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Blended Learning Transition

Most Cincinnati Public Schools' students will transition to a blended-learning model beginning Monday, October 12, 2020, on the following timeline:

The Week of October 12, 2020

  • Preschool and specialized classrooms — Monday distance learning; Tuesdays-Fridays in person
  • Grades K–2; Montessori 3rd Grade — Monday distance learning; Group A in person Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Group B in person Thursdays and Fridays
  • Grades 7–8 — Monday distance learning; Group A in person Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Group B in person Thursdays and Fridays

The Week of October 19,2020

  • Grades 3–6 — Monday distance; Group A in person Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Group B in person Thursdays and Fridays
  • Grades 9–12 — Monday distance; Group A in person Tuesdays and Wednesdays; Group B in person Thursdays and Fridays

Students in Group A do in-person learning at schools on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Students in Group B do in-person learning at schools on Thursdays and Fridays.

On Mondays, all students are in teacher-led distance learning. ​

Walnut Hills High School will remain in distance learning five days per week due to safety concerns associated with the school's large enrollment and small classroom sizes inside the building, which make it difficult to keep students 6 feet apart.

Preschool students and students in specialized classrooms will be in distance learning on Mondays and in person at schools on Tuesdays through Fridays.

Cincinnati Public Schools appreciates parents' and guardians' support and flexibility as we work together with local health experts to use science and local data to guide our decisions.

Online Town Halls

Cincinnati Public Schools hosted another round of virtual Parent/Guardian Town Hall Meetings. Watch the recorded meetings here.

Cincinnati Digital Academy

Cincinnati Public Schools offers an online school for families who want a full distance-learning option. Cincinnati Digital Academy’s program focuses on a five-prong approach: equity, flexibility, ease of transition, consistency, and relationships. Enrollment in CDA still available.

A and B Group Schedules

Parents and guardians can find their child's A and B group designations in PowerSchool. Please know your child's schedule for blended learning.

CPS tried to place all children living in the same household in the same group, as space allowed. Parents/guardians who want to change a child's group should contact the child's school. 

Agility and Confirmed Case Process — New Ohio Requirements

Per Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's Planning Guide, Ohio schools must ​be nimble, flexible, and responsive to ensure the health and safety of all students and adults.

Parents and guardians of students, as well as staff, are strongly encouraged to provide notice of positive case diagnosis within 24 hours. Schools are required to notify parents or guardians and the Board of Health within 24 hours. The Board of Health will report cases to the state every Tuesday. Reports by school/district are due out every Thursday.

Parents and guardians will be notified about suspected and confirmed cases as they occur. More information about our notification process is available here.

In the event of a confirmed case in a school building, a temporary closure (2-5 days) of a classroom, grade or entire building may be ordered so CPS can thoroughly clean/disinfect and conduct a risk assessment based on the potential for viral spread. CPS will work with the health department to determine the appropriate scope of the closure necessary to avoid community transmission (e.g., single classroom, grade level, school or all district schools). In the case of temporary closures, all students will shift to distance learning.

Each CPS school will have a nurse on site this year, assigned by the Cincinnati Health Department; the school nurse is the designated COVID-19 point of contact. Each school building also will have an identified isolation area, where individuals with COVIS-19 symptoms can be isolated from other staff and students. The nurse will monitor this isolation area.

Schoolwide Standard COVID-19 Policies

  • Anyone with the following symptoms should stay home:  Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.  These symptoms can be similar to a cold or allergies; without a COVID-19 test, it is difficult to tell the difference between COVID-19 and cold/allergies. Please treat all symptoms with an abundance of caution.
  • All school personnel are required to wear cloth face coverings, unless there is an underlying medical condition preventing such.
  • All students are required to wear cloth face coverings, unless there is an underlying medical condition or disability preventing such. Exceptions will be made for students who cannot wear a mask for safety or health reasons.
  • Signage and messaging promoting cleanliness, good hygiene, and healthy social practices are posted schoolwide.
  • Visual cues, such as floor stickers, have been added to promote 6-foot distancing and directional routines throughout the buildings.
  • Water fountain use is discouraged; parents are encouraged to give children individual water bottles daily - filled with water and with the child’s name written on it.
  • Surfaces within classrooms and common areas throughout the building will be cleaned frequently throughout the school day with products approved for use against COVID-19.
  • Buses also will be disinfected daily.
  • Building ventilation systems have been modified to increase fresh air delivery and air exchange rates.
  • Visits to school offices should be avoided except for emergency situations or to enroll a child. Prior to being admitted into a school's office, a temperature check will take place; temperatures must be below 100.4 degrees F to be allowed inside.
  • Large school assemblies, parent and community volunteer opportunities, and in-person field trips have been temporarily paused this school year.
  • Anyone who has had close contact (less than 6 feet apart for 15 minutes or longer) with an individual with a confirmed COVID-19 case should stay home and monitor for symptoms.
  • Parents should plan ahead to have several pre-arranged methods of getting a child home from school should the child become ill or exhibit symptoms.
  • Please review the Student COVID-19 Guide for important information about how CPS is striving to ensure the safety of students and staff.

