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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Veterans' Diplomas

CPS Honors Veterans Who Served Before Graduating 

Cincinnati Public Schools will honor with diplomas veterans from World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War who were called to military service before graduating from high school.

To be eligible, veterans must have served in any branch of the United States Armed Services between September 16, 1940, and the end of the Vietnam War. They must have been honorably discharged and have never received a high school diploma. The district is implementing the program through legislation adopted by the Ohio General Assembly.

The first Veterans' diplomas were issued in December, 2001.CPS presented its first group of diplomas on Dec. 17, 2001, in a ceremony at a CPS Board of Education meeting. (See photos.) 

To receive a diploma from CPS, the veteran must be a resident of Hamilton County but need not have attended a Cincinnati Public school.  Veterans are not required to take any tests to qualify for the diploma. The school district may present a diploma to a veteran posthumously.

To begin the process, the veteran, or a relative, must go to the Hamilton County Veterans Service Commission, at Ninth and Sycamore streets downtown, to fill out an application for a veteran’s certification. Bring an original copy of the veteran's DD214 discharge document or other proof of service, so the commission can verify the veteran's service record. 

Board members congratulated each veteran to receive a diploma.For processing, mail the completed application to Cincinnati Public Schools, Office of Communications and Engagement, P. O. Box 5381, Cincinnati, OH, 45201-5381.

CPS will issue either a diploma from the Cincinnati high school the veteran attended or a general diploma from the Cincinnati Public School District for veterans who were not CPS students.


  • Hamilton County Veterans Service Commission, (513) 946-3300
  • CPS Office of Communications and Engagement, (513) 363-0020

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