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COVID-19

4/30/20 UPDATE: Meal service will continue through the remainder of the school year, until Monday, May 26. If there are changes to your current meal order or if you need to request meals, please sign up using the link above.

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4/29/20 UPDATE: Blizzard bag turn in information: JES  |  CMS  |  CHS

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4/21/20 UPDATE:  We hope you and your families are doing well! Thank you for all your efforts during this unparalleled time.  We couldn’t be more proud of our Cardinal Families and how we have all navigated this uncharted territory. We will continue to support one another throughout this new normal.

As you are aware, the Governor has shared that school buildings will remain closed through the end of this academic school year. We have been engaged in many discussions and have taken into account the feedback we have received from staff, parents, students, and other educational communities.  The Cardinal Local School District will continue with alternative instruction via remote learning and blizzard bags as well as meal preparation through May 26th.

The District will move forward with issuing traditional letter grades.  Student grades for the first three grading periods will be taken into consideration along with the current student participation to determine 4th quarter grades.  Again, thank you for your ongoing efforts and dedication to academics. We look forward to the time when we can be back together in the buildings. Mr. Kermavner, Superintendent

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4/20/20 UPDATE: Governor Mike DeWine announced schools will continue under distance learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Additional details on what this means for our scholars will becoming soon.

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4/15/20 UPDATE: The Cardinal Board of Education meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2020 has been canceled.  The next Board of Education meeting will be Wednesday, May 13, 2020. This meeting will start at 6:00 p.m. The location of the meeting will be determined once further updates are received from the Governor regarding stay at home orders due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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4/14/20 UPDATE: Due to the current pandemic and mandated alternative instruction period, Cardinal High School is cancelling final exams for the second semester. This means final grades will be based on an average of third and fourth quarter grades. This will give scholars up until their last official day of school to complete work for the fourth quarter.

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Blizzard Bag/Take Home Packet turn in information:  JES  |  CMS  |  CHS

4/3/20 UPDATE: The district WILL continue to provide meals to families during the extended mandatory alternative instruction period that now runs until Friday, May 1. If you are already signed up for meals you will continue to receive them as you have been. If you need to sign up or make changes to your current meal delivery/pick up, you can do so here, by emailing meals@cardinalschools.org, or by calling 440-632-0261 x2004. As a reminder meals are delivered along bus routes beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. We ask that you please leave a bin or cooler outside your door for our staff to place the meals in. The meals need to be consumed or refrigerated immediately. Meals can also be picked up between 8:30-10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday at JES. There will be NO meals provided on Friday, April 10 or Monday, April 13 as these were already scheduled off days for the district. If you are in need of meals on these days please click the link above for additional meal options.

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3/31/20 UPDATE: For those who may need to make payments on various fees, please pay online through the parent portal, or send in your payment by mail. Make checks payable to “Cardinal Local Schools” and mail payments to:
Cardinal Local Schools
PO Box 188
Middlefield, OH 44062

Please be sure to specify the student’s name and what the payment is for when sending it in. This will ensure we get the money to the proper account.  We are still working on making a determination about fees that have already been paid for spring sports. At this time, there has been no official cancellation of spring sports by the OHSAA.  Thanks for your assistance and your patience!

Blizzard Bag updates:  JES  |  CMS  |  CHS   (updated with an active link once information has been provided.)

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3/30/20 UPDATE: Governor Mike DeWine extends the mandatory alternative instruction period until Friday, May 1. Students have assignments through Friday, April 3 and should continue to work on them and turn them in as they have been doing already. The district will have their previously planned teacher in service day on Monday, April 6 – there will be no student instruction that day. Alternative learning will resume for students on Tuesday, April 7. Additional information on what this looks like will be communicated out to families later this week by building Principals. There will also be information on how to turn in current work and pick up new work for those who are utilizing the blizzard bags. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to provide education plans for the month of April.

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3/27/20 UPDATE: The Ohio  Legislature has passed House Bill 197 (synopsis) which makes several education-related changes. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Eliminates state and federal testing for the 2019-2020 school year
  • Prohibits the issuance of state report cards for the 2019-2020 school year and provides a one-year safe harbor from sanctions related to the report card
  • Waives the third-grade reading guarantee retention requirement
  • Permits schools to grant high school diplomas to students on track to graduate and for whom the principal determines that the student has successfully completed the curriculum

We continue to wait for guidance from the Ohio Department of Education on exactly what this looks like for public schools, but we at least know this much for now. As soon as we have any additional/specific information we will be sure to share it with anyone.

