By Frances Russ
Cincinnati Public Schools
Cincinnati Public Schools’ (CPS) Board of Education last week determined that schools will use a phased-in approach to return to blended learning, beginning the week of February 1. Specific details of this plan will be shared with staff and families at a later date. The return will begin with specialized classrooms and our youngest learners.
In addition, the board agreed to continue to review in-person options for Walnut Hills High School, as well as when it may make sense to return all CPS students to full-time in-person learning later in the school year.
CPS transitioned to a distance-learning model November 23 due to staffing challenges related to the increasing spread of COVID-19 in the community. As CPS returns to blended learning, additional back-up staffing, new CDC guidance that lowers quarantine time for many individuals, and the roll-out of the vaccine to district staff, will assist in addressing these challenges going forward.
In order to ensure that CPS staff is included in Phase 1B vaccinations in early February, the district will sign the “Notice of Intent” commitment form, required by the State of Ohio. This form indicates that the district will return to a learning model that includes some in-person learning by March 1.