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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Transportation Eligibility

Students are eligible for transportation services to Cincinnati Public Schools, non-public and charter schools when the following conditions are met:

  • The student's legal residence is located within the legal boundaries of the Cincinnati Public School District.
  • The distance between the student's legal residence and the school of attendance, when measured by the most direct public route, is a minimum of 1 mile for elementary students or a minimum of 1 1/4 miles for high school students. All distance measurements used to determine eligibility will be calculated by CPS' Pupil Transportation routing system.
  • The student is enrolled in kindergarten to 12th grade. (Preschool students with disabilities may be eligible for transportation. Contact CPS' Early Childhood Department for information.
  • Students attending some K-12 schools — Oyler and Riverview East — will be transported by yellow bus. High school students at these K-12 schools who participate in after-school sports and club activities will receive extracurricular Metro passes to ride Metro buses home.
  • An elementary student attending a neighborhood school must reside within that school's attendance area. Students with special needs who are assigned by the Student Services Department to schools other than their neighborhood schools shall be considered within the assigned schools' transportation service areas.
  • "Transportation as a Related Service" must be specified within the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) by the Student Services Department.
  • It takes less than 30 minutes to travel directly from the student's assigned neighborhood school to the school of attendance.
  • The transportation service for the student has not been suspended as a result of inappropriate behavior.

Transportation Service Areas

Transportation service areas may have an impact on determining a student's transportation eligibility. Service areas are described as:

Elementary Neighborhood Schools — Transportation service is offered within the established attendance boundary of the school.

Elementary Schools with Magnet Programs

  • The Cincinnati Public School District is divided into two geographic areas — East and West — for magnet programs (citywide magnet and area magnet).
  • Each neighborhood school has an area assignment.
  • Transportation service is provided to a student attending a magnet program within the assigned area (East or West).

Non-Public and Charter Schools — Transportation is provided to non-public and charter students who meet eligibility distance criteria and who reside within the Cincinnati Public School District.


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