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Mandatory Alternative Instruction Period in place until Friday, May 1 | Meal Service to Continue until May 1; No meals on 4/10 or 4/13 | Apr. 6: Teacher Work Day, No School for Students | Apr. 7: Mandatory Alternative Instruction Period Resumes | Apr. 8: BOE Meeting, 5:00 p.m. via Zoom | Apr. 10: No School - Good Friday | Apr. 13: No School - Teacher Comp Day | Apr. 14: Mandatory Alternative Learning Period resumes | All after school events/activities/sports are cancelled/postponed until further notice | All district buildings are closed with the exception of JES to pick up meals from 8:30-10:30 a.m. M-F and the BOE which is open from 8-12 with limited staffing.




UPDATE 4/3/20: For those who have ordered items from the PTO Spring Fundraiser, your items will be delivered to your homes through our transportation department the week of April 14th. Thank you for your patience as we were navigating the best, most efficient, and safest way to get those items to our families.


UPDATE 4/1/20:

To turn in your blizzard bag assignments, you have two options:

  • Option #1: use your phone to take a clear picture of the completed assignment, and then email that assignment to your teacher. 
  • Option #2: drop off your blizzard bag assignment at JES on Tuesday, April 7th or Wednesday, April 8th anytime between 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Containers will be placed outside the main door labeled by grade level for you to drop off your completed assignments. Please be sure your child’s name is clearly marked at the top of each assignment and all assignments are placed together.  Any assignments turned in at the school will then be quarantined for at least a week before teachers will be able to look at them. When utilizing this option we ask that you please enter into the complex through Pierce Street, drive through the bus lane to drop off blizzard bags from your cars, and then exit out past the old CIS building onto East High Street. 

Teachers in Grades 1-4 will be preparing for all online instruction through the rest of the school closure time after this week.  Kindergarten students will continue to receive instruction through blizzard bags. Our Transportation Department will be deploying the next round of blizzard bags for all Kindergarten students (regardless of if they are a bus rider, walker, or car rider) and any students who do not have internet access on Tuesday, April 7th. Any further information regarding blizzard bags will be sent out in a future all call. Teachers will be guiding all on online instruction through google classroom with clear instructions for participation each day. Please be sure to have your child sign in to each google classroom site for their subject areas and reach out to the teachers with any questions.

Any families still needing Chromebooks will be able to pick them up on Tuesday, April 7th from 8-4 pm. You may also pick up Chromebooks in the mornings on April 8th or 9th between 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


UPDATE – 3/19/20:

Thank you for all you are doing to support your children during  this unprecedented time. The teachers have been working very hard to provide alternative, differentiated instruction to our students in each grade level. Teachers have provided instructions for blizzard bag completion for this week and the week after Spring Break. They will be checking in each week with students to offer support on assignments and ensure assignment completion each day as a means to support students, attendance, and grading.  Attendance and work completion is important even though we are not attending classes in the school building. The first week of assignments is due tomorrow and teachers will be using them as part of the 4th quarter grades and attendance.

If you are having problems understanding a lesson or assignment, please contact your child’s teacher directly. They are working and are available to help anyway they can. 

If you are having Chromebook issues, please contact Mr. Kithcart@ joel.kithcart@cardinalschools.org 

As a reminder there will be no meal service next week during spring break. If you are in need of meal assistance, please consider one of these options.



JES will plan to utilize the following methods to provide instruction over the mandated closure (updated 3/16/20):

  • Teachers were in district Monday, March 16 to planning assignments and creating blizzard bags.
  • Only 3rd grade students will be utilizing Chromebooks during this extended break. All 3rd grade students should have received a 1:1 Chromebook contract in their take home folder on Friday. These need to be completed and returned during office hours on Tuesday, March 17.
  • School will be open on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. for those who need to pick up blizzard bags and/or Chromebooks. If you are a car rider, walker, open enrolled student you need to come get your items during these hours.
  • Drivers will be running their regular bus routes Tuesday morning starting at 8:30 a.m. to deliver Blizzard Bags and meals if you’ve signed up to receive them. This is for all students who regularly ride the bus. Blizzard bags will be dropped off at the afternoon bus stop. In order to comply with recommendations from health officials on “social distancing” we are limiting face-to-face contact. Blizzard bags will be left on the porch for you. If you are receiving meals, please place a bin, cooler, box – some kind of container – on the porch for us to set the food in. All food must be eaten or refrigerated immediately.
  • Chromebooks will not be delivered on these routes – those must be picked up at school.
  •  All school work is to be turned in when students come back to school on Tuesday, April 7th. The work is mandatory, will be graded, and will count toward attendance for the days of school during the closure. Students are required to complete and return the school work during this time as it is part of our remote learning plan as we work to “provide instruction through alternative means” per the State Governor’s guidance.
  • 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.
  • Please feel free to call the office with any questions. We will continue to communicate information to families via Infinite Campus, the School Website, and social media platforms. Please be sure to check them regularly. 
  • If your child is having trouble coping with the current events, visit the CMS Counselor’s webpage – there are some resources there for assistance.
  • Most importantly, please take care of yourselves and each other during this time and don’t hesitate to reach out over the next few weeks if you need anything. We are here to help as much as possible. Thank you to all of our teachers & staff members who worked hard on Friday and will be working over this extended break to ensure that education will continue as school buildings are shut down. We have a great staff, great students, and great families, & we will get through this together. Stay safe and healthy. We hope to see everyone back in school on April 7th. 

