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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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Cincinnati Public Schools believes that family and parent engagement is a leading driver in students' academic success, and we are committed to creating family friendly partnership schools.

Meaningful family engagement leads to good results, including improved grades, higher test scores, lower drop-out rates, increased student confidence and a stronger sense of the value of education.

Board Policy No. 9140 - Parent/Family Engagement

CPS acknowledges that parent and family engagement have a direct impact on students' success. Thus, we ensure that all family engagement strategies are linked to learning and meet CPS' Family Engagement Pillars:  

  • We uplift family voice in CPS decision making.
  • We partner for student success.
  • We empower lifelong advocates.

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A committee of parents, CPS staff and community members created a detailed, comprehensive plan for Cincinnati Public Schools based on six engagement standards established by the National PTA.  

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Parent organizations have proven to be a school's greatest allies in the efforts to ensure that every student graduates fully prepared for life. The level of volunteerism, political advocacy and fundraising cannot be understated. Just as with teachers, our parent organizations are on the front lines of efforts to give students what they need to succeed. 

Some of our schools don’t have active parent groups, and we hope to change that.

This tool kit outlines the purpose, structure and governance of parent organizations within Cincinnati Public Schools, and will serve as a guideline to help parents get an organization started.

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