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On March 23, Governor Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, which remains in effect until April 13 at 11:59 p.m. If schools are able to return to operations, the first day back will be Tuesday, April 14.

We know that this closing has impacted our entire district family in varying ways and that this will no doubt create additional anxiety among many.

To provide you with the latest information and updates as to how the COVID-19 virus is affecting our school district, we have created this webpage. Please check back frequently for new information.


As a reminder, our meal service will continue over the regularly scheduled spring break and through April 13.


FREE Meals Available During the Closure

The CASD Food Service Department is offering FREE breakfasts and lunches to ALL children ages 18 and under and to students with disabilities ages 18-26 (with active IEPs) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Meals provided are for multiple days and are available for pickup at the following locations from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.:

Grayling Elementary - Entrance near Devereaux Library
Beaver Creek Township Hall
Frederic Township Hall
Maple Forest Township Hall
Lovells Township Hall

And beginning Wednesday, April 1:
     Grayling High School - Student/Cafeteria entrance facing the stadium
     Grayling Middle School - Entrance off Ottawa Street

Special thanks to our township offices for their help in this effort.

If any CASD attendance area families have difficulty making it to any of the pickup locations or if you have any questions, please contact Kim Schmidt at 344-3757. 

Device Checkout Forms

We are offering an optional device checkout for CASD students during meal pickup times at school buildings.

This is optional, and students/families are not required to check out a device. Please remember that most devices (e.g. Chromebooks) will only work with an internet connection.

Parents/Guardians wishing to check out their student’s assigned device must complete the online form found on the CASD website in advance of meal pickups, or you may follow the appropriate link below.

GES Device Checkout
GMS Device Checkout
GHS Device Checkout

Parents unable to complete the online form may call the following numbers beginning Tuesday, March 31, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.:

GES: 989.344.3655
● GMS: 989.344.3554
GHS: 989.344.3504

Devices will only be available by appointment at school buildings during scheduled meal pickup times. For GES or GMS students, devices will only be issued to a parent/guardian. Please note that other belongings will not be retrieved from lockers or other areas. Devices will be returned/collected once school resumes, and initial checkout fees will be waived for the remainder of the school year provided the device is returned in operating condition.

 

Message from Superintendent Justin Gluesing - March 27, 2020


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March 27, 2020

Hello CASD Staff, Families, and Community:

This afternoon I was able to participate in a call with Dr. Michael Rice, State Superintendent, and several hundred district superintendents from across Michigan. Dr. Rice did not share any new information but did stress that he expects better clarification in the week ahead on the most pressing issues for schools and school families. As I have shared, districts are needing clarification on several items before making decisions about the next steps. State lawmakers are scheduled to return to session on Wednesday. Between now and then, I expect leadership from the governor’s office, the Michigan Department of Education, and the legislature to be meeting to craft out more definitive guidance for schools.

The call took place after comments from Governor Whitmer were reported in the media regarding a return to school being “very unlikely” given what is happening globally and within our own state relative to COVID-19. Dr. Rice clarified that while he understands her comments, this is yet to be determined or ordered by the governor. Again, it is likely that we will learn more in the week ahead.

During the closure, our meal program has been tremendous. Today, over 3,800 meals were picked up/delivered to more than 600 children! This is our highest total yet. In response to this growth, beginning Wednesday, April 1, Grayling Middle School and Grayling High School will be added as temporary meal pickup locations. In addition, we will be offering an optional device checkout for CASD students during meal pickup times at school buildings.

Again, this is optional, and students/families are not required to check out a device. Please remember that most devices (e.g. Chromebooks) will only work with an internet connection.

Parents/Guardians wishing to check out their student’s assigned device must complete the online form found on the CASD website in advance of meal pickups, or you may follow the appropriate link below.

