Carman-Ainsworth School Board approves fully online start to school year

FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth students will be starting the new school year on Aug. 31 with online classes only.

On Aug. 11, the Carman-Ainsworth School Board approved a Return to School plan that will have students in grades K-12 participating in 100 percent remote learning during the month of September. While the district was originally planning to begin classes with a hybrid model, Carman-Ainsworth Superintendent Eddie Kindle said that online learning will be the safest option for kids, teachers and staff members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Although we wish we could return face-to-face, we believe this is the best plan for our students, families, staff and community,” he said. “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.”

Kindle said that the district’s remote learning platform will be fully comprehensive, holding students accountable for learning and clearly defined expectations each day. CACS will support Google Classroom for grades K-12, and all students will receive a Chromebook.

Staff will also be working closely with families of students who have special or intensive needs.

“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,” Kindle said.

Although a return date for in-person classes has not been estimated, CACS has developed a hybrid classroom model based on the state’s Return to School Roadmap. In this model, students will be divided into two groups based on the first letter of their last name. Students with a last name beginning with the letters A through L (BLUE Group) will attend school for full days on Mondays and Tuesdays. Students with a last name beginning with the letters M through Z (GRAY Group) will attend full days at school on Thursdays and Fridays.

Blue and Grey Groups will alternate on Wednesdays, attending in the morning only for a half day of instruction. Teachers will then work remotely with students in the afternoon.

If a student tests positive for COVID- 19, they will be quarantined for 14 days and the district will begin contact tracing. Anyone who is within close contact of a positive case (less than six feet apart for 15 or more minutes) will be asked to self-quarantine for up to 14 days after exposure.

Facial coverings will be required in all classrooms and buses by all students in grades PreK-12. Staff members will also be required to wear a mask or facial covering except for meals. Any student or staff member who cannot medically tolerate a facial covering must provide signed medical documentation substantiating their claim.

A complete breakdown of Carman- Ainsworth’s 2020/2021 Return to School Plan is available at