Due to staffing challenges and rising COVID-19 cases across the region, Cincinnati Public Schools is moving to a five-day per week distance learning model starting Nov. 23.
"Like other essential organizations, the higher level of community spread has a direct impact on staff absenteeism," read a release from CPS Tuesday night. "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."
Superintendent Laura Mitchell recommended the district move classes back online as COVID-19 cases rise in Hamilton County and across Ohio.
"My recommendation is that Nov. 20 would be the last day of in-person instruction for the remainder of this calendar year," Mitchell said during a special CPS Board of Education meeting Tuesday.
Students would return to in person learning after winter break on Jan. 4 if community health data supports the move, according to the release.
Mitchell said during the transition week Nov. 16-20, students would not have virtual learning at their own school and would access work through Schoology.