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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.

Parents and other caregivers of children who are learning at home while schools are closed – even for part of the week – can receive weekly cash benefits, regardless of whether they would normally qualify for unemployment.

That’s according to guidance released at the end of August from the U.S. Department of Labor about who is eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). The program, part of the federal government’s COVID-19 relief plan, is aimed at those affected by the virus who are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits. 

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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.

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Working parents face some tough decisions when it comes to remote learning for their kids. Some are opting to pay for at-home programs that provide a teacher to assist in virtual school sessions.

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According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 46,200 students in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have no internet service at home. As more schools start the year remote due to the coronavirus pandemic, a pilot program is working to change that.

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As businesses around the world begin to bring back employees, there are now new challenges beyond mask wearing and securing hand sanitizer. Companies are having to implement varying work schedules because of the need for employees to be home to supervise their kids during remote learning.

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Districts around the country are announcing their back-to-school plans, and in the age of coronavirus, many include remote learning. For some teachers and students, at-home learning didn't go very well this spring after the pandemic forced them to stay at home. How are districts looking to improve, and what can they do differently?