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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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Severe Weather and Emergency Closings Procedures

When severe weather or emergencies impact Cincinnati Public Schools, an alert banner will display on this website.

  • For severe weather, an ORANGE banner is displayed, announcing whether schools are closed or delayed. 
  • For an emergency, a RED banner is displayed with the appropriate information and plan of action.

Information on school closings or delays also is available via:

  • Automated phone calls from CPS to all parents/guardians who are in CPS' database.
  • CPS’ mobile app, which sends information to a Smartphone or tablet.
  • Local TV and radio stations (live and on stations’ websites)

Severe-Weather Procedure Details for Parents and Students

    The following severe-weather procedure also applies to parochial and private-school children who rely on CPS for yellow-bus transportation.

    The Cincinnati Public Schools’ severe-weather procedure aims to minimize the loss of instructional time while being mindful of students' and employees' safety.

    When severe weather is predicted, parents should check the CPS website or local television or radio stations, for announcements about school closings or delays. Alerts also are available on the CPS mobile app. The most complete and detailed information is available on the CPS website, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the procedure.

    CPS rarely will dismiss schools early, but it does happen occasionally. Please make sure your child’s school office has correct emergency contact information.

    We know that start delays and no-school days for snow or extreme cold represent an inconvenience to parents, so we do our best to declare them only when necessary.

    Schools Closed

    • Decisions to close schools are made only after analyzing much data and consulting various authorities.
    • After reviewing all information available, the superintendent consults with senior staff, bus company operators and City of Cincinnati road maintenance authorities, and makes a decision as soon as possible (usually by 5 a.m.).

    Two-hour Delay — for yellow bus pick up ONLY:

    • Yellow buses will pick up students at morning bus stops two hours later than normal.
    • Students who are driven to school by parents should try to arrive at schools when it is safe. Walkers should arrive when it is safe. No new material will be covered during the two-hour delayed start; teachers will use this opportunity for review and enrichment.
    • Afternoon dismissal will occur at each school's normal time.
    • No preschool bus service will be available.

    High Schools — Operate on Normal Schedules during Two-Hour Delays:

    • High school students ride Metro buses (public transportation) to and from schools. Metro bus schedules cannot be adjusted to accommodate CPS’ two-hour delay, so high schools will open at the normal times with school staff in the building to supervise students.
    • Metro buses will run as close to normal schedules as weather and road conditions permit.
    • Afternoon dismissal will occur at each school's normal time.

      Some of the resources used in the decision-making process for closing or delaying schools include:

      • Accuweather forecast, National Weather Service forecast and local weather forecasts (TV stations)
      • City of Cincinnati's Highway Maintenance Department
      • Metro bus and taxi dispatchers
      • Yellow bus companies

      Severe-Weather Procedure Details for Parents and Students (Printable PDF - updated 11-2018)

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