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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First Day Jitters of a Different Kind

August 19, 2019

By Ambriehl Crutchfield

An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy is heading into his first day of American school in Cincinnati Monday. José has been in the U.S. since early July after a month's journey and staying in a detention camp.

José's mom Evaline says a gang was extorting her convenience store in Guatemala, which pushed them to flee. WVXU isn't using the family's real names to protect their identity.

"One of the biggest things is making sure they feel comfortable. They have experienced a lot of trauma," says Carmen Hayes, LEAP Academy's English Language Learner teacher. "Recently, I've found that what's going on at the border is really happening to our students."

Hayes says after making sure the student is comfortable, she starts working on basic English, which can be easier depending on the child's ability to read and write in their first language.

Evaline and José left Guatemala in early June and figured out they were coming to Cincinnati while in a detention camp in Mexico. After leaving the camp, Evaline says it took them hours to cross the desert. They came to the Cincinnati area on July 5 only knowing a friend-of-a-friend. After living in poor housing conditions, Evaline was forced to relocate again.

A Cincinnati immigrant advocate began looking for someone local who could host Evaline and José. East Price Hill resident Pamela Taylor opened her home to them and has been helping the family get on their feet.

"I worry a lot about the language barriers because he speaks a little bit of English but barely any and he's very shy to talk in English," Taylor says.

José is going to LEAP Academy for third grade, where, according to data from Cincinnati Public Schools, 88.2% of students qualify as English Language Learners (ELL).

Full Story at WVXU.org


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