Cincinnati Public Schools

Dear CPS Community,

Thank you for your guidance and feedback as we prepare for a return to school in the fall. We began planning in April, and we are grateful for the outpouring of questions, perspectives and ideas that have been shared in the last several weeks and months.

We heard you through participation in planning committees, focus groups and our survey of more than 6,200 employees, parents, students and community members. We have seen record-breaking participation in recent board meetings.

Earlier today, the CPS Board of Education approved a go-forward plan that we believe provides the best balance of safety and academic success for our students. This plan will return students to in-person instruction 2–3 days per week. Because no plan that includes classroom instruction is completely without health risk, we encourage families for whom in-person instruction does not make sense to explore our Cincinnati Digital Academy for the 2020–2021 school year.

Future of Schools Plan

Our guiding principles — safety and health, as much in-person learning as possible, equity, data-driven decision making and fiscal responsibility — remain at the forefront of our planning process.

Our return to school plan includes three important components:

1. Blended Learning

This model includes dividing our students into two groups in order to maintain the CDC's recommended six-feet of social distancing. Each group will receive a minimum of two-days per week in class (Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday) and will alternate attending in-person on Wednesdays. On days that students are not in the classroom, they will utilize remote learning. Students will stay in their schools, and will not spread across other buildings or community spaces.

2. Cincinnati Digital Academy

For parents and guardians concerned about their family’s or their student’s health in an in-person school environment, a full-time digital learning option is available. Our Cincinnati Digital Academy offers a K–12 curriculum which includes both virtual time with teachers and digital classroom lessons.

We are glad to have this option already in our portfolio of choices for our CPS families, as many districts are working to quickly launch a fully online option. We are spending the summer enhancing the curriculum and ensuring that we are prepared for a potential increase in enrollment.

Importantly, students who enroll in Cincinnati Digital Academy for the upcoming academic year will be able retain their position in their current CPS school for the following year. Families can also make this choice on a semester-by-semester basis. We encourage families who are interested in an existing, accredited fully-remote option to explore our Digital Academy.

If you’re considering this option, please complete our interest form and a Cincinnati Digital Academy representative will contact you.

3. The ability to quickly flex to remote learning.

Throughout both the summer and academic year, we will continue to follow guidance from Governor DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Board of Education and the Hamilton County Health Department regarding the overall health and transmission risk within our state and the community. We are prepared to transition to a completely remote environment should that be necessary.

It’s important to note that current CDC guidance recommends schools close for two to five days for deep cleaning and monitoring of symptoms in the event of a confirmed case. Although we are currently making final decisions about when and for how long schools might close in the event of an outbreak, we all need to be prepared to make this transition quickly and smoothly.

We learned a lot during the state closure, and we also received feedback from parents and staff about how to improve the experience. As a result, remote learning will look much different than it did in the spring, including:

  • Detailed requirements in place to ensure a consistent remote learning experience,
  • Clear communication for students and families,
  • Access to technology and Wi-Fi, and
  • More robust paper packets connected to specific curriculum.

Health and Safety Protocols

We understand any return-to-school plan presents risks. For this reason, we are partnering with Cincinnati Children's Hospital to develop health and safety protocols that help protect our employees, students and families as much as possible.

These processes will be based on guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and any state direction that is provided in the next several weeks. We will be able to share specifics later this summer, and expect these protocols to include:

  • Rigorous prevention techniques, including at-home and in-school health assessments, temperature checks, and staff and student mask-wearing; and
  • Quick decision, communication, and, as necessary, isolation protocols in response to confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Access to Technology

Regardless of whether we are in-class or learning remotely, technology and internet access are essential tools for our students. Digital disparities between households is one of the greatest sources of inequity in our district. This is why we are expanding our 1:1 device program, and children grades 2–12 will have a take-home device that is safe and includes the tools needed to work from home.

In addition, we are incredibly grateful to be a part of the Cincinnati Bell "Connect Our Students" program, with support from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and other partners. This program will give all CPS students free access to Wi-Fi, and is currently in a pilot phase through July with five of our schools, Rockdale Academy, South Avondale School, Hays-Porter Elementary School, Roberts Academy and Fairview-Clifton German Language School. We expect to be able to launch the full program prior to the start of school.

Please visit our website for more details.

Please Update Your Contact Information

One of the most critical steps you can take today is to ensure your home address, phone and email are updated. Please call your school office; or Customer Care at (513) 363-0123 or email Customer Care to do so. This information is necessary to ensure all families receive updates this summer, including confirming eligibility for free internet connectivity, a survey about whether or not you intend to return your child to an in-person classroom, important by-school details and safety protocols, and transportation.

Upcoming Key Dates

Launch of Cincinnati Bell 5-school pilot programCincinnati Bell Wi-Fi connectivity program
Parents and guardians update contact information for future communicationsEmployee Return-to-School meeting
Survey for parents to understand plans to return children to schoolState of the Schools, including details about returning to school
Employee meetingsTechnology and safety workshops for parents
Safety protocols finalized in partnership with Cincinnati Children's HospitalTechnology and safety workshops for students
Detailed planning by school 
Devices distributed to students without technology 
Enrollment deadline of July 17 to help ensure transportation for those who qualify 

Summer Communication Timeline

The Future is Now

While the 2020–2021 school year will be different, it creates new opportunities for us to be more innovative and flexible than ever. And through it all, our commitment will remain the same, preparing our students for life through academic achievement, personal well-being and career readiness. We will come out of this together stronger and better than ever. Thank you for your support along the way.


Laura Mitchell

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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


Virtual Athletics Plan 

CPS COVID-19 Athletics Update

Updates from CPS Athletics on our Virtual Athletics Plan, Fall Sports Student-Athlete Eligibility, College Athletics, & OHSAA.

CPS Athletics Virtual Resource Center

The Student-Athlete Virtual Resource Center is a web page designed to provide important information and resources for CPS student-athletes.

Cincinnati Public Schools COVID-19 College Athletics Eligibility Update

Important information about collegiate athletic eligibility (NCAA, NJCAA, NAIA) and how the current alternative learning impacts our student athletes.

CPS Athletics YouTube Channel

Our YouTube channel will host weekly work-outs, videos from doctors and Athletic Trainers, We Care videos from our coaches and more. Our channel als has content from previous districtwide/CMAC special events, Athlete of the Month presentations and more! This channel will be updated with new videos and content/resources on a daily basis!

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 — 2020-21
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 — 2020-21

More information on high school athletics:

Eligibility — 2020-21
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.

Final Forms Parent Playbook
Final Forms Login Page

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 14 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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