Cincinnati Public Schools

Dear CPS Community,

Thank you for your guidance and feedback as we prepare for a return to school in the fall. We began planning in April, and we are grateful for the outpouring of questions, perspectives and ideas that have been shared in the last several weeks and months.

We heard you through participation in planning committees, focus groups and our survey of more than 6,200 employees, parents, students and community members. We have seen record-breaking participation in recent board meetings.

Earlier today, the CPS Board of Education approved a go-forward plan that we believe provides the best balance of safety and academic success for our students. This plan will return students to in-person instruction 2–3 days per week. Because no plan that includes classroom instruction is completely without health risk, we encourage families for whom in-person instruction does not make sense to explore our Cincinnati Digital Academy for the 2020–2021 school year.

Future of Schools Plan

Our guiding principles — safety and health, as much in-person learning as possible, equity, data-driven decision making and fiscal responsibility — remain at the forefront of our planning process.

Our return to school plan includes three important components:

1. Blended Learning

This model includes dividing our students into two groups in order to maintain the CDC's recommended six-feet of social distancing. Each group will receive a minimum of two-days per week in class (Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday) and will alternate attending in-person on Wednesdays. On days that students are not in the classroom, they will utilize remote learning. Students will stay in their schools, and will not spread across other buildings or community spaces.

2. Cincinnati Digital Academy

For parents and guardians concerned about their family’s or their student’s health in an in-person school environment, a full-time digital learning option is available. Our Cincinnati Digital Academy offers a K–12 curriculum which includes both virtual time with teachers and digital classroom lessons.

We are glad to have this option already in our portfolio of choices for our CPS families, as many districts are working to quickly launch a fully online option. We are spending the summer enhancing the curriculum and ensuring that we are prepared for a potential increase in enrollment.

Importantly, students who enroll in Cincinnati Digital Academy for the upcoming academic year will be able retain their position in their current CPS school for the following year. Families can also make this choice on a semester-by-semester basis. We encourage families who are interested in an existing, accredited fully-remote option to explore our Digital Academy.

If you’re considering this option, please complete our interest form and a Cincinnati Digital Academy representative will contact you.

3. The ability to quickly flex to remote learning.

Throughout both the summer and academic year, we will continue to follow guidance from Governor DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Board of Education and the Hamilton County Health Department regarding the overall health and transmission risk within our state and the community. We are prepared to transition to a completely remote environment should that be necessary.

It’s important to note that current CDC guidance recommends schools close for two to five days for deep cleaning and monitoring of symptoms in the event of a confirmed case. Although we are currently making final decisions about when and for how long schools might close in the event of an outbreak, we all need to be prepared to make this transition quickly and smoothly.

We learned a lot during the state closure, and we also received feedback from parents and staff about how to improve the experience. As a result, remote learning will look much different than it did in the spring, including:

  • Detailed requirements in place to ensure a consistent remote learning experience,
  • Clear communication for students and families,
  • Access to technology and Wi-Fi, and
  • More robust paper packets connected to specific curriculum.

Health and Safety Protocols

We understand any return-to-school plan presents risks. For this reason, we are partnering with Cincinnati Children's Hospital to develop health and safety protocols that help protect our employees, students and families as much as possible.

These processes will be based on guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and any state direction that is provided in the next several weeks. We will be able to share specifics later this summer, and expect these protocols to include:

  • Rigorous prevention techniques, including at-home and in-school health assessments, temperature checks, and staff and student mask-wearing; and
  • Quick decision, communication, and, as necessary, isolation protocols in response to confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Access to Technology

Regardless of whether we are in-class or learning remotely, technology and internet access are essential tools for our students. Digital disparities between households is one of the greatest sources of inequity in our district. This is why we are expanding our 1:1 device program, and children grades 2–12 will have a take-home device that is safe and includes the tools needed to work from home.

In addition, we are incredibly grateful to be a part of the Cincinnati Bell "Connect Our Students" program, with support from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and other partners. This program will give all CPS students free access to Wi-Fi, and is currently in a pilot phase through July with five of our schools, Rockdale Academy, South Avondale School, Hays-Porter Elementary School, Roberts Academy and Fairview-Clifton German Language School. We expect to be able to launch the full program prior to the start of school.

Please visit our website for more details.

Please Update Your Contact Information

One of the most critical steps you can take today is to ensure your home address, phone and email are updated. Please call your school office; or Customer Care at (513) 363-0123 or email Customer Care to do so. This information is necessary to ensure all families receive updates this summer, including confirming eligibility for free internet connectivity, a survey about whether or not you intend to return your child to an in-person classroom, important by-school details and safety protocols, and transportation.

