CASD COVID-19 Resources & Updates
                                2020-2021 School Year

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our entire CASD family in varying ways and has created anxiety among many. To provide you with the latest information and updates as to how the COVID-19 virus is affecting our school district during the 2020-2021 school year, we have begun to create this web page. Please check back frequently as we will be adding new information on a regular basis.

Mental Health & Social/Emotional Resources

Counseling & Mental Health Resources

Please click above to access the contact information for area counseling and mental health resources.

School Social Worker's Google site

Please click above to access the Google site created by Kari Wheeler, our school social worker. It contains links, videos and documents about mental health and social/emotional learning topics that students, parents and families may find useful during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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July 29, 2020

Dear MHSAA Community,

The Representative Council met this morning to discuss fall sports. Here is a summary of the action taken.

Approved a “phased-in” approach to fall athletics.

Eliminated scrimmages in all fall sports; the only occasions where students from different schools would be together is for official games, matches, meets and competitions.

Finalized the fall sports guidance documents for the safe return to activity. This guidance includes general information along with sport-specific directives for students, coaches, staff, officials and media members. Spectator guidance will be added once those number of individual limits are finalized by the Governor’s office. These documents are posted at on each sport page and comply with all Executive Orders from Governor Whitmer.

New competition limits in all fall sports were approved to limit the number of teams and individuals at any one competition site. The concept is fall competition will take place as locally as possible with no large-scale events, invitationals or tournaments. See the fall sport-specific guidance documents for these limits.

Allowed all low-risk sports to begin practice and competition as scheduled on August 12. This includes golf, tennis, cross country and swimming. Swimming can begin indoor practice and competition once pools are opened  with capacity limitations being followed.

Allowed moderate-risk sports of soccer and volleyball (pending the opening of school gyms) to begin practice as scheduled on August 12 but to delay competition. Decisions on competition timelines (to start or to delay further) would be made on or by August 20.

Delayed the start of football practice with full player pads and equipment until Monday, August 17.  The week of August 10 shall only include practice sessions that consists of conditioning, physical training and skill work but without player equipment other than helmets. This week of acclimatization (August 10-16) is similar to the allowed summer activities with helmets, only, that have been ongoing since June. Decisions on competition timelines (to start or to delay further) would be made on or by August 20. 

The MHSAA will continue to be nimble and flexible in these uncertain times. The Council will be meeting regularly and we will continue to provide updates and possible modifications based on the most current information, directives from state government and health department officials and member school feedback.

Thank you.

Mark Uyl
MHSAA Executive Director
Phone: 517-332-5046

Message from Superintendent Justin Gluesing - September 18, 2020


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September 18, 2020

Hello CASD Staff, Families, and Community:

Next week we will enter the fourth and seventh week for our traditional year and ELY students respectively. Again, I want to extend my thanks to all our families for their cooperation and continued support. I remain encouraged by the efforts to keep our students and staff safe and to keep our buildings open for in-person learning.  

When we mailed our school calendars in early August, we reminded everyone that dates and/or the format for certain events may change. We will communicate in advance to alert everyone of any changes. Please watch for adjustments as we move forward this year. If at any time you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s building for more information.  

For our GLOE families, we have resolved several issues with our vendors, but we are still working with Lincoln Learning, our K-2 vendor, regarding consumable materials. We will update families as we know more. Also, during these first weeks of school, we have had several students return from GLOE to in-person learning in our buildings. For any family considering a return, it is important that this occur prior to September 30. Any requests after this date through the end of the trimester will be handled on a case-by-case basis.   

As mentioned in my last update, Executive Order 176 cleared the way for the MHSAA to reinstate football for a limited fall season. For athletes participating in MHSAA contact sports (football, basketball, soccer, wrestling), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) maintains that these sports should be avoided at this time. CASD is following the executive order and MHSAA guidance to offer these programs in as safe a manner as possible. It is important for families to recognize that COVID-19 transmission cannot be completely prevented, particularly when players are in repeated physical contact. Participation in any sports program brings with it risk, and it is important for families to evaluate this risk within the context of COVID-19 when permitting your student(s) to participate in organized sports (contact or non-contact). Parents and students accept these risks when voluntarily agreeing to participate in our interscholastic sports programs. Any parent or student needing more information is encouraged to visit the CDC or DHHS online. Also, face-covering (mask) exemptions do not apply to athletes in organized sports. All student-athletes must follow the specific guidelines for their sports as it relates to masks.  

