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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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Community Learning Centers

Community Partnerships —
Transforming Schools and Revitalizing Communities

Communities and schools are strongly linked — one seldom succeeds if the other fails. Schools need families and communities that are involved in the education of students; communities need schools that serve as centers of neighborhood life.



Toward that end, Cincinnati Public Schools is creating Community Learning Centers (CLCs) in all schools. Since launching in 2002, our CLC model has drawn national attention for successfully engaging community partnerships in school buildings.

List of Community Learning Centers with Resource Coordinators - 2019-20

CLCs offer health services, counseling, after-school programs, nutrition classes, parent and family engagement programs, career and college access services, youth development activities, mentoring, arts programming and more.

Learn more about School-based Health Centers

Cincinnati Public Schools has created campuses that strengthen the link between schools and communities. Its Community Learning Centers serve as hubs for community services and provide a system of integrated partnerships that promote academic excellence and offer recreational, educational, social, health, civic and cultural opportunities for students, families and the community.

A CPS Board of Education policy states that all district school buildings will serve as Community Learning Centers. The Board also developed written guidelines for the establishment of partnerships.

Board Policy No. 7500 - Community Learning Centers (revised 4/19/18)

Supporting Student Achievement

The goal of Community Learning Centers is to support student achievement while revitalizing neighborhoods and maximizing the community’s return on its investment in public schools. A full-time Resource Coordinator who knows the specific needs of the school, its families and the community is key to the success of a CLC. The Resource Coordinator recruits partnerships, and develops supports to meet the individual needs of students to impact school success and reflect community interests.

Forty-four CPS schools, so far, of 63 total schools, have Resource Coordinators on their staffs.

Cincinnati Public Schools receives funding from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati to contract with community agencies — such as the YMCA, the Urban League and the Boys and Girls Clubs — to employ Resource Coordinators for CLCs. The Community Learning Center Institute, a local non-profit organization and a partner with CPS, provides Resource Coordinators at seven schools at no cost to the district.

CLCs engage the community through a variety of strategies, including:

  1. School governance and leadership (LSDMCs — Local School Decision-Making Committees)
  2. Co-located service partners (that is, health, recreation, adult education and the like)
  3. Door-to-door campaigns to inform and solicit support
  4. Community events, such as student performances, health fairs, etc.
  5. Service-learning projects and community service
  6. Recruitment campaigns for mentors and tutors
  7. Community Conversation meetings with district leadership at different school sites
  8. Community newsletters
  9. Attendance and participation in Community Council meetings

More than 600 CLC community partners have provided services valued at over $1 million to students and families. These partnerships are integrated and aligned to school goals, resulting in improved academic outcomes for CPS students. 

Information

Ife Bell
Manager, Community School Partnerships
(513) 363-0301
Office of Communications and Engagement
P. O. Box 5381
Cincinnati, OH 45201-5381

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