School Policies

Included on this page are highlights from our policies and procedures. The Rothenberg Preparatory Academy Student Handbook includes more detail on each of these items.

Attendance Policies

As a reminder, our hours are:

  • School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
  • Office Hours: 7:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Learn more about our Arrival and Dismissal Procedures.

Tardy Procedures

Students arriving late must report to the office for a tardy slip. Tardies are recorded and reported to the school social worker.

Absence Procedures

To report an absent child, call the school office or email us using this Absence Reporting Form.

Please call the school office at (513) 363-5700 before 9:00 a.m. when your child is ill. A written note signed by a student’s parent or guardian is to be given to the teacher when the student returns to school. Acceptable reasons for absences are personal illness, critical illness in the family, quarantine of the home, death of a relative or observance of religious holidays.

Bus Safety

Student behavior that distracts bus drivers is a hazard to the vehicle's safe operation, and jeopardizes the safety and welfare of all passengers. Misbehavior while on a yellow school bus or a Metro bus can result in disciplinary action for the student or the suspension of transportation service for the student. Read more about our requirements for student behavior on buses.

Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones are not permitted during the school day for personal use. The school is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen cell phones. Phones must be turned off and given to the homeroom teacher for safe keeping until dismissal.


Review CPS' Code of Conduct for disciplinary procedures.

Our students must follow the district-wide Code of Conduct before, during and after school. The Code is in effect in school buildings, on school grounds, at school-related activities, and on the way to or from school. Students also must follow these rules on the yellow bus/van or Metro bus that brings them to school or takes them home.

Steps Following Student Misbehavior
When the Principal finds that a student has committed an offense, the Principal or another school administrator will:

  • Investigate the incident, including meeting with the student and any others involved to allow them to ex­plain the situation.
  • Notify the family if a corrective strategy is used.
  • Send a letter to the family if the corrective strategy is an assignment to an alternative program. (See Bullet No. 3 below.)

Actions families can take:

  • Ask for a meeting with the principal to discuss the decision and to request information about the investigation or the appeal process.
  • Appeal an assignment to Alternative to Suspension (A2S) by writing to the district’s Hearing Officer stating the reason for the appeal.
  • Appeal an assignment to Alternative to Expulsion (A2E) by writing a letter to the district’s Hearing Officer, stating the reason for the appeal. The letter will be forwarded to the responsible school supervisor, who will make final decisions on expulsion appeals.

CPS Alternative Programs

Cincinnati Public Schools provides alternative programs in lieu of out-of-school suspension and out-of-school expulsion. The alternative programs are called Alternative to Suspension (A2S) and Alternative to Expulsion (A2E).

Dress Code

Students who attend Rothenberg are required to dress in their school uniform every day. Learn more about our school uniform policy.

Snow Days and School Delays

Snow days and school delays are announced on our website, local TV and radio stations, CPS' mobile app, and through automated phone calls. Assume school is open unless you hear otherwise. Learn more about CPS' severe weather and emergency closing procedures.

Visiting During School Hours

We welcome visits from parents and guardians. However, to protect student safety, all visitors must sign in at the main office and wear a visitor's badge. Parents/guardians who would like a conference with their child's teacher must schedule an appointment with the teacher.