CINCINNATI — Should Cincinnati schools be closed the day after the Super Bowl? If it were up to students and staff, the answer would be a resounding yes — and it appears administrators are in agreement.
Shortly after the Bengals' overtime win against the Kansas City Chiefs, Roger Bacon High School Principal Steve Schad announced there would be no school Super Bowl Monday, Feb. 14.
Schad may have been first, but he certainly was not last. Cincinnati Public Schools board member Mike Moroski said he had also put in a request for the district to take off Super Bowl Monday — and the district was quick to agree. In a letter to families, CPS announced students and staff will have the day off Feb. 14 to celebrate "what we believe will be our city's first-ever Super Bowl victory."
CPS usually schedules a professional development day for the day after the Super Bowl, but the NFL's expanded regular season pushed the Super Bowl back this year. The district said Monday, Feb. 7 will remain a conference day with no school for students.
In honor of the Bengal’s first Super Bowl appearance since 1988, CPS will not have school on Monday, February 14! Staff and students will have the day off to celebrate what we believe will be our city’s first-ever Super Bowl victory! #WhoDey pic.twitter.com/VmaTzAM9HQ— I Am CPS (@IamCPS) January 31, 2022
Ross Local School District Superintendent Chad Konkle also announced Monday students and staff will not have to come to school the day after the Super Bowl in celebration of the Bengals' appearance.
Southwest Local Schools took a different approach, hoping to do some good before announcing any changes to the calendar. In a message to families, Southwest Local Schools said classes will be canceled the day after the Super Bowl if the district can raise enough money for The Sam Hubbard Foundation.
"Our district goal is to raise $9,400 by Friday, February 4th at 3PM. If each student and staff member donates $2, we hit our goal. When and if we reach this goal - Monday, February 14 (the day after the Super Bowl) will be a calamity day!"
Several other Tri-State superintendents have heard the cries as well. Sycamore Community Schools Superintendent Chad Lewis tweeted the weather the night of Feb. 13 "could be concerning" for the district in response to Sycamore Junior High School Assistant Principal Molly Bernosky, while Mason City Schools Superintendent Jonathan Cooper responded to a few requests for Super Bowl Monday off.
In Kentucky, Kenton County School District spokesperson Jess Dykes said the district is rooting for the Bengals, but "we are not making any changes to the calendar."
If some districts remain open Feb. 14, there's a chance students and staff might not be able to make it due to the "Super Bowl Flu" — we hear it's just a one-day sickness.