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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Open Enrollment Guidelines

Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) is pleased to extend tuition-free enrollment opportunities to Ohio students who live outside the district’s 90-square-mile boundaries. With 63 schools, several magnet programs and dozens of career technical programs, the district can meet a wide range of interests and learning styles.

General Eligibility for Open Enrollment

  • Ohio students who want to enroll full time in grades K-12 in Cincinnati Public Schools are eligible to apply for IOE. Part-time students are not eligible.
  • Students must be at least 5 years of age by September 30 to apply to kindergarten.
  • The residence of the custodial parent/guardian must be located outside of the boundaries of
    the CPS district but within the state of Ohio.
  • Students who were suspended or expelled for 10 or more consecutive days during the previous
    school year are ineligible to apply for admission through IOE for the upcoming school year.

Cincinnati Public School District residents receive enrollment priority.

CPS always must give enrollment priority to students who live within the Cincinnati Public School District.

The open enrollment period to submit applications will be held each year in the spring. Most IOE placements will occur in July.

Students registering through IOE must pay any fees owed to the district before the application will be considered.

A student’s IOE placement in a CPS school will be reviewed each school year for space considerations.

If the number of students applying for open enrollment exceeds the number of seat available, placement into the school will be made according to the following priorities:

  1. Students with a parent who is employed by the district and with a sibling who will be attending the same school;
  2. Students with a parent who is employed by the district and without a sibling who will be attending the same school;
  3. Students currently open-enrolled into the district without a parent who is employed by the district;
  4. Students with siblings who will be open-enrolled into the same school without a parent who is employed by the district.
  5. Students who have applied to open enroll into the district without a parent who is employed by the district.


Cincinnati Public Schools does not provide transportation to students enrolled through IOE.

Extracurricular Athletic Eligibility

IOE students may participate in athletic and extracurricular programs as long as they meet both CPS and Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) eligibility requirements. Those entering the 9th grade for the first time can establish eligibility on the 5th day of their 9th grade year or at the high school in which they participate in a game or scrimmage, whichever comes first. Unless custodial parents or guardians change their residence from one public school district to another public school district at least 50 miles from their former address, any student attempting to transfer to another school once the school year has begun will be ruled ineligible for one calendar year from the date of enrollment at the new school. Students and parents should check with the school’s Athletic Director prior to any attempt to transfer schools even if they are seeking to become eligible due to change of legal residence. The general rule regarding transfers is that once eligibility is established at a high school, any transfer to another school inside or outside the school district of residence will result in the student becoming ineligible for one year from the date of enrollment in the new school. If a student does transfer, parents or guardians should contact the Athletic Director at the new school to see if the student qualifies for restoration of athletic eligibility under any existing exceptions to the transfer rule.

(Source: OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION, Constitution, Bylaws & Sports Regulations, Transfers)

Special Education, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Other Special Services

If a student requires special education services, or other special services, enrollment consideration must be arranged through the special education departments of both CPS and the student’s home district to ensure compliance with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

For more information: 
Call CPS' Customer Care Center: (513) 363-0123
CPS' Early Childhood Education Department (513) 363-0240
CPS' Student Services (special education) Department: (513) 363-0300


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