CACC COVID-19 Updates

October 5, 2020 - Update from Asst. Superintendent, Tim Staffen

October 5, 2020

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff:

We hope this message finds you and your families healthy and safe.  As you know, educational plans around the state of Michigan remain very fluid due to COVID-19 pandemic.  Changes continue to occur as we respond to new directives from the Governor's Office, the Michigan Department of Education and the various Health Departments.

Late Friday afternoon, October 2, the Michigan Supreme Court issued a decision that Governor Whitmer did not possess authority under the Emergency Management Act to declare a state of emergency based on the COVID-19 pandemic after April 30, 2020. As a result, the Court concluded that "the executive orders issued by the Governor in response to the COVID-19 pandemic lack any basis under Michigan law."  Soon after the decision was announced, Governor Whitmer issued a statement noting “that this ruling does not take effect for at least 21 days, and until then, my emergency declaration and orders retain the force of law.”

It’s only natural to be asking what this news means for our school operations since our Preparedness Plan is based on executive orders that were issued well after April 30th. For the safety of our students and staff, at this time the Calhoun Area Career Center is not altering the health and safety protocols within our Preparedness Plan, which is posted on our school district’s website. To be clear, face coverings will still be required for face-to-face students and staff.

In the coming days and weeks, we will continue to gain information regarding how Governor Whitmer’s Return to School Roadmap is impacted by the Court’s decision. Meanwhile, we want to convey that all protocols remain in place until further notice. 

If you have questions or feedback, you can always email us at osbornet@calhounisd.org and someone will get back to you soon.  Thank you for your continued patience as we work our way through this pandemic together.  

Sincerely,

Tim Staffen, Assistant Superintendent of Regional CTE

September 29, 2020 - Update from CACC Principal, Steve Yurisich

Dear Parent/Guardian,

With the progression of the school year underway, I want to take a moment to share our plans for the return to face to face instruction here at the Calhoun Area Career Center.

Guidance from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the Office of Career and Technical Education(OCTE) is that there is not a delivery model for CTE that is 100% virtual. The CACC began the school year with a remote learning model of asynchronous instruction for the first 9-week quarter. The return to in-person instruction must be done as safely as possible and we will need to reduce class sizes and promote social distancing.

PLEASE NOTE: As mentioned above, the CACC at this time does not have a 100% virtual option. Students and families that have chosen this option for their educational delivery at their local school will be required to attend the CACC in-person as required by the CACC Continuity of Learning Plan. Students who elect not to participate in face to face instruction at CACC will be directed to coordinate a schedule change with their CACC and local district counselor. The current plan is to begin a hybrid model of face to face instruction beginning Monday,  November 2, 2020. Students will be divided into two groups, A & B. “A” group will be face to face on Monday and Tuesday and the “B” Group will be face to face on Thursday and Friday. A specific cohort for your student has not yet been decided at this time as we coordinate with the sending schools/organizations to collaborate around several considerations linked to the specific cohort assignment (i.e. Families with multiple students in school etc.). We will notify you and your students of the specifics as soon as we have finalized the process. Wednesday will have a set time in the morning and again in the afternoon for student’s questions and feedback. During the time not scheduled at the CACC students will have assignments accessible just as we are currently doing. 

I greatly appreciate the patience and understanding from all of our students and parents to this point. Please know that we are experiencing the same feelings that you are and we would love to have all of the students back in the building full time.

Additionally, we will be reviewing the current plan for adjustments and direction monthly using input from many sources to decide on adjustments to the plan.

Thank you,

Steve Yurisich
Principal
Calhoun Area Career Center
Google Voice 269-205-3620

August 2020 - From Asst. Superintendent, Tim Staffen

To:  Local Educational Entities (LEA) Superintendents, Instructional Curriculum Counsel (ICC) Membership:

The Calhoun Area Career Center (CACC) provides Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming for approximately 1,000 students from 15 public educational entities, numerous private, parochial schools, home school organizations and the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy (MYCA). 

Considering the levels of movement to gain access to our building, programs, and transportation, as well as movement within classrooms and lab areas for hands-on performance activities in a CTE setting, we do not feel we can adequately reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread to allow for in-person, face to face schooling for grades 11-12 at this time. 

Therefore, I am recommending to the Calhoun ISD Board of Education that the CACC engage in "remote" and “virtual” learning for the first 9 week quarter of the 2020-2021 school year with the transition to face to face, in-person learning thereafter, contingent upon the trend data of COVID-19 spread at that benchmark and/or further governmental mandates. We will also continue to offer dual enrollment, early college, and other opportunities unique to CACC programming to students as we are able, and our Student Services Team will coordinate with post-secondary partners, business and industry, students, families and local school staff to provide a continuity of service. The MYCA program will continue in collaboration with Marshall Public Schools.

We understand any decision we make during the current pandemic impacts each of our constituent districts in different ways, and this decision is not an easy one, however, we believe this decision is in the best interest of safety for our students, families, constituent districts, and the CACC staff.

For specific questions, please email me at staffent@calhounisd.org.

Sincerely,

Tim Staffen
Assistant Superintendent of Regional CTE
Calhoun ISD
17111 G Drive N
Marshall, MI 49068
Office: (269) 789-2431
Cell: (269) 205-3143