Because of participant/spectator limitations for our stadium and consistent with our mitigation and safety measures, there will be no general admission ticket sales for the three varsity home football games. We know this will be disappointing for many in our community, but tickets for these events have been prioritized for the immediate family of players and marching band members and for GHS students (on a limited basis). Tickets will be available for family members on a “reserved for sale” basis only for these three events. Other events will have limited general admission tickets sales at the door, but these events remain subject to participant limitations. Home varsity football games will be broadcast on the radio. We are waiting on the installation of a video system that will stream all games at the stadium and in our gymnasium. Unfortunately, with the demand for this system so high, the installation has been delayed. We are looking into other options for streaming events, and if able, we will share additional information on streaming options in advance.

For spectators attending one of our sporting events, MHSAA regulations require all individuals to wear a mask at all times. Additional information can be found on our website and through the GHS Facebook page. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nate Maury, CASD Athletic Director, at 989-344-3523.  

Thank you again for your support.  

Justin Gluesing


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Message from Superintendent Justin Gluesing - September 4, 2020

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September 4, 2020

Hello CASD Staff, Families, and Community:

Traditional year students returned on Tuesday for the first day of school, and our ELY program just ended its fourth week of classes. I want to extend my personal thanks to all our staff and families for your help in starting our year safely. I also want to thank our students for their cooperation and for working through the operational adjustments at each of our buildings.   

As a reminder, CASD buildings require masks when entering, and we encourage everyone to wear an appropriate facial covering when picking up your student if you are outside your vehicle and gathered near an entrance to one of our buildings. Also, if attending one of our sporting events, MHSAA regulations require all individuals not in active participation to wear a mask at all times. This includes events inside our gym and outdoor events at the stadium.  

Last night, the governor signed EO 176 that cleared the way for the MHSAA to reinstate football for the fall season. Teams will begin regular-season games on September 18. Please note that our spectator limit for our stadium is 500 individuals. This is inclusive of all athletes, coaches, game officials, event workers, spectators, our marching band, etc. Our athletic department will communicate more in the near future regarding these limits.  

Included with this letter is information on how we will proceed if/when a student or staff member tests positive. If/when we do have a positive case, we will work with our health department regarding contact tracing. Those required to quarantine will receive a direct contact. If you are not contacted, you do not need to quarantine. To keep our staff and families informed, we will do a Skylert phone and email message to parents/staff of the same building where the positive case is identified using the sample script included in the informational handout. If the positive case is also a bus rider, we will notify families of other student riders on the same route. Again, these Skylert messages are only for awareness, and only those required to quarantine will receive a personal contact. As we are obligated to protect the privacy of our students and staff, we will not release any personally identifiable information. Students currently attending in-person instruction in our buildings who need to be isolated or quarantined will continue to engage in learning through Google Classroom/See Saw, and/or through additional materials/resources that may be necessary depending on the course/grade level of the student.  

As shared earlier this week, the United States Department of Agriculture announced the extension of federal waivers allowing child nutrition programs to continue feeding all Michigan children during the pandemic. Meals will be provided to children ages 18 and under at no cost through December or until funding runs out. As a reminder, if you normally complete a free and reduced meal application, it is very important that you still complete the application and return it to school. All meal charges from this school year will be reimbursed and deposited back into the student’s account. If you have any questions or would like the money in your child’s account refunded, please contact Kim Schmidt at 344-3757 or through email at

For our families attending GLOE, we are working with our vendors regarding a number of items, including online licenses. I have had personal contact with those vendors that have been slow to respond to our needs. Thank you for your patience as we work through the delay.

I have included a picture of our GMS gym floor below. The installation is progressing, and we expect the new maple floor to be placed by the end of today. There is still sanding, painting, and sealing that needs to happen before we can begin using the new floor. We expect to have the project completed in the next few weeks.  

As we move forward into the year, the responsibility to maintain a safe environment will rest with each of us. Thank you in advance for your continued efforts and support.  

Justin Gluesing

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Message from Superintendent Justin Gluesing - August 14, 2020

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August 14, 2020

Hello CASD Staff, Families, and Community:

This week we welcomed back our ELY staff and families. My thanks to everyone for helping us start the year in a positive way. The first day was a little different than we are accustomed to, but it was a great feeling to see our students and staff return to school. Special thanks to all our parents for working with us to support proper mask use and practice social distancing when possible. I know the first-day-of-school pictures look a little different this year, but we’ve all become better at reading eyes and of the students I was able to welcome, their eyes were smiling.

