Office of the Superintendent

March 30, 2020

Dear Families,

In response to Governor Mike DeWine’s extension of the school closure, Cincinnati Public Schools’ buildings will remain closed through at least May 1, 2020.

However, teaching and learning will continue. We have been working for weeks to ensure that students can continue their studies remotely. We also are prepared to serve students who do not have access to technology or internet at home.

Our meal distribution program will continue, as well as the services we offer to students with special learning needs. A limited number of our School-Based Health Centers will remain open, and you can find a list of those locations on our website at cps-k12.org.

To keep students engaged in learning, we will launch our Remote Learning Plan for all students, grades preschool to 12. Included will be digital lessons, hard-copy Enrichment Learning Packets, resources for parents, tips for structuring the school day, and more. We also are exploring opportunities to broadcast academic lessons through cable partners to ensure that content gets to as many students as possible. We will be releasing more information about our Remote Learning Plan later this week.

As we navigate these challenging times, I remain hopeful. Our school family – including teachers, staff and community volunteers – has truly stepped up for our city’s young people. So far, we have given out more than 50,000 meals and countless hygiene kits. Our teachers are instructing from their homes and are reaching out to students without online access. It is clear that our passion for empowering the next generation of world leaders has only grown stronger.

I also am grateful to you, our parents and guardians. I know this hasn’t been easy. But I am hopeful today because I know that we can get through this together.

The challenge of educating more than 37,000 students without classrooms is momentous. But, I am confident that learning in Cincinnati Public Schools will continue. We are #CPSUnited, and we will come through this stronger than ever before.

Please continue to visit our website at cps-k12.org for important updates. We will have much more information to share in the weeks to come.


Laura Mitchell, Superintendent

Education Center · P.O. Box 5381 · Cincinnati, OH 45201-5381 · 513-363-0050 · Fax: 513-363-0060 · cps-k12.org

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Dozens of Dads Welcome Pleasant Ridge Montessori Students Back

August 19, 2019

By Alexis Rogers

More than 36,000 students headed back to Cincinnati public schools Monday.

At Pleasant Ridge Montessori School, it wasn't just any first day. Dozens of dads like Clint Bourgeois were excited to welcome kids back to school in style by cheering them on as they entered, part of the Million Fathers March effort.

"I am ready to go. I have my sign out here. I think it is important for all family members to support," Bourgeois said. "I like to see my kids interact with other kids that are different than them. That is the way the real world is."

One million men across the nation cheered kids into what they say will be an awesome school year. Monday's efforts were PRM's first year participating.

"It is so important for that male figure to be in the life of a child. I feel like dads get the shortend of the stick a lot of the time. We want to celebrate those wins and how important their presence is in the life of a child," Amber Simpson, PRM’s new principal, said.

Full Story and Video at WLWT.com


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