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 Ryan Messer

Ryan Messer lives with his husband Jimmy and their four children — all current and future public school students — in North Avondale.

Messer attended Rising Sun public schools before attending Purdue University. As a first-generation college student from a rural background, he worked three jobs starting his freshman year to make ends meet. He took on campus leadership roles in organizations such as the Interfraternity Council, Purdue Musical Organizations, Big Brothers & Big Sisters and Old Masters. In his senior year he received the coveted Purdue McGaughey Leadership Award and was named Greek Man of the Year.

Following college, Messer was selected from the graduating seniors in Indiana to receive the Indiana Governor's Fellowship, which allowed him to spend a year working for then-Governor Even Bayh at the State Capitol in Indianapolis. 

Over the past 20 years, Messer has been promoted to leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Johnson & Johnson, in sales, marketing and professional education. He is widely known at J & J for leading diverse, high-performing teams, for his strategic mindset, and for his ability to work collaboratively throughout the organization. 

In 2011, Messer co-founded a local property development company that has made investments both in the city of Cincinnati and near his Indiana hometown.

Throughout his life, Messer has been a community leader, volunteer and grass-roots organizer. A passionate neighborhood champion, he served two terms as president of the Over-the-Rhine Community Council. He also co-founded Future Leaders OTR, a neighborhood-based youth program that works to teach life skills, leadership and financial acumen for youth in grades 7-12.

A tenacious advocate for the Cincinnati region, he is a graduate of the Leadership Cincinnati and the C-Change programs through the Chamber of Commerce. He helped to establish the Cincinnati chapter of the Human Rights Campaign and served as Federal Club chair for five years.

Messer is a board member of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Cincinnati Opera. He served on the STOP AIDS Board for 10 years and now serves on the Caracole Board of Directors. He was founder and served as Board president of Believe in Cincinnati, the grassroots organization founded in 2013 that united and mobilized thousands of city residents.

Messer received the Cincinnati Community Catalyst award in 2016 at the Cincinnati Neighborhood Summit for his tireless efforts in his neighborhood and beyond. He also received the Lighthouse Youth Services Beacon of Light award and the Johnson & Johnson Community Impact award for his work with Future Leaders OTR.

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