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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About Carolyn Jones

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Carolyn Jones currently calls the College Hill neighborhood home. The daughter of working-class parents who did not graduate high school, Jones and her brother learned the value of a good education and the benefit of a strong work ethic. A proud product of Cincinnati Public Schools' Hughes High School, Jones went on to receive her undergraduate degree in social work in 1975 and her graduate degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1990 — both from the University of Cincinnati.

First elected in 2015, Jones currently serves as the president of the Cincinnati Public Schools Board. Earlier this year, she was appointed by her Board colleagues to represent Cincinnati Public Schools on the Ohio School Board Association Board of Trustees, where she is entrusted to lend guidance and make decisions that impact students across the state of Ohio. Before that, Jones had the pleasure of serving on the North College Hill City School District Board from 2006 to 2014.

Jones' professional career spans over 40 years of service in both the private and public sector of mental health services delivery. In January of last year, she retired from the Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. Focused on improving the quality of life for adults and children with persistent mental illness, Jones’ experience has encompassed provision of direct services, program management, system planning and coordination. Over her 28-year tenure, her greatest achievement as a mental health professional occurred as the project director for a $9 million federally funded grant to transform system of care for transition-age youth and young adults with serious emotional disturbance and multi-system needs. This program was implemented successfully and continues to be fully sustained as a valued component of the public mental health system. 

On a more personal note Jones is an avid fan of the sport of fast-pitch softball, having played competitive softball for 25 years and has spent more than 10 years coaching and instructing girls at beginner levels through high school. Believing that "it takes a village to raise a child," it is through involvement with this sport that she was able to help these young ladies learn life skills, strength of purpose, patience, and persistence. Jones is dedicated to ensuring that every child has equitable opportunity to achieve success in education as they move beyond their high school years. She is very proud of the collective efforts of the Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education to achieve excellence.

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Mail should be directed to:
Cincinnati Public Schools
Office of the Board Members
P.O. Box 5381
Cincinnati, OH 45201-5381

Building Location:
2651 Burnet Avenue (45219)

Phyllis Davis
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Phone: 513-363-0040     
Fax: 513-363-0035

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