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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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Bullying and Sexting

Bullying can happen in many forms: verbal, written, physical, graphic, electronic or cyber.

If you are being bullied, tell a trusted adult. The staff at Cincinnati Public Schools will assist students and parents who come forward with bullying issues. We want our students to be safe and focused on learning.

“Sexting” means sending a sexually explicit photograph over a cell phone or e-mail.

  • It is a crime to create, send or possess sexually explicit photos of a minor (even if the photo is of you, or if it is sent to your boyfriend or girlfriend).

When sending texts or e-mails, or surfing the Internet, remember …

  • Don’t assume that what is being sent is private.
  • There is no changing your mind. Once you send something, it is sent.
  • Think of how the recipient will react to the message.
  • Nothing is truly anonymous in the cyberspace world.
  • Resist pressure to do anything that makes you uncomfortable.
  • Never respond to a threatening or obscene message.
  • Never meet with someone you know only online.

What could happen if you are caught sexting:

Sending Images:

  • Felony of the Second Degree
  • 2 – 8 years in prison and possible $15,000 fine

Possessing Images:

  • Felony of the Fifth Degree
  • 6 – 12 months in prison and possible $2,500 fine
  • You could be labeled as a Tier II Sex Offender, which means you would have to register with the Sheriff’s Office for the next 25 years; you would be banned from certain jobs and places to live; your name would be posted on Web sites; and you would have to inform your employer and school.
  • Consequences for juveniles can vary. Anyone over the age of 14 can be charged as an adult.

What if you receive an inappropriate image or text?

Tell parents or school officials immediately. Pictures can be traced to the phone of origin, even if the original has been erased. School officials may be required to inform the Department of Children’s Services and/or the Sheriff’s Office, depending on the circumstances.

For assistance, contact CPS’ Customer Care Center: (513) 363-0123

Cincinnati Public Schools is committed to promoting a safe school environment

CPS Board Policy No. 5517.01, Bullying and Other Forms of Aggressive Behavior

CPS Reported Incidents of Bullying

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