Get Involved

Families are Embraced

By staying engaged in your child's progress or volunteering your time and talents, you are helping to support and strengthen our community, teaching our children the value of giving back, and modeling personal growth and how one contributes to community and society. Learn more about how to get involved with CPS schools.

Clifton Area Neighborhood School Advisory Group

The Clifton Area Neighborhood School is led, in part, by the CANS Advisory Group & the PTO, a coalition of volunteers committed to the new school’s success. We are looking for parents of potential new students and community members who are motivated to make the Clifton Area Neighborhood School one of the top schools in the region. 

To get involved, please contact the CANS Advisory Group via email.

Family Involvement

Families can begin encouraging the education of their children by showing that they truly value education and respect the staff at their student's school.

Some of the ways that parents, caregivers and grandparents can become involved are:

  • Helping your child with homework, especially reading together
  • Joining committees that help decide school issues (LSDMC, ILT, PTO)
  • Giving time to the school, classroom or library

Committees

Local School Decision Making Committee (LSDMC)

The LSDMC is the primary governing body for each school in the district. This committee gives insight and input into important decisions that greatly impact students' lives and shape their educational experiences.

The function of the LSDMC includes:

  • Adopting bylaws, including the school's mission and vision
  • Setting measurable goals, based on a needs assessment
  • Completing a mid-year and end-of-year progress report
  • Making recommendations and approving the school budget
  • Participating in the selection of the principal, when a vacancy exists
  • Approving locally initiated changes in the school's program or focus
  • Making recommendations to the principal regarding other school issues
  • Seeking grants to support the school's programs (optional)
  • Coordinating and overseeing the development of the school as a Community Learning Center

The committee is composed of parents, teachers, staff members, students and community members. The LSDMC meets approx monthly during each year.

Instructional Leadership Team  (ILT)

The ILT sets the instructional focus and makes the instructional decisions for the school. ILT responsibilities include:

  • Developing, reviewing and evaluating the instructional program
  • Monitoring and improving school operations and procedures that affect instruction
  • Planning and monitoring training of staff
  • Creating and maintaining a safe and orderly school environment

The team is composed of the principal, two parent representatives, two non-teaching staff members, and teachers. ILT meeting schedule is approx monthly during each year.

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

The PTO is a volunteer group made up of parents, teachers and interested community members. Through fund raising opportunities, the PTO supports school events, organizes enrichment learning opportunities and the like. The meetings are held monthly.

Security Badges and Background Checks

To assure the safety of students and staff, Cincinnati Public Schools requires security badges for anyone entering CPS' buildings. One-time visitors receive a temporary security badge from the front office. Individuals who visit our buildings on a regular basis, such as volunteers, must obtain a security badge and wear it at all times in our buildings. Learn more about how to obtain a security badge.