Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) will remain in the distance learning model districtwide, per a decision made today by the CPS Administration. The decision was made as a result of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement that Hamilton County has returned to a Level 3 (red) status.
Students were scheduled to begin phasing into a blended learning model, which includes in-person learning, over the next two weeks.
"While we are extremely disappointed to have to make this decision, the right choice in this moment is to continue in our distance learning model," said Superintendent Laura Mitchell. "We have said since spring that we would use data to guide decisions, and that the health and safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. As a large urban district, our families are more likely to be negatively impacted by the virus. In addition, with 36,000 students and 6,000 staff, the decisions we make exponentially impact the entire Cincinnati community."
The CPS Board of Education will discuss the current health situation, longer-term recommendations, and athletics at its next meeting, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 5.
CPS' Athletics Department will notify families should there be changes to game schedules this weekend.
The Administration expects to reduce the number of staff members reporting to buildings each day. Employees will receive additional details on reporting expectations.
Parents and guardians can find more information here. They can also call the customer care hotline: (513) 363-0123 or follow CPS' Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.