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Board Approves October Return to Face-to-Face Instruction

Board Approves October Return to Face-to-Face Instruction

On Monday, September 28, the Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education unanimously approved Superintendent Dr. Shawn Ryan's recommendation for a gradual return to face-to-face learning in buildings beginning on Monday, October 5. If you missed the Board meeting, you can watch it here.

No Student Instruction on Wednesday, September 30

As part of his recommendation, Dr. Ryan asked the Board to give teachers time to prepare their classrooms on Wednesday, September 30. As a result of this approval, there will be no instruction tomorrow (Wednesday, September 30); however teacher office hours will be held from 8:30am-11:30am. Take a look at our revised student calendar for all of our updated 2020-2021 dates.

The district will begin a gradual return according to the following framework through Friday, October 30, and proceed thoughtfully into the remainder of the calendar year with continuous re-evaluation. This structure allows our youngest students to come back to school first during the week of October 5, with secondary students following on a temporary staggered schedule on October 12.

To accommodate district bus transportation schedules, elementary students and teachers will return to their traditional daily schedule when they return to face-to-face instruction during the week of October 5. While they are still distance learning, they will be on the current elementary distance learning daily schedule (8:30am-3pm).

Secondary students and teachers will return to their traditional start and end times on Monday, October 12 for in-person students and distance learners. The traditional school-day schedule with earlier start and end times will be adopted on distance learning Wednesdays as well. Bell schedules will be adjusted slightly to accommodate 10-minute passing periods.

What's Next

You will receive specific information from your building regarding daily schedules, arrival and dismissal, and the new student orientation process, and more.

On Thursday, the district will be sharing a Return to School Family toolkit with the following information:

  • Face-to-face school schedules by building
  • Technology distribution (which will now be completed in each building when students return to school instead of a separate pick-up process. If students need a device prior to their return to school, parents should contact their school's main office.)
  • Bus transportation
  • Mask policy
  • School supplies
  • Lunch procedures
  • Health screening, when to keep a student home, and reporting absences
  • Oakland County Health Department processes and procedures for isolating and quarantining COVID cases and contacts, and CCS notification procedures

A safety protocol video will also be shared this week to show students what to expect when they return to campus.

All of your questions will be answered through our building and district communications in the next few days in order to best prepare you for our gradual return to schools. Thank you for your patience.

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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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Media Contact: Mary Ellen Rowe, Marketing Director (248) 623-5460.

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