Cincinnati Public Schools is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, with the Cincinnati Health Department, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Interact for Health and other community partners. Together, we are creating a responsive approach to reopening our schools in a safe and healthful manner.
The safety of our employees and students is of the utmost importance. We have created an Employee COVID-19 Guide to highlight key elements of our plan to help ensure that our safety protocols are communicated, understood and followed.
Information in this Guide is current as of August 5, 2020. We will update as needed based on local, state and federal guidance.
Please take the time to read through this Guide.
- Staff Daily Safety Reporting Form
- Reporting Process for Confirmed COVID Cases
- Back-to-School Update Letter to CPS Staff
- Employee Frequently Asked Questions
- Mandatory COVID-19 Testing for CPS Employees
- Employee Town Hall Meetings
- Follow updates
Cloth Face Coverings
According to Board Policy 5321, all persons entering inside a school or building owned or controlled by the district are required to wear a facial covering over the individual's nose and mouth (mask). The requirement to wear a mask applies to all students and staff, and all other persons entering district schools or buildings. The requirement applies even when students are sitting at their desks in the classroom — administrators and teachers should develop opportunities for students to safely take mask breaks periodically throughout the school day.
- Governor DeWine Issues Statewide Mask Order, Travel Warning
- Memo from Legal Counsel on Personal Travel During COVID-19
- ODH Travel updates
- CDC Travel updates
If a CPS employee becomes ill with COVID-19-related symptoms:
CPS' Environmental Health and Safety Office is providing guidance and protocols for supervisors and employees about reporting COVID-19-related illness and returning to work. The information is based on guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control, and the Ohio and Cincinnati health departments.
Employees must be signed in to their CPS Google accounts to access these required documents.
- Supervisor Procedures for Employee Reporting Sick or Exposure (COVID-19 related)
- Employee Reporting Sick - Return To Work Instructions (absence related to COVID-19)
- Confirmed Case Protocol
Medical Plan FAQs
- Leave Options Related to COVID-19 — Updated September 16, 2020
Information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave, and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
These provisions apply from April 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020.
- Read about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- Request leave through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
For Supervisors — Recording Employee Time for FFCRA
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) assists employees who are impacted by COVID-19. The FFCRA includes two forms of paid leave for employees who are unable to work due to a COVID-19 related reason. The time for CPS employees who are unable to work due to a COVID-19 related reason, and have been approved for a FFCRA leave through the Benefits Section, will fall under one of the following two leave types:
- FFCRA — Other (Expanded Family and Medical Leave): Expands the federal Family and Medical Leave Act to provide leave for employees who are unable to work, including work-from-home, as a result of having to care for a minor child due to a COVID-19 related closure of a school or childcare center.
- FFCRA — Self (Emergency Paid Sick Leave): Provides up to 80 hours of paid sick leave for employees for employees who are unable to work, including work from home, due to COVID-19 related reasons.