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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.

Sincerely,

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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Student Voice

Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education Student Voice 2018-19

The CPS Board of Education is committed to hearing the voices of our most important stakeholders — our students. The Student Voice program was created to enhance leadership opportunities for CPS students. It is an opportunity for CPS students to give themselves a voice in District decisions and provide direct input to the District’s governing Board.

The Board is kicking off the first full year of the Student Voice program now that school is back in full swing.  

Student Selection

Student selection should occur in September/early October.

Selection should be based on a set of fixed criteria: No fewer than three recommendations from adults working in your school building (coach, teacher, custodian, other staff) — these recommendations should be in typed letter form.

Students should publicize the Student Voice opportunity through:

  • Fliers
  • Announcements
  • Word of Mouth.

The Board of Education will comprise a review committee to select students in the initial year. In future years, Student Voice Leaders will lead the selection process at each school.

Student Voice In-School Committees

The Student Voice Committee at each school should be comprised of 13 students:

  • Two students in each grade 7-12 (12 students total)
  • The student body president (or a student government appointee if the president is not interested in serving)

In-school committee meetings should occur once a month consistently at school (i.e., occurring on the same day & time each month). Meetings should not interrupt instruction and be held before or after school (whatever works best for each individual school).

Student Voice Inter-School Committee

The Student Voice Inter-School Committee is comprised of a representative from each high school, totaling 15 students.

The Student Voice Inter-School Committee will meet quarterly with CPS Board of Education Member Mike Moroski.

Student Voice Participation in Board Meetings

Student voice representatives will speak at two full regular business meetings of the CPS Board of Education — one in the fall and one in the spring. Ideally, they will present at these meetings as well.

Two students will attend the Policy Committee meeting each month, based on agreement with the students’ principals.

For information, email CPS Board of Education member Mike Moroski, or call (513) 337-7190.

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