• Student Behavior Expectations for Metro Bus Stops, Depots and Riding Buses

    Posted by Office of Marketing and Communications on 2/16/2024

    Dear CPS-Supported Metro Riders,

    As you are aware, Cincinnati Public Schools provides Metro bus service to our own students and charter, parochial and private school students who live within our district. In light of recent criminal activities and unsafe behavior occurring in Cincinnati's downtown areas, you are receiving this message as a reminder about transportation expectations and use of CPS provided Metro Bus passes.

    Students should only use their Metro bus passes for transport between their home residence and school for morning arrival, afternoon dismissal and extracurricular activities. Metro updated and added routes to improve service that also reduced the number of students who may need to transfer to another bus at the depot near Government Square. Only students needing to transfer at this depot should come to this area.

    We are asking parents and caregivers to review your child's Metro bus activity and discuss expectations. Engaging in violent activities and unsafe behaviors will not be tolerated while waiting at a bus stop, riding a bus or transferring at a bus depot. Reported misuse or bad behavior while using the CPS-supported Metro pass may result in a student's bus pass being revoked and disciplinary action per your school’s or CPS’ Code of Conduct. CPS will continue to work in partnership with the City of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Police Department, Metro and Community Leaders to ensure safety measures are in place and supported throughout our community.

    If you have additional questions or need transportation support, please call (513) 363-7433 from Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thank you for your cooperation.

    Educationally yours,

    Iranetta Wright, Superintendent and CEO
    Cincinnati Public Schools

     

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  • Building Bridges: The Power of Being Present with Superintendent Wright and Rabbi Abie Ingber

    Posted by Office of Marketing and Communications on 12/15/2023 12:00:00 PM

    Superintendent Wright sat down with Rabbi Abie Ingber, a pioneering advocate of immigrant and refugee rights, social justice and interfaith collaboration, to discuss how educators and community leaders can create an environment where all students feel heard and included when polarizing current events are at the forefront of students’ and our community’s minds.

    For over 30 years, Rabbi Ingber served as the executive director of the Hillel Jewish Student Center at the University of Cincinnati. In 2008, he founded the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement at Xavier University and served as its executive director until his retirement in 2018. He was also a senior visiting professor in the University’s Department of Theology, and Special Assistant to Fr. Michael Graham, S.J., President of Xavier. Rabbi Ingber works with people of all faiths and ages toward the goals of mutual understanding and social justice. He celebrates life's differences and teaches that joy is present in all religions and cultures.

    During the conversation, Superintendent Wright and Rabbi Ingber discussed ensuring students and staff are culturally competent, how to be prudent digital citizens, what it means to listen to understand, rather than listen to respond and how to reach common goals while recognizing differences of opinion.

    Watch the full conversation below:

    Click here to read Rabbi Ingber’s full biography.

     

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  • An Important Update from Superintendent Wright

    Posted by Office of Marketing and Communication on 12/11/2023 2:00:00 PM

    December 11, 2023

    Hello CPS Families and Staff, 

    Sunday afternoon, multiple schools in our district received a false threat, also called Swatting via email. This can be a concerning matter to our students, staff and family as the threat and information about it is shared across social media and the news. Please know, the safety of our students and staff is of paramount importance and we take all threats seriously. Schools that received a threat were provided messaging to share with their school communities. If you did not receive a message from your Principal, your school was not a target of the false threat. 

    Additionally, the false threat was received by multiple school districts across Ohio and deemed non-credible by state and federal law enforcement last night. Students and staff were not in any danger and law enforcement is investigating the incidents. 

    Please take this time to remind your students that real or false threats result in the same severe consequences. Speak with your child about the severity of making any threats to our school community, in or out of class, monitor their social media accounts and check their backpacks daily to ensure the safety of all students and staff. If you become aware of a potentially dangerous situation, please report it to school officials and/or CPD immediately. 

    Thank you for your support and cooperation.

    Educationally,

    Iranetta Wright, Superintendent and CEO

    Cincinnati Public Schools

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  • Superintendent Wright's Message about the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict

    Posted by Posted by Office of Marketing and Communication on 11/16/2023 on 11/16/2023 6:55:00 AM

    November 16, 2023

    Dear CPS Community,

    As the Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools, I feel compelled to address the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, recognizing that international events can reverberate within our diverse community. The tensions in this region of the world originated well before the Oct. 7, 2023, attack. As an organization focused on educating students, I am most concerned with how our students handle seeing and hearing about death, hostages and devastation every day.

