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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Security Badges and Background Checks

Cincinnati Public Schools requires that CPS-issued security badges be worn by anyone entering CPS' schools and offices.

One-time or Infrequent Visitors

  • Receive temporary security badges with their photos generated by Lobby-Guard machines in each CPS building

Frequent Visitors - Security Badges with Background Checks

  • Must obtain CPS-issued security badges; includes student teachers, co-op students, interns, police in CPS' employ, consultants, contractors, vendors and volunteers. Background checks required to receive CPS security badges.
  • Local background checks:  For individuals who will not have unsupervised contact with students; check is done in county where the person lives.  
  • BCII (Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification) and FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) background checks:  For everyone who will have unsupervised contact with students; unsupervised contact means not accompanied by a CPS employee.
    Levels of background checks vary based on contact with students.
  • A Security Badge Authorization Form signed by the building administrator required.   

Background checks available at three locations: 

  1. Cincinnati Public Schools, Education Center, 2651 Burnet Ave, 45219, Corryville
    Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. & 1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
    Issues BCII and FBI only. 48 hours for results. Exact cash - $50 - for BCII and FBI 
  2. University of Cincinnati, Edwards Building, Public Safety Door No. 4, 51 W. Corry Blvd., off Jefferson, 45221, Clifton
    Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
    Issues BCII and FBI only. Return the next day to receive your copy. Cash or credit card - $66 - for BCII and FBI
  3. Hamilton County Justice Center, 1000 Sycamore Street, 45202, downtown
    Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Issues BCII, FBI and Local for Hamilton County residents. Have report mailed to CPS; this can take 2-4 weeks. Cash only - $66 - for BCII and FBI; $5 for Local.

Bring an official form of identification such as State ID or driver’s license.
Note: A background check obtained online is not acceptable.

How to Obtain a CPS Security Badge

  • Bring results of background check to CPS Security Office, Education Center, 2651 Burnet Avenue, 45219, Corryville.
  • Security badges issued Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Board Policy No. 8475 - CPS Background Checks Procedure 

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