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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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Google Apps for Education

Google Apps for Education is a web-based suite of programs provided by Google for schools to use.

All Google Apps services can be accessed from anywhere with an Internet connection (school, home, Smart Phone, etc.) This reduces the need for flash drives and home access to network drives.

Since Google Apps is all online, it is the same everywhere it is used, with no worries about having different versions of a program at home and at school.

Google Apps allows easy access to shared documents and files among teachers and students, so assignments can be turned in electronically and collaboration is easy on projects with co-workers and classmates.

Core Google Apps for Education suite includes:

Gmail  Email storage and search tools help students find information fast and to instant message from inside their accounts.

Google Drive  Share documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Collaborate in real-time with teams or with whole schools.

Google Calendar  Teachers and students can organize schedules, and share events and calendars with others.

Google Sites  Websites for a teacher, school, team or department allow groups to work together to keep related documents, web content and other information in one place, on one site.

Staff and Student Accounts

Google Apps for Education content for Cincinnati Public Schools will be filtered and monitored by Gaggle, the safest monitoring system available for school districts.

The student Google Apps accounts are provided to students for educational use:

  • To communicate with teachers
  • To submit assignments to teachers
  • To collaborate with other students on school projects

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