December 7, 2020

Dear Capac Chief Parents, Guardians, and Staff,

This afternoon, Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services extended their current orders for the next 12 days.  While we were hopeful that all of our students could return to in-person learning next week; this will not be the case. This extension will take us through to our regularly scheduled Holiday Break beginning December 18th and scheduled to end on January 4th, 2021. STC, Subject To Change has been our mantra since the beginning of COVID-19, and once again, this is true.. This STC requires us to continue to remain flexible as we move forward. We will continue to assess the situation as more data and information is provided and make decisions that provide a safe learning environment for both our staff and students alike. If there are changes that affect that return date we will inform you as soon as possible.

As a result of the extension of the current orders:

-We will continue with all of our Pre-K through 6th-grade students engaged in face-to-face, in-person education as long as staffing and MDHHS allow us to do so.
-All of our 7th-grade through 12th-grade students will continue with remote learning as they are doing now.  
-Additionally, all extracurricular activities will be suspended during this period as well. 
-We will continue to offer student meal pick up on the following dates: December 10th, 14th, and 17th. In order to accommodate our Jr.-Sr. High School students having access to these meals, we will extend the student meal pick-up service from 11-3:00 pm. If you or your student are not able to pick up meals during that time you may pre-order meals for pick up between 3-3:45, at the High School office, by calling the Food Service Director at  810-395-3855 or emailing vwatson@capacschools.us. A reminder that elementary school families are welcome to use this service for meals for the weekend for their student(s) as well.
-In addition, for student meal distribution days  December 21st and 28th, you may pre-order 7 days of food for your student to have over the  Holiday Break.

While this is not the news we hoped for one thing we have learned this year is that we can adapt and overcome any challenge when we work together in the best interest of our students because we are CAPAC STRONG. Regardless of what has been and is thrown at us, we can continue to LEARN, DREAM, and GROW together!

Jeff Terpenning

November 23, 2020 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone, 

I hope that you all will have a Very Happy Thanksgiving.  Before the holiday gets into full swing we wished to share with you the plan for returning to in-person, face to face learning.  Initially, when we made the decision to close within our district, our plan
was for all students to return to school on November 30th.  Unfortunately, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has changed our original plan.  Until December 9th, according to the MDHHS orders, only Pre-K through 8th-grade students are allowed to attend school in person. 

Therefore, beginning Monday, November 30th, 2020 all Capac Pre-K through 6th-grade students, only, will return to in-person learning.  All buses and classes will begin at their regularly scheduled times.  All 8th through 12th-grade students will remain on remote learning through December 8th, 2020. Mrs. Kirby will be sending an update daily schedule for all 7-12 students for November 30th through December 8th.  
Beginning Wednesday, December 9th, ALL students will return to in-person, face to face learning.  We will continue in-person, face-to-face learning until the Holiday Break, unless of course, we simply cannot attend  due to lack of available staffing or if further governmentalorders override our plans.  Our last day of school, prior to our scheduled holiday break, will be on December 18th, 2020, which  will continue until January 4th, 2021.  

Please keep in mind that these dates are subject to change (STC) as we are not in control of what the government decides or how COVID will impact us as a district. We will continue to communicate any changes just as soon as we know them. Let me take this opportunity to thank you all once again for your efforts to not only support continued learning for our Capac students during this time but to provide them with emotional support and encouragement they need right now. 

Jeff Terpenning


November 13, 2020

Good evening,

As you are well aware, the COVID-19 cases continue to rise throughout St. Clair County, the State of Michigan, and across the Country.  As we have experienced lately we are certainly not exempt from this. We have been in constant communication with the St. Clair County Health Department and Emergency Management during this time. While we have seen very few positive cases amongst our staff and students we have seen a rise in the number of quarantines, especially amongst our staff.  Our current situation does not stem from transmissions inside of our buildings but rather from quarantines that have arisen from issues outside of our buildings and out of our control.  In fact, kudos to our students and staff who have done a miraculous job of abiding by all of the safety protocols set forth which has allowed us to continue face-to-face learning up till this point.  

