FAQs For Students and Parents
TECHNOLOGY AND CONNECTIVITY
What if my child doesn't have a device or the internet? Internet access will be an issue for many families in Northern Michigan. We completed a student readiness audit and are prepared to distribute devices to families with internet access but without a device. Please see device distribution schedules below. Families scheduled for a device will be contacted prior to scheduled time with instructions.
- 7th-12th High School Monday, April 13th at the front of the High School building
- 5th-6th Tuesday, April 14th at the back of the MTMS building
- K-4th Wednesday, April 15th at the front of each elementary building
Connectivity is a challenge for many. Charter is offering Free Access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households.
For students without internet access, all learning plans will have a paper/pencil option to be picked up at food distribution Monday through Thursday 10-12 at the Cadillac Junior Senior High school bus loop. If transportation is a barrier, please call 876-5000.Q: Can students without internet at home join the conversation by calling?A: Yes. When you start a meeting (with the "Join now" button), you'll see an invite box with a phone number and a PIN for students to use. Calling rates and long-distance charges may apply, though. (The area code on the number has differed for me in my trial runs.)Q: Is there an app students can use on a smartphone?A: Yes. The app is called Hangouts Meet and students can find it in the app store for their device. It's free and they will need to log in with their school Google account to access the Classroom Meet.
Continuity of LEARNING PLANS & EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
How will my student get their learning plan? Most students will receive weekly communication from a teacher. For students without access to technology or the internet, a teacher will have weekly contact with students providing paper/pencil options to continue learning. Paper pencil learning packets can be picked up at food distribution Monday through Thursday of each week. Those with transportation barriers need to call 876-5000 to schedule a delivery.
How will I be able to support my child’s learning? How will I know if my child is progressing? All Continuity for Learning Plans are posted on the website for transparency. Staff will be required to track participation and feedback for students. Teachers will be making weekly contact with students/parents. Progress will be documented in Powerschool weekly for students in 7-12. This documentation is not a grade but an indicator of participation.
Will my child’s work be graded? No student will be penalized for their inability to participate in our continuity of learning plans. Classes and/or courses will be credit or no credit. Transcripts will reflect our current situation with credit-covid (CR-CV) or no-credit-covid (NC-CV) or no-credit-covid (NC-CV) and a note of clarification on the transcript.
What will happen with winter and spring sports? MHSAA has cancelled all winter and spring sports' seasons.
How will we meet Special Education requirements? Our hard working Special Education staff will have weekly contact with students on their caseload. They will work to ensure students are working and progressing towards their IEP goals while working closely with teachers to support students learning plans. We are also in contact with WMISD to arrange ancillary services where appropriate. IEP meetings will be held remotely.
Will my child be held back in 3rd grade if he/she is not at grade level? No. Retention is a decision that will be made by a team including parents. No child will be retained based on the school closure. The 3rd grade reading law has a mandatory retention component, but that state policy has been suspended for the 2019-20 school year.
How do I make a request to have my child retained? If you would like to have your child retained, please reach out to your child’s teacher or school counselor (7-12) and make a request. We will schedule a phone call to discuss educational options in May.
Who will be checking on students through the extended closure? Students' teachers will be checking in on students weekly. School counselors, administrators and support staff will monitor any students with additional needs.
How will my child get into college without an SAT score? All seniors should have taken the SAT already. Juniors will be rescheduled to take the test at a later date this fall, paid for by the state.
Do 12th grade students still have to meet all graduation requirements in order to receive a high school diploma? The Board of Education has provided administration flexibility in the current credits requirement for our seniors. Specific courses required for graduation that are part of the state’s list of required courses have been assigned to seniors appropriately. In these cases, seniors will need to make progress in these classes in order to graduate. Remember to have grace and patience as both students and teachers learn how to adapt in the new platform.
What is the plan for students to complete the school year, how is this plan approved?
Will my child get to take the AP test? We have some preliminary information directly from the college board. It is recommended that you give this a quick read.
How do we deliver food to students? CAPS, working with Chartwells Food Service, is pleased to provide “to go” meals available for pick-up between 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Monday through Friday at the Cadillac Junior Senior High school bus loop. Tuesdays food deliveries will be made to families without transportation. If you need to schedule a food delivery or have food allergies, please call 876-5000.
How do we communicate with the community? What are effective ways to ensure transparency? Communication tools are critical! All district communication will be delivered using our parent/student alert system. We will also use emails, social media, and our website (cadillacschools.org) We will try to keep the communication clear, consistent, and constant although we ask for patience and grace as information is ongoing and changing at the state and federal levels.
Are special events such as prom and graduation cancelled? We are not cancelling any special events at this time; however, in line with the executive order, we are looking at alternative dates to reschedule graduation, prom senior awards banquet and senior breakfast.
How do I get my personal items from school or return school items like text books? TBD once we have guidance on the Stay Home, Stay Safe order. We are developing a plan to distribute personal items building by building once the executive order is lifted.
If you have additional questions, please submit them HERE and we will work to get answers to you and/or posted as soon as we are able.