Alternative education and meal delivery resumes Monday, March 30. Students are tentatively scheduled to return to buildings on Tuesday, April 7. We anticipate there could be new information coming out regarding school closures next week. Again, we will keep you updated on what this means, once/if anything changes with that.

Keep working hard and staying safe and healthy! We miss everyone and hope you’re all doing well!

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3/23/20 UPDATE: The District is on spring break through March 27. No new assignments will be given to students this week. Classes will resume remotely on Monday, March 30. No meals will be delivered this week. Please see the “Additional Meal Options” link above if you are in need of assistance.

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3/22/20 UPDATE: Stay at Home Order signed by State Health Officer, Dr. Amy Acton

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3/19/20 UPDATE: The Board Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 has been canceled.

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3/18/20 UPDATE:

7:55 P.M. – In order to comply with the Governor’s latest recommendations, any employee who reports to work needs to check their temperature before coming in. If you have a temperature of 100 or higher, you must stay home. Health staff will be on site at the elementary school to check all drivers delivering meals if they did not check before coming in. If you do not have a fever, report to work as scheduled and note it on the sign in sheet.

4:00 p.m. – Not much new to report today – the biggest update we received from the state is the delay of testing. No new timeline for this at this point, only that it is delayed.

All buildings are now closed with the exception of JES from 8:30-10:30 a.m. for families to receive the grab and go meals only. The BOE office is on limited staffing and hours, IF anyone is there it would be between 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. but most of us are also working from home. We can all (staff, teachers, administrators) be reached via email, we are all still checking voice messages too so you can always call your school and leave a message if you need ANYTHING!

If you are still in need of meals, contact 440-632-0261 x2004. Remember there are no meals being delivered next week during our regularly scheduled spring break. We have information on our website, www.cardinalschools.org, on options for meals for next week if you’re in need.

We miss all of you and can’t wait to see you back soon!

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3/17/20 UPDATE:

Hi!! How was everyone’s first day at home? Minor bugs to work out, but hopefully everyone did ok, and maybe even had a little fun going to school at home!

We did put a couple of updates up above today regarding additional meal options for next week, some health tips, and disinfecting tips.

Our crisis team met this afternoon to discuss the roll out of meals and elementary blizzard bags this morning. For the most part it all seemed to go pretty well. Please let us know if there is something that went terribly wrong so we can fix it tomorrow. In summary – we had 7 vans, one bus, and 24 staff members that delivered all items this morning. THEY ARE AMAZING! We also packed an additional 50 snack bags for our car rider/walking families. You can still sign up for meals anytime by calling 440-632-0261 x2004.

Students – please continue to follow the instructions your teachers provide as far as attendance and deadlines for your assignments. You’re doing a great job so far, this is new for all of us and we will get through any hiccups together. We’ve got this!

As a reminder – all of our buildings will close tonight at 8:00 p.m. JES will be open only for those picking up meals between 8:30-10:30 a.m. on days they are available. The BOE will have limited staffing as well. We can all be reached via email or voice mail (those kick to our emails!)

Just a reminder that next week, March 23-27 is our Spring Break. This is still a break for everyone, as originally planned, and there will be no new assignments given, nor will we have the grab and go meal delivery/pick up.

Again, we are here for you if you need us. Do not hesitate to reach out!! Be well! 

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UPDATE: 8:30 p.m. 3/16/20: STAFF INFORMATION

  •  All classified staff members need to report to their assigned areas on Tuesday, March 17. These assignments were made on Monday, March 16.
  • High School Staff will report March 17 at normal work times.
  • Middle School teachers do not need to report except the group in the office tomorrow night to pass out Chromebooks.  The Middle School is open to teachers during the day if needed. The building will be closed after 8 p.m. Tuesday, 3/17.
  • Jordak teachers do not need to report. Classified staff will be assisting in blizzard bag and Chromebook distribution during the day.  The Elementary building is open to teachers during the day if needed. The building will be closed after 8pm Tuesday, 3/17.

