CPS parents voice concerns about school board’s plan

CPS parents hold protest for safe learning choices for students

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati Public Schools parents and students are expressing their concerns regarding the school board’s plan.

Jenny Spring, a CPS parent, says she wants all students to have a safe learning choice.

The recent back-to-school and distance learning decisions from CPS have weighed heavily on families, Spring explains.

She also adds the plans have not been consistent.

“We haven’t had a consistent plan yet,” Spring said. "Everything is an influx all the time.”

The most recent change happened Wednesday when Spring said Cincinnati Digital Academy (CDA) families received a letter.

A letter was sent to those families explaining their kid’s curriculum would be changing and they will now need to log onto Google Meets daily.

Then, just a few hours later, another letter came, saying CPS is reversing part of their decision to give students some consistency.

“The parents I’m hearing from are livid,” Spring explained.

The initial plan from CPS for students who are choosing remote learning was to have them transfer to the Cincinnati Digital Academy (CDA).

That was a concern for some parents so they started an online petition.

Read More | CPS parents start a petition to keep remote learning an option

CPS Superintendent Laura Mitchell and the rest of the board discussed the plans on Wednesday.

“The week of October the 12th that’s when we will welcome back our fourth through sixth-grade students at the elementary schools. And our ninth through 12th-grade students at the high school,” Mitchell explained. “The recommendation is for Walnut Hills to stay in distance learning. And that really is consistent with the survey of the parents. We had a very high return rate on the survey for Walnut Hills. 60% of the parents say they want to stay in distance learning five days. After next week and the following week and if we can reallocate staff based upon the number of kids who show up to keep kids in their home schools we will do that.”

Mitchell said the board will need to meet overnight to come up with a possible plan for families who don’t want to enroll their kids in the CDA and are not comfortable sending students back to school next week.

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