Cincinnati Public Schools

Cincinnati Public Schools (screenshot from Jan. 20, 2021 meeting)

Updated, Thursday, 3:52 p.m.

Cincinnati Public Schools on Saturday announced a return to blended learning Feb. 1. The decision was made just days after Hamilton County reached "purple" on Ohio's Public Health Advisory System, which indicates the highest level of spread. During Wednesday's board meeting, teachers voiced concerns about the return and the risk of contracting COVID-19.

Cincinnati Public Schools (screenshot from Jan. 16, 2021 meeting)

Cincinnati Public Schools will use a phased-in approach to return to blended learning starting Feb. 1.

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Cincinnati Public Schools is working with the Cincinnati Health Department to get staff vaccinated for COVID-19. The vaccine is expected to be delivered to the health department in three weeks.

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The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a wrongful death lawsuit against Cincinnati Public Schools can move forward. The case involves 8-year-old Gabriel Taye, who died by suicide in 2017. According to the lawsuit, his suicide was the result of the chronic bullying he suffered at Carson Elementary School. Gabriel’s parents, Cornelia Reynolds and Benyam Taye, sued Cincinnati Public Schools for his wrongful death.

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After a two-year appeal process, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court is allowing a wrongful death suit against Cincinnati Public Schools to move forward.


Following weeks of demands to remove school resource officers from Cincinnati Public Schools, the Young Activists Coalition have created a petition to gauge the community’s response.

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Cincinnati Public School's Board of Education is plotting out a return to blended learning for next semester. CPS switched to distance learning last semester due to a lack of staffing due to COVID-19.

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Cincinnati Public Schools will not return to blended learning on Jan. 4 as previously stated. Instead, the Board of Education will decide once it reviews community COVID-19 data on Jan. 16.

Cincinnati Public Schools (screenshot from Nov. 23, 2020 meeting)

Cincinnati Public Schools has a budget in place for the fiscal year. The budget will give CPS $647 million to work with going forward after having to make changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Students across Cincinnati Public Schools are calling for the removal of police from the school district. During a regular board meeting on Monday, students voiced their requests from home and just outside the building where the meeting took place.

Cincinnati Public Schools (screenshot from Nov. 11, 2020 meeting)

Cincinnati Public Schools will return to remote learning Nov. 23 due to a lack of staff because of COVID-19.

During a special public meeting that lasted over three hours, it was decided that distance learning would be the best option due to increased teacher absences. Students will remain in distance learning until winter break, and then will return to a blended learning model Jan. 4, pending the number of local cases.

CPS To Resume Full Distance Learning

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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.

Cincinnati Public Schools (screenshot from Nov. 4, 2020 meeting)

In-person attendance across Cincinnati Public Schools continues to drop as the semester continues. COVID-19 cases are also rising amongst students and staff.

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Cincinnati Public School students have been attending classes in-person for nearly three weeks now, but attendance is way lower than in previous years.

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More than a week has passed since Cincinnati Public Schools returned to in-person learning through a blended model. Since then, six students have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Ohio's school COVID dashboard shows some alarming numbers when it comes to new cases in the classroom. Half or more than half of total cases in some of Greater Cincinnati's largest school districts are new.

Cincinnati Public Schools (screenshot from Oct. 19, 2020 meeting)

Budget concerns could lead to staff reductions in Cincinnati Public Schools.

COVID-19 has cost the district more than $42 million to date. Now facing a massive budget gap, Treasurer Jennifer Wagner said they may have to reduce their budget by $38 million.

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The state graduation rate for Cincinnati's public high schools has gone up nearly 20% in the last decade. However, Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School's rate has dropped more than 16%.

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Despite rising COVID-19 numbers, public schools in Cincinnati are set to reopen in-person next week. For parents who want a remote option for their kids, a program is already in place.

Cincinnati Public Schools (screenshot from Oct. 5, 2020 meeting)

Cincinnati Public Schools will begin phasing students back to in-person learning on Oct. 12.

Students were originally set to start phasing in this week. However, the delay was brought on due to Hamilton County reaching Level 3 on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System.

Schools across Cincinnati Public were preparing to welcome back students on Monday. But now, COVID-19 has put a halt to those plans.

Cincinnati Public Schools (screenshot from Sept. 30, 2020 meeting)

As schools transition back to in-person learning in Cincinnati, one school won't be able to.

Walnut Hills High School won't be returning to in-person classes next week for two reasons: high enrollment and small classrooms.

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A petition is asking for kids in Cincinnati to be able to remain in their schools for remote learning.

The petition says CPS students have to transfer to the Cincinnati Digital Academy if they want to continue to learn remotely. Jennifer Spring started the petition and said the CDA is not properly staffed for the influx of remote learners.


Students in the Cincinnati Public Schools district are going back to school in-person. The board of education voted Monday night to move to a blended learning model. Under the 1-2-2 model all students will engage in distance learning on Mondays, then half of the students will go to school in-person on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the other half on Thursday and Friday. In-person classes will resume Oct. 5.

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Cincinnati Public Schools will transition to a blended learning model starting Oct. 5.

Under a 1-2-2 model, all students will take part in distance learning on Mondays. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, a group of students will attend classes, followed by a separate group on Thursdays and Fridays.

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During a City Council meeting Tuesday, the City Manager's Office said it wants to partner up with Cincinnati Public Schools in order to promote the Safe and Healthy Schools Program. The program allows for temporary school facilities to operate around the city in order to provide safe in-person instruction. However, Assistant City Manager John Juech said they haven’t heard back from CPS.

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The Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education did not vote on a return to school plan Monday evening, despite a nearly four-and-a-half-hour-long meeting.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has cost Cincinnati Public Schools $35 million to date according to CPS’s CFO and treasurer.

Jennifer Wagner said one of the biggest challenges the district is facing is reduced revenue from the state. She said it’s taking a lot of time and collaboration to balance a budget with this obstacle.


Despite the pandemic affecting school systems nationwide last semester, Cincinnati Public Schools is saying nearly the same number of students took AP tests during the spring 2020 semester compared to the spring 2019 semester.

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During a board meeting for Cincinnati Public Schools on Wednesday, a board member brought forth concerns that roughly 5,000 kids may not have the internet access necessary to complete their remote learning classes.