Parents react to CPS decision to move to blended learning

We’re hearing from a lot of unhappy parents as Cincinnati Public Schools prepares to move to blended learning.Thousands of families are still processing what this means for them. Gina Brenner is the mother of four CPS students.She’s not satisfied with the model adopted by the district. “I understand the appeal of getting kids back in school, but a blended model is a halfway answer that is actually going to cause more problems than it solves, I think,” said Brenner.Brenner is immunocompromised. She feels staying with remote learning is what makes sense for the most people.She also has many questions about the 1-2-2 model.”Who’s going to be teaching the kids that are at home when the cohort A is in class and cohort B is doing online learning?” she asked.Students will go from seeing a teacher five days a week with remote learning, to three days of teacher-led instruction each week.One day when everyone is at home, then two days in class.While one group is in school those two days, the other group is working at home on their own. “We have a remote option up and running. Why do we want to do the transition when we’re probably going to have to do the transition again when the numbers go up?” Brenner asked.Julie Sellers represents teachers in the district.”All along I’ve said there needs to be options in every school for teachers and students who don’t feel like, due to their health, they can be participating in person,” she said.But the option for those who don’t choose the blended models it the digital academy.That means no classroom teacher at all.So while Brenner is leaning toward sending her kids to school, she knows it’s a risk in more ways than one. “I don’t know what’s going to happen to kids who are exposed and have to be home for two weeks at a time and are they going to be falling behind because they aren’t in class,” she said.CPS is hosting several virtual town halls for parents starting tonight at 6 p.m.There’s another Wednesday at 4 p.m. and a town hall for non-English speaking families at 5 p.m. Thursday.Walnut Hills High School students are not included in this model.Superintendent Laura Mitchell said there are too many students to be divided into two groups.A spokeswoman for the district said they are still working on options for those students.

We’re hearing from a lot of unhappy parents as Cincinnati Public Schools prepares to move to blended learning.

Thousands of families are still processing what this means for them.

Gina Brenner is the mother of four CPS students.

She’s not satisfied with the model adopted by the district.

“I understand the appeal of getting kids back in school, but a blended model is a halfway answer that is actually going to cause more problems than it solves, I think,” said Brenner.

Brenner is immunocompromised.

She feels staying with remote learning is what makes sense for the most people.

She also has many questions about the 1-2-2 model.

“Who’s going to be teaching the kids that are at home when the cohort A is in class and cohort B is doing online learning?” she asked.

Students will go from seeing a teacher five days a week with remote learning, to three days of teacher-led instruction each week.

One day when everyone is at home, then two days in class.

While one group is in school those two days, the other group is working at home on their own.

“We have a remote option up and running. Why do we want to do the transition when we’re probably going to have to do the transition again when the numbers go up?” Brenner asked.

Julie Sellers represents teachers in the district.

“All along I’ve said there needs to be options in every school for teachers and students who don’t feel like, due to their health, they can be participating in person,” she said.

But the option for those who don’t choose the blended models it the digital academy.

That means no classroom teacher at all.

So while Brenner is leaning toward sending her kids to school, she knows it’s a risk in more ways than one.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen to kids who are exposed and have to be home for two weeks at a time and are they going to be falling behind because they aren’t in class,” she said.

CPS is hosting several virtual town halls for parents starting tonight at 6 p.m.

There’s another Wednesday at 4 p.m. and a town hall for non-English speaking families at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Walnut Hills High School students are not included in this model.

Superintendent Laura Mitchell said there are too many students to be divided into two groups.

A spokeswoman for the district said they are still working on options for those students.

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