At this time, however, we feel that it is imperative and in the best interest of our students and staff that we transition from face-to-face learning to remote learning.  

Therefore, starting Monday, November 16th, and continuing through Thanksgiving break, Capac Community Schools will transition to remote learning.  Our plan is to return to face-to-face in-person learning Monday, November 30th.   Our hope and goal is that taking this short-term break will allow us to continue from November 30th to the Holiday Break, which begins December 21st, and beyond. We will continue to assess our circumstances and communicate any changes to you. 

Monday, November 16th the teaching staff will have a PD day to process our Remote Access Day and gear up for remote learning to begin fully on Tuesday, November 17th. Look for more information from your building leadership to follow this communication.

TEC will continue to operate as it has since the beginning of the year.  We will provide transportation, just as we have been, for those who choose to utilize it.  This will continue until either St. Clair RESA or Capac Community Schools suspends this opportunity.  

Foodservice will be available, for pick-up only, and will be at the high school cafeteria from 11:00-1:00, just like last spring/summer, on November 17th, 20th, and 24th.

Sports will also continue as scheduled until further notice.  

Your willingness to be supportive and maintain safe practices for our students has allowed us to continue our face-to-face education up to this point and will be key in our ability to return and continue to provide face-to-face educational opportunities in the future. I cannot thank you enough for all your efforts.

 Please do your part and encourage others to do theirs; wear masks, socially distance, and wash your hands often  
It’s especially important to wash: Before eating or preparing food Before touching your face After using the restroom After leaving a public place After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing After handling your mask After caring for someone sick
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members. Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people. Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick. In Education,

Jeff Terpenning


November 10th, 2020

Dear Capac Families,
As we all know, COVID-19 rates in our community continue to grow exponentially. Due to the 
incredible work of our staff, the safety measures in place, and our students/staff wearing masks, 
we have been able to stay in school. It is our intention to continue to do this as long as 
possible, but also want to be honest so our families can prepare that certain buildings or the 
entire district may be forced to pause face-to-face instruction and pivot to fully remote learning. To be clear, we cannot control what happens outside of our buildings, but we may be forced to respond to the outcomes.

The school districts in St. Clair County are presently at the COVID-19 highest risk level (Level 
E). This level is defined as more than 150 cases per million (cpm); we are currently at 265 cpm. 
Thankfully, due to our mitigation measures we have very little transmission in our schools. 
However, we presently have multiple staff and students isolated or quarantined and all buildings have been impacted. This combined with severe shortages of substitute teachers, paraprofessionals and custodians have forced all of our staff to cover for others. We applaud their dedication but know a tipping point may come when staff shortages impact our ability to remain open.

Our team at Capac Community Schools will continue to push as hard as we can, because our students need us. We will continue to deploy all resources from all departments while maintaining safe learning environments for staff and students. As always, transparency and open communication will be crucial as things progress. We are planning “brick to click” contingencies and know our families are preparing for a full virtual model as well. We will continue to communicate with you every step of the way.

Thank you for doing your part. The more our community fights this virus outside of our walls the 
less stress COVID-19 will cause within them. We appreciate your continued support in these 
unprecedented times.
Jeff Terpenning 

October 6th, 2020

Late Friday, October 2, 2020, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the Governor did not have the authority under state law to issue emergency declarations related to the COVID-19 pandemic after April 30, 2020. This action by the Court invalidated most (if not all) of the Governor’s executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic that were issued after April 30, 2020, many of which have guided the return to school this fall.

As a result of the Supreme Court’s action, yesterday, Monday, October 5th, Capac Community Schools were prepared to discontinue the requirement that K-4 students wear a face covering while in the classroom. This was due to the fact that the District did not include this requirement in its COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan.

Late Monday, October 5th, the Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an emergency order requiring all K-12 students who are five years of age or older wear a face covering at all times while indoors. This order was made under statutory authority granted to the Director in Michigan’s Public Health Code (see MCL 333.2253). The order took immediate effect and will remain in effect through October 30, 2020. 

As a result of this action, we will require elementary-aged students to wear face coverings while in the classroom.


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