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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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Absences from school have lasting impacts on a student’s success — in the classroom and in life. 

Cincinnati Public School is required by state law to count student absences based on the number of hours a student misses school — not the number of days a student is absent. Students who are consistently late to school or who leave school early may also be counted as excessively absent. 

Parents or guardians of students who are excessively absent will receive a warning notice letter. If absenteeism continues, a school administrator will contact the student’s parent or guardian to create an attendance plan, which will outline expectations to improve the student’s attendance and provide information about resources available to assist families in getting students to school on time.

As a last resort, if a student’s attendance does not improve, Cincinnati Public Schools is required to refer them to the Hamilton County Juvenile Court for truancy proceedings.

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Community members can report youths suspected of skipping school to our Truancy Hotline, a partnership of Cincinnati Public Schools and the Cincinnati Police Department. 

Callers are asked to provide basic information about suspected truants. 

Truancy Hotline: (513) 363-0003

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