GES Device Checkout
GMS Device Checkout
GHS Device Checkout

Parents unable to complete the online form may call the following numbers beginning Tuesday, March 31, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.:

● GES: 989.344.3655
● GMS: 989.344.3554
● GHS: 989.344.3504

Devices will only be available by appointment at school buildings during scheduled meal pickup times. For GE or GMS students, devices will only be issued to a parent/guardian. Please note that other belongings will not be retrieved from lockers or other areas. Devices will be returned/collected once school resumes, and initial checkout fees will be waived for the remainder of the school year provided the device is returned in operating condition.

CASD Food Service will continue to offer FREE breakfast and lunch to ALL children ages 18 and under, as well as students with disabilities ages 18-26 with an active IEP, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Meals provided are for multiple days and are available for pickup at the following locations from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm:

● Grayling Elementary - Entrance near Devereaux Library
● Beaver Creek Township Hall
● Frederic Township Hall
● Maple Forest Township Hall
● Lovells Township Hall
Beginning Wednesday, April 1: 
          ○ Grayling High School - Student/Cafeteria entrance facing the stadium 
          ○ Grayling Middle School - Entrance off of Ottawa Street 

Families are reminded to follow social distancing during meal pickups.

As mentioned, I hope the week ahead provides additional clarity for our schools. I will keep you informed. My thanks again to our entire CASD family.

We will get through this together!

Sincerely,
Justin Gluesing

 

            JUSTIN GLUESING . SUPERINTENDENT . KIM SCHMIDT . BUSINESS MANAGER
                       1135 NORTH OLD 27 . GRAYLING, MI . 49738 . PHONE 989.344.3500
                                                   www.casdk12.net . FAX 989.348.6822

Message from Superintendent Justin Gluesing - March 24, 2020

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March 24, 2020 

Hello CASD Staff, Families, and Community: 

Yesterday, Governor Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order that became effective at 12:01 a.m. today. The order remains in effect ​until April 13 at 11:59 p.m.​ If schools are able to return to operations, the first day back will be Tuesday, April 14.
  
Since the initial school closure announcement, CASD has been operating with minimal staff in our buildings. With our Spring Break beginning this past Friday, staffing has already reduced naturally. On-campus operations will further narrow to the extent necessary and allowable under this new order and related guidance.  

According to this most recent order, critical workers include those staff described by the Director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency guidance of March 19, 2020, on the COVID-19 response. To review the full guidance, click ​here​.  

Consistent with the governor’s order and the guidance noted, workers necessary to conduct minimum basic operations include the following: 

● Food Service staff, Bus Drivers, and other support personnel specifically involved in operations related to the preparation and delivery of the special meals program.  

● Staff and volunteers necessary to complete student Pantry Bag (food supply) assembly and distribution. 

● Information Technology (I.T.) personnel required to maintain digital systems infrastructure, communications systems, and other technology-related operations. 

● Custodial staff necessary to ensure continuity of building functions and physical plant operations, including essential ​facility cleaning and disinfecting​. Custodial staff are directed to deep clean and disinfect all food preparation areas currently in use daily. 

● Bargaining unit leaders who perform critical labor union functions, including those who monitor the well-being and safety of members. Duties should be done by telephone or remotely where possible. 

● Staff necessary to conduct basic operations including payroll, employee benefits, or other functions as determined by the superintendent as essential for operations. 

● Educators supporting or facilitating distance learning or performing other functions determined by the superintendent to be essential for operations. 

Consistent with prior directives, staff designated as essential are permitted on campus only to the extent necessary to complete duties. Any staff member or other individual authorized to be on campus must adhere to social distancing practices (6 ft. apart) and other mitigation measures (frequent handwashing, cover coughs and sneezes, etc.). 

During the remaining term of the school closure, principals and supervisors are directed to limit in-person work, activities, and interactions to the extent possible. Face-to-face meetings should be shifted to virtual options where practicable and/or adhere to social distancing minimums.  In addition, staff are to work from home where able and if necessary to operations. Work from home options must be authorized by the building principal and/or supervisor and the superintendent. 
 
Those staff permitted to work under the current order must stay home if sick. Further, if any staff member has been notified as having had contact with a person suspected to have COVID-19 and is advised by community health professionals to self-quarantine, you must follow these guidelines.  