    First and foremost, our thoughts are with all those affected by the conflict, both directly and indirectly. We understand that some members of our community have personal connections to the region, and we stand with you during these challenging times. I am in contact with both local Jewish and Muslim leaders and our biggest concerns for students, staff and families are rising Antisemitism and Islamophobia related behaviors and actions, hate crimes, racially motivated bullying and intolerance. We have common goals for peace, hostages to be returned to their families and an end to the deaths of innocent Israeli and Palestinian lives.

    In times of global strife, it is essential for our school communities to maintain an environment of respect, understanding and empathy. Our schools are places of learning, and it is our duty to ensure that every student feels safe, supported and valued regardless of their background or beliefs. We encourage open dialogue and meaningful conversations among our students, staff and families about world events.

    In terms of our children and young adults understanding the situation in Gaza, we must accept they will form their opinions at a much faster rate than many of us did as children and in a context that may not be age appropriate. Many of our students hear or see what is happening in Gaza through their social media feed supported by the 24-hour news cycle well before they speak with their parents or religious leaders. Below are a few resources that may help educators and families talk about this conflict with children.

    Some students may choose to express themselves through protest and open discussions. My staff will do its best to allow these activities by students to take place as long as it is safe and not harmful to peers. It is through understanding different perspectives that we foster a culture of tolerance and inclusivity.

    Our focus is providing a safe and enriching educational environment for all students. We discourage the promotion of any particular political or religious agenda within the school setting. Our board policies embrace racial diversity and nondiscrimination among our students and staff. If you would like to learn more, please read our Board policies here:

    As we navigate these challenging times, let us remain united as a community, respecting one another's perspectives and embracing the diversity that makes Cincinnati Public Schools so special. Our commitment to the well-being of our students and staff, and the strength of our community will guide us through these complex moments.

    If you or your child ever need additional support or resources to discuss these matters, please do not hesitate to reach out to our school leaders and social workers trained to provide support services.

    Thank you for your continued partnership in fostering a positive and inclusive learning environment.

    Educationally yours,

    Iranetta Rayborn Wright
    Superintendent and CEO
    Cincinnati Public Schools

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  • Ohio Senate Budget Proposal to Negatively Impact Cincinnati Public Schools’ 36,000 Students

    Posted by Posted by Office of Marketing and Communication on 6/9/2023

    For Immediate Release: June 9, 2023

    Cincinnati, Ohio (June 9, 2023) – Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) Superintendent and CEO Iranetta Rayborn Wright is urging the Ohio Senate Finance Committee to reconsider or amend the recommended changes to Ohio House Bill 33 (HB 33) which significantly reduces revenue projections for CPS and many other districts across Ohio. Based on the initial Ohio House Budget Proposal, CPS has been diligently preparing a balanced budget to meet the quality of education expected by families to support students. Many of the compromises that demonstrated bipartisanship in the original Ohio House Bill 33 have been changed, and most notably, changing the funding formula. These changes not only pose a significant revenue reduction based on forecasts, but force school districts to quickly rework their budgets, update plans and consider programming changes before school begins in August. 

    While the Senate is proposing to maintain FY2022 base levels, they recommend the elimination of the supplemental targeted assistance, which is provided to districts that fall below a certain wealth threshold. The changes to the index calculation will cause a substantial, negative impact to not only CPS revenue, but for most urban, rural and suburban school districts across the state. In essence, CPS is asking the Ohio Senate Finance Committee to return the median income calculation to the former wealth index. 

    “Cincinnati Public Schools has long been committed to fostering excellence in education and ensuring that every student receives an equal opportunity to succeed. HB 33 was a good starting point, but the Senate’s proposed budget changes will ultimately put a greater burden on local taxpayers,” Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent and CEO Iranetta Rayborn Wright said. “Based on the House Bill, we anticipated a projected increase in revenue between $12 and $17 million. The Senate’s current recommendations show a revenue increase of just over $6 million. For decades, school district funding has not kept pace with inflation and cost of living increases. If implemented, these changes would not allow our district, and many others, to optimize and improve programming to raise achievement levels and support our staff as intended.”

    Under the Senate’s budget proposal, CPS projections show the district will receive an estimated $14 million less in revenue, as compared to HB 33. As an example, a reduction of this magnitude is equivalent to staffing approximately 140 teachers. Additionally, the Senate recommends restoring mandatory retention provisions under the Third Grade Reading Guarantee that was proposed to be eliminated in the House version. As Ohio, and many other school districts committed to the Science of Reading, the Senate's proposed reductions in revenue and changing the formula will not be advantageous to add programming and intervention support in the classrooms. 

