CPS to Welcome Students Back to Classrooms Next Week

September 30, 2020

Most Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) students will begin phasing into a blended model, which includes in-person learning, over the next two weeks. Walnut Hills High School will continue with five days of distance learning due to safety considerations regarding the school's high enrollment and smaller classroom sizes, per a decision made today by the CPS Board of Education.

This decision is in-line with CPS' Guiding Principles regarding the return to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with safety as the primary driving factor. CPS' Guiding Principles are:

  • Following health and safety guidance
  • As much in person classroom time as possible
  • Equity continues to be a strategic priority
  • We will use data to guide decision making
  • Continued fiscal responsibility

"Our goal has always been to safely return to in-person learning, and we are excited to welcome students back to our buildings beginning next week," said Superintendent Laura Mitchell. "As a district of 36,000 students and buildings of various sizes and capacities, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. We continue to provide our families with choice, and depending on interest, staffing, and infrastructure considerations, we may be able to offer a distance learning option that would allow students to remain in their home schools. Enrollment in Cincinnati Digital Academy also remains open."

CPS will utilize a phased-in approach beginning next week, with most students resuming in the blended model, with the exception of Walnut Hills students, by October 12. The schedule is available on the CPS website.

With the exception of preschool and Walnut Hills, most students will be divided into A and B groups. They will attend school in person two days a week. Group A will report to school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Group B Thursdays and Fridays. The remaining days are designated for distance learning, with all students learning from home on Mondays.

Preschoolers and specialized classrooms will return to school four days a week.

Cincinnati Digital Academy (CDA) is open for enrollment, and the administration is also considering an additional option that would allow for distance learning from a student’s current school. CPS will be able to communicate more information this week to parents who are not comfortable returning their children to school, but who also do not want to commit to CDA in the event the school-based distance option becomes available.

CPS is committed to following all CDC and state guidelines and has established schoolwide standard COVID-19 policies.

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.