ENROLL IN THE IMAGINATION LIBRARY: State officials are teaming up with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to provide every child from birth up to age five a new book each month.  |  DETAILS  |    ENROLL

ACADEMIC RALLIES: Congratulations to our third and fourth grade scholars who were recognized for academic and classroom achievements in the second quarter!  |  3rd Grade  |  4th Grade

HUSKIE PANTRY: Help us fill our Huskie Pantry! Donation bins are available in all school offices and the BOE. Bins will also be out at all school-sponsored events.  |  HUSKIE PANTRY


IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION: All immunization records were due by Friday, September 20, 2019.  The Geauga County Health Department offers clinics in Middlefield and surrounding areas for those who may need it.  | Immunization Summary

PBIS AWARD WINNERS: Jordak Elementary has received a Gold award from the state for positive behavior interventions during the 2018-19 school year!

JES CAFE RECEIVES STATE RECOGNITION:  JES Cafe named “the place to be” by the Ohio Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition!  |  READ MORE!

RUMOR HAS IT: We all know how quickly rumors can spread and grow – have you heard something about the Cardinal Local School District that you’d like more information about? Share it with us!  |  READ MORE

“Reading ‘Round the Clock” videos: Reading can happen anytime, anywhere! You and your children can explore the joy of reading together with this series of “Reading ‘Round the Clock” videos that give easy tips for working reading practice into everyday activities! The videos give great tips on keeping your family reading and preparing your children for Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Click the links to view the videos!   Reading on the Go  |  Reading for a Purpose  |  Reading on the Screen

Giant Eagle Apple for the Students: Click here to learn how to join the program and support our schools!

Infinite Campus: Mobile App District Code – LBTSFC

Parent Portal:  All families need to sign up for an Infinite Campus Parent Portal account.  Interim and quarterly report cards will be posted here and not sent home.


2016-17 PBIS Bronze Award

2016-17 PBIS Silver Award

2017-18, 19-20 PBIS Gold Award

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** Additional Meal Options** 

** Student Work Permit Information **

** At Home School Success Tips **  |  ** Mental Health Resources**  |  **Tech Disinfecting Tips**

** Coronavirus Prevention Tips **   |   **Hand Washing Tips**  |  **Lavado de Manos**

** Cold vs. Allergies vs. Flu vs. Coronavirus ** |  ** Informational Signs **

**Information regarding COVID-19**   |  **En Espanol**

** CMS Under Consideration for Use as Satellite Hospital Site for UH **

4/8/20 BOE MEETING UPDATE: The Cardinal Board of Education meeting on April 8, 2020 will begin at 5:00 p.m. with an Executive Session for the purpose of consideration of the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of a public employee, or official. The regular meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. Should the executive session go beyond 6:00 p.m., the meeting will start as soon as the Executive Session is over. In order to comply with the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order, this meeting will be held via Zoom. A link to join the meeting can be found here: https://zoom.us/j/307627292 ZOOM Meeting Id # 307627292  |  AGENDA


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.


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.)


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.


SPRING MUSICAL: The CHS Spring Musical, “The Addams Family” has been postponed until further notice.

ENROLL IN THE IMAGINATION LIBRARY: State officials are teaming up with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to provide every child from birth up to age five a new book each month.  |  DETAILS  |    ENROLL

HURDLE SPONSORS NEEDED: Support Cardinal Track & Field by sponsoring a hurdle!  | DETAILS

CENSUS WORKERS NEEDED: Earn up to $17.00/hour by becoming a Census Taker! (Must be 18 years of age or older to apply.)  |  DETAILS

IMMUNIZATION CLINICS: The Geauga Public Health Department will be hosting several immunization clinics from now until June!  |  DETAILS

SUBSTITUTES NEEDED: The District is looking to hire non-teaching substitutes for all positions (cafeteria cook & cashier, custodial, maintenance, paraprofessional, secretarial, transportation aides & drivers.) Apply at the BOE.  | DETAILS

HUSKIE PANTRY: Help us fill our Huskie Pantry! Donation bins are available in all school offices and the BOE. Bins will also be out at all school-sponsored events.  |  HUSKIE PANTRY

CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT: Doe v. Ohio Department of Education Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement


CARDINAL CCP: Discover more about our College Credit Plus (CCP) classes being taught right here at Cardinal High School by Cardinal teachers! Thanks to our advanced communications students for putting this together!  |  WATCH!

AWARD WINNERS:  Congratulations to JES, CMS and CHS – Gold, Silver, and Bronze PBIS Award Winners for the 2018-19 school year! The district as a whole was also recognized as one of just five in the region to implement PBIS across all buildings!

FAMILY PASS: Purchase your Huskie Pride Family Pass today!  |  BUY NOW

CHS BRONZE RANKING: Cardinal High School has earned a National Ranking of Bronze from the U.S. News & World Report in the Best High Schools rankings.  | READ MORE  |  RANKING

RUMOR HAS IT: We all know how quickly rumors can spread and grow – have you heard something about the Cardinal Local School District that you’d like more information about? Share it with us!  |  READ MORE

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