Student COVID-19 Guide
The safety of Cincinnati Public Schools' students and employees is of the utmost importance as we approach the start of the 2020-21 school year during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have created this Student COVID-19 Guide to highlight key elements of our plan to help ensure that our safety protocols are communicated, understood and followed.
Cincinnati Public Schools is working closely with the Cincinnati Health Department, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Interact for Health and other community partners to monitor the COVID-19 situation.
Student and Family Guide to Success in Blended Learning
CPS is providing Blended Learning support to students. In the guide below, you can find:
- What students and families can expect during Blended Learning in Cincinnati Public Schools.
- Answers to common questions and who you can contact if you have more questions and concerns.
- Our plan to make sure you can accelerate your learning this year.
Student Guide to Success in Distance Learning
CPS is providing Distance Learning support to students. In the guide below, you can find:
- What you can expect Distance Learning to be like in Cincinnati Public Schools;
- Answers to common questions and who you can contact if you have more questions and concerns;
- Our plan to make sure you can accelerate your learning this year, even though we won't be starting out the year in the classroom.
Family Guide to Student Success in Distance Learning
CPS is providing Distance Learning support to families. The purpose of this guide is to:
- To provide families with information about, and expectations for, the Distance Learning start to the upcoming school year in order to ensure student success.
- To engage Cincinnati Public Schools' families in consistent communications and experiences across the district.
- To center our work on accelerating learning so that all students are prepared for life through academic achievement and personal well-being.
Blended Learning Transition
The Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education transitioned to a blended-learning model on Monday, October 12.
Most students are divided into Group A or Group B and attend school in-person two days a week and work at home in a distance-learning model other days of the week.
On Mondays, all students are in teacher-led distance learning.
Group A does in-person learning at the schools on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Group B does in-person learning at the schools on Thursdays and Fridays.
Walnut Hills High School did not transition into blended learning; Walnut Hills will remain on at-home learning five days a week. Walnut Hills' large enrollment and small classrooms inside its building make it difficult for students to safely stay 6 feet apart.
District Safety Plan
Cincinnati Public Schools has created a detailed District Safety Plan for School Reopening to maintain a healthy environment for our students and employees.
Health and safety protocols will be implemented at every CPS school and office, and are based on guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cincinnati Public Schools' students now have free access to a virtual platform offering free, on-demand, online one-on-one homework help.
Called Study Hall, this safe and secure online environment provides homework help with qualified helpers.
Study Hall includes:
- Support for students in 2nd through 12th grades
- Support in literacy (reading) and math
- Interactive whiteboard
- Voice and text-chat options
- On-Demand — recorded sessions available for reference
Try CPS TV!
In the spring, Cincinnati Public Schools launched CPS TV on community access cable channels. It features recorded online lessons by CPS teachers, and educational programming from zoos, libraries and museums.
CPS TV begins at 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday through two cable providers: Cincinnati Bell Channel 804 and Spectrum Channel 15.
Literacy is the programming focus on Mondays and Wednesdays, with a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) focus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fridays feature fun programming from museums, parks, libraries and others.
Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library
The Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library is offering free homework help online. Students kindergarten through adult can get live online homework help and writing assistance from expert tutors, as well as help with filling out the FAFSA (college financial aid form). Students can also access skill building tools, practice tests, and virtual study rooms all from Brain Fuse's Homework HelpNow.
All you need is your library card. Don't have a card? Sign up for free.
Printing and Faxing
Printing and faxing are free at the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library. For faxing, a printed confirmation sheet is available and the Library will provide a cover sheet.
Sending paperwork to Job and Family Services? Use the library's fast and free scan and email system.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Visit the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library's website.
Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center is offering lessons for early childhood, science, social studies and everything in between. They will be providing in-person and virtual programming.
Cincinnati Observatory is offering free virtual asynchrous and synchrous educational programs and support.
Cincinnati Public Schools' students now have free access to a virtual platform offering free, on-demand, online one-on-one tutoring.