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CPS to Return to In-Person Learning Five Days a Week for Spring, Fall

March 10, 2021

Cincinnati Public Schools' Board of Education voted this evening to return CPS' students to five-day per week in-person learning after spring break, beginning Wednesday, March 31. Walnut Hills High School will also return to five-days per week in person and will follow a phased-in approach, which will be shared with families as soon as possible.

Families who prefer five-day per week distance learning may choose to remain at their current school, or enroll in Cincinnati Digital Academy (CDA). Since Walnut Hills High School has been in distance learning the entire year, they will be part of a concurrent learning pilot program, which provides an option for five-day per week distance learning following a student's current schedule. Details on this pilot will be provided to families by the school.

In addition, the school board unanimously decided to return to five days per week in-person for the 2021–2022 academic year, with a concurrent learning option for families who prefer five-day per week distance learning from their current school. Families may also choose to enroll in CDA in the fall.

Five Days In-Person Choice

Distance Learning Choice
  • Universal use of masks
  • Physical distancing to the maximum extent possible but may not be 6'
  • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
  • Cleaning and ventilation
  • Contact tracing, isolation, quarantine
  • Screening testing (coming for high schools)
  • Vaccinations for staff
  • Cincinnati Digital Academy


Distance Learning from home school options:

  • Spring 2021 — Distance Learning with Schoology
  • Fall 2021 — Concurrent/live streaming options for classrooms with highest amount of remote only students
  • Spring 2022 — Concurrent/live streaming options for all

We continue to upgrade our infrastructure and are excited to offer a concurrent learning option for all interested families during the 2021–2022 school year. Concurrent learning means students may stay at their current school for either five-day per week in-person learning or a five-day per week distance learning experience that mirrors the in-person classroom experience.  


What does this mean for families?

  • Spring break will be extended by a day for students, through March 30, so teachers can prepare their classrooms.
  • On March 31, Students will begin either five-day per week in-person learning or five-day per week distance learning at their current school. Students may choose to enroll in Cincinnati Digital Academy. 
  • If you wish to choose the five-day per week remote option from your current school, please notify the school office by March 22. 
  • Walnut Hills High School students will receive additional details, including an optioning form for in-person learning or the concurrent learning pilot, from Principal Chambers.
  • We expect to open the concurrent learning option to remaining schools in the 2021–2022 school year. An optioning form will be sent to families in April to make their choice for the fall semester.

Why was this decision made?

  • We are using essential strategies that decrease the risk of spread within school environments, and we know these strategies are working because there is limited transmission within schools. Protocols include: 
    • Universal masking 
    • Hand and bathroom hygiene
    • Achieving 4–6 air changes per hour of "clean" air through any combination of ventilation and filtration (or outdoor classrooms)
    • Physical distancing, 6-feet where possible
    • Isolation, quarantine, and contact tracing practices 
    • Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities 
  • The community health data is improving: 
    • New positive cases per 100,000: 12.3
    • City of Cincinnati positivity rate: 4.6 percent
    • Hamilton County outside of Cincinnati positivity rate: 5.5 percent
  • Sixty-nine percent of teachers and staff have been fully vaccinated. 
  • Our recent survey indicated that the majority of parents and staff preferred increasing in-person instruction time this school year, and we continue to offer choices for those families who prefer a distance learning option.

Thank you for your continued flexibility and support.

Health and Safety Presentation March 10, 2021


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