Upcoming Key Dates

Launch of Cincinnati Bell 5-school pilot programCincinnati Bell Wi-Fi connectivity program
Parents and guardians update contact information for future communicationsEmployee Return-to-School meeting
Survey for parents to understand plans to return children to schoolState of the Schools, including details about returning to school
Employee meetingsTechnology and safety workshops for parents
Safety protocols finalized in partnership with Cincinnati Children's HospitalTechnology and safety workshops for students
Detailed planning by school 
Devices distributed to students without technology 
Enrollment deadline of July 17 to help ensure transportation for those who qualify 

Summer Communication Timeline

The Future is Now

While the 2020–2021 school year will be different, it creates new opportunities for us to be more innovative and flexible than ever. And through it all, our commitment will remain the same, preparing our students for life through academic achievement, personal well-being and career readiness. We will come out of this together stronger and better than ever. Thank you for your support along the way.


Laura Mitchell

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College Credit Plus

COVID-19 Response Updates for College Credit Plus

The following updates in State policy impact CPS students currently enrolled and who plan to enroll in CCP coursework from Summer 2020-Spring 2021: 

  • The required Letter of Intent deadline moved to May 1 — CPS's form has been moved online and can be found below.
  • A cumulative highschool GPA of 3.0 (without assessment testing) can be used to determine CCP eligibility (though some colleges will still require assessment testing). 
  • Colleges may allow CCP students enrolled in Spring 2020 courses to elect Pass/Fail grades for their current enrollment.
  • Grades of "W" for the Spring 2020 term will not be included in CCP probation or dismissal calculations.
  • CPS will not seek reimbursement for grades of "F" or "W" for this academic year. 
  • The online letter of intent includes a link to online PowerPoint for CCP participation. Feel free to use this resource to inform learn about necessary CCP enrollment processes and policies. 
  • Students in need of technology to finish their CCP courses can  make a request below and we will do our best to communicate and accommodate. 

See full Revised Flexibility/Guidance 

Definition and Cost

College Credit Plus (CCP) is Ohio's dual enrollment program that provides students in grades 7-12 the opportunity to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking courses from Ohio colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to enhance students' career readiness and postsecondary success, while providing a wide variety of options to college-ready students, at no or limited costs to students and families.


  • In High School — Several CPS schools partner with college/universities to offer CCP classes within the high school building.
  • On College Campus — Eligible students, who have applied and been accepted, can take classes at any participating college in the state of Ohio.
  • Online — Eligible students, who have applied and been accepted, can take online classes from any participating college in the state of Ohio.

If your high school does not currently offer CCP coursework you'd like to take, please use this form to submit your request: CCP Course Request Form.


  • October-February — Attend information session and meet with your school counselor
  • April 1 deadline — Turn in your Intent to Participate Form to your school counselor
  • January-May 1 — Take test to determine eligibility and apply to intended college
  • Varies based on college — Enroll in your CCP classes and attend college orientation


High schools are not able to limit participation for a student who has qualifying college ready test scores. 

Most colleges define this through two tests: ACT or Accuplacer

  • Step 1: Attend an information session hosted by the district, or by your high school (not all high schools host their own CCP information night). 
  • Step 2: Turn in your letter of intent to your high school counselor.
  • Step 3: Determine test scores. ACT and SAT are typically accepted at all partner schools, some partners will also provide an Accuplacer exam once you have applied to be part of their College Credit Plus program. 
  • Step 4: Discuss your course selection with your high school counselor and college academic advisor to find courses that meet high school graduation requirements and set you up for college success. 
  • Step 5: Build both a high school and college schedule. 

College Credit Plus Student Checklist

Information Session

The 2019 district information session will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 13, at the Education Center, 2651 Burnet Ave.

Some, but not all, individual schools host their own information session as well, refer to your individual school's school counselor. 

Letter of Intent

A letter of intent must be turned in to your school counselor by April 1 of the school year prior to your fall participation. If you did not turn in your form by the April 1 deadline, but still wish to participate, you must receive the signature of your school principal before turning the form into your school counselor. 


CPS students can apply for College Credit Plus admission at any public institution in the state of Ohio, below, are the CCP admission pages for our leading college partners. 

Student Tools and Support

Bus Pass Request: The district will fund bus passes if you do not have reliable transportation between your high school campus and the college campus where you intend to take classes.

