least 50 districts are now fully on-line, with nearly 300,000 students unable to attend classes in-person, the governor said.

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Less than two hours after DeWine’s warning, Ohio’s largest district, Columbus City Schools, announced it would stick with remote learning until at least mid-January, postponing most of its plans to start bringing students back to school in person in a blended learning model.

DeWine said all Ohioans should be concerned so many children are learning remotely.

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“While many kids can do well under these circumstances, many cannot,” the governor said. “Some of our poorest children who thrive in an in-person learning environment do not do nearly as well online.”

The Ohio Department of Health reported 2,015 probable and confirmed cases of the coronavirus Tuesday, another in a series of tallies above 2,000 including the record high 2,178 cases reported Oct. 15. Ohio has reported nearly 186,000 confirmed and probable coronavirus cases including 5,083 deaths.

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