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Dear Cincinnati Public Schools Parents and Guardians,
 
Today, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that Hamilton County has returned to a Level 3 (red) status. As a result, the Administration decided students will remain in the current distance-learning model districtwide, rather than return to blended learning next week.
 
Please take a moment to watch this video message from the Superintendent. (The video is also at the bottom of this email.) More information about the state’s health status is available here
 
While we are extremely disappointed to have to make this decision, we know it’s the right choice. 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. And, as a district of 36,000 students and 6,000 staff members, the decisions we make exponentially impact the entire Cincinnati community.
 

What does this mean for our students?

In short, learning will continue to look exactly as it does today with students learning from home. Food hubs and health centers will continue to operate on the same schedule as today. We will discuss athletics at the board meeting on Monday. In the meantime, we encourage parents to use their discretion about their child’s participation. CPS’ Athletics Department will notify families should there be changes to games schedules this weekend.
 
We know that our parents have requested consistency and have questions about how much longer we will remain in distance learning. Our Board of Education will discuss the current health situation, longer-term recommendations, and athletics during its next meeting, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 5. 

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we continue to help prepare students for life. 
 
Sincerely,

Laura Mitchell
Watch a video message from Superintendent Laura Mitchell
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