As we begin school in all our buildings, there will be changes and with that can come some anxiety. Please know that we recognize this and our staff is prepared to support our students and families as they return. All our building offices are open and able to answer questions. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to call.

As a reminder to our families, our own Great Lakes Online Education (GLOE) school is a fully online option this year. For families wanting to enroll in GLOE, we request that enrollments be completed by Friday, August 21. If you have questions about GLOE, please call Mr. John Gantner, GLOE Principal, at 989-344-3535. GLOE is also an excellent option for any homeschool families, and Mr. Gantner can answer any questions you may have.

The first day for our traditional year students is Tuesday, September 1. The first week of school will be three (3) days (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), followed by a four (4) day weekend for the Labor Day holiday. The short week will allow our students and staff to adjust to some of the changes this year. It will also allow our building teams to reflect on our operations and make small adjustments where needed.

Last year ended like no other in my career. Certainly, this year will also begin like no other. Both this past spring and again now, as we prepare for a new school year, my belief in what a great district we have is reaffirmed. There have been many efforts over these last months to adjust operations and embed numerous safety and mitigation measures at all levels and in all areas. We have prioritized safety in order to maximize in-person learning for our families. For all our families, it is important to have plans in place in case we are directed to close temporarily or in case a student is needing to quarantine for a time. We recognize that we will have challenges like this in the months ahead, but together, we will work through them.

I remain hopeful that our school year will end in a more “normal” place. As we begin, let us each commit to supporting one another - each student, each staff member, each parent, and each member of our larger school community. We each have a responsibility to help maintain a safe learning environment for our students and staff. Please take time to review the information that was mailed recently with our school calendars and remember that you can find additional information on our website at any time.

My best to our entire CASD school family and welcome to the 2020 - 2021 school year.

Justin Gluesing


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Message from Superintendent Justin Gluesing - August 6, 2020

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August 6, 2020

Hello CASD Staff, Families, and Community:

On Monday night, the CASD Board of Education has approved our district Preparedness and Response Plan. A copy of this plan will be available on our website shortly by clicking on the image below on our main web page ( The district plan will provide an overview of operations as we return to school, and each building will be detailing procedures and protocols in compliance with the overall district plan.

As we begin the year, we are planning for in-person learning five days a week (M-F) at all our buildings and have implemented numerous safety and mitigation procedures to help make this happen.

As shared previously, we offer full-time online K-12 programming through our Great Lakes Online Education (GLOE) school for families who want to be fully online. John Gantner, GLOE Principal, can help answer any questions you may have regarding program options (989-344-3535). For families planning to enroll in GLOE, we request that enrollments be completed by Friday, August 21. For any family considering a homeschool option, I would encourage you to speak first with Mr. Gantner, as the GLOE program provides curricular materials that you may use along with the necessary technology to support home learning options. Maintaining enrollment in GLOE also assists with the transition back to school when that time comes.

You have been mailed our annual district calendar. This is an important informational resource for our school community, but please recognize that dates and/or the format for some events may change. We will keep families informed as we move into the school year.

Here are links to several handouts for your review:

CASD Transportation Request Form 2020-2021 - Please complete and return if you plan to use district transportation.

CASD Bus Reminders - If you are using district transportation, please review these reminders with your student.

Social Emotional & Mental Health Resources - This resource provides a good overview of how you can support your student’s transition back to school. There are also numerous points of contact identified if you need additional assistance.

CASD Self-Screening Guidance - This important resource is for parents to use each day. Families are expected to conduct self-screening at home before sending your student to school. Please keep this guide nearby and available for your review each day.

Facial Covering Guidance - This information will further help clarify guidance for families regarding the use of facial coverings in our buildings. Specific to students, as of today, a general summary is as follows:

■ All students are required to wear facial coverings while on a school bus/using district transportation.

■ For GES students: Face coverings must always be worn in hallways/common indoor areas (Library, etc.) except for during meals. Students may remove face coverings when in classrooms. Teachers have discretion based on the activity to require face coverings when in the classroom.
■ For GMS and GHS students: Face coverings must be worn at all times by all students except for meals at GMS and GHS.
■ Facial coverings can be removed when outdoors and proper social distancing measures are followed.

Numerous Health Department Resources: DHD#10 has put together numerous resources to help guide our families as we begin the year. Much of our information is based on the guidance they have provided. These items are another resource for families to reference.

