Parents camp out for weeks to get children enrolled - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Campers brave the elements at several CPS magnet schools

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The weather has been putting a wrench into the campouts at several Cincinnati Public School magnet schools. Parents have been braving the elements for nearly two weeks, and for the most part, mother nature has cooperated.

Between Sunday's storms and last week's snow, the parents camping at the Fairview-Clifton German Language School have stuck it out through everything.

A campfire on the front lawn of the school has become the centerpiece of what's become a small village for these parents trying to get their kids enrolled.

"I had my car all packed up for weeks ahead of time, ready to go. We knew this was coming," said Lynn Warner, a Northside resident who has been camping.

Making the front lawn home for these two weeks is just what these parents say they have to do.  But, is this the best way to get your child into school?

"I don't know if you could say it's a good idea, but it's the best idea there is right now. I don't know that there is a better alternative," Warner added.

There are 21 magnet schools in the CPS school system. At the Fairview-Clifton German Language School, there are 35 open spots, with some going to a lottery. 

That's why people are camping out, despite the school actually discouraging the practice.  

One man who has been relieving his son from his camping duties from time to time says no matter what, this is worth it.

"I came into this pretty skeptical of the process, and whether that time was well-spent, but I think it really establishes a good beginning for that class," said Steve Hoekzema of Fairfield.

Because of that, these people wouldn't let snow or storms force them out either.

"We didn't have to leave. We had to get the tents up just because we didn't want them to blow away. We packed up all the wet tents, and luckily the principal was nice enough to call the superintendent to ask permission for us to stay in the cafeteria," said Bem Itiavkase of College Hill, who is also camping out.

For some, heading home to wait out the storm just wasn't in the cards, either.

"We had some shelter, so it's been, really, not that bad," Warner said.

FOX19 then asked her, "Never an option for you to pack it up and say I'll come back in the morning?"

Warner replied, "Never an option. No. Never."

Magnet schools will start taking applications this Wednesday, November 20.

 Copyright 2013 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Starbucks incident highlights perils of shopping while black

    Starbucks incident highlights perils of shopping while black

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 4:53 PM EDT2018-04-18 20:53:18 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 5:56 AM EDT2018-04-19 09:56:07 GMT
    (Mark Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP). Camille Hymes, center, regional vice president of Mid-Atlantic operations at Starbucks Coffee Company, speaks with Asa Khalif, of Black Lives Matter, right, after protesters entered the coffee shop, Sunda...(Mark Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP). Camille Hymes, center, regional vice president of Mid-Atlantic operations at Starbucks Coffee Company, speaks with Asa Khalif, of Black Lives Matter, right, after protesters entered the coffee shop, Sunda...

    The handcuffed arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks served as a fresh reminder of the perils of "retail racism" that African-Americans and minorities encounter on a regular basis.

    Full Story >

    The handcuffed arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks served as a fresh reminder of the perils of "retail racism" that African-Americans and minorities encounter on a regular basis.

    Full Story >
  • FAA orders fan blade inspections after jet engine explosion

    FAA orders fan blade inspections after jet engine explosion

    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-04-19 05:02:22 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 5:55 AM EDT2018-04-19 09:55:21 GMT
    (NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...(NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...

    The Federal Aviation Administration's announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine's manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work.

    Full Story >

    The Federal Aviation Administration's announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine's manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work.

    Full Story >
  • Southwest Airlines pilot lauded as hero for handling crisis

    Southwest Airlines pilot lauded as hero for handling crisis

    Thursday, April 19 2018 12:52 AM EDT2018-04-19 04:52:13 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 5:37 AM EDT2018-04-19 09:37:02 GMT
    (Thomas P. Milne/U.S. Navy via AP). In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, Lt. Tammie Jo Shults, one of the first women to fly Navy tactical aircraft, poses in front of an F/A-18A with Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 34 in 1992. After lea...(Thomas P. Milne/U.S. Navy via AP). In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, Lt. Tammie Jo Shults, one of the first women to fly Navy tactical aircraft, poses in front of an F/A-18A with Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 34 in 1992. After lea...
    The Southwest Airlines pilot being lauded as a hero in an emergency landing after a passenger was partly blown out of the jet's damaged fuselage is also being hailed for her pioneering role in aviation.Full Story >
    The Southwest Airlines pilot being lauded as a hero in an emergency landing after a passenger was partly blown out of the jet's damaged fuselage is also being hailed for her pioneering role in aviation.Full Story >
Powered by Frankly