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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Equity Policy

Board approving Equity PolicyThe Cincinnati Board of Education approved a groundbreaking District Equity Policy on April 11, 2016, designed to ensure that Cincinnati Public Schools fully embraces the value of diversity in its operations while eliminating practices that perpetuate disparities among students and schools.

Board Policy No. 2255 – Equity and Excellence in Education

The Council of the Great City Schools, a national urban education group, praised CPS for taking the historic step.

“The policy puts the district at the forefront of urban school systems across the nation that are both improving the quality of their instructional programming and ensuring greater equity and access to all the resources that the school district offers,” said Michael Casserly, Executive Director of the Council of the Great City Schools. “The work should pay long-term dividends for the school system, the city of Cincinnati, and, most importantly, our urban children.”

The policy commits the school board to ensuring that the principles of fairness, equity and inclusion are fully integrated into all of the policies, programs, operations and practices guiding the 34,000-student public school district, the largest in Southwest Ohio.

It also obligates the district to eliminate any policies, structures and practices that “perpetuate inequities and contribute to disproportionality of access and outcomes.” In addition, the policy calls for equitable distribution of financial, capital and human resources through Cincinnati Public Schools’ annual budget allocation process.

The policy directs the superintendent and district treasurer to develop a plan with clear and measurable accountability standards and procedures to be shared with the public and submitted to the Board annually for approval. The Board will review implementation of the plan by all district departments and school sites at least semi-annually.

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Board of Education

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
Board's administrative assistant
Phone: 513-363-0040     
Fax: 513-363-0035

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