Navigating Back to School — October 2020

October 7, 2020

Distance Learning Commitment Form

CPS understand that some families prefer to continue in a distance-learning model based from their current schools, and CPS is working toward making that happen.

The first step is to see how many parents are interested in this option. Schools have sent home to parents and guardians a Distance Learning Commitment Form, where CPS asks parents interested in this option to commit by Friday, October 9, 2020.

If you have not received the Distance Learning Commitment Form, please reach out to your school.

Please note that this option will require a minimum level of participation by families (8,750 students), and may result in a change in teachers for your child.  Students who sign up for this option while CPS is  making a final determination on feasibility will attend Google Meet sessions with their current classes on Monday and access Schoology lessons Tuesday through Friday.

Access our distance-learning site for additional resources.


Cincinnati Public Schools' Transportation Department has a simple and easy-to-remember phone number: (513) 363-RIDE

Call 363-RIDE between 6 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday through Friday, when schools are in session.

In addition to convenience, CPS uses the new phone number as an accountability tool to monitor the customer service quality of its vendors.

Special Saturday Call-in Session:  8 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday, October 10 — CPS' Transportation Call Center will be available to answer questions  about bus route or other transportation issues; call (513) 363-RIDE.

By dialing 363-RIDE, parents can connect with CPS' yellow-bus vendors, Metro bus (for high school students) and the CPS Transportation Department.

Callers are prompted to select Option 1 to reach the transportation vendors or Option 2 to contact the CPS Transportation Department.

If selecting Option 1 for transportation vendors, the message takes callers to the following prompts:

  • Option 1 — ALC Schools
  • Option 2 — First Student
  • Option 3 — Metro Bus
  • Option 4 — Petermann
  • Option 5 — Queen City
  • Option 6 — UTS (Universal Transportation Systems)

Group A and Group B Blended-Learning Schedules

Parents received their children's Blended Learning Group A or Group B designation via email. It also is available in the student's PowerSchool account.

Group A and Group B for Blended Learning determines which days a child comes to school for in-person learning and which days the child studies at home.

All children living in the same household were put in the same group, if possible with space available.

Parents may request a group change, if necessary, at the child's school.

Parents can find their child's Group A or Group B designation and schedule in PowerSchool (see illustration).

example of where to find group in PowerSchoolFor additional questions about your child's A or B schedule, please reach out to the school.

Walnut Hills High School

Walnut Hills High School is continuing with five days per week in distance learning at home, due to safety concerns associated with the school’s large enrollment and small classroom sizes inside the Walnut Hills building (which makes it difficult to keep students safely 6 feet apart.)


CPS will continue to distribute meals at no charge to enrolled students.

Breakfast will be served from kiosks as students arrive for each in-school day. Lunch will be delivered to and eaten in the classrooms. Meals will be served only to CPS-enrolled students who are in attendance that day.

As students leave the buildings on Wednesdays and Fridays, we will offer them meal packs containing three breakfasts and three lunches, plus four weekend snack packs.

Elementary schools in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant Program will receive additional fresh produce in their meal packs.

Students enrolled in Walnut Hills High School, Virtual High School and Cincinnati Digital Academy will pick up their five-day meal packs on Wednesdays from 1–2:30 p.m. at the schools. These meal packs will have five breakfasts and five lunches plus four weekend snack packs.

Our community collaborators also will be at each school to provide additional nutrition for families and children age 18 and under.

At Virtual/CDA and Walnut hills, UMCFood will distribute seven-day supper/snack packs; LaSoupe will distribute family-style meal kits, and the Freestore Foodbank will hand out produce boxes.

At the Virtual High/Cincinnati Digital and Walnut Hills campuses only, any child age 18 and under may pick up a meal pack.

Students staying in distance learning at their enrolled schools may go to the Virtual High School or Walnut Hills High School campuses to pick up meals. After October 14, these students cannot go to their home school buildings to pick up meals.


Cincinnati Public Schools has created a detailed District Safety Plan for School Reopening to maintain a healthy environment for students and staff.

Health and safety protocols are in place at every CPS school and office, and are based on guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Safety Plan focuses on areas such as scheduling students for in-school and remote learning; behaviors to reduce the spread of COVID-19; staff training; and preparing for when someone gets sick.

Read the District Safety Plan for School Reopening here.