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CPS Returns to Distance Learning Beginning November 23

The Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education determined on November 10 at a special meeting that the district would return to a five-day per week distance-learning model, districtwide, effective Monday, November 23. Students will remain in distance learning through Winter Break, returning to a blended-learning model on Monday, January 4, 2021, if there is improvement in community health data that now is causing staffing challenges across CPS.

It is important to note that, as a result of our schools' rigorous adherence to guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and strong partnerships with organizations such as the Cincinnati Health Department and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, school is among the safest places for our students to be from a health standpoint.

Like other essential organizations, including hospitals, the higher level of community spread has a direct impact on staff absenteeism. Teachers and staff must stay home when sick, when in quarantine as a result of a close contact with a person who tests positive, or as needed to take care of family members.

Our hope is that our Cincinnati and Hamilton County communities once again pull together to lower the community spread. This can be accomplished by wearing masks, and by practicing good hand hygiene and social distancing, even when in small groups of extended family and friends.

What does distance learning mean?

School will look like it did at the beginning of the 2020–21 school year with students learning from home full time. 

Details about five-day meal pick up   

Thank you for your continued flexibility and support as CPS navigates the rapidly evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Can students switch from Cincinnati Digital Academy back to their home schools, or do they need to wait until the end of the quarter?

Yes, students may switch back to their home schools. Please call your school's office; or contact our Customer Care Center by email or phone: (513) 363-0123


Board Presentation November 10, 2020

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Join our Masks On For Me campaign…
Here’s a collection of details you might want to know…
Find the Student COVID-19 Guide, Blended-Learning Details for September, the District Safety Plan and more...
Watch the recorded Parent Town Halls and read FAQs from these sessions ...
See weekly updates to community health data ...
See our formal Learning Pacts ...


Get answers to your questions...
Up-to-date cases in the district...
Meals will be distributed during distance learning...


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November 18, 2020
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