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Nov. 30: Classes Resume - CHS will be virtual, JES & CMS will return to in-building instruction | Dec. 1: Deadline to sign up for Second Semester Remote Learning | Dec. 2: Early Release Day

Back to School Information 2020-2021

Welcome 5th Graders! Principal Mr. Cardinal takes a brief walk through the building to show you where your hallway is at CMS. (ALL 5th grade classrooms are in the very last hallway at the back of the building.) Be sure to know who your Homeroom teacher is, that is the room you will report to when you arrive at school Monday. 5th grade teachers will take their classes around Monday to give them a tour and orient them with where certain classrooms are, restrooms, the office, cafeteria, etc.


In-building Students (read below)    |     REMOTE LEARNER INFORMATION (click link)

  • Student schedules are now up on Infinite Campus.  When looking at your student’s schedule, the most important piece of information is their assigned homeroom. This is where they will report as soon as they enter the building. Students will spend most of their day at an assigned desk in their assigned homeroom. As a reminder, students will not be moving to their different classes. Instead, teachers will be rotating. Students will leave their homeroom for specials and lunch only. Student schedules are subject to change as things evolve this week, so please be aware that your student’s schedule is not final until the first day of school.
  • Students who are attending in-person but need to miss school for any particular reason should still attend their classes remotely. If they attend remotely they will not be considered absent. However, if your child needs to stay home, you will still need to call the office even if they are planning to participate in classes remotely. In-person students who must quarantine at home will change to remote learning until the quarantine period is over.
  • All students should be prepared for the possibility that we may all go to remote learning if we cannot open the building. For that reason, students attending school should plan to take their Chromebooks home with them each night and bring it back to school the next day. All students and their families will be notified by robocall if we cannot open the building.


  • We have been working hard all summer and especially last week to make sure students and staff are as safe as we can make them when school opens. As a reminder face coverings are required for all students and staff who are attending school. Either masks or gaiters are acceptable. Teacher’s will allow “mask breaks” at appropriate times during classes.


  • We ask that parents take their student’s temperature before leaving for school each day. Students should not come to school if they have a temperature or have had a temperature in the previous 72 hours. We will be taking everyone’s temperature before they enter the building each day. Students with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be sent home.


  • Students will not be using lockers. They will keep their belongings with them in their homeroom. We suggest that if possible, students have a plastic container or milk crate with them that they can keep at their desk in which to keep their belongings.


  • On the first day of school, students attending classes in the building will be assigned a Chromebook for the year. Chromebooks should be taken home with students every day and brought back to school the next day. Most students have a Chromebook contract from March. These students will be assigned a Chromebook on the first day of school. Students who do not have a signed contract will be bringing one home the first day of school. This must be signed and returned before a student receives their Chromebook. Most lessons and assignments will be delivered and turned in through google classroom, whether the student is in school or remote.


  • All students will be attending each of their 4 specials 1 day a week for the entire year. This is a major change from the way we have been able to do things in the past. In addition, students will be attending their specials with their homeroom cohorts. 
    • There are no locker room facilities available for gym classes. Gym class will be outside as much as possible and in a classroom when it is not possible to go outside. 
    • Also, all students will be taking music class with Mr. Florjancic and Ms. Pintabona. Due to space and social distancing requirements, we cannot support full band or choir inside the building at this time. Mr. Florjancic and Ms. Pintabona will give opportunities to practice instruments and singing outside when possible.

MEALS   |   Cafeteria (PPT)

  • The Nutrition Group and Cardinal Cafeterias are working hard to make sure that students continue to get great tasting nutritious meals.  Although food service may look a little different this year, we will continue to go above and beyond to keep everyone safe and happy.  
    • Students will be receiving a meal account card on the first day of school.  Each card will contain a Bar Code and the students Pin Number.  To help keep students safe and our system as touch free as possible students will need to scan their meal cards instead of typing in their Pin Numbers. For the first week or two of school students will be asked to show the card to the cashier who will type in the students pin number until our new scanners come in. Students will be asked to keep these cards safe and bring them every day for meals.  
    • This year students will have a Grab and Go Breakfast. Each student who would like breakfast will enter the cafeteria and while following social distance protocol go through the service line. They will then continue to their homeroom where they will be asked to neatly and safely eat their breakfast.   
    • Students will be dismissed by homeroom to the cafeteria for their assigned Lunch times, again entering the service lines and following social distancing. 5th and 6th graders will be eating lunch in the cafeteria during different periods, and 7th and 8th graders will be eating lunch in the gym during different periods. Students will be socially distanced and have assigned seats during lunch.
    • As our Cafeteria Policy states we will not be giving back any change from Meal or Ala Cart purchases.  Any additional funds will be deposited into the students meal account.  As always deposits may be made on line, at the office or Board office and in the Cafeteria.  
    • More information will be coming soon about the Meal Pick up option for students who have chosen Remote Learning.  


  • Students should bring refillable water bottles with them each day. There are no water fountains or vending machines available. Water filling stations have been installed so that students may refill water bottles throughout the day.


  • We will be staggering dismissal at the end of the day. If all goes according to plan, we will begin dismissing bus riders at 2:15, walkers at 2:20, and pickups at 2:25.


  • The Geauga County Library has limited access to the library after school. This is important for the families of students that are accustomed to walking over to the library after school to study, attend youth programs, and socialize with friends.  
    • All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  
    • The library is open at reduced capacity and limited hours, primarily for browsing the collection, picking up holds, obtaining library cards and reference assistance.  
    • Public computer use is limited to two hours and requires an advance reservation.  
    • Seating other than at the public computers has been removed.  
    • Public use of meeting rooms and study rooms is unavailable.  
    • Materials can be returned in our outdoor book drops.  


  • All 7th grade students are still required to have proof of their tdap and meningococcal vaccinations turned into the school nurse by the 15th day of school per Ohio law regardless of in person or remote learning. If you have any questions please call or email the school nurse as soon as possible at alysha.makowski@cardinalschools.org. Students will be excluded if a hard copy of shot records aren’t turned in by the 15th day of school.


  • Last year’s yearbooks are finally in and will be available on the first day of school.