CAPS Winter Update

December 22, 2021

As we partner with families to support our students' success in school, CAPS is committed to improved communication. CAPS will begin to send quarterly updates sharing information about our schools, parent resources, community resources, employment opportunities, and safety.

Ways to stay informed:

Cadillac Schools

Facebook @CadillacSchools

Instagram @CadillacSchools

Website www.cadillacschools.org

Cadillac Schools App


Cadillac High School Athletics

Facebook @CadillacVikings

Twitter @CadillacViking1

Website: www.cadillacvikings.org

Get Involved

We are often asked by parents- How can I get involved? There are many opportunities for families to be involved in schools. Partnering with our families is critical to our students' success. We are looking for a few parents to sit on our District School Improvement Team; if you are interested, please contact Jennifer Brown at 876-5000. Please find information about how to be involved below.

School Safety

How do I report a safety concern or threat?

Contact law enforcement (231) 779-9211 or 911

Tell an adult at school

Report it to OK2SAY


What should I do if there is an emergency at school?

Every school building has an emergency operations plan written in coordination with local and state emergency service providers (police, fire, ems, etc.) that include action steps for the following emergencies:


  • severe weather (incidents such as a thunderstorm, tornado, ice storm, blizzard, or flood which requires the Cadillac Area Public Schools to take emergency protective measures)
  • fire (a fire in a building or on the grounds of the Cadillac Area Public Schools requiring emergency protective measures to be implemented)
  • environmental hazard (an incident such as a hazardous materials release, exterior threat, or another incident that requires district employees, teachers, and students to remain inside)
  • first aid/Medical (incidents that require district staff and teachers to provide emergency care)
  • power outage (incidents where there is an electrical power failure, gas line break, water main or sewer break, telephone outage, computer network or internet outage impacting the Cadillac Area Public Schools District requiring action to be taken)
  • evacuation (incidents such as a fire, internal chemical release, bomb threat, or other incidents which require district employees, teachers, and students to leave the building)
  • bomb threat/suspicious package (guidance on handling suspicious packages and during a suspected or actual bomb threat on or impacting the Cadillac Area Schools requiring emergency protective measures to be implemented)
  • secure mode (incidents when the potential for external threats arise in the surrounding area, actions will commence to secure the building and occupants)
  • lockdown (incidents such as an active shooter, criminal incident, exterior threat, or other incidents which requires district employees, teachers, and students to remain inside to protect occupants and minimize overall exposure to danger)
  • reunification (provide for the orderly and coordinated reunification of students and families if an emergency situation occurs that warrants evacuating Cadillac Area Public Schools for an extended period of time)

The parent's/guardian's role in each of these emergencies is to wait for school communication via our notification system. The staff and students practice these procedures multiple times throughout the year. We will be planning a TEST emergency notification to all parents in January to ensure we have the correct contact information in our notification system. We will do an emergency test two times a year- September and January. These are our open enrollment windows when we tend to have new students enrolling.

If your contact information changes at any time throughout the year, please call the individual buildings to update your information. In the event of an emergency, please do NOT come to the building. We know our instincts as parents are to get our children to safety, but please understand we will need to secure the facility and surrounding areas to allow for emergency personnel to have clear access to buildings. We have a reunification plan for each building and would provide that information to parents using our notification system.


What are our schools doing to keep our kids safe?


  • All buildings have a secure entry and remain locked throughout the day
  • All PreK-8 buildings have panic buttons (Cadillac High School will in 2023)
  • All classrooms have locks and remain locked throughout the day
  • All buildings have both internal and external security cameras
  • All buildings have high-frequency radios that have an emergency channel for emergency services
  • Each building has an Emergency Operations Plan that is reviewed and approved by Law Enforcement and the Board of Education every year
  • CAPS employs a full-time police officer in partnership with the Cadillac Police Department
  • All staff are trained on emergency policies and procedures every year
  • All Emergency Operation Plans and procedures are practiced multiple times a year with staff and students
  • Every building has at least one school counselor to provide support services to our students and access to additional services for behavior and mental health
  • A district-wide alert system is in place to be used for communication
  • External agreements with local organizations and agencies are in place to support our schools and our Emergency Operations Plans

Parent Resources

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Alumni Spotlight: Craig Weidner

1966 Cadillac High School Alumnus Craig Weidner has a passion for his community and the ongoing success of Cadillac Area Public Schools. After completing his Business Degree at Ferris State University he went on to become the owner and CEO of Weidner Ford, Lincoln, Mercury in Cadillac for 27 years. Craig entered his second career when he joined Eagle Village, Inc as Director of Development. Craig was a member of CAPS Board of Education for 30 years with 28 serving as President. He continues to give back to his community and will say “yes of course” when asked to help. He is passionate about supporting Cadillac students. In semi-retirement Craig now spends his time driving a school bus transporting athletes to sporting events and spending time with his family. He can be seen on the car racing circuit in the summer and the slopes at Caberfae in the winter. Thank you Craig for being an Outstanding Cadillac Alumni.

Nominate a Teacher

107.9 CDY is teaming up with Wexford Community Credit Union to honor teachers who are making a difference, with the Teacher Of The Month Award. Nominate that special teacher by emailing your name, the teacher's name, his/her school and what makes him/her so special to teacher@localfirstradio.com. One teacher will be selected each month from October 2021 through June 2022 to receive a $100 Visa gift card from Wexford Community Credit Union.

Do you want a flexible schedule and support your local school district during a critical time? CAPS is looking for substitute teachers!

Requirements for substitute teachers in the state of Michigan:

  • A minimum of 60 semester credit hours from a two- or four-year accredited college or university.
  • Passing of a federal and state fingerprint background check.
  • Completion of the EduStaff application process which includes a valid substitute permit issued by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).

Benefits of becoming a substitute teacher:

  • A flexible work schedule - choose where and when you work through our district’s online substitute scheduling system.
  • Opportunities to develop valuable skills, impact students, and build meaningful relationships.
  • Virtual training, as well as on-the-job support and resources.
  • Free breakfast and lunch.

For more information, call 231-876-5000.

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School Bond Update

PHASE I: COMPLETE

Franklin Elementary

Lincoln Elementary

Forest View Elementary


PHASE II: COMPLETE

Mackinaw Trail Middle School

Viking Learning Center


PHASE III: Currently Under Construction

Cadillac High School