CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Public Schools head back to class and as the 2014-15 school year begins, there will be some noticeable changes.
This year, METRO and CPS worked together to eliminate the extra bus fare that was required for older students.
In an effort to boost attendance and help families, the .50 cents is no longer necessary.
All students will need is the XTRA service smart card, which they will receive on the first day of school. This applies to CPS students, charter and non-public school within district boundaries who are transporters by METRO buses.
Schools will also now count the school year by hours and not days. Half-day kindergarten students will attend 455 hours, all-day kindergarten and grades first through sixth will attend 910 hours, and seventh through twelfth will acquire 1,001 hours.
This is said to make the schedule more flexible in making up unplanned changes to the calendar.
Also new is the My Tomorrow Initiative. The initiative is rooted in the district's 2020 Vision that, in six years, a full 100 percent of CPS 7th graders will graduate ready to pursue their chosen career paths.
It's an online portal for students, parents, and stakeholders in the program. It's based on eight principles that hope to better prepare students for college and the workforce. Those principles are higher expectations, engagement, collaboration, real-world connections, technology, social-emotional learning, critical thinking, and creativity.