Principal's Corner

January, 2021

Dear Parent(s), Guardian(s), and Student(s):

The 2020-2021 school year is quickly approaching. We hope that you had a wonderful and enjoyable summer.

Thank you for making the first day back to our hybrid day a successful one. Please click here to reacquaint yourselves with important, mandatory safety requirements and general schedule details.

We look forward to continuing to face today’s challenges together.

In light of the recent events that unfolded at the United States Capitol last week, it is important to address the wide spectrum of questions, feelings and emotions that our students may be experiencing. Please know that the staff has been equipped with resources and continues to be prepared to respond to questions and hold class discussions in a safe manner as appropriate. Additionally, our counseling staff is always prepared and available to provide support. If you think your child may need additional assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me, your child’s teacher, or the school counselor directly.

As we know it can be difficult to have these kinds of conversations, here are some resources that may help you, as a family, discuss these recent events.

Discussing Difficult Situations With Your Children - National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers - National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Promoting Compassion and Acceptance in Crisis - National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Supporting Children After the US Capitol Attack - National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

How To Talk With Your Child About News - Kids Health

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1:20pm - 1:50pm(for non-lab classes)

1:20pm - 2:05pm (for lab classes)

Period 7 VirtualPeriod 1 VirtualPeriod 3 VirtualPeriod 5 VirtualStudent can contact his/her teacher to set up a meeting
2:10pm - 2:40pm(for non-lab classes)

2:10pm - 2:55pm(for lab classes)

Period 8 VirtualPeriod 2 VirtualPeriod 4 VirtualPeriod 6 VirtualStudent can contact his/her teacher to set up a meeting

January, 2021

Dear Parent(s), Guardian(s), and Student(s):

We hope this letter finds you and your family safe and healthy.

We are dedicated to celebrating our seniors to the fullest extent allowable during this challenging time. We understand how significant these events are and will do everything in our power to provide memorable and celebratory events that honor and recognize our students! We realize that everyone is waiting for specific information regarding end of year celebrations, but due to the current restrictions and protocols imposed by the state, we are unable to share definitive event plans at this time.

We have been informed that the state is organizing regional committees to discuss these celebrations in the coming weeks. As of yet, we have not been given any information regarding an update on their discussions or a timeline of anticipated news.

Please keep in mind that with the current safety and health guidelines these events may not look the same or may not be allowable. We do not want to foster a sense of false hope and are trying to avoid any misinformation regarding these celebrations. However, please know that we have been planning multiple options, leaving no stone unturned, to be as prepared as possible if the protocols and restrictions are updated. We assure you that when we have a clearer picture about all end of year celebrations, including Prom, Commencement and Project Graduation, we will promptly inform the community.

We fully realize that planning for such events takes time and truly wish that there was more information available. Be assured that these celebrations and milestones are extremely important to us. Last spring, under similar circumstances, we were able to celebrate the Class of 2020 in creative and innovative ways. Throughout this spring you can expect the same level of commitment as we look forward to recognizing and commemorating the Class of 2021.

We truly appreciate your patience with this matter.


Mark Cantagallo


Safety Protocols

  • Environmentally safe and allergy free disinfectant will be used by both staff and students to wipe down desks between classes. Students may also bring wipes to use as long as they are environmentally friendly and allergen free
  • Sanitizing stations will be available in all classrooms and in the hallways, offices and bathrooms. Students may bring sanitizers for themselves
  • Mask Protocols
  • Hand washing
    • Students should wash hands for at least 20 seconds at regular intervals, including before eating, after using the bathroom, and after blowing their nose/coughing/sneezing. Students will use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) if washing with soap and water is not possible
  • Socially distant markings will be placed outside for entry and in the hallways
  • Stairwells:
    • The small stairwells closest to the large cafeteria, lower gym and closest to the elevator will be UP only stairwells
    • The small stairwells closest to the rotunda, band room, and upper gym will be DOWN only stairwells.
    • The two other stairwells can maintain 6ft social distancing in both directions.

First Day Schedule


Typical Weekly Schedule

  • Students are required to attend lab classes in the afternoon
  • Students are not required to attend non-lab afternoon sessions as no new material will be taught. It is an opportunity to ask questions or follow up on assignments with the teacher

  • CHS Student Entry Protocol 2020-2021
  • Cohort Schedule
  • September 8th-11th will be all virtual classes
  • September 14th-In-person instruction based on cohort will begin 9th grade orientation

  • Student schedules will be available on PowerSchool starting on Aug. 31st
    • Contact your child’s counselor with questions: Guidance Counselor Assignments
    • Google Classroom codes will be shared prior to September 8th.
    • How to use Google Classroom


In addition, important information can be found on the right navigation as well as below. I encourage you to take a few moments to review the following documents, and please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

  1. Student Handbook 2020-2021
  2. CHS Remote Learning Code of Conduct
  3. Mask Protocols
  4. Academic Integrity Procedures
  5. Cranford High School Office Phone Numbers

Additional Info

  • Students that are all virtual will have an opportunity to pick up materials prior to September 14th. More information will be shared next week.
  • Infosnap Link
    • Please be sure to update and verify your emergency information in InfoSnap prior to the first day of school. It is imperative that we have the most current information so that we can best provide for your child.
  • All parents/visitors will need to enter and exit from the main door. Please ring the bell, state your name and purpose for the visit and have your ID ready.
  • Lockers-will not be utilized at the start of the year
    • All students are assigned a locker with a combination lock to secure their school supplies. Due to security reasons, only school issued locks may be used on lockers, and this lock should be kept throughout high school and returned upon graduation. Students are expected to keep the lockers neat and clean. Students will be responsible for damages and may be assessed the cost of repair. Any damage to lockers should be reported immediately. Loss of a lock will result in a ten dollar replacement fee.
  • Resources