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Return to School 2020-2021

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 click here to complete the survey.

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