Office of the Superintendent

March 30, 2020

Dear Families,

In response to Governor Mike DeWine’s extension of the school closure, Cincinnati Public Schools’ buildings will remain closed through at least May 1, 2020.

However, teaching and learning will continue. We have been working for weeks to ensure that students can continue their studies remotely. We also are prepared to serve students who do not have access to technology or internet at home.

Our meal distribution program will continue, as well as the services we offer to students with special learning needs. A limited number of our School-Based Health Centers will remain open, and you can find a list of those locations on our website at cps-k12.org.

To keep students engaged in learning, we will launch our Remote Learning Plan for all students, grades preschool to 12. Included will be digital lessons, hard-copy Enrichment Learning Packets, resources for parents, tips for structuring the school day, and more. We also are exploring opportunities to broadcast academic lessons through cable partners to ensure that content gets to as many students as possible. We will be releasing more information about our Remote Learning Plan later this week.

As we navigate these challenging times, I remain hopeful. Our school family – including teachers, staff and community volunteers – has truly stepped up for our city’s young people. So far, we have given out more than 50,000 meals and countless hygiene kits. Our teachers are instructing from their homes and are reaching out to students without online access. It is clear that our passion for empowering the next generation of world leaders has only grown stronger.

I also am grateful to you, our parents and guardians. I know this hasn’t been easy. But I am hopeful today because I know that we can get through this together.

The challenge of educating more than 37,000 students without classrooms is momentous. But, I am confident that learning in Cincinnati Public Schools will continue. We are #CPSUnited, and we will come through this stronger than ever before.

Please continue to visit our website at cps-k12.org for important updates. We will have much more information to share in the weeks to come.


Laura Mitchell, Superintendent

Education Center · P.O. Box 5381 · Cincinnati, OH 45201-5381 · 513-363-0050 · Fax: 513-363-0060 · cps-k12.org

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Facilities Master Plan

Amid much fanfare in January 2005, Cincinnati Public Schools opened its first new school building constructed in more than two decades — a new Rockdale Academy in Avondale — marking the first of many ribboncuttings during a decade of building and renovation for CPS. 

The $1 billion Facilities Master Plan (FMP) — launched in 2003 and completed in 2014 — was developed jointly by Cincinnati Public Schools and the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC), the state agency directing a statewide campaign to upgrade all Ohio school buildings. The state contributed about 23 percent of CPS' eligible cost. Much of the remaining cost was funded by a $480-million, school-construction Bond Issue approved by voters in May 2003, plus money from other local and state sources.

In all, the FMP created 34 new state-of-the-art school buildings and completely renovated 16 school buildings to bring them up to and beyond state standards. All CPS schools now feature modern and effecient heating and air-conditioning systems; updated wiring and technology to serve today's educational needs; cafeteria, performance and playground spaces; community rooms; bus turn-around areas and larger parking lots — and a vibe that says our community cares about education.  

In addition, the FMP allowed CPS to design its schools as Community Learning Centers that serve now as hubs offering services and activities to the surrounding neighborhoods. Each school community was invited to help design the new or renovaed school buildings to incorporate partnerships with businesses, the arts community and social service agencies to provide services to students and adults during the school day and beyond.

A Look Back at the Facilities Master Plan

FMP Time Line -  completion of new buildings and renovation projects
Inclusion Summary  (April 2013)
Workforce Summary  (April 2013)

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