Back to School Plans
Back to school, back to the classroom! Cincinnati Public Schools will resume five-days-a-week, in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year.
In-person learning is critical for most students. They have a richer academic experience and better social-emotional support while in-person with teachers and staff.
In-person learning is safe:
- Vaccination rates. About 70 percent of CPS staff have been vaccinated against COVID-19 through district efforts – higher than the state and local average – and student vaccine availability will increase.
- Proven safety protocols. Our District Safety Plan, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ensures we maintain a healthy environment. It includes face mask requirements for students, staff and parents; social distancing; robust cleaning and disinfecting procedures; improved indoor air quality; and more.
- Low transmission rates. As demonstrated in the spring, our safety protocols result in low transmission rates of COVID-19.
Cincinnati Digital Academy is an alternative, technology-based learning option for families who do not wish to send their children to in-person school. It will be the only distance option for the 2021-22 school year.
Cincinnati Digital Academy students will have flexible access to online curriculum to accommodate their unique needs and schedule. Learn what is new this year at Cincinnati Digital Academy.
Using federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds, Cincinnati Public Schools is currently outlining its spending priorities.
We recently received engagement and feedback from our students, families, district administrators, teachers, principals, school staff and their unions.
Beginning with the 2021–22 school year, ESSER funding will provide the following to our school communitites:
- Addressing Learning Loss, Summer Learning, After School Activities (including evidence-based curriculum)
- Social/Emotional/Mental Health Support
- Educational Technology
- Provide Principals with resources to address individual school needs
- School facility repair and improvements (including air quality)
- Personal Protective Equipment & Supplies to clean, sanitize, disinfect facilities
- Continue to employ existing staff
- School repair and improvements to reduce risks of viral transmission
- Improve indoor air quality (including windows/doors)
- Mitigating environmental health hazards