As we welcome our students back to our buildings, we are excited to return to in-person learning. We know that there will be adjustments, and as we begin, our plans will adapt based on need and new information. I want to again extend my thanks to our entire staff, our school families, and our larger school community. Though we continue to work through challenges, I repeatedly see our staff, our families, and our community rally to meet the needs of our students.

I am excited to welcome our ELY students and families back on August 11 and our Traditional Year students and families on September 1.

My best to our entire CASD family.

Justin Gluesing

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Message from Superintendent Justin Gluesing - July 30, 2020

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July 30, 2020

Hello CASD Staff, Families, and Community:

On Monday, the CASD Board of Education will review and adopt our CASD Preparedness and Response Plan. As noted in previous updates, this plan will provide a balcony view of operations as we return to in-person learning, and each building will be detailing procedures and protocols in compliance with these overall requirements.

Over the last several weeks, input has been gathered through parent survey data, Board of Education meetings, meetings with employee bargaining unit representatives, conversations with District Health Department #10 leaders, Superintendent Parent Advisory Council (SPAC) briefings, CASD Administrative Team planning sessions, COOR ISD leadership meetings, staff meetings, and individual building level teams. To review a draft copy of the district’s plan, you can click here. If you would like to address the Board prior to the plan’s adoption, there will be an opportunity to do so. Our regularly scheduled Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 3 at 6:00 p.m. For information on how to join this meeting virtually, click here.

On August 4, Grayling Elementary Principal Gina Brunskill and I will also host an informational briefing for ELY families at noon and at 5:30 p.m. Both sessions will be the same and will provide an opportunity to address specific questions regarding GE ELY plans. Information regarding this briefing will be shared with our GE ELY families by Principal Brunskill (Save the Date). ELY calendar (first day with students) is August 11.

Additionally, there will be a Superintendent Briefing and Q&A for interested families on Wednesday, August 5 at 6:00 p.m. This briefing and Q&A will provide a general overview of our return to learn plans and an update for interested families. For information on how to join, click here.

All buildings will continue to detail specific procedures for building operations as we move into August and more updates will follow from each building. Traditional year calendar (first day with students) begins September 1.

Next week, we will be mailing our district calendars to our families, along with additional resources, including information on busing.

As a reminder, CASD offers full-time online K-12 options through our Great Lakes Online Education (GLOE) school. GLOE provides local points of contact for program support. John Gantner, GLOE Principal, works closely with all our CASD buildings (GE, GMS, GHS) to help coordinate instructional planning for each student and assists when students return to in-person learning. There is no cost to enroll, and if you have any questions, Mr. Gantner can be reached at 989-344-3535.

We are continuing to monitor changes at the state level, and as we know more, we will update our families. For our fall sport athletes, the MHSAA has now announced a phased-in approach. Specifics on this can be found at the website. As we move into August, you are encouraged to contact your building principals if you have specific questions about your student or about specific building operations.

Thank you again.

Justin Gluesing


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Message from Superintendent Justin Gluesing - July 17, 2020


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July 17, 2020

Hello CASD Staff, Families, and Community:

As we look forward to seeing our students and staff back in our buildings this school year, our planning has focused on a safe return to in-person learning.

Reviewing the requirements and recommendations from the Return to School Roadmap and the guidance from our local health officials, our best chance to stay face-to-face with our students is to implement as many of the mitigation strategies as we are able. Specific to facial coverings/masks, these will be a requirement when we begin school this fall.

At this time, we anticipate the following:
1. All students and staff will be required to wear facial coverings while on a school bus. This would include normal to/from school routes and extra-curricular travel.
2. Facial coverings must always be worn in hallways and common areas by preK-12 students in the building except for during meals.
3. Facial coverings must be worn in classrooms by all students at GMS and GHS. Currently, other than the common area requirements noted above, our GE students will not be required to wear facial coverings when in classrooms as we begin the year.
4. Facial coverings must be worn by staff except for meals. PreK-4 and special education teachers will be able to use clear masks that will allow our younger students to see their full faces.
5. Any visitors entering any district buildings must wear a facial covering. Please note that visitors allowed into the interior of any building will be kept to a minimum as we start the year.

Please recognize that this is where we will start the year. In addition, depending on the setting, there will be some flexibility as noted below.

