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Cincinnati Public Schools staff vaccinations to begin ahead of schedule; Parents concerned as CPS moves to hybrid learning at Walnut Hills

Cincinnati Public Schools staff vaccinations to begin ahead of schedule

Jake Ryle, Felicia Jordan, WCPO |

Cincinnati Public Schools announced on Monday that, because the Cincinnati Health Department has already received the first supply of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for Cincinnati Public Schools employees, staff for the district can begin receiving their shots nine days earlier than previously planned.


‘It’s like a sardine tin there.’ Parents concerned as CPS moves to hybrid learning at Walnut Hills

Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati Enquirer |

Walnut Hills remained closed while the rest of the district moved to a hybrid model in the fall. But last week Supt. Mitchell said Walnut Hills could return if the district follows a 3 feet of social distance criteria, instead of the 6 feet of social distance the rest of the schools are maintaining. 

“Six feet of social distance with the space at Walnut would only allow them to be in class one day a week, in person,” Mitchell said during a Wednesday board meeting. “If we do 3 feet of social distancing, then that would get them to two days in person, and they would be… on schedule with the rest of the district.”

A Change.org petition to keep Evanston-based Walnut Hills virtual for the rest of the school year was created Thursday and had about 3,000 signatures as of Monday afternoon. Current enrollment at the high school, which serves students in grades 7-12, is more than 2,800, according to the school’s website.

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