Cincinnati closes school day after Super Bowl

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CINCINNATI – School children in Cincinnati want something to cheer about, no matter what happens in Super Bowl LVI.

Cincinnati Public Schools announced Monday that staff and students will have time off on Feb. 14, the day after the Bengals play the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI.

In a letter sent to parents, received by ESPN, the city’s largest school district quoted the “celebration” of the Bengals’ first Super Bowl victory as the reason changed it to the academic calendar and made February 14 a day off.

“We hope you enjoy roaring the Bengals to a victory on Sunday and take this time to be proud of our incredible city and amazing football team,” the district said in the statement to the parents.

CPS board member Mike Moroski told the Cincinnati Enquirer that students in the district typically have time off on the Monday after the Super Bowl. But this year, the school calendar did not match the Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in the Los Angeles area. After the Bengals reached the title by defeating the favorite Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, they were asked to change it and that was OK.

In the message sent to families, the district noted that an annual day off for students (but not staff) will still be held on February 7th. But due to the Bengals’ best playoff run in decades, students and staff will get feb. 14 discount too.

The change reflects the mood around Cincinnati in a playoff game that started with the franchise’s first playoff win in 31 years. When the Bengals arrived at Paul Brown Stadium after Sunday’s victory in Kansas City, many fans waited outside the team’s facilities to cheer and greet the team.

“It was a great night overall,” coach Zac Taylor said Monday. “I haven’t gotten much sleep yet. Still taking it all in. But we want to quickly turn our focus to the LA Rams.”

Cincinnati also reached the Super Bowl in 1982 and 1989, but lost both times, with each defeat coming to the San Francisco 49ers.

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