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Cincinnati Public Schools to host virtual orientation, device pickups this week

CPS back to school starts Aug. 31
Posted at 7:35 AM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 07:54:20-04

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Public Schools students and parents will spend the week preparing for a virtual back-to-school day next Monday.

CPS officials pushed the start date back one week, to Aug. 31, so that each individual school could host online orientation and parents can pick up electronic devices.

Emily Campbell, director of Curriculum and Instruction, said school officials have spent months preparing for the fall.

“The spring was about reaction to a worldwide pandemic and the fall is about preparedness,” Campbell said. “We did a lot of work listening in parent focus groups, family focus groups.”

The district had originally planned to implement a blended learning plan, but that has since changed and all classes will be online.

Schools will use Schoology, which will have all of the links and assignments in one place. The grading system will remain the same this year.

Campbell said the schools will try to make the virtual classes reflect what would happen during in-person classes.

“We will be there to make sure that kids have access — all kids have access — to the high quality curriculum that they would have gotten had it been face to face,” Campbell said.

Several school districts started class Monday, including Mason City School District, Hamilton City Schools, Fairfield, Norwood, Kenton County, Clermont Northeastern Schools, Goshen Local Schools and Williamsburg Local School District.

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