UPDATE: 4:00 p.m. 3/16/20:

Here is the latest information regarding our Mandatory Alternative Instruction Period:

  1. Staff members were in district today finalizing plans for education and meal delivery during the next three weeks.
  2. Plans to educate students during this break and these are outlined in depth on each building’s page.  JES   |   CMS   |   CHS
  3. Grab and Go meals
    1. These meals will be delivered by Cardinal staff in district vans starting Tuesday, March 17. We will provide meals through Friday, March 20 and then again from March 30-April 3.
    2. Vans will go out at 8:30 a.m. each of these mornings and follow regular bus routes for delivery.
    3. If you are receiving a meal, please leave a bin, box, cooler – something, out on your front porch for us to place the meals in. In order to comply with health officials requests and recommendations for “social distancing” we are trying to limit the amount of face-to-face exposure and interaction. All meal items need to be eaten or refrigerated immediately.
    4. If you prefer to pick up your meals, you can do so at JES between 8:30-10:30 a.m. on the listed dates.
    5. You can still sign up for meals if you need them by filling out this google form; emailing: meals@cardinalschools.org, or by calling 440-632-0261 x2004. Please leave your child’s name(s), grade, bus number and specify if you’d like breakfast, lunch or both, and which days you’d like to receive them – some of the listed days or all of them.
  4. CMS and CHS buildings will be closed until further notice after 8:00 p.m. on March 17.
  5. JES will be open only for meal pick up.
  6. The BOE will have limited hours and staffing after Tuesday, March 17.
  7. No events/meetings/services/sports will take place in any of our buildings until further notice.
  8. We will continue to post updates here and on our social media channels.
  9. We will also continue to make robo calls to our families and staff regularly to update them on more specifics and alert them to any changes that are made.
  10. Students will not report back to school until Tuesday, April 7 – this is tentative.
  11. There will be NO school related sports practices, workouts, or trainings until further notice.
  12. The Disney marching band trip and spring musical are postponed. Plans for refunds will be determined if and when these events are officially cancelled.

In the meantime – please stay healthy and we can’t reiterate enough – call us if you need us and thank you for your continued patience. If you have a question, ask, we will do our best to get an answer as quickly as possible. We are all learning as we go and we will all get through it together!

UPDATE: 6:15 p.m. 3/15/20:

Here is the information from the Emergency/Special Board Meeting:

  1. The board approved memorandums of understanding with both of our unions to reassure them that they will be getting paid during this Mandatory Alternative Instruction Period. While their daily assignments may look different, they will be working in some capacity, as long as they are healthy and able to work, and they will be paid for their time. This was the main purpose of this meeting tonight.
  2. Superintendent Mr. Kermavner shared with the board a timeline of events that have occurred over the last week in regards to the Coronavirus, relative to the schools.  TIMELINE
  3. The 19-member district Crisis Team was introduced to the board and briefly explained how all members have contributed to the response effort.
  4. Principals all spoke about plans to educate students during this break and these are also outlined in depth on each building’s page.  JES   |   CMS   |   CHS
  5. Food service director Janis Benton discussed the plans for delivering meals – you can sign up for meals via the google form here or email: meals@cardinalschools.org. We will also have paper forms to fill out in all offices and the BOE starting Monday morning.
  6. The meeting finished with comments from all present board members thanking Mr. K and the entire crisis team for their work during this unprecedented time. The meeting was adjourned around 5:45 p.m.
  7. We will continue to post updates here and on our social media channels.
  8. We will also continue to make robo calls to our families and staff regularly to update them on more specifics and alert them to any changes that are made.
  9. All staff should report to work Monday, March 16, as usual.
  10. Students will not report back to school until Tuesday, April 7 – this is tentative.
  11. There will be NO school related sports practices, workouts, or trainings until further notice.
  12. The Disney marching band trip and spring musical are postponed. Plans for refunds will be determined if and when these events are officially cancelled.

In the meantime – please stay healthy and we can’t reiterate enough – call us if you need us and thank you for your continued patience. If you have a question, ask, we will do our best to get an answer as quickly as possible. We are all learning as we go and we will all get through it together!

