Fact check: Ohio, Ky. governors did not order students to repeat grades

Fake posts circulated on April Fools' Day
Posted at 4:46 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 22:41:49-04

Two April Fools' Day posts circulated social media Wednesday claiming students in Ohio and Kentucky would have to repeat their current grade level after COVID-19 canceled in-person classes. Government officials confirm that those claims are false.

Ohio Deputy Director of Communications Mandy Minick said Wednesday there has been no indication from Gov. Mike DeWine that students will need to repeat their current grade.

Currently, a popular post made the rounds on social media with a picture of DeWine and news-graphic writing on the lower portion of the screen saying "All Ohio students to repeat current grade next year." Again, Minick says that claim is false.

Minick said anyone with questions can find the information they need at the Ohio Department of Education's website.

Similarly, another post showed Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear at a podium with text reading he signed an "executive order directing K-12 students to repeat the grade level they are in this year 2019-2020."

Beshear's press office confirms that's not true. For a complete list of Kentucky orders and other actions related to COVID-19, click here.