I am sharing this information broadly to our staff, families, and community so that we are all aware of the efforts CASD is making to comply with the executive order while maintaining safe and essential operations.  

For our students and families, thank you for your support and patience. We continue to process information day-by-day, and I will keep you updated as we know more. Though we are currently on our regularly scheduled spring break, our CASD leadership team has been in contact daily. While we are all eager to return to normal operations, we recognize that we need to see where the facts take us and that our new normal may look different as we move through the remainder of this school year.  
We are also waiting on clear guidance from our state legislature and state leaders on items specific to school operations. Critical among these decisions are those related to online and other instructional delivery options, as well as makeup days. These decisions are important and needed to inform our next steps.  

My thanks again to our entire CASD family. We will get through this together!
 
Sincerely, 
Justin Gluesing 

 

            JUSTIN GLUESING . SUPERINTENDENT . KIM SCHMIDT . BUSINESS MANAGER
                        1135 NORTH OLD 27 . GRAYLING, MI . 49738 . PHONE 989.344.3500
                                                    www.casdk12.net . FAX 989.348.6822

Message from Superintendent Justin Gluesing - March 20, 2020

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March 20, 2020

Hello CASD Staff, Parents, and Community Members:

I want to begin by giving thanks to our staff, parents, students, and community members. These first days have brought with them many questions and concerns, but across our staff and community, the offers to help and positive messages continue to overwhelm the worry and uncertainty.

I know you have questions, and we want to keep each of you informed. We have launched a new form through our website that will allow you to submit your questions online. Below, you will find a link to an online form to submit questions. We will periodically review questions and generate an FAQ document for you to reference. We will do our best to respond to each question, but questions of a similar nature may be combined into one answer summary.

On Thursday, I participated in a webinar with Governor Whitmer, State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice, and other lead health and education officials. This update primarily reiterated the information we already knew. Officials underscored that we are still in a monitoring phase, and again noted that our return to school on Monday, April 6 will depend on where the facts take us.

During these last four days, staff from each building have met multiple times to advance our planning around instructional delivery alternatives should our closure be extended. Today, the Michigan Department of Education released a memo addressing virtual learning options. The memo reads in part, “There is no mechanism to earn instructional time during a period of mandated school closure.” This statement is referring to the mandated hours and days of instruction required for schools and is only stating the "legislated" facts as they currently exist. All districts are hoping that our legislature works to provide the needed flexibility for districts to maintain student engagement. Not unlike the flexibility provided to get food to our families, our state leaders need to show the same initiative to get teachers re-connected with kids should the closure be extended.

We are being patient, but we are not sitting still. Our staff will continue to work during the closure to prepare as needed. The professionalism and “can do” attitudes displayed by our staff have been amazing. My sincere thanks to all of them!

I recognize that this remains a difficult situation for all our families. I know, too, that for our seniors, this can be particularly unsettling. To help answer questions specific to this group, Olivia VanDeVen, a senior and GHS Student Senate Governor, will be communicating regularly with Mrs. Sara Allen, GHS Principal. We will look to provide answers to the questions and concerns we receive.

I also want to remind all our families again about our FREE meal program. On Friday, over 3,400 meals were picked up/delivered across our district. Please remember that our meal service will continue next week over the regularly scheduled Spring Break.

Lastly, I want to encourage our staff and community to help our local businesses during this time as well. Our community businesses continually support our schools and school programs. Now is our opportunity to support them.

Again, my deepest thanks to our community and to our entire CASD family. We will get through this together!

Sincerely,
Justin Gluesing

         JUSTIN GLUESING . SUPERINTENDENT . KIM SCHMIDT . BUSINESS MANAGER
                   1135 NORTH OLD 27 . GRAYLING, MI . 49738 . PHONE 989.344.3500
                                             www.casdk12.net . FAX 989.348.6822

Message from Superintendent Justin Gluesing - March 17, 2020

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March 17, 2020

Hello CASD Staff, Parents, and Community Members:

As of today, we are expecting to return to school on Monday, April 6, but as a district, we are making contingency plans should our closure be extended. Over the last two days, administrative and teacher leadership team members have been meeting and discussing plans on how we move forward with instruction should we be unable to return to school on April 6.

