Cincinnati Public Schools shift two schools to remote learning due to staff shortages

Published: Jan. 5, 2022 at 2:57 PM EST
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Cincinnati Public Schools is shifting two of its schoolsto remote learning starting Thursday due to staffing shortages related to the increasing spread of COVID-19, the district announced.

Language Enrichment and Academic Proficiency (LEAP) and Academy of World Languages (AWL) students will be in remote learning from Thursday through Jan. 10, according to a statement from CPS.

Those schools will return to in-person learning on Jan. 11.

For some CPS parents, the move brings to mind the pandemic-related interruptions of the last school year.

“It’s a little triggering,” said Monica Betomakita.

Erin Upp, another CPS parent, appreciates CPS’ school-by-school policy but says she’s worried her kid’s school could go remote at a moment’s notice.

“It’s just so anxiety-inducing,” she said. “Our kids have shouldered the burden of this, month after month after month.”

Betomakita has two daughters at Parker Woods Montessori. She says one adapted to remote learning but the other’s mental health suffered as a result.

“It just did not work out at all,” she said. “It was really hard, and we ended up having to pull her out of school because of it.”

Betomakita brought her daughter back to CPS thinking they would finally be back to classroom learning.

“I’m really worried about what’s going to happen to her,” she said.

Earlier this week, nearly 400 CPS employees were out with a positive COVID test.

The Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education on Monday tabled an administration plan that would have started 2022 with remote learning.

Board members debated the remote learning plan for nearly two hours at a meeting Monday night.

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CPS says they will continue to make decisions about remote learning on a school-by-school basis.

Some LEAP parents who talked with FOX19 NOW on Wednesday said while they understand the decision to switch to remote learning, they wish CPS would have made the decision sooner rather than a day before the switch.

The next board meeting is on Jan. 10 and CPS says they will have an update on staffing, COVID-19 cases, and school closures then.

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