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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Cincinnati Public Schools seeks contracts with businesses and organizations that provide the most efficient use of taxpayers' dollars, while offering high-quality goods and services.

Bid Documents and Drawings

For the public's convenience, copies of bid documents and drawings are available for viewing in CPS' Purchasing Office during business hours — 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. The Purchasing Office is on the third floor of CPS' Education Center, 2651 Burnet Avenue, (Corryville) 45219.  A copy of the Legal Notice/Notice to Bidders for each project is with the specifications and drawings in the Purchasing Office. Information: (513) 363-0457

Vendor Registration

Thank you for your interest in becoming a vendor with Cincinnati Public Schools.

Let us know what goods and services you offer by filling out our Supplier Form.  Submission of this form does not guarantee approval of your registration as a vendor with Cincinnati Public Schools. We evaluate every supplier on the basis of rigid standards for the district’s needs. We will let you know via email if we need more information, or if your services are not needed at this time.  

A valid Purchase Order (a purchase order issued within the fiscal year when the purchases are made or services are provided) is required before providing goods or services for Cincinnati Public Schools. The purchase order is considered the contract/fiscal office certificate to approve purchase commitments and to encumber funds against the applicable appropriation account(s) as required by division (D) of section 5705.41 of the Ohio Revised Code. Every such contract made without such a certificate shall be void, and no warrant shall be issued in payment of amount due thereon.

All vendors should include the Purchase Order number on all invoices submitted for payment to the Office of the Treasurer, P. O. Box 5384, Cincinnati, OH 45201. This will ensure that proper payment is given within the time allotted on CPS' Terms and Conditions. An invoice submitted without a Purchase Order number could result in a delay of payment.

Questions? Call CPS' Purchasing Department: (513) 363-0460

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Supplier Diversity Program

Cincinnati Public Schools purchases a wide variety of services, materials and equipment. CPS’ Supplier Diversity Program is the district’s effort to expand contracting opportunities to include more minority-owned and female-owned businesses, and small business enterprises (i.e. MBE, SBE, EDGE).

All CPS Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Request for Quotes (RFQs) and other bid documents will include the following statement:

If Vendor has operations (production, sales, administrative) physically located in the City of Cincinnati, then Vendor should develop procurement and contracting strategies aimed at supporting Cincinnati Public Schools’ Supplier Diversity development program. Strategies shall include sourcing methods, goals, reporting, and efforts to encourage partnerships with local, small, disadvantaged and minority-owned businesses. Vendor shall use its best efforts to use such Business Enterprises.

CPS' Board set specific inclusion goals for the Facilities Master Plan.

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CPS' 10-year Facilities Master Plan (FMP), which rebuilt or fully renovated school buildings, was completed in 2014.

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