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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GE Grant

GE Aviation and the GE Foundation are long-time partners with Cincinnati Public Schools.

On Sept. 29, 2015, GE Aviation President and CEO David Joyce announced a $5 million sponsorship of an innovative program developed by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum designed to boost science interest and proficiency among young learners.

Using technology, Cincinnati Public Schools' elementary students will benefit from this sponsorship by participating in the new Online Explainers program, linking museum Explainers to district classrooms via interactive video conferences. The commitment will expand the museum’s Explainers program, through which specially trained high school and college students engage with young museum visitors to help them understand principles of flight and other scientific concepts. GE Aviation has committed $1 million to CPS for technology, professional development and curriculum planning for the Online Explainers program.

GE Foundation Education Grant

GE Volunteer Helps StudentsStarting in 2006, the GE Foundation awarded an education grant to Cincinnati Public Schools to improve student achievement in math and science, and to develop 21st-century skills for learners and leaders. The grant funded the development of professional learning communities; rigorous professional development in math and science; expansion of innovative technology to inform instruction; and in-kind human resource support to build leadership capabilities.

The GE Foundation Developing Futures™ in Education program now is in its second phase of collaboration with Cincinnati Public Schools, with a $5.3 million, three-year extension grant, announced in August 2011. This brought a total of $25.3 million over eight years to CPS from GE to improve instruction.

The initial GE Foundation grant for $20 million, awarded in 2006, enabled CPS to implement common curricula in math and science in all district schools. CPS is one of seven GE-funded districts totaling a $200-million investment by the GE Foundation and GE businesses, such as GE Aviation, to improve education.

Activities conducted under the GE Foundation grant to CPS enabled CPS to build district capacity, leading to significant positive change in student academic success. In 2009-10 and 2010-11, CPS achieved the Effective category on the Ohio Report Card — the first large-city school district in Ohio to achieve this high ranking.

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