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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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Children account for the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.

While families and shelters work to fulfill the basic human needs — food, clothing and shelter — the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness are often pushed aside.

Founded in 1996, Project Connect provides advocacy paired with specialized educational services and lifestyle enrichment opportunities for children who have neither a voice, nor a choice, in being homeless. Cincinnati Public Schools serves about 1,700 students whose families are homeless.

Man Holding Hands with ChildTo help these children, Project Connect:

  • Clears obstacles to enrollment and attendance
  • Arranges transportation
  • Distributes school supplies and backpacks
  • Supplies uniforms and clothing
  • Arranges immediate access to the free lunch program
  • Makes referrals to other educational resources
  • Offers an eight-week summer academic and enrichment program
  • Provides tutoring and enrichment opportunities through after-school programs
  • Encourages parents to increase their involvement in their children's education
  • Advocates and increases awareness of educational rights

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Did You Know?

  • The average age of a homeless person is only 9 years old.
  • Families comprise 40% of the homeless population.
  • Children experiencing homelessness change schools 7-8 times per year.
  • Read more Homelessness Facts

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Homeless Liaisons

Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, every school district is required to appoint a liaison. Project Connect serves as an information resource for homeless liaisons working in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren Counties.

Homeless Liaisons are school staff members responsible for identifying homeless students, ensuring school enrollment and attendance, and providing opportunities for academic success.

Call Project Connect if you have questions concerning:

  • Dispute resolution
  • Transportation services
  • School supplies
  • Enrollment process

Project Connect also is available to conduct workshops concerning implementation of the McKinney-Vento Act. Please call to arrange a session or request a complete list of homeless liaisons.

To reach Project Connect, call (513) 363-6570.

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