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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Cincinnati Public Schools believes that students' participation in school-sponsored athletic activities improves academic achievement and should be part of a well-rounded education. CPS offers a variety of athletic activities for grades 7-12.

Advantages of athletic participation: 

  • Supports schools' academic mission, teaching students self-discipline, self-confidence and the skills to handle competitive situations.
  • Increases academic performance and reduces dropout rates.
  • Promotes the values of a positive lifestyle and good citizenship, and helps reduce the effects of negative peer pressure.
  • Reinforces students' positive image of self and school, and minimizes disciplinary problems.

CPS Student-Athlete Code of Conduct


Elementary School (Grades K-6)

Cincinnati Public Schools offers a variety of sport programs to elementary students in grades K-6. Our programming is designed to reach all students through after-school programs, weekend camps/clinics and organized competition. In addition, some K-6 schools offer team competition for their students through outside organizations such as the Soccer Association for Youth (SAY) and the independent Southwest Ohio Basketball League. Check with your child's school for specifics on the extracurricular sports programs available. 

Want to get more involved in the growth of Athletics in our elementary schools? Please contact Brent Langhorne.

Junior High (Grades 7-8)

CPS offers interscholastic competition for grades 7-8 in football, volleyball, cross country, boys' and girls' basketball, wrestling, baseball, and track and field. Annual city championship tournaments are held for basketball and track and field. Contact your child's school for information on the specific programs offered.

Physical Examination and Liability Waiver Forms

More information for middle school athletics:

Eligibility — 2019-20
Concussion Information
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Information
Emergency Medical Authorization Form 

High School (Grades 9-12)

Shroder and Hughes BaseballCPS offers a wide variety of athletic programs at high schools for both boys and girls. Programs range from traditional sports such as football and baseball to the non-traditional sports such as fencing and bowling.
View listing of sports by school.

CPS schools belong to the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference (CMAC), the Eastern Cincinnati Conference (ECC) and the Miami Valley Conference (MVC). Teams compete for both team and individual honors in league-sponsored interscholastic athletic competition throughout the fall, winter and spring sports seasons.

Physical Evaluation Forms (OHSAA Preparticipation) and Liability Waiver Forms

Information about specific programs at each school is available from the school's Athletic Director.

High School Athletic Directors Contact Information — 2019-20

More information on high school athletics:

Eligibility — 2019-20
Concussion Information
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Information
Emergency Medical Authorization Form
Transfer or Non-enrolled (home school/community school) Guide


FinalForms has partnered with CPS to provide online form and data management for Athletics. FinalForms allows parents and students to sign athletic participation forms, saves data from year-to-year, and pre-populates information. 

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Athletics Internship Program

Cincinnati Public Schools is seeking college students interested in intern positions to assist in daily operations within CPS' Athletic Department. College students who are passionate about sports business, marketing and high school athletics and want opportunities to build and expand skills in the sports-administration field may apply online at the link below. This internship offers the unique experience of working directly with CPS' Athletics Manager and the Athletic Directors at our 13 high schools.

CPS Internship Application - for interested college students

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Cincinnati Reds Urban Youth Academy

The Urban Youth Academy (UYA) is a free, year-round baseball and softball training facility for boys and girls ages 5–18 who live primarily in Greater Cincinnati's and Northern Kentucky's urban neighborhoods, sponsored by the Cincinnati Reds.

Visit the academy's blog for up-to-date information, including applications.
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