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UPDATE: 5:00 p.m. 3/14/20:

Here is the latest information regarding the Mandatory Alternative Instruction Period:

  1. A form for families to sign up for “grab and go” meals is now available. You can submit your information here, email: meals@cardinalschools.org, or fill out a paper form. Paper forms will be available in the BOE starting Monday, will be coming home in blizzard bags (more on this below) or available to fill out in school offices. You may also call 440-632-0261 opt. 1 starting Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. to provide information if you can not fill out a form in person or online. Meals are for all students of the district that need them, you do not have to be on free/reduced lunch to receive them. Meals will be available on March 17, 18, 19, 20, 30, and 31, and April 1, 2, and 3. We will not be providing meals during Spring Break from March 23-27.  For families who wish to pick up these meals, you can do so at JES from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. For those unable to pick up, our drivers will deliver the meals to families along their respective bus routes.
  2. Alternative instruction methods will be utilized during this mandated closure which will include the use of chromebooks and blizzard bags. Additional information on what this will entail can be found on each building’s announcement pages. Building Principals have also sent out an all call.   JES   |   CMS   |   CHS
  3. Exceptional students and students with disabilities will be provided supports.  District staff has been working to be sure we provide these students what is needed to continue their education while away from the traditional school building. Teachers and related service providers (OT, SLP, social workers, interventionists) have worked closely to be sure that students are receiving opportunities for support while not within the buildings. If you have any questions about services, please contact Pupil Services Director, Dr. Jennifer Sabol at 330-807-8626 or jennifer.sabol@cardinalschools.org.
  4. If you have medication at school, please call your respective building to arrange a pick up time.
  5. All certified staff will report to their respective buildings on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.
  6. Classified staff should report to work for a mandatory meeting on Monday, March 16 at 9:00 a.m. in the CCLC.
  7. Students will not report back to buildings until Tuesday, April 7. This is tentative.
  8. There will be NO school related sports practices, workouts, or trainings until further notice.
  9. The Disney marching band trip and Spring Musical are postponed. Plans for refunds will be determined if and when these events are officially cancelled.

Thank you to our wonderful families for your patience as we work through the logistics of this mandated shut down. We will continue to share updates as we get them. If you need us, call us, message us, email us –  we are here for you.

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UPDATE 5:45 p.m. 3/12/20:

Earlier this afternoon, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine closed all schools in the state for three weeks, starting at the end of the school day Monday, March 16 and banned public gatherings with more than 100 people. In order to comply with these orders, Cardinal is putting the following measures in place:

  1. All students and staff will report to school tomorrow, Friday, March 13.
  2. Kindergarten registration will go on as scheduled.
  3. Students will  be out of school from Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 6, 2020.
  4. All after school activities, including athletics, are cancelled until further notice.
  5. The spring musical and Disney trip are postponed until further notice. 
  6. Classified staff should report to work for a mandatory meeting on Monday, March 16 at 9:00 a.m. in the CCLC.
  7. All certified staff should report back to work on Monday, April 6 for a teacher work day. (Tentative)
  8. Students will report back to school on Tuesday, April 7. (Tentative)

We will continue to post updates here and on our social media channels as we have them.

This is an unprecedented situation for the education system and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through the logistics of the next three weeks and beyond. 

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3:45 p.m. 3/12/20: We are aware of Governor DeWine’s directive to close schools for a three week period. As we currently understand it, this is to start after the school day ends on Monday, March 16. Administrators are currently working through our plan and as soon as it is finalized we will be sharing it out with all of our families so you may plan and prepare. Thank you for your patience.

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2:30 p.m. 3/10/20: In light of recent confirmation of cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, the Cardinal Local School District wants families to be assured that we are closely monitoring the situation. We are reviewing our policies and safety plans to ensure we are prepared should the need arise for closures. In the meantime, our maintenance department continues their daily routine of maintaining a clean environment for everyone who steps into our buildings. Our staff members are encouraging all students to wash their hands regularly or use hand sanitizer in times when they can not. The health of our staff and students is of utmost importance to us. Here are some additional tips to help prevent the spread of illness.

We continue to be in contact with the Geauga County Health Department to receive any updates in our area. For accurate and reliable information on COVID-19 please visit the following websites:

Ohio Department of Health – COVID-19   |   Recursos en Espanol

Centers for Disease Control – COVID-19