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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Navigating Our Future

A Roadmap to Destination Cincinnati Public Schools — Our community-designed Strategic Plan

Executive Summary

The Cincinnati Public Schools Strategic Plan A Roadmap to Destination Cincinnati Public Schools is a roadmap to ensure that Cincinnati Public Schools is a District of Destination — for students, families, staff, and partners, and to drive the District’s goals, strategies, and measures for Equity, Engagement, and Excellence.

This Strategic Plan reflects the community’s expectations, and the success depends on those served by it, as well as internal and external stakeholders. Equity and engagement are pathways to excellence that is based on the District’s cultural tenets. This plan:

  • Charts a course for the District’s future;
  • Guides the District’s direction for growth and advancement;
  • Encompasses strategic thinking, informed planning, continuous improvement, and financial sustainability and accountability measures.

In the 2016-17 school year, CPS created Vision 2020, an initiative to ensure that our neighborhood schools have curriculum and enrichment programming on par with magnet schools. Since its inception, the performance index at Vision 2020 schools has increased an average of four percent, and enrollment at Vision 2020 schools has increased by hundreds of students.

Our My Tomorrow initiative ensures that our students graduate prepared for life after high school — enrolled in higher education, enlisted in the military, and ultimately employed in their chosen career paths. Students begin learning about careers in third grade and by high school are active in job shadowing, career expos and career-focused learning opportunities with local businesses. In fact, 94 percent of the Class of 2019 declared their intention for post-graduation plans.

Today, as a result of these and other strategic investments, we are not only Ohio’s fastest growing large city District, but we’re also the best performing. This growth in size and expansion of educational opportunities demands a strategic effort focused on long-term financial planning driving academic achievement, personal well-being and career readiness.

During the summer of 2018, the CPS Board of Education established the Strategic Engagement and Planning (StEP) Committee. The StEP Committee is a 30-member team charged with envisioning a three-year strategic plan, with the first year of implementation set for the 2019-20 School Year.

As a result of this, A Roadmap to Destination Cincinnati Public Schools, all of our students will have access to a 5-Star quality preschool, and our neighborhood schools and magnet schools will be unique in focus but alike in high quality. Our high schools will maintain national recognition and certification, and will offer more choices in academics and extracurricular enrichment. Our investment in the employee experience will create positive learning environments.
This strategic plan will ensure that all CPS students are prepared for life through:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Personal Well-Being
  • Career Readiness

Follow our progress on the Goals and Strategies outlined in the plan.

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