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We are entering the time of year when the chance of having to call off school due to weather is at its highest. For your      information, this is the process used when considering closing as there is not a policy or specific guidelines:

  • Monitor weather reports and information.
  • Beginning at about 4:30 a.m., the Superintendent will contact the transportation department and our snow plowing service to check on road conditions in the event of snow.
  • The Superintendent will also communicate with area Superintendents beginning at about 4:30 a.m. to monitor the conditions in their districts and to discuss to possibility of cancelling school. This communication is on-going throughout the morning.
  • Typically, a final decision to cancel school or not is made by about 5:30 a.m.
  • If there is a decision to cancel school, the Superintendent will begin the process of informing the community and staff. The local television and radio stations are informed and an Infinite Campus Emergency Messenger notification is sent to the staff and community.
 
The decision to cancel school is sometimes a difficult one for several reasons:
  • Weather conditions are variable in different parts of the district because of our geographic size.
  • The condition of the roads will factor into the decision. If the roads are clear, we will attend school. The condition of the roads is often predicated on when the storm hits and its level of intensity at certain times. For example, a storm that hits at 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. is a much greater challenge for road crews than one that hits the evening before at 11:00 p.m. or midnight.
  • The temperature will factor into the decision. If the temperature is too severe, then a decision to cancel school without a great deal of snow may be made.
In addition, weather conditions will be monitored closely throughout the morning. If the severe weather is ending in a reasonable enough time for the roads to be cleared, school may not be cancelled. If the weather is supposed  to become more severe throughout the day, school may be cancelled, even if the snow is limited during that early morning time.
 Of course, there are many other factors that go into this decision, thereby making it a challenging one. Cancelling school or staying open is sometimes a “no win” decision, but the final decision is made based on the best interest and safety of our students.



The Cardinal Schools’ will be using Infinite Campus Messenger to provide families with email, text, and voice notification in the event that school will be closed.

In addition, we will continue to use the Cardinal Local School's Snow Line.


Cardinal Local School's  Snow Line: 632-0296
 

To see Geauga County road conditions click here. 

Be sure to monitor local TV, radio or cable outlets.

                   

Cardinal Local Schools subscribes to an emergency media notification list. All television and radio stations within the Greater Cleveland area receive a notification of our closing. The speed in which the information is relayed to the public depends on each station.