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From the Superintendent: Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

Dear CCS Families,

As you may know, we have a unique educational opportunity for our school community just a week away. On Monday, April 8, a solar eclipse will occur. The eclipse is projected to begin around 2:00 p.m., reach maximum coverage at 3:14 p.m., and conclude around 4:30 p.m. Clarkston is just outside the path of totality and will experience approximately 98% coverage. The next solar eclipse here in Clarkston won't be until 2044, so this will be exciting!

To ensure the safety of our students and staff during the eclipse, we will be distributing solar glasses to all students and staff. Please emphasize to your children the importance of not looking directly at the sun during the eclipse to prevent potential harm. It is also essential to explain to them that regular sunglasses do not offer sufficient protection.

In preparation for this event, we are providing our teachers with some safe, fun, and educational resources and activities that they can choose to do. If you would like to learn more about the eclipse, here are a few resources for you: 

We believe this experience will be visually intriguing and contribute to our students’ curiosity and understanding of astronomy. 

Thank you for your cooperation in making this a safe and educational moment for all.


Dr. Shawn Ryan


About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 6,500 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have a virtual academy, an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.

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