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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Evanston Academy Principal Receives Educational Honor in a Surprise Ceremony

January 15, 2020

By Ally Kraemer, WCPO

Hiding something from the school principal is no easy feat, especially an enormous surprise, but staff, students, and family pulled it off when they surprised Evanston Academy Principal Stacey Hill-Simmons with a special award Tuesday.

Hill-Simmons, the longest-serving principal in the Cincinnati Public School district, is now also the Cincinnatus Administrator of the Year.

The award, recipients of which are chosen by teachers, principals and community members, is one of the highest honors in education.

"Whatever everybody else is doing, we try to do it better, we try to run faster, we try to ride it until the wheels fall off for the kids of Evanston," Hill-Simmons said.

Deputy Superintendent Tianay Amat said Hill-Simmons is changing kids' lives by closing the opportunity gap and ensuring success for her students.

"She is in the classroom where the magic is happening," Amat said. "She's giving feedback, she's celebrating students and staff."

Evanston Academy was identified in December as one of two Ohio schools to be named a 2019 Distinguished School, according to the CPS website. Evanston Academy is one of 100 schools in the country to earn the national honor.

Full story and video at WCPO.com


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