FLINT TWP. — A rise in COVID-19 cases has prompted Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools to reimplement remote instruction for all students.
Effective on Monday, all K-5 students in the Carman- Ainsworth school district returned to a virtual class format after learning in a hybrid format for the past month. The move came one day after the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) ordered in-person classes to pause for high school students, while still allowing K-8 students to resume hybrid classes under strict COVID-19 measures.
Although the district originally planned to have all grades back in class for hybrid instruction this semester, students in grades 6-12 have learned remotely since the start of the school year and will continue to do so for at least the next three weeks.
K-prep and kindergarten students at CACS returned to class on Oct. 5, while elementary students in grades 1-3 had been back in class since Oct. 12. Students in grades 3-5 started in a hybrid format on Oct. 19.
Per the MDHHS order, Carman- Ainsworth had the option to continue with hybrid instruction for its K-prep, kindergarten and early elementary students. But CACS Superintendent Eddie Kindle said that virtual instruction is the safest format for all students as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
“Over the past few days, positive cases of COVID-19 county-wide and state-wide have increased significantly,” Kindle said. “Although we have not had an outbreak in our buildings, we are conscious of the anxiety this is causing our families and staff.
“We understand that this change to remote instruction presents challenges,” Kindle continued. “However, in an effort to maintain the health and safety our students, staff and community, we must make this transition.”
Prior to the state health department’s decision on Sunday, Carman-Ainsworth had planned to return to remote learning on Nov. 23 and remain online until Jan. 25.
According to data provided by Carman-Ainsworth, one Randels Elementary School student and five CACS staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 since Nov. 3. The most recent recorded positive cases include two staff members (Randels Elementary School and Carman-Ainsworth High School) on Nov. 14
To see updates on Carman- Ainsworth’s instructional plans, visit carman.k12.mi.us.