In the days ahead, we will begin gathering some of the data we need. We will be sending home a survey with report cards, as well as sharing a link via email and social media for families. This will help us gauge how many CASD families currently have internet access at home. We request that the survey be completed only once per family. We are also planning for an optional device checkout during the week of March 30 for students/families interested (Chromebook, etc.). Again, these small steps will help us continue to prepare for an extended closure should it become necessary to move forward with an alternative plan for instruction. In addition, we recognize that online delivery may not be an option for all, and we are working to personalize our instructional delivery to the learning needs of our students.

This remains a fluid situation, and how this issue evolves in the days/weeks ahead within our state will inform and guide our next steps.

I know that many of our families are wondering about upcoming events (Prom, etc.) that are scheduled for April and May. Moving forward, as I know more, you will know more. When decisions are made on these major events, you will be informed immediately.

We have a great staff, and we love the communities and people who make up the Crawford AuSable School District. You have supported and stood by our distrcit, and we will meet any challenge necessary to continue to provide a quality education and educational experience for our students.

As a reminder, the CASD Food Service Department is continuing to offer FREE breakfast and lunch to ALL children ages 18 and under, as well as students with disabilities ages 18-26 with an active IEP (individualized education program) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Meals are available for pickup at the following locations from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm:
○ Grayling Elementary Building - Main Entrance near Devereaux Library
○ Beaver Creek Township Hall
○ Frederic Township Hall
○ Maple Forest Township Hall
○ Lovells Township Hall

If any families have difficulty making it to the pickup locations or if you have any questions, please call 344-3757.

Again, my deepest thanks to our staff, students, parents, and community. We will get through this together!

Sincerely,
Justin Gluesing

 

 

          JUSTIN GLUESING . SUPERINTENDENT . KIM SCHMIDT . BUSINESS MANAGER
                  1135 NORTH OLD 27 . GRAYLING, MI . 49738 . PHONE 989.344.3500
                                             www.casdk12.net . FAX 989.348.6822

Message from Superintendent Justin Gluesing - March 13, 2020

         

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March 13, 2020

Hello CASD Staff, Parents, and Community Members:

Late last night, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice announced that all K-12 school buildings—public, private and boarding—are ordered to be closed from Monday, March 16 to Sunday, April 5, 2020.

Consistent with this announcement, CASD schools will be closed until Monday, April 6. During this window, CASD was already scheduled to be closed for spring break from Friday, March 20 through Friday, March 27. Though this will extend our break, we recognize that this will be a significant disruption to the daily lives of our students, families, and our staff.

Consistent with Governor Whitmer’s directive, we will enact the following measures related to district operations, events, and other programs effective immediately:

● All community meetings or gatherings scheduled to take place within our school facilities are suspended until further notice. This includes the recently announced walking track hours for the Viking Activity Center and any other weekend, before school, or after school community events.

● The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) has directed all member schools to suspend activities in all sports for all seasons. All athletic activities are to be halted include practices, scrimmages and competitions, as well as strength training, conditioning, and any other organized sessions and activities in all MHSAA in-season and out-of-season sports. In addition to athletic programming, all afterschool activities, clubs, or other programs are suspended during the closure. School fundraisers scheduled to be held during the dates of the closure are postponed until further notice. Beginning Monday, April 6, pending any further action by the governor, any after-school activity consisting of a group smaller than 100 individuals (clubs, athletic practices, etc.) may resume.

● During the district closure, the Viking Wellness Center inside Grayling High School will be closed. However, the VWC staff will be working to provide medical services for students by appointment only at District Health Department #10, 501 Norway Street, Grayling. If you have questions or if your child is in need of medical services, please call 989-710-5050 to schedule an appointment.