    Another area of concern is the removal of the comprehensive cost study for economically disadvantaged students. For urban school districts like CPS, understanding how services and resources cause inequities that increase racial disparities is necessary to improve whole child services and raise student performance. Ohio’s largest school districts need the funding for a comprehensive cost study for economically disadvantaged students intact for the coming school year. 

    Superintendent Wright added, “I am encouraging other Ohio superintendents to share their concerns with their senators. Our collective recommendations should begin with aligning the funding calculation to the original house bill that was designed to support the majority of Ohio’s students. I am also asking local constituents to contact their legislators to convey their concerns about the consequences of the Ohio Senate Finance Committee’s recommended changes to HB 33.”

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    About Cincinnati Public Schools

    The Cincinnati City School District, also known as Cincinnati Public Schools, serves about 36,000 students in over 65 schools spread across southwest Ohio. CPS is Greater Cincinnati's largest, and Ohio's second largest school district. CPS offers families high-quality educational choices and a variety of academic programs. With a focus on Academics, Behavior and Culture, CPS is committed to developing the whole child, ensuring students thrive and graduate prepared to enroll in college, enlist in the military or become gainfully employed. For more information, visit www.cps-k12.org 

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  • CPS Closed on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 due to snow

    Posted by Office of Marketing and Communication on 1/24/2023

    Good afternoon CPS Families and Staff,

    As you may be aware, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Greater Cincinnati area from Midnight tonight to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2023. The NWS estimates four to six inches of heavy, wet snow. With this accumulation, travel could be very difficult and possibly dangerous tomorrow, and plowing our parking lots and sidewalks will be difficult based on the timing of the storm. Student and staff safety is our top priority at Cincinnati Public Schools.

    I have reviewed all information available in partnership with the City of Cincinnati. Due to the risk of inclement weather and hazardous travel, Cincinnati Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, January 25, 2023. All in-person school-based activities, athletic events and district office meetings will be canceled as well. 

    We anticipate school will be in session on Thursday and will plan to send updates to families and staff should additional closure become necessary. Please visit our website and social media pages for additional information. 

    For more information on CPS’ severe weather procedures, please visit https://www.cps-k12.org/severeweather

    While we don’t wish to cancel a school day, it is my hope that our students and staff will remain safe at home.

    Yours in service,

    Iranetta Rayborn Wright
    Superintendent and CEO
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  • Superintendent Wright's Message about the successful passing of Issue 3 - CPS 10 Year Levy Renewal

    Posted by Office of Marketing and Communication on 11/10/2022

    Dear CPS Staff, Colleagues and Supporters,

    I was thrilled to see Cincinnati’s voters show up, heavily support and pass Cincinnati Public Schools’ ten-year levy renewal. Tax payers have recognized our commitment to preparing students for life and this levy renewal will provide $51.5 million per year to CPS, which is crucial to supporting students and staff.  

    We are grateful to our district’s voters who, once again, voted to support Cincinnati Public Schools and our priorities that fall under Academics, Behavior and Culture. Since my arrival at CPS, the community’s commitment to supporting academic achievement, personal well-being and career readiness of our students has been impressive and much appreciated. The ten-year renewal of this $51.5 million levy will support our key priorities under our three E’s- Enrollment, Employment and Enlistment.

    These priorities provide expanded choices and opportunities for our students and families, support our students’ pursuit of post-graduation pathways in college, military or career, and ensure that our district is a destination for all Cincinnati families.

    It is also an acknowledgment that the voters of this district believe that CPS is headed in the right direction. Every day, our nearly 6,000 staff support a culture of excellence in all our schools and departments.

    As we continue the journey forward with a focus on preparing our students for life, I know through the support of our school board, every staff member and each stakeholder,  we will embody the #IamCPS spirit of getting back to the basics.

    With midterms, end-of-course exams, and the holiday season ahead in November and December, we hope the spirit of renewal and the support of our community inspires you to realize our ambitious goals on behalf of our students.

    Thank you for all you do on behalf of every CPS student, their families and our staff.

    Yours in service,

    Iranetta Rayborn Wright
    Superintendent and CEO

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  • Swatting - Distribution and Sharing of False Threats Are Disturbing Learning Environments

    Posted by Office of Marketing and Communication on 11/10/2022

    Good afternoon CPS Families and Staff,

    We are receiving multiple threats towards our schools that are not credible and deemed to be copy-cat. Students and staff are sharing and receiving via text messages, air drops and direct messages from social media platforms.  We, the district, school leadership and law enforcement, take every threat seriously. To ensure our learning environment remains safe, we determine the level of severity and credibility and follow up with a full investigation.  False threats, also known as swatting, may be delivered by calling 911, sharing on social media or distributing multiple texts. Swatting appears to be done to  spread fear among school communities and/or disrupt learning environments. Simply put, some students are looking for a day off from school. 

