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From Superintendent Ryan: Friday Sunshine

From Superintendent Ryan: Friday Sunshine

Dear Clarkston Community Schools Families,

It's Friday and today's rainy skies have returned to's that for a hopeful way to start our weekend? I am a hopeful person, and my optimism doesn't dwindle when the clouds roll in.

This week, some of you expressed concerns about what school will look like this fall. I want you to know that it is my hope to open our school doors in August and have school be as close to normal as possible. I wholeheartedly believe that face-to-face interaction in a classroom is the best form of instruction and that will be our goal. Any deviation of this would be driven by county and state safety requirements and restrictions that all schools would be under.

As I mentioned in my letter to you on Tuesday, we are preparing for a variety of learning scenarios and we will remain flexible and fluid. At the same time, we are working on many different supports for families to meet your individual needs; for example, safe, reliable childcare for working parents, and virtual programs that families can opt into if they aren't ready or able to return to our buildings. We are educators, but we are also parents and community members, and we know we will need to be innovative to meet the needs of our Clarkston community. This work is already well underway.

In the meantime, we will keep looking forward with hope and optimism. And, for a little more sunshine in your day, look no further than our Young Fives and Kindergarten singers who were featured today on the Fox 2 morning news! (Watch the video)

Have a great weekend,

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 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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