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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LSDMCs (Local School Decision Making Committees)

The Local School Decision Making Committee (LSDMC) is the primary governing body for each school in Cincinnati Public Schools. This important committee gives insight and input into important decisions that impact students' lives and shape their educational experiences.

Role of Committee

LSDMC functions:

  • Adopting bylaws, including the school's mission and vision
  • Setting measurable school goals, based on a needs assessment
  • Completing a midyear and end-of-year goal progress report
  • Making recommendations and approving the school's budget
  • Participating in the selection of a principal, when a vacancy exists
  • Approving locally initiated changes in the school's program or focus
  • Making recommendations to the principal regarding other school issues
  • Seeking grants to support the school's programs (optional)
  • Coordinating and overseeing the development of the school as a Community Learning Center


LSDMC ChartCPS Board policy governs LSDMC membership and gives proportional representation to all stakeholder groups.

Membership is comprised of four major constituencies, with a minimum of 12 members. The number of core members may increase but should remain proportional. Members are asked to serve two-year terms.

LSDMC membership groups:

  • Three parents who are not employed by the district selected by the parent group 
  • Three community representatives 
  • Three licensed members selected by the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers 
  • Three non-teaching staff including the principal, with the other two selected by their union representatives

Optional members may include 2-3 students and a representative from the school's lead agency, education partner, or business or university liaison  


One annual meeting is required to review the purpose of the LSDMC and the school's OnePlan. It is recommended that the LSDMC meet monthly during the school year. All meetings are held at the schools and are open to the public.

Each LSDMC elects officers, including a chairperson and a secretary. It is recommended that Robert's Rules of Order be used to conduct business during the meetings. A quorum of the group's membership is required to be present before decisions are made.

Training and Support

Training is provided to LSDMC members to help with their duties. In addition, a LSDMC Manual gives information on the committee and how it functions.

Districtwide LSDMC meetings are held quarterly each school year to provide information about recent district initiatives.

Board Policy - LSDMCs

Board Policy No. 9142 - Local School Decision Making Committee 


Glossary - Guide to Academic and Accountability Terms - 6-page PDF (updated 8/2018)

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