• Return to School 2020-2021


    November 13, 2020

    Dear Carman-Ainsworth Families,

    Over the past few days, positive cases of COVID-19 county-wide and state-wide have increased significantly. Although we have not had an outbreak in our buildings, we are conscious of the anxiety this is causing our families and staff.

    In response to the increase in COVID-19 cases, starting Monday, November 23, 2020, Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools will move to remote instruction for ALL STUDENTS until Monday, January 25, 2021. There will be no in-person instruction during this time frame. The district will continue to monitor COVID-19 data and notify you if this timeline changes.

    Read our full update in this notice.

    Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay CA Strong.

    Eddie Kindle, Ed.S.

    Superintendent of Schools




    October 22, 2020

    Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools COVID-19 Update



    October 7, 2020

    Request for Medical Mask Exemption



    October 5, 2020

    Updated Assurances available.


    The following C-A COVID-19 Health Guide has been compiled for C-A families to assist with the return to classroom process with input from the Genesee County Health Department.


    Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan

    September 29, 2020

    The Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan has been posted to the website and can also be viewed here.


    Hybrid Building Times

    CAHS:  7:20 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Atlantis:  7:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

    CAMS:  8:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

    Dillon & Dye:  9:15 a.m. – 3:05 p.m.

    Rankin & Randels:  10:10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


    IMPORTANT Busing and Student Transportation Requirements

    • Bus routes and times for resident students are available on our district website.
    • The bus driver, staff and students will be required to use hand sanitizer upon entering the bus; hand sanitizer will be supplied.
    • The bus driver, staff, and all students must wear facial coverings while on the bus.
    • Students will have assigned seats to help with contact tracing as needed, per the health department.
    • Families are strongly encouraged to check their child’s temperature at home and monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms are any of the following not explained by a known medical or physical condition and should prompt the family to PLEASE keep your child home from school:
      • The presence of any ONE of the following:
        • Cough
        • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
        • Fever
        • New loss of taste or smell
      • The presence of any TWO of the following:
        • Chills/sweating
        • Sore throat
        • Muscle pain or body aches
        • New onset of severe headache
        • Diarrhea
        • Vomiting or abdominal pain
        • Congestion or runny nose
    • Parents/guardians will take their student home if they are not allowed to board the bus due to COVID-19 symptoms.
    • If a student becomes sick during the day, they will not use bus transportation to return home; parents/guardians will be notified to pick up the student. If a driver becomes sick during the day, they will follow district protocols for sick staff and not return to drive students.
    • Transportation vehicles will be cleaned and disinfected before and after every transit route. Children will not be present when a vehicle is being cleaned.
    • Frequently touched surfaces in the vehicle will be cleaned and disinfected (i.e. surfaces in the driver’s cockpit, hard seats, armrests, door handles, light and air controls, doors, windows, and grab handles) prior to morning routes and prior to afternoon routes.
    • Weather permitting, doors and windows will be opened when cleaning the vehicle and between trips to let the vehicles thoroughly air out.
    • Weather permitting, windows will be open while the vehicle is in motion to help reduce spread of the virus by increasing air circulation, if appropriate and safe.


    September 18, 2020

    We are pleased to announce plans for the transition of students to the classroom. As requested by the governor, we will focus on returning our most educationally vulnerable and youngest learners to the classroom first. This communication includes details for how students will shift from remote learning to a hybrid learning model. We are so excited to have students transitioning back to the classroom. We truly missed them!


    We are C/A!



    August 20, 2020

    Carman-Ainsworth Families and Staff,

    As we get closer to the first day of school for students, the district continues to finalize details and protocols related to our safe and responsible Return to School Plan. Today, I would like to update you as we continue to meet the needs of all students and staff as we prepare for the school year.