● Assemblies and performances in our schools involving participation by the general public are suspended until further notice.

● All field trips are suspended until further notice.

● During the closure, our custodial staff will be reporting to buildings to deep clean and sanitize all touch surfaces. This includes keyboards, bathrooms, door handles, and any other high-contact surfaces.

● For those CASD families participating in Friday Food Pantry Bags, we were able to “double-up” and/or provide additional supplies today before dismissal. We are still working on plans for additional pantry supplies to be available for families currently participating in the program. Additional information will follow in the coming week.

● During the next three weeks (March 16 – April 3), the CASD Food Service Department will be offering FREE breakfast and lunch to ALL children age 18 and under on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The package will include two breakfasts and two lunches and will only be available for pickup at the following locations from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm:

○ Grayling Elementary Building - Main Entrance near Devereaux Library
○ Beaver Creek Township Hall
○ Frederic Township Hall
○ Maple Forest Township Hall
○ Lovells Township Hall

Please contact Kim Schmidt at 344-3757 if you have any questions.

● Effective Monday, March 16, only staff essential to district operations are allowed in buildings to the extent necessary. Only payroll, custodial/maintenance, central office staff, building administrators, and other personnel specifically authorized by the administration are permitted in district buildings. School offices should be considered closed for non-essential business. For next week, main office staff in each building will be available on a limited basis for calls.

We know that this has impacted our entire district family in varying ways and that this will no doubt create additional anxiety among many. For our students, you can help by taking the following measures:

● Offer Comfort and Facts - Correct misinformation and be open to discussing their concerns. Answer questions honestly and calmly. Make sure you are educating yourself by visiting michigan.gov/coronavirus or cdc.gov/Coronavirus/ for the best information.

● Help Them Feel in Control - By focusing on what they can do to stay healthy, you help them establish a sense of control. Continue to stress proper handwashing procedures and make sure students continue to get proper rest.

● Keep Students Mentally Active - With the extended break, we encourage families to have their student(s) read every day. If you have internet access, students can utilize online services like Khan Academy, STMath, or other free resources.

As Governor Whitmer also shared, the return to school on Monday, April 6 will depend on where the facts take us. This remains a fluid situation, and we will continue to provide updates to our staff, families, and community. Please continue to monitor your email, our district website, and our school Facebook pages for updates or other alerts.

My deepest thanks to our staff, students, parents, and community. All the challenges that unfolded today were overshadowed by the patience and the outpouring of help offered by so many. We will get through this together!

Sincerely,
Justin Gluesing
 


         JUSTIN GLUESING . SUPERINTENDENT . KIM SCHMIDT . BUSINESS MANAGER
                 1135 NORTH OLD 27 . GRAYLING, MI . 49738 . PHONE 989.344.3500
                                             www.casdk12.net . FAX 989.348.6822

Questions & Answers - COVID-19

As our community works through the COVID-19 issue, there may be questions you have that we at the CASD can answer for you. If so, please use the link below to access the form. We will do our best to respond to every question submitted, but questions of a similar nature have been combined into one answer summary.

Thank you,
Justin Gluesing

Click here to submit a question


CASD FAQs - Coronavirus Closure

1. What about seniors planning to graduate? How will they complete the graduation requirements? Any dates for seniors that are changed? Do we know anything along the lines of graduation? What about other events like prom?
A: Since we have been out of school, the CASD administrative team has been meeting regularly to discuss these and other issues: Prom, classes, credits, graduation, sports, and many other events. We are waiting to make decisions until more information becomes available. We will do what we can to postpone or reschedule before just canceling events. As soon as we are able, we will make these decisions and update our students and families.

2. Will we have to make up these days at the end of the year?
A: As of today, March 24, 2020, the state legislature and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE)  have yet to answer this question. We expect to see some clarification in the days ahead. We will update everyone as we know more.

3. If we are able to return to school, when will we return?
A: Based on Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order No. 2020-21, we are now scsheduled to return on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.


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