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Clarkston Community School District

Fall 2020 Return to School

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In looking forward to the 2020-2021 school year, our Return to School task forces are developing a comprehensive plan which prioritizes the health and safety of our students and employees. We are currently evaluating district capabilities and resources, working through the MI Safe Schools Roadmap created by the Return to School Advisory Council, and analyzing community feedback from our recent survey to develop a comprehensive district plan to present to our Board of Education on August 3.

Two Learning Options for Fall 2020

Clarkston Community Schools will begin the school year with two learning options for families, should Michigan remain in Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan. All plans will be contingent on the realities we are facing in August. We will continue to take guidance from the State of Michigan, Oakland County Health Division, and the Centers for Disease Control to best support the health and safety of our students and employees.

Distance Learning Contingency

Should public health indicators suggest that it is not safe to return to school Face-to-Face, Clarkston Community Schools would move to district-wide Distance Learning for all students for a period of time.

Distance Learning is not the same as our opt-in Clarkston Virtual program (which parents select for a semester or year), and it is not the "crisis schooling" model that we experienced in the Spring. Phase 3 Distance Learning in Clarkston will be a temporary, robust replacement for a traditional face-to-face school environment in which classroom teachers would take attendance and lead instruction with students fully engaged at home for a specific period of time. With additional requirements provided by the state and in response to feedback from students, staff, and families, the Fall 2020 district-wide distance learning model will include the following elements:

  • 1:1 technology model ensures remote learning shift can happen swiftly and efficiently to maintain continuity of learning.
  • Not the same as opt-in Clarkston Virtual program (which families select for a semester or year), and it is not the "crisis schooling" model that we experienced in the Spring.
  • Students are still “attending school” but they are attending school from home.
    Pacing, assessment, grading, daily attendance, and curriculum progress would remain consistent with in-person learning expectations.
  • Set daily login times for teachers and students with more daily, interactive, live/direct (“synchronous”) instruction and frequent real-time contact with students’ established classroom teachers.
  • Revised daily schedule that provides a structured learning plan for students and families
  • Activities, tasks, and assessments will be scheduled and required.
    Seesaw (Y5—Grade 5) and Google Classroom (Grades 3—Grade 12) 
  • Professional learning for technology will be provided for staff. 
    Access to materials and progress/grades for both students and parents/guardians will be provided.