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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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Putting the Future in the Hands of our Students and Staff

Our world is driven by technology. We must prepare our students for this world by shifting how we teach. My Tomorrow has introduced more technology into classrooms to give students greater exposure to the tools that are used in college and the workplace. Digital devices and software add a dynamic element that keeps students interested, but it’s not just about using the latest technology. Students are also learning about “digital citizenship,” or making smart choices in their day-to-day lives and their social networks.

Mobile Devices in Classrooms

To make sure our students and teachers are ready for the tools of the 21st century, our schools are equipped with a variety of technology:

  • 1 to 1 student laptops at grades 4-12
  • Shared laptop carts for grades 2-3
  • iPad tablets for preschool through 1st grade
  • Classroom projectors or interactive display boards

Tech Truck

The CPS-designed Digital Learning Truck — "Tech Truck," for short — rolled out in 2015-16 as an innovative mobile classroom equipped with standard classroom technology as well as new and emerging technology. The truck and its staff visit all CPS schools on a rotating basis to demonstrate new technology, software and applications. Teachers benefit from having access to one-on-one training on how to use and integrate applicable technology into their classrooms.  

Google Apps for Education

Cincinnati Public Schools has committed to Google Apps for Education to provide seamless access for parents, students and staff with the focus of supporting student success. Every student has a digital space to store their work and share with teachers and classmates.  They can access this digital space from school, home, or anywhere, any time.

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Schoology Learning Management System

Schoology allows teachers to engage students in exciting new ways, reaching them via their electronic devices.

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Protecting Digital Devices

We're educating students, too, about the steps they need to take to stay safe in the physical and digital worlds. Please review our steps for protecting digital devices by being safe.

Monitoring

Monitoring is a key to a student’s success. Tools that allow parents to follow their children’s progress also enable teachers to shape curriculum to meet students' needs, and testing provides valuable feedback on a student’s progress.

PowerSchool - Accessed through your computer, PowerSchool allows both parents and students to keep track of academic progress on a daily basis in a private and password-protected program.

K-12 Testing - Testing throughout the school year provides teachers opportunities to determine a student’s skill level and to adjust to a student's academic needs. Testing is required for students wishing to enter programs with advanced curriculum and is required for graduation and entrance into college.

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