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Superintendent's Message


Dear Canfield Community,

As we begin another school year, our theme is “We are Canfield” and in my opinion, there is no better theme to encompass our district and the various opportunities offered for our students. From performing arts and athletics to STEM and speech, the unique interests are represented in this community and together, “We are Canfield!”

This is going to be an exciting year as we are opening with 1-1 devices across the district. By now, you should have received information from your specific building with details for 5-12th grade device pick up. The schedule is also available on our website. Our youngest Cardinals in grades K-4 do not need to pick up a device. Rather, they will have a device assigned to them by their teacher. We would like to thank our parent volunteers, teacher volunteers, and technology team members for their efforts in preparing the devices over the summer for deployment.

I’m sure many of you have noticed work being done around the district.  A portion of the middle school roof is currently being repaired and starting this week, HVAC units at the high school are being replaced.  With the help of a safety grant, new surveillance cameras have been installed in the high school and our bus fleet has been equipped with security cameras as well.

Thank you to all who participated in the facility survey over the summer. We will analyze the responses to create a building plan that our community can support.

Late last week, the CDC updated its guidance on how people can protect themselves and others from COVID-19, what actions to take if exposed to COVID-19, and what actions to take if you have symptoms or test positive with the virus.

As a result, ODH and Mahoning Public Health are updating its guidance for Ohio K-12 schools and recommending the CDC’s general guidance to best protect Ohio’s students in the school setting.  

  • First, because contact tracing and case investigation has shifted to focus on high-risk environments, such as long-term care facilities and healthcare settings, ODH is no longer recommending the Mask to Stay/Test to Play quarantine alternative for schools.

  • Instead, ODH recommends schools follow general isolation procedures for confirmed cases. If students or staff feel sick or suspect they might have COVID-19, they should stay home and be tested. If positive, students and staff should stay home from school for at least 5 days and longer if necessary until fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and symptoms are improving. Additionally, after isolation ends, students and staff should continue to take precautions as they resume normal activities by wearing a mask for 5 days (or after two negative tests 48 hours apart).

  • Please contact your school nurse if your son/daughter tests positive for COVID-19 within 24 hours.

  • The district will continue to monitor the level of illness and positive COVID-19 cases reported.  If an increase in cases is detected, interventions may be implemented.

We are excited to welcome our students back for this school year. As a reminder, there is a special schedule for students K-6. The schedule is posted on our website as well as our Open House information. We look forward to a great year and will continue to work to provide the best educational experience for every Canfield student. We are Canfield!


Joe Knoll, Superintendent


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