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April 29, 2020

Staff Access to Classrooms, Offices During COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order

To give staff an opportunity to close up classrooms and offices, we are allowing entrance to the buildings a schedule based on last name. Central Office staff also may use this schedule to enter the Education Center. 

Staff Access to Classrooms and Offices Schedule


April 9, 2020

Our Commitment to Our Children Remains Although Our Lives Have Changed #CPSUnited

We care about our students when they are out of school, both as a district and as individuals. We are committed to our children and our community.


March 24, 2020

CPS Work-Pay Chart For COVID-19 Break

The chart below shows the work-pay breakdown for Cincinnati Public Schools' employees during the extended COVID-19 mandatory closure. Most employees being paid are working remotely from their homes or at designated CPS sites.

Payroll For Extended Break/ COVID-19 (Spring 2020)

Note: To ensure all employees receive compensation during the extended time away, additional compensation earned will be processed within two pay periods following the restoration of normal business functions within CPS.

Employee Group

Work Expectation

Payroll

Building Engineers

Yes; report to buildings as requested

Pay as usual

CFOP — unrepresented

Remote work; do not report to buildings

Pay as usual

Clerical (CFOP)

Remote work; do not report to buildings

Pay as usual

Community Resource Coordinators

School Community Coordinators

Remote work; do not report to buildings

Pay as usual (no pay for original Spring Break week)

Custodial

Yes; report to buildings as requested

Pay as usual

Student Dining Services Helpers

Yes; report to meal hubs as requested

Pay as usual (no pay for original Spring Break unless deemed essential by Student Dining Services)

Student Dining Services Substitutes

No

No pay

Student Dining Services Managers

Yes; report to meal hubs as requested

Pay as usual (no pay for original Spring Break unless deemed essential by Student Dining Services)

Paraprofessionals

Assistant School Community Coordinators

Remote work; do not report to buildings

Pay as usual (no pay for original Spring Break week)

Principals

Assistant Principals

Central Office Administrators

Remote work; do not report to buildings

Pay as usual (26 level pays)

Security

Yes; report to meal hubs as requested

Pay as usual (no pay for original Spring Break week unless deemed essential by Security Supervisor)

Skilled Trades

Yes; report to buildings as requested

Pay as usual

Student Service Assistants (nap aids)

Remote work; do not report to buildings

Pay as usual

Substitute Teachers — Daily

No

No pay

Substitute Teachers — Long-term

Remote work; do not report to buildings

Pay as usual

Substitute Teachers — Super Subs

Remote work; do not report to buildings

Pay as usual

Teachers (CFT)

Remote work; do not report to buildings

Pay as usual (26 pays)

Tutors

Remote work; do not report to buildings

Pay as usual if have worked within last five weeks


March 23, 2020

To compile with Gov. DeWine's stay-at-home order, CPS has begun the following procedures:

  • Building cleaning work will be paused.
  • Cleaning schedule for the Iowa Street building will continue for meal-packing functions. Building security systems and cameras will be monitored remotely.
  • Building Automation System (heating and cooling) will be monitored remotely.
  • Security patrols will continue.
  • Building Engineers will conduct walk-throughs twice per week.
  • Emergency response team will be on-call and available for urgent facilities issues.
  • No building access is permitted whatsoever unless pre-approved by Leadership Team.

March 14, 2020

CPS Closed Monday

Cincinnati Public Schools will close all schools on Monday, March 16. No staff should report to school buildings with the exception of the plant operators and lunchroom managers who have been identified. Employees at Central Office and Iowa Street locations should report as scheduled on Monday, March 16, to plan and execute the closure of these locations while maintaining critical district operations.

March 13, 2020

CPS to Close on Orders from Gov. Mike DeWine

Dear CPS Staff:

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered all schools in the state to close for a mandatory three-week spring break to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The district will comply with the governor's orders, and will close schools beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Cincinnati Public Schools.

Cincinnati Public Schools will be open on Monday, March 16. The district officially closes after the final school bell rings on Monday.

