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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Pyramid of Intervention

Proven Framework Helps Students Succeed in Academics, Behavior

Cincinnati Public Schools' Pyramid of Interventions — a three-tiered model, or framework, of instruction and intervention — is nationally recognized and grounded in research and best practices.

Launched in January 2007, the Pyramid of Interventions empowers staff to serve the district's diverse student population in a more systematic, data-driven, prevention-focused and collaborative way than ever before.

Parent Guide to the Pyramid of Interventions

Although called a "pyramid," CPS sometimes uses a cone shape to illustrate the Pyramid of Interventions, because it has a round pie-piece base made up of six components that best demonstrates the CPS model. More about the Pyramid Explanation:

Principals report good things happening with the Pyramid's use — such as seeing better student behavior in cafeterias, more children succeeding in general-education classes, and improved school rankings on the Ohio Report Card. 

Integrating Academic and Behavioral Needs

The Pyramid of Interventions - a name coined by CPS - began as a way to approach students' academic needs and behavioral needs in an integrated way. Traditionally, educators have addressed these two areas separately.

In 2005, the Ohio Department of Education was launching and evaluating a program called the Ohio Integrated Systems Model (OISM), based on a three-tiered intervention model endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education. Its integrated approach was exactly what was sought, and, with some adaptation by CPS, became CPS' Pyramid of Interventions.

Three Levels of Support

The three tiers represent progressive levels of support — Schoolwide, Targeted and Intensive. Research shows that strong schoolwide instruction — the largest tier — leads to success academically and behaviorally for 80-90 percent of students. The targeted tier provides strategies for helping students who still are struggling, about 5 to 10 percent of students.  Strong initiatives at the Schoolwide and Targeted tiers greatly reduce the number of students needing the Intensive tier, about 1 to 5 percent.

The Pyramin becomes the framework within which all district-sanctioned initiatives fit for every student, with prevention programs to sustain performance for students who are doing well, and identification methods and successive levels of intervention for students needing more support — all while complementing and supporting existing programs.

Research suggests the three-tiered model helps make possible CPS' vision of providing high-quality learning opportunities for all students. Additional information on research and staff support.

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