● In gym class when outside and following social distance protocols or when engaged in aerobic activity
● When there is a safety concern when working near equipment in our woodshop, or when another mask is required per OSHA guidance.
● For staff, when in an office space where only one person is present, facial coverings are encouraged but not required. Common area offices (e.g. main offices) will require masks at all times.

Our buildings will also work to plan for masks “breaks” during the day. Again, this is where we will begin, but as the school year progresses, I know we are all hopeful that we will reach a better place that will allow us to return to more normal operations.

In anticipation of this requirement, families can help prepare younger students by establishing routines and working with your student to develop a comfort level with wearing a mask. As a district, we will have a supply of reusable cloth masks available when we start, but it may be better to find a facial covering that your child is comfortable with now. I know that many families have already acquired facial coverings for their students. The CDC provides guidance on appropriate face coverings (click here for more information). Any facial covering, including those that are homemade, will be allowed, provided they are consistent with CDC guidance and our school dress codes.

For any student or staff member who cannot medically tolerate a facial covering, a waiver may be secured by providing documentation from a doctor indicating that the accommodation is required “at school”, and clarify if a face shield is/is not an appropriate alternative. For the vast majority of our staff and students, this should be rare.

Our Extended Learning Year (ELY) program begins on August 11 with the remainder of our students beginning September 1. The initial preparedness plan will be approved in advance of our ELY students returning but additional specifics will be updated as we approach the beginning of our traditional year on September 1. More detailed information will be released to families as we near the start of each school calendar.

Again, our planning remains focused on safety and in-person instruction for the coming school year. However, if schools are forced to close again for in-person instruction, CASD will be ready to serve our students and families through our Grayling Viking Distance Learning program.

We recognize that some of our families are considering fully online options for next year. CASD offers full-time online K-12 programming through our Great Lakes Online Education (GLOE) school. John Gantner, GLOE Principal, is available to answer any questions you may have (989-344-3535) and families interested in this option are encouraged to enroll now.

I know we all recognize that COVID-19 remains a fluid situation. Please be alert for additional information and increasing communications as we move into August.

My thanks to our entire CASD family.

Justin Gluesing

From CDC (June 28, 2020)

[The] CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

■ Cloth face coverings may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.

■ Cloth face coverings are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.

■ Cloth face coverings should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Evidence for Effectiveness of Cloth Face Coverings
Clip art of woman wearing a face mask

Cloth face coverings are recommended as a simple barrier to help prevent respiratory droplets from traveling into the air and onto other people when the person wearing the cloth face covering coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. This is called source control. This recommendation is based on what we know about the role respiratory droplets play in the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, paired with emerging evidence from clinical and laboratory studies that shows cloth face coverings reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth. COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), so the use of cloth face coverings is particularly important in settings where people are close to each other or where social distancing is difficult to maintain.

Cloth face coverings are a critical preventive measure and are most essential in times when social distancing is difficult. If cloth face coverings cannot be used, make sure to take other measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread, including social distancing, frequent hand washing, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

Child masks tips


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Message from Superintendent Justin Gluesing - July 10, 2020

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July 10, 2020

Hello CASD Staff, Families, and Community:

On June 30th, the State of Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap guidance was released (click here). Yesterday, we received the reporting template we need to complete and approve to return to school.

With our ELY program beginning on August 11th, the timelines required under Executive Order 2020-142 will accelerate our work to finalize the initial plan not later than August 4th. As shared previously, we will have our plan in place in advance of our ELY students returning, and update the plan as needed for the September 1st start of our traditional year.

The Return to School Roadmap details the requirements our district will need to follow based on the MI Safe Start phase of our region. CASD is currently in Phase 5 (Region 6). Under the guidance, the following summarizes how schools may open depending on the regional phase.

1. Phase 6 - Open for in-person instruction with minimal required safety protocols
2. Phase 5 - Open for in-person instruction with moderate required safety protocols
3. Phase 4 - Open for in-person instruction with more stringent required safety protocols
4. Phases 1-3 - Do not open for in-person instruction and instruction is provided remotely

Within the Roadmap guidance, districts must follow all safety protocols identified as “required” and may choose to implement additional recommended practices where possible.

Over the next two weeks, our district will be participating in meetings with our regional health partners from District Health Department #10 and continuing discussions and planning with our administration, staff, and ISD leaders. I will keep you informed as we move forward.

My best to our CASD families and staff.

Justin Gluesing



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2020-2021 COVID-19 Preparedness & Response Plan - July 29, 2020

CASD in the COVID-19 era