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August 6, 2021 - Back to School

Ohio State School for the Blind

Director of Teaching and Learning, Michelle Wagner

Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning, Alison Brewer

Superintendent, Lou Maynus

A blue backpack is shown with school supplies sticking out of open zippers. a green mesh cup holds pens and pencils. Text reads Back to School 2021-22

Welcome Back!

Here is hoping students, families and staff have had a wonderful summer and made lots of memories! OSSB offered several in-person summer camps, and OSSB Marching Band camp is finishing up today. We are excited to welcome students back to OSSB on August 24th for our first day of school. See more information in this newsletter about:

  • Important Dates
  • Registration and Welcome letter from Michelle Wagner
  • additional articles that may be of interest!

We will be sending out weekly newsletters again this year thru Smore so you may need to add the email address to your contacts so the weekly newsletter doesn't go to your spam folder. Let us know what information is helpful to you, and always remember if you have questions to contact the school office at 614-752-1359. See you soon!



  • 23 - Residential Students Return after 4:00pm
  • 24 - 1st Day of School for Students


  • 6 - NO SCHOOL/Labor Day

OSSB Registration and Welcome Back letter from Michelle Wagner, Director of Teaching and Learning

Check your mailbox for information from OSSB regarding Registration this year. We are using Final Forms to complete all registration materials this year, online. Didn't get the mailing? Need assistance with online registration? Please contact the OSSB front desk, 614-752-1359 if you have any questions about registration! See the Welcome Back Packet on the button below. Registration should be completed online by August 8, 2021.

Final Forms Link here

OSSB and OSD in the News with COVID-19 Pooled Testing Availability

The video below is from a recent news article about Pooled testing in Residential settings, and OSSB and OSD's work with Thermo Fisher Scientific and Color.

OSSB Covid-19 Screening Testing Program

Ohio's Tax Free Weekend Starts Today!

What You Need to Know About Ohio's Tax-Free Weekend!

August 6th - 8th, 2021

What items are actually tax-free? School Supplies, Clothing, and School Instructional Materials.

  • School instructional materials, priced at $20 or less. This includes reference books, maps, globes, textbooks, workbooks.

What is NOT included in the tax-free weekend? Business items, sports and recreational equipment, belt buckles sold separately from belts, costume masks, patches, and emblems.

Click here to read more about

Ohio's tax-free weekend.

OSSB Extended Learning in June - That’s a Wrap

OSSB Student Joins Digital Media Camp at OSD for ASL Music Video!

OSSB high school student Jana participated in a Digital Media Camp recently at the Ohio School for the Deaf. Check out their ASL Music Video here or by clicking on the video below!
Fired Up - ASL music video

Resources and Workshops for Families/Students

Disclaimer: The following information is being provided for informational purposes only. Listed events are not sponsored or endorsed by the Ohio State School for the Blind. OSSB does not guarantee the accuracy of the information or data provided at these events.

APH ConnectCenter

The APH ConnectCenter includes FamilyConnect, CareerConnect, and VisionAware – a hub of websites that offer curated advice and resources to assist children, parents, adults, job seekers who are blind or visually impaired, and their associated professionals, leading to greater independence and success in their lives.

ParentConnect: A Family Support Group offered in partnership with the Virtual Parent Support Group Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind
First Wednesday of each month
September 1, 2021, 7:30 – 8:30 PM EST

APH FamilyConnect and the Chicago Lighthouse are pleased to offer this virtual support group for parents and families of children who are blind or visually impaired. These monthly sessions are for families to connect with and learn from each other about the joys, challenges, and adventures of raising children with visual impairments and blindness. These sessions are open to families.
Register HERE.

Museums Offering Discounted Tickets to Underserved Families

Through a new program called Museums for All Columbus, six Columbus cultural institutions are offering free or discounted tickets to families who qualify for SNAP benefits. The museums include Columbus Museum of Art, COSI, Franklin Park Conservatory, National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Ohio History Center, and Wexner Center for the Arts. The initiative is part of a national program that has served more than three million visitors at more than 600 museums nationwide.

Article About Discounted Ticket Information
CMOA Information

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