    Real or false, verbal or electronic, all threats are treated the same.  Our safety protocols begin with securing our building to protect students and staff while immediately removing and/or isolating potential persons who may have issued the threat. Other steps include limiting movement in the building, checking bags, lockers and personal belongings for weapons, and making home visits by the police. A lot of time and effort go into securing our school and finding those who create and distribute threats.
     
    As a result, CPS has issued suspension and expulsion discipline to students who have made threats per the Student Code of Conduct. In the past week, two students were arrested and now face criminal charges and potential fines to their families. Please also note when it comes to making threats electronically, law enforcement has significant digital tools to investigate where threats originate by geographic location, devices used and monitoring applications and accounts. Creating fake social media accounts or obtaining a fake phone number to send threats via text will not likely keep law enforcement from locating persons who issue threats.

    Please speak with your child about the severity of making any threats to any school community. If a threat is made verbally or written, our team will respond immediately. 
     
    If you become aware of a potentially dangerous situation or threat, please do not share it on social media. Please report this information to the school officials and/or CPD immediately. 
     
    Thank you for your support and cooperation.

    Yours in service,

    Iranetta Rayborn Wright
    Superintendent and CEO
    Cincinnati Public Schools 

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  • Staff Response to Princeton High School Active Shooter Hoax - 9/23/22

    Posted by Office of Marketing and Communication on 9/23/2022
    Dear CPS Family,

    As many of you have heard, this morning at approximately 10 a.m., Princeton High School was put on lockdown when a 911 call was made advising of an active shooter threat. The Sharonville Police Department confirmed the call was a hoax. In addition to the Princeton incident, two other area schools have received similar prank calls.

    While we are thankful the report was not true, I recognize that many of our staff members have friends and family in Princeton City Schools and may have been impacted by the prank in different ways. Sharonville Police Department has indicated that all students at Princeton High School are being sent home. If you are directly impacted by this event, please work with your supervisor to take the time you need.

    Many times, students and community members respond to these incidents with copy-cat hoaxes. Please be vigilant and inform school leadership and law enforcement to investigate any and all threats.

    Our hearts are with the students and staff at Princeton schools as they deal with this situation.
     
    Iranetta Rayborn Wright
    Superintendent and CEO
    Cincinnati Public Schools 
    2651 Burnet Avenue
    Cincinnati, OH 45219
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  • Transportation Update - 8/31/22

    Posted by Office of Marketing and Communications on 8/31/2022

    Good evening CPS Families,

    We are sending you a transportation update and survey as your feedback is extremely important to improving services. We understand some of our families are still experiencing transportation issues, mostly in grades 7 and 8 at specific schools with yellow bus services. These issues exist because we need more buses to serve grades 7 and 8, and there is a national shortage of buses and drivers, causing our bus contractors to stack routes. In addition, rerouting of all students occurred last spring to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Together, lack of buses and route updates are the primary issues causing delays and frustration for some of our families. Our transportation team and bus contractors are working together to resolve route issues and update stop locations; however, some students are still experiencing unusually long routes and an increased number of stops delaying students’ arrival and departure. We are updating tardy procedures for students who are late due to bus delays. If your student is marked tardy or absent, please contact your child’s school. Also, as an alternative, students in grades 7 and 8 may switch to using Metro for their bus services. CPS and its bus contractors anticipate improvements will continue to occur as we add buses and remove stops for students who do not require yellow bus service. Please continue to check your student’s PowerSchool online account for updated route and bus number information. For students in grades 9 through 12, all Metro bus passes have been delivered to your child’s school. If you are experiencing an issue, please contact your child’s school directly for assistance. 

    K-8 Survey

    Please complete our survey to indicate if you need to continue or discontinue yellow bus service. If you have a child enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 8 who does not require yellow bus service, please choose 1. If you have more than one child and need different options for yellow bus services, please choose 2. If you would like to continue yellow bus service, choose 3. If you would like to discontinue yellow bus service, choose 4

    9-12 Survey

    In order to better understand how our students are arriving to and from school and to improve services, please stay on the line to take our survey. Please indicate the primary method as to how your child gets to and from school. If you have more than one child and require multiple options to transport all of your children, Press 1. For walk, press 2, for bike, press 3, for car rider or driver, press 4 for Metro Bus, press 5.

    Yours in service,
     
    Iranetta Rayborn Wright
    Superintendent & CEO
    Cincinnati Public Schools
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