    Please review each of the essential updates below:

    First Day of School

    We have been faced with many complex challenges and difficult decisions over the past few months, and this is one of those decisions. Despite our best efforts and intentions, we have made the very difficult decision to push back the start of our 2020-2021 school year until after Labor Day. Our intention is for all students to begin school on Tuesday, September 8, learning remotely. This important change will help ensure that all of our students and staff are prepared to have a successful academic year.

    On-Line Learning – Accelerate Education

    If you selected the on-line learning option through Accelerate Education, you will receive a separate communication with further details and instructions regarding set-up/log-in, student expectations and attendance.

    Virtual Learning

    Teaching staff will begin reaching out to students August 31; only as an introduction and check-in. Official classes will begin on September 8. Look for more information from your child’s teacher/building.

    Meal Distribution

    Carman-Ainsworth families will have the option to pick up student meals (breakfast and lunch) beginning September 8. A communication with additional details regarding the timing and location of pick-ups will be forthcoming.


    As previously stated Carman-Ainsworth Schools is increasing technology access by providing a device for all students in grades Kindergarten Prep to 12th. You should have received notification from your student’s building principal regarding Chromebook pick-up. The following is provided for your information:

    For all Chromebook pick-up locations please note:  Please bring your driver's license and a pen/pencil, as parents will be asked to sign a contract in order to release the Chromebook to you. In order to maintain social distancing, we ask that only one adult from each family wait in line to pick up a device and we ask that no children wait in line with you. In addition, anyone entering a district building must wear a cloth face covering and maintain 6 feet of separation from others.

    Because we must maintain device inventory by building, Chromebooks shall only be picked up at the building the student is enrolled. Keep in mind, distribution of other materials, books, etc. specific to the building may also be available. 


    Elementary Chromebook Pick-up

    The following are times for parent pick-up in order to stagger parent arrival. If your children have different last names, you may choose one time to collect all of the Chromebooks at once.

    Times are based on the last name of the student

    A to E - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    F to J - 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    K to O - 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    P to T - 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    U to Z - 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


    Dye Elementary and Randels Elementary - Monday, August 24, 2020

    Dillon Elementary and Rankin Elementary - Tuesday, August 25, 2020


    Middle School Chromebook Pick-up

    6th Grade - Monday, August 24, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    7th Grade - Tuesday, August 25, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    8th Grade - Friday, August 28, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


    If you cannot make one of these dates, you may pick up your child's device during our evening pickup on Wednesday, August 26, 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    When you arrive at the middle school you will enter through the front entrance of the school and proceed to the media center to obtain your device. You will exit the building through the media center. You will be asked to update your email and phone number information. You will also receive a letter outlining expectations for virtual learning using Google Classroom.


    High School Chromebook Pick-up

    Chromebook, textbook, and schedule pick up are as follows:


    12th Grade - Tuesday, August 25, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    11th Grade - Tuesday, August 25, 12 noon – 3:00 p.m.

    10th Grade - Friday, August 28, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    9th Grade - Friday, August 28, 12 noon – 3:00 p.m.


    Students who need an evening pick up may stop in Wednesday, August 26, 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.


    Atlantis High School Chromebook Pick-up

    August 26 and 27, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


    Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate through these plans and prepare for the various scenarios the upcoming academic year may bring. Please know that our teachers, custodians, food service, technicians, and all of our staff members are going above and beyond to ensure a safe and responsible return for all of our students.

    Please contact me with any questions. Thank you.


    Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay CA Strong.


    Eddie Kindle, Ed.S.

    Superintendent of Schools




    August 12, 2020

    Hello Carman-Ainsworth Families and Staff Members,

    I'm pleased to share with you the Carman-Ainsworth 2020-2021 Return to School Plan that was approved by the Board of Education last evening. Our return to learning will begin on Monday, August 31, 2020, for grades K-Prep through 12th grade, with 100% remote learning through the month of September. Although we wish we could return face-to-face, we believe this is the best plan for our students, families, staff and community. We will continue to monitor everything that is necessary for the safe transition to face-to-face instruction and will work with the medical community, staff and families for input.

