Carman-Ainsworth to allow teachers, certain staff to work remotely

FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools has adopted a temporary policy that will allow most teachers and certain staff members to work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the Dec. 1 school board meeting, Carman- Ainsworth Superintendent Eddie Kindle announced that the district would be enacting an Emergency Electronic Telecommunication Policy issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). This policy, granted under emergency orders from MDHHS and the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), gives most CASC staff members the opportunity to teach classes or perform other work at home if it can be done remotely.

Kindle said that the policy applies to qualifying teachers who have the capability to teach remotely and perform work from home. Teachers who don’t have the technological resources to operate online classes would have to continue reporting to their respective buildings.

Other staff who qualify for the remote work policy include paraprofessionals and district nurses. Certain staff, such as administrators and custodial workers, must continue to work on-site in the district.

Due to rising COVID-19 cases throughout the county, Carman-Ainsworth has returned to a 100 percent virtual format for all K-12 students until Jan. 25. Prior to the policy change, all CASC teachers had been giving remote instruction from their respective classrooms in the district. K-5 students did begin a hybrid classroom format during the month of October but returned to 100 percent online learning in mid-November, following the state’s initial emergency order that was issued on Nov. 18. — B.G.