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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.

Sincerely,

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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Information About Coronavirus

March 5, 2020

With the health, safety and well-being of our school community as our priority, Cincinnati Public Schools' administration is paying close attention to the developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19), a respiratory disease.

To date, there are no confirmed cases in the school district, the region or in the State of Ohio.

The Cincinnati Health Department and the Ohio Department of Health are providing district officials with information about the virus and conferring with CPS administrators several times a week.

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The health department continues to recommend that students and staff take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of many respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19 and influenza:

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth (where viruses can enter the body)
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow
  • Stay home if you have a fever or are feeling unwell
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces such as desks, chairs, door handles, phones, keyboards
  • Avoiding contact with persons who are sick

Right now, CPS is focused on preventative measures and contingency planning. The facilities staff is increasing the cleaning of commonly touched surfaces throughout the day and extra sanitizing will occur as needed.

If it becomes clear that additional measures need to be taken, the district will communicate directly with staff, students and families. 

Additional information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is available at the links below:  

If you have further questions, contact the Cincinnati Health Department's  School & Adolescent Health Office, (513) 357-2808.

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