TOLEDO, Ohio — On Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine released guidance involving the minimum operating standards and best practices for higher education to safely return to class. A large emphasis was placed on testing as well as isolation of those showing symptoms to help combat the spread of coronavirus.
Due to the additional economic strain required for universities to follow the standards, the administration made a request to provide $200 million to higher education through the federal CARES Act.
The University of Toledo released a statement following DeWine's press conference. UToledo has been working on their own plan, the "Rocket Restart Plan", following guidance from DeWine, the Ohio Health Department, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department and the Inter-University Council of Ohio's public universities.
“We are grateful for the outstanding leadership, collaboration and support of Governor DeWine and other state officials as we have rapidly responded to this health crisis,” said Dr. Gregory Postel, UToledo interim president. “The guidance in the "Restart Ohio Education Plan" released today provides affirmation of our work to-date on the "Rocket Restart" plan.”
The University of Toledo plans on returning in the fall after putting in to place several health and safety measures. The "Rocket Restart" plan is outlined here, with updates to follow.
“We appreciate that Governor DeWine shares this commitment to our students," said Dr. Postel.
The first day of classes is set for Aug. 17.