CPS Board of Ed. approves plan returning students to classroom

CPS to move to blended learning in October
Updated: Sep. 21, 2020 at 7:29 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati Public School District students will see the inside of a classroom in 2020 after all.

The district’s board of education voted Monday evening 6-1 to pursue a 1/2/2 blended learning model. Students will learn remotely on Mondays, with the other four days split two days each among two groups comprising all students. Group ‘A’ will have in-person learning Tuesdays and Wednesdays; group ‘B’ will have in-person learning Thursdays and Fridays.

Beginning Oct. 5, preschool and specialized classes will resume at 50-percent capacity. On Oct. 12, they will move to 100 percent, and kindergarten through second grade and grades seven and eight will resume with the 1/2/2 plan.

On Oct. 19, the remaining grades will start the same plan.

CPS students will return to school in a phased approach
CPS students will return to school in a phased approach(Cincinnati Public Schools)

Walnut Hills High School is excluded from the plan, according to district officials, because the school is unable to divide its students into two groups. The district is currently working on another plan that will be specific to the school.

Parents and guardians are able to enroll students in a full-time digital learning option should they wish to continue remote learning, the district says.

The new plan comes nearly six weeks after the board voted to begin the school year remotely. At the time, the board proposed a tentative Sept. 28 start date pending a review of community health data.

Per the Ohio Department of Health, Cincinnati currently reports an average of 35 new cases per day, or 11 new cases per 100,000 residents. It reports fewer than one new hospitalization per day and fewer than one new death per day.

Nineteen people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the city.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 105 COVID-19-related deaths have been reported city-wide.

Of the city’s 5,523 cases reported since March, 62 percent are people below the age of 40.

The city’s positivity rate is at 3 percent.

“We appreciate the work of the community to help lower our transmission and positivity rates in the last several weeks,” Superintendent Laura Mitchell said in a statement. “Our team is committed to providing the safest possible environment in our schools, and we will continue to regularly review the data. Agility and flexibility continue to be crucial as the health situation evolves.”

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