CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Public Schools is working to help the students formerly enrolled in the Electric Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT).
According to the ECOT Ohio website, the school closed on Thursday after the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West voted against their appeal at their board meeting.
ECOT taught roughly 12,000 Ohio students. Many parents and students chose ECOT due to adversity such as illness, disabilities, or bullying that made the traditional school environment challenging for them.
Public school districts now have to accept any returning local ECOT students. However, many parents say they're looking into Ohio's other virtual schools or considering homeschooling instead.
For those looking to return, CPS announced that it's holding six orientation/ enrollment sessions for former ECOT students and their parents. The first session began Tuesday morning.
- Thursday, Jan. 25
- 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Interactive Learning Center, Education Center
- Saturday, Jan. 27
- 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mayerson Academy Ballroom
- Tuesday, Jan. 30
- 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mayerson Room 110
- Thursday, Feb. 1
- 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mayerson Room 112
- Thursday, Feb. 1
- 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mayerson Academy Ballroom
Parents choosing to begin schooling with CPS can find the list of required documents they will need for enrollment at www.cps-k12.org/enroll
The Education Center and Mayerson Academy are both located at 2651 Burnet Avenue. Parents can find more information through the CPS ECOT Hotline at 513-363-0570.
The Cincinnati Digital Academy, which is the alternative to ECOT that CPS is offering, provides:
- Free, high-quality desktop computers, with Internet access (for in-district students only), and technical support
- Online access to textbooks, science labs and other supplemental materials
- French and Spanish foreign-language courses
- An array of fine arts and elective courses
- Enrichment opportunities
- Access to sports teams at some CPS high schools