All staff members are expected to report to their normal work locations through the end of the day on Monday, March 16. District leaders are currently working to determine the staff members required to maintain basic operations for the district. We will send notifications to staff on Monday, March 16, about when/where to report to work during the 3-week spring break.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,
Laura Mitchell
Superintendent


March 10, 2020 (Updated March 11)

Dear CPS Staff,

The health of our students and staff is always our top priority. I would like to provide you with some important information as it relates to coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, I would like to stress that no students or staff have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

On Tuesday, the Academy of World Languages (AWL) was closed as a precautionary measure, after an AWL staff member notified school officials of a voluntary self-quarantine due to the possibility of exposure to COVID-19. The school will remain closed on Wednesday, March 11. The facilities staff is performing a deep cleaning of the building. We are also cleaning and sanitizing all buses that transport AWL students.

According to the state health department, there are now confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Cleveland area. We are in constant communication with the City of Cincinnati Health Department and are following their guidance. We will continue to actively monitor the situation and make changes as needed.

Domestic and International Travel — CPS is suspending all domestic and international travel and foreign exchange programs scheduled through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. We are working closely with travel planners about the possibility of trip refunds. We will continue to evaluate the situation and determine if any student travel scheduled for the summer will be suspended.

In-state field trips — The district will continue to review and approve already-scheduled field trips with caution. We will review and monitor all currently scheduled in-state field trip requests and inform you of any needed cancellations. All requests for new in-state field trips will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis with special attention being placed on trips being held in closed spaces or events with 1,000 or more participants. Those decisions will continue to be made with guidance from the CDC, the City of Cincinnati Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Health to minimize any risk to our students and staff.

Personal Travel — With Spring Break approaching, many staff and their family members may be going on vacation. Please review the CDC’s travel guidelines posted on the CPS website and report to your supervisor any recent or future plans to travel to any areas identified as presenting high risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Partners — As you know, the district collaborates with a lot of school and district partners. Many questions may arise as it relates to their personal health and COVID-19. Please direct them to the City of Cincinnati Health Department or call the health department at (513) 357-7200.

Student Attendance — Classroom teachers are asked to continue to monitor and report significant absenteeism to school leadership. Principals, please report excessive absences to Dr. Carrie Bunger. Please pay particular attention to extended absences appearing to be due to respiratory illnesses like the common cold or flu which have symptoms similar to COVID-19. If a child is ill, encourage parents and caregivers to keep the child home. Discourage the use of perfect attendance awards and incentives during this time.

Student Illness During Class — Students feeling ill during class should report to the school nurse/school health assistant (SHA). The nurse/SHA has been instructed to follow COVID-19 protocols outlined by the city health department and will make the determination as whether the student should report back to class or be sent home.

Athletic and Extracurricular Activities — Governor Mike DeWine has shared the following information regarding athletic events: "Health experts have advised the Ohio Athletic Association to prohibit any spectators, not including parents, from attending indoor high-school sports games. Outdoor events can continue, with the understanding that that could change."

Preparations for Possible School Closures — The Curriculum Department is preparing weekly lesson plans for students to support continued learning. If needed, these packets will be sent home with students. The packets will contain work for students in the core content areas — English, math, science and social studies — with ways for students to test themselves and offering help sections by grade level.

Student Transportation — We instructed our yellow-bus vendors to do extra cleaning and sanitation of all vehicles, with special attention to hand rails and other places that students and drivers touch frequently. Metro buses are being cleaned with chlorinated sanitizing disinfectant to all surfaces inside the buses, including poles, stanchions and seats. A special sprayer is being used to help the disinfectant adhere to surfaces.

Cleaning of High-Touch Areas — While our facilities staff is working diligently to clean and sanitize high-touch areas in our buildings, we can mitigate the introduction of COVID-19 in our schools by focusing our attention on the cleanliness of our classrooms and work spaces. Please take a few minutes to wipe down door knobs, handles and surface areas. Thank you.

Staff Contact Information — As you know, we are communicating important information with staff on a frequent basis. Please review your personal information located at Business Plus. You can update this information, including listing an emergency contact, by logging into the employee portal, click on Menu at the top left corner and then Personal Information.

We will continue monitoring the development of COVID-19 and will continue to plan accordingly, in partnership with local, state, and federal health and government officials. Please visit the CPS website, where we add resources and post updates as we learn more

Sincerely,
    
Laura Mitchell
Superintendent

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