The Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) Board of Education determined this evening at a special public meeting to shift to a five-day per week distance-learning model for all students, effective Monday, November 23. Students will remain in distance-learning through winter break, returning to a blended model Monday, January 4, pending an improvement in community health data that has resulted in staffing challenges across CPS.
This decision was made primarily due to rising COVID-19 cases throughout Greater Cincinnati, which has resulted in staffing challenges across CPS. Like other essential organizations, the higher level of community spread has a direct impact on staff absenteeism. Teachers and staff must stay home when sick, when in quarantine as a result of a close contact, or as needed to take care of family members.
CPS has adhered to CDC guidelines and partnered with organizations such as Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to help keep schools safe for students during the pandemic.
The CPS Administration encourages the community to wear masks and to practice good hand hygiene and social distancing to help lower the spread of COVID-19.
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.