Sports and Extracurricular Activities

The week of September 14, 2020, full competition resumed for non-contact sports, and contact sports resumed for intra-district games.  The week of September 21, full competition resumed for contact sports.

Each player is permitted to have two adults at athletic events. College scouts and members of the news media also may attend.

A Day at School

Check out our Day in the Life of a Student infographic below.

A Day at School

Arrival at Schools

  • Staff and students will receive temperature checks prior to the start of the school day.
  • Members of the school community are expected to take into consideration the health and well-being of all. Parents should never knowingly send children to school with a suspected illness.
  • Anyone with the following symptoms should stay home:  Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.  These symptoms can be similar to a cold or allergies; without a COVID-19 test, it is difficult to tell the difference between COVID-19 and cold/allergies. Please treat all symptoms with an abundance of caution.
  • For bus riders, car riders and walkers, arrival times will be staggered to avoid large groups of students entering buildings at the same time. Specifics of your child's school arrival window will be shared later.

Dismissal

Dismissals also will be staggered to avoid large groups of students leaving buildings at the same time. Specifics of your child's school dismissal window will be shared later.

Transportation

While riding yellow buses and Metro buses, students should wear masks (cloth face coverings) and keep 6 feet apart in seats and aisles.

On yellow buses, seats will be assigned with the goal of one student per seat (except for siblings, who may sit together). Bus monitors will be on board yellow buses to help students follow these new safety procedures.

CPS and yellow bus vendors will exercise all safety measures to keep bus riders safe. However, CPS encourages parents, whenever possible, to drive their children to school to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and community.

Metro bus route information:  Contact Metro at 632-7528 or email 

Additional questions about CPS transportation:  Contact 363-RIDE

Learning Spaces

 All classrooms (including preschool) and learning areas will be configured to maximize space, allowing students to have individualized work areas that take into consideration distance (6 feet apart, following CDC recommendations), supplies, and personal hygiene. To ensure that small-group instruction and safer distancing can be implemented for some grade level classes, commons areas such as the cafeteria and gym within the building may be utilized for classroom instruction.

Containers of hand sanitizer will be placed in schools' common areas and in each classroom.

Transitions

Every effort will be made to limit movement around the buildings throughout the school day and to stagger class period changes. Locker access and restroom visits also will be staggered. However, students will be moving at key times. The use of directional cues and spacing will take place.

Bathroom Usage and Routines

Routines and procedures will be in place limiting the number of students in restrooms at one time. Handwashing breaks for students will be scheduled.

Lunch and Recess

Breakfast and lunch will be eaten in classrooms to avoid large gatherings in cafeterias. 

Recess will be held each day for small groups at a time.

Meals 

Cincinnati Public Schools will continue to serve free meals to enrolled students.

Breakfast will be served from kiosks as students arrive for each in-school day. Lunch will be delivered to and eaten in the classrooms. Meals will be served only to CPS-enrolled students who are in attendance that day.

As students leave the buildings on Wednesdays and Fridays, we will offer them meal packs containing three breakfasts and three lunches, plus four weekend snack packs. 

Elementary schools in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant Program will receive additional fresh produce in their meal packs.

Students enrolled in Walnut Hills High School, Virtual High School and Cincinnati Digital Academy will pick up their five-day meal packs on Wednesdays from 1–2:30 p.m. at the schools. These meal packs will have five breakfasts and five lunches plus four weekend snack packs. 

Our community collaborators also will be at each school to provide additional nutrition for families and children age 18 and under.

At Virtual/CDA and Walnut hills, UMCFood will distribute seven-day supper/snack packs; LaSoupe will distribute family-style meal kits, and the Freestore Foodbank will hand out produce boxes.

At the Virtual High/Cincinnati Digital and Walnut Hills campuses only, any child age 18 and under may pick up a meal pack. 

Students staying in distance learning at their enrolled schools may go to the Virtual High School or Walnut Hills High School campuses to pick up meals. After October 14, these students cannot go to their home school buildings to pick up meals.

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