How CPS students will return to school beginning Feb. 1

How CPS students will return to school beginning Feb. 1

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati Public School students will return to schools Feb. 1 with the same blended learning schedule as the fall, CPS announced Wednesday night.

The CPS Board voted 6-1 to reaffirm the decision to return to blended learning.

Most students will attend in-person classes two days per week and remotely two days per week, the district says. All CPS students will continue with distance learning on Mondays.

An option for remote instruction from the students’ respective schools will not be available due to staffing and technology constraints, the district says. Families that want to remain in full distance learning may enroll in the Cincinnati Digital Academy.

A plan for Walnut Hills, which faces more restrictive spacial constraints, is forthcoming.

Parents and guardians can find more information by visiting

A statement from CPS Board President Carolyn Jones reads in part:

“Based on the advice of our health partners, the incredible job the CPS team has done implementing health and safety protocols, the very low level of transmission of the virus within our buildings, and the rollout of the vaccine to CPS staff, the majority of the board believes that it is safe to begin a slow, methodical, phased-in return to blended learning during the month of February. Those families who prefer distance learning continue to have the option of Cincinnati Digital Academy.

“Staffing challenges were the primary reason for a migration to distance learning in November. A combination of increased staffing, a shorter quarantine period, and the vaccine will help address these issues. Our stance that school is one of the safest places for our students to be has not wavered.

“We are equally committed to continuing to follow the protocols that keep our buildings among the safest places for our staff, and providing leave options for those who are deemed high risk. The vaccine will make a critical difference in how we move forward. CPS has been one of the strongest advocates for schools to be some of the earliest recipients. As recently as today, Governor DeWine spoke with Superintendent Mitchell and committed to distribute vaccines to all staff who want them as quickly as possible, perhaps even accelerating the timeline.”

The full schedule is as follows:

The week of February 1 - Grades PK-3 and Specialized Classrooms

  • Monday: All students distance
  • Tuesday-Friday: Specialized Classrooms & Preschool in person
  • Tuesday/Wednesday: K-3 Group A in person
  • Thursday/Friday: K-3 Group B in person

The week of February 15 ­- Grades 4-6 and 9-12 return

  • Monday: All students distance
  • Tuesday/Wednesday: 4-6 and 9-12 Group A in person
  • Thursday/Friday: 4-6 and 9-12 Group B in person

The week of March 1 - Grades 7-8 return

  • Monday: All students distance
  • Tuesday/Wednesday: 7-8 Group A in personThursday/Friday: 7-8 Group B in person

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