    The remote learning platform will be far more comprehensive than what we were able to provide last spring. Students will be held accountable for learning and clearly defined expectations each day. We will be providing information regarding schedule, textbook and Chromebook pick-up in the next few days along with meal distribution.

    For those students who have special needs and more intensive needs for support, staff from our programs will be working with each of our families to find out what will work best for your child going forward.

    This will take us through the first four weeks of the school year and we will use those four weeks to monitor how the plan is working and most importantly monitor the current conditions in our area with respect to the virus.

    A plan is simply something committed to writing, but executing this plan, being flexible and making adjustments to the plan that are responsive to the needs of our students, families, teachers, and staff, are important things as we go forward. We appreciate your flexibility as we prepare to launch a great school year!

    Please contact me with any questions or comments. Thank you for your support.

    Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay CA Strong.


    Eddie Kindle, Ed.S.

    Superintendent of Schools




    July 21, 2020


    Carman-Ainsworth Families and Staff Members,

    I am providing the following information as an overview for return to learning for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Carman-Ainsworth School District is prepared to safely and responsibly deliver high-quality education to students during the upcoming academic year. The district based its Preparedness and Response Plan on the MI Safe Start Plan and MI Safe Schools: Michigan’s 2021-21 Return to School Roadmap.

    Students return to school depends on the “Phase” of the MI Safe Start Plan (to review the CACS Return to School Plan 2020-2021 click here):

    Phases 1-3   Full Remote Instruction

    Phase 4         In-Person Instruction with Required Safety Protocols (current Phase)

    Phase 5         In-Person Instruction with Limited Safety Protocols

    Phase 6         In-Person Instruction Traditional

    If we are in Phase 4 and we return to school, for in-person instruction, just about everything in our schools will be different to make sure we are doing everything possible to keep our students and staff safe.

    If we return to Phase 3, full remote learning, our program will be far more comprehensive than what we were able to provide last spring when we first begin remote learning. No matter what phase we are in, if you want your child 100% remote learning for the entirety of the next school year, we will have that option available as well.

    Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools has purchased an on-line option for students K-12. The 100% online option the District will provide for the 2020/2021 school year will be far more robust and rigorous than what was offered last spring. Students will be required to learn new material online and should plan to spend a minimum of four hours each day working on coursework. Participation, two-way communication with the teacher, assessments, projects, etc. will be mandatory.

    • Students must commit to a full semester.
    • Every effort will be made to allow students to follow their previously scheduled courses; some courses may not be offered in this setting.
    • Students will be required to attend virtual class sessions daily and complete online assignments as outlined by the teacher.
    • Students will be held accountable to essential standards and skills and will demonstrate mastery of those skills.

    If you want to enroll in this option, please contact your students building secretary. 

    We will post the Carman-Ainsworth School District’s Preparedness and Response Plan next week, which will contain information that is more specific.

    I would like to remind you beginning with the 2020-2021 school year, Carman-Ainsworth Schools is increasing technology access for all students by providing a device for all students in grades Kindergarten to 12th. This will empower students to become facilitators of their own learning, rather than just consumers of information.

    Finally, I want to recognize the anxiety regarding returning to the classroom. There are some people who are very concerned about students returning to school in the fall, and there are others who are ready for their students to come back tomorrow. It is your choice to decide which decision to make; neither is right or wrong. It is important that you know we respect your decision and support you in every way possible.

    Please know we are monitoring the data on a daily basis, and we would not return students to an environment that is not safe. We ask you to be patient as we collaborate with our local health department, the state health officials, and the Centers for Disease Control.

    This is an ever-changing situation. As we proceed with returning to school on Monday, August 31, 2020, please know your support and understanding are appreciated. We are so grateful for a school community that is committed to supporting our students during this unprecedented and challenging time.

    Please contact me with any questions. Thank you.


    Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay CA Strong.


    Eddie Kindle, Ed.S.

    Superintendent of Schools