Laptop/WiFi request: The district will provide a take-home laptop and wifi hotspot if you do not have reliable at home computer and internet access for your college level work.

SAT Prep: Many colleges (Cincinnati State, Chatfield, and Sinclair) use Accuplacer as a test for CCP eligibility. Accuplacer is built to reflect the SAT. Access Khan Academy's SAT tools to prepare to take Accuplacer. 

ACT Prep: All current partner colleges in the state of Ohio will accept qualifying ACT scores for CCP eligibility. We recommend taking the ACT several times to achieve your highest possible score. ACT scores are important beyond CCP eligibility as they often determine placement into first-year courses once a student attends college full-time. 

Textbook Rules/Process

  • Textbooks for in-high school CCP options are provided to you, no additional steps are needed.
  • If you are taking CCP courses at a college location, or online through the college — textbooks must be paid for by the Cincinnati Public Schools District. 
  • The process for obtaining books is outlined below for each of our main partners and CPS is billed directly. If you choose to go to a school outside the list below, please email to establish how those books should be obtained. 
    • UC Uptown: 
      • You will be provided a Textbook Voucher to fill out at your UC CCP orientation 
      • You will fill out the Voucher and take that to the UC bookstore to obtain the books needed for your courses 
      • Should your book be out of stock, or not carried at the bookstore, email for support 
    • Cincinnati State 
    • Chatfield: Talk with your Chatfield Academic Advisor 


To determine the number of credit hours a student can take in a year, CPS must calculate the following credit limit:

30 – (high school only credits x 3) = Maximum number of College Credit Plus credit hours

Students may only take a maximum of 120 credit hours in the program.

If students would like to take more than the maximum number of credit hours, Cincinnati Public Schools will pay the tuition, then bill the student’s CPS account directly at a rate of $41.64 per credit hour over.


Possible Benefits:

  • Can save families and students thousands of dollars in tuition 
  • Exposure and preparation for full college course schedule upon graduation 
  • Academic challenge beyond high school curriculum 
  • Earlier graduation from college 

Possible Drawbacks:

  • Failing or withdrawing from CCP classes can compromise future financial aid eligibility 
  • Low grades or failing grades in CCP classes are established on permanent college records 
  • Time management between college and high school commitments may present new challenges for students 

Classes failed or withdrawn with an "F" (or equivalent failing grade) will receive an "F" on the high school and college transcripts and will be computed into the high school and college GPA. CPS does not currently charge students tuition for classes that result in an "F" or "W." 

Probation and Dismissal

CCP Probation

Underperforming Students will be placed on CCP probation. Underperforming students are students who meet at least one of these conditions: 

  • Has a cumulative GPA of lower than a 2.0 in the college courses taken through the CCP program.
  • Withdraws from, or receives no credit for, two or more courses in the same term. (Withdrawing from a course occurs when the student dis-enrolls from a course after the 14th calendar day of the course start date)

 A student on CCP Probation may enroll in no more than one college course and the student may not enroll in a college course in the same subject in which the student earned a grade of D or F or for which the student received no credit.
If the student does not abide by probation limitations, CPS will notify the student and the student’s parent that the student will be responsible for paying all tuition, fees, and textbook costs. That student is also then considered an ineligible student and is dismissed from the CCP program in the next term.

If the student on CCP Probation takes one course and the grade raises the student's cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher, the student is removed from CCP Probation and may participate in the program without restrictions.
Students on CCP probation who do not raise their cumulative college GPA above a 2.0 will be dismissed from the CCP program.

CCP Dismissal

CPS is responsible for dismissing an ineligible student from the CCP program. The school must promptly notify the student, the student’s parent, and each college or university in which the student is enrolled.

Any student on CCP Dismissal may not take any college courses through the program. If the student had already registered for college courses prior to being dismissed, the student will request each college to dis-enroll the student from the courses.
If the student fails to dis-enroll, CPS will promptly notify the student and the student's parent that the student will be responsible for paying all tuition, fees, and textbooks costs. The student will continue to be on CCP Dismissal for an additional term.

Appeals Process

  1. A student may appeal to the district the CCP Dismissal or prohibition from taking a course in the same subject in which the student earned a grade of “D” or “F” or for which the student received no credit.
  2. The student must request an appeal within five business days after being notified of the CCP Dismissal or the CCP Probation that prohibits the student from taking a course in the same subject.

To appeal your CCP Probation or Dismissal, please fill out this Appeals form. CPS will issue a decision within 10 business days. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Email

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