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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How to Get a Work Permit for a Minor Child During COVID-19 Closure

Cincinnati Public Schools is continuing to process Minor Work Permits during this extended closure of CPS' buildings. 

Now, CPS will take work permit applications and required documents electronically via email. (In the past, minor students or parents visited a school, or the Customer Care Center at CPS' Education Center, to submit applications and documents.) 

Per Ohio law, work permits are required for all students under the age of 18 who want to work during the school year. Students who are 14-15 years old must have permits to work any time.

To receive a work permit, a student must complete an application form, obtain approvals from their potential employers and from parents or legal guardians; provide a birth certificate to show proof of age; and, if the job requires a physical, a physician's signed and time-stamped certificate. In addition, Cincinnati Public Schools requires a recent report card to confirm school enrollment.

Information from Ohio Department of Commerce about Minor Work Permits  

Note: Hour restrictions outlined in Ohio Revised Code Section 4109 remain in place for minors during any week that was not a pre-planned school holiday, such as Spring Break, and the prohibited and hazardous occupation restrictions also still are active for minors during this closure.

How to get a Minor Work Permit

  • Download and print the Minor Work Permit application form (Ohio calls it a "pre-application") to gather necessary information and approvals from potential employers and parents or legal guardians. 
  • Email the completed application and required documents shown below to CPS' Customer Help Center
    Put in the email's subject line: Minor Work Permit — Student's First and Last Name
    (The potential employer, the parent or the student may email the items to CPS' Customer Care Center.)

A CPS Customer Care Center team member will process the application online with the state of Ohio. The final Minor Work Permit certificate will be emailed to the employer for signatures.

The employer will scan and email back the signed Minor Work Permit document to the Customer Care Center.

Alternate Route to a Minor Work Permit (during Covid-19 closure)

According to the Ohio Department of Commerce, the completed paperwork itself can stand in the place of a final printed Minor Work Permit certificate during this closure. Employers should keep the paperwork on file, and when schools and CPS' Education Center reopen, the formal permit should be processed.

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