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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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Contagious Illnesses

Because schools are public locations where large numbers of people gather, it's easy for contagious diseases to spread. It's important that everyone take part in preventing the spread of illness.

Following are several types of common illnesses found in schools, as well as resources for how to prevent them:

Bed Bugs — Check the seams of mattresses or other upholstered furniture for eggs. Finding many small insect bites on legs and other body parts are a clue that bed bugs are active. Bed bugs are hard to kill, and it may take several treatments. Bed bugs do not cause disease.

How can I get rid of bed bugs?

Bites and Stings — Most people are not allergic to insect bites or bee stings and should be able to recognize the difference between a normal reaction and an allergic reaction.

More information on Bites and Stings

Chicken Pox — Once very common, chicken pox has been greatly reduced by the vaccine. However, it is highly contagious, and any child with chicken pox should stay home.

Information on chicken pox

Dental — Dental problems are a leading cause of infection, which can be spread by sharing drinks, toothbrushes, etc. It is easily treatable with proper dental care, provided in many CPS schools.

Diarrhea Illnesses — These include virus and bacteria-type illnesses such as Shigella and Salmonella. The best protection is good  hand washing after bathroom use.

Flu, including H1N1 — Common symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat and body aches. Flu shots are recommended for children and are available in the fall each year.

When to Keep Your Child Home
Hand Washing

Head Lice — This is a common problem that does not cause disease. It spreads quickly by sharing hats, combs/brushes and other hair accessories. It can be treated easily with a specific shampoo or conditioner.

Head lice information sheet

Impetigo — Impetigo is a staph or strep infection on the skin and is contagious. Treatment can involve keeping the infected area cleaned and applying an antibacterial ointment.

Impetigo instruction sheet

MRSA — Methacillin Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA) is a staph bacteria skin infection that may be resistant to many antibiotics and can cause serious illness that requires immediate treatment. For contact sports, this infection can spread quickly through a team, so frequent disinfection of facilities is important.

Read more about MRSA

Pertussis — There has been a resurgence of this disease, commonly known as "whooping cough." Being up-to-date on immunizations helps prevent the spread of this illness. It can be devastating to infants so vaccination is key.

More about pertussis

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) — Pink Eye shows up as redness in the eye or eyelid, along with a thick discharge and itchy burning eyes. It spreads readily from person-to-person by touch and it can travel quickly through a classroom. Good hand washing is the key to stop the spread of this illness.

More information on conjunctivitis

Ringworm — This fungal skin infection shows up as a red ring-like rash and spreads by contact with people and, sometimes, cats. It requires treatment with a cream and may take a month or more to clear the infection.

Scalp ringworm instruction sheet

Scabies — This is a tiny mite that burrows under the skin causing intense itching and multiple bites which may look like a rash. It does not cause disease, but is spread rapidly from skin contact. There is a prescription treatment for the skin.

Scabie information sheet

Strep Throat — The primary symptoms are fever and a really painful sore throat. If suspected, a test should be done by a health professional.

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