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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Partnership for Innovation in Education Receives Grant from Best Buy Foundation

January 15, 2020

Cincinnati-based Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE) recently received $7,000 in grant support from the Best Buy Foundation, part of the Best Buy corporation, which supports organizations that demonstrate a track record for building skill proficiency in technology through out-of-school time programs.

The grant helps support PIE's initial Sports Technology and Data Analytics CaseLAB Career Credentialing Program with the Cincinnati Major League Soccer team, FC Cincinnati, and the YMCA to engage local teens at Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School in hands-on learning activities featuring STEM subject content and cutting-edge technology. 

"We are grateful for the support from Best Buy Foundation for this unique career credentialing program, which helps address the shortage of students graduating with the in-demand skills and qualifications in today's emerging technology careers," said Mary Welsh Schlueter, CEO of PIE. "We are excited to launch our first Sports and Technology CaseLAB Program, allowing students to problem-solve and work alongside athletes, coaches and sports business leaders for optimal game and play health outcomes."

"PIE's exceptional immersive-learning programs offer transformational career experiences for students while they are still in the classroom. We are proud to support local organizations like PIE that deliver programs to Cincinnati youth so they can learn beyond traditional classroom experiences and get personalized, experiential learning opportunities that challenge them to solve real-life everyday business problems," said Bradley Blaylock, Best Buy General Manager (store #154) in Cincinnati.

The support from Best Buy also continues to support existing PIE programs, which include Taft IT High School's Student Drone Pilot Club with Aerial Videography Program (BLINK), Aiken New Tech High School Technology and Data Analytics Club, Walnut Hills High School Consulting Club, Geek Squad Academy's Summer in Cincinnati Program, and the Aerial Data Mapping Program with Cincinnati Recreation Commission and the Cincinnati Fire Department.


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