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A Letter from the Superintendent: Peaceful Student Activism

Dear Friends of Clarkston Community Schools,

The recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida has been a catalyst for many parents, educators, lawmakers, and citizens to closely examine school safety procedures and protocols. In our district, and in districts across the country, these conversations are bringing about intentional actions for an immediate impact. However, it should be no surprise that perhaps the strongest and most persistent calls to action are coming from our nation's youth. In an admirable show of initiative and solidarity, students across the nation are banding together to make their voices heard.

As you may be aware, a 17-minute national student walkout demonstration is planned for March 14 in honor of the 17 students and teachers who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Perhaps your son or daughter has expressed an interest in participating in such an event. Even if this hasn't been a topic of conversation in your home, it's a great opportunity to open a dialogue about civic engagement, and what that means for your family.

As a district, we commend students who stand up for causes they believe in, and we support their right to free speech. We will not discipline students for peacefully assembling on school grounds, provided it does not pose a significant disruption to those who wish to remain in class. We respect that many students will want to remain in class during this time, and we expect instruction to continue as usual.

At Clarkston High School, our building administration has been working closely with student leaders to assist them in planning a peaceful and safe demonstration for the victims in Florida. Since this is a non-school sponsored event organized by students for students only, no outside guests or media will be permitted on campus during this time.

We may also observe a brief moment of silence in our secondary schools in remembrance of the 17 victims. No organized events are planned for our elementary school students.

Please know that our regular attendance policies will apply. Students who elect to participate or congregate may be marked absent as we will be operating under our normal school schedule. Any student who wishes to participate in an off-campus activity must be properly signed out and excused from school by a parent or guardian.

We appreciate your partnership in supporting all of our students as we continue to work together to provide a safe and respectful learning environment in Clarkston.


Shawn Ryan
Interim Superintendent

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 8,000 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. Each Clarkston Community Schools' student is fully engaged in a globally focused education, from preschool through graduation, that fosters in students a sense of self, perspective, responsibility/ownership, and contribution. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to cultivate thinkers, learners and positive contributors to a global society.

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