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Follow-Up to February 26 Communication

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Dear Clarkston Community Schools Families,

After communicating plans to introduce additional distance learning days last Friday (read my letter here), I was presented with compelling public feedback that suggests that for many, distance learning is solely a crisis education tool, and that now is not the time to reinvent its role for instructional innovation.

As a result, I have decided to withdraw the proposed distance learning days for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. I cannot in good conscience put forth a proposal to the Board of Education that has the potential to divide and detract us from our most pressing goal of moving forward. My focus remains on guiding the district forward and I want you to know that open-minded dialogue and strategic innovation will always have a place in our school district.

For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, students who are enrolled in face-to-face instruction will learn in-person in school buildings five full days a week (provided virus rates remain stable).

I appreciate your feedback and support.

Dr. Shawn Ryan
Superintendent of Schools

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,100 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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