HUDSON — City school district leaders are working to finalize return to school plans after Gov. Mike DeWine announced his office’s guidelines for resuming classes safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DeWine announced the COVID-19 Health and Prevention Guidance for the state’s K-12 schools on Thursday. Under the guidelines, school district staff will be required to wear face coverings and the governor said his office "strongly recommended" face coverings for students ages third grade and older "unless they are unable to do so for a health or developmental reason."

In addition to telling districts to implement a face coverings policy, the governor’s office issued guidance and best practices to school districts on: assessing for symptoms; washing and sanitizing hands; cleaning and sanitizing the school building environment; and practicing social distancing.

Hudson City School District Superintendent Phil Herman said parents will be surveyed this week and will be asked to give input on issues such as return to school options, transportation, safety protocols and school lunch programs.

Herman said the district formed a Return to School Committee in May that included four subcommittees tasked with the topics of Student Learning, Operations and Logistics, Special Education and Wellness, and Professional Development.

"Together, the data, research, and recommendations by these subcommittees will inform and shape the Hudson City School District Return to School Plan," said Herman in an email he sent to district families on Thursday.

The Student Learning subcommittee is reviewing feedback that parents provided in a survey that was conducted in May. 

"We know that some parents will want their children to continue learning at home," said Herman in his message to families. "Hudson City Schools will provide a fully remote learning option for students in grades K-12, with priority given to students with high risk health concerns."

Phil Keren can be reached at pkeren@recordpub.com