Dear Clarkston Community Schools Students, Staff, and Families,
As announced by Governor Gretchen Whitmer this week, the MI Safe Schools Roadmap created by the Return to School Advisory Council sets the minimum health and safety requirements for schools to reopen safely in August. These minimum requirements will apply to all schools, including traditional public, charter, private, and parochial schools. Additionally, the plan includes several optional recommended measures that schools can take to reopen safely.
We understand that you have questions and concerns about returning to school in August. We have created a Check Up survey to gather feedback from our students, staff, parents, and guardians to better inform the district's decisions about returning to school this fall. Please take a moment to read carefully through this survey, as it includes detailed information about the state's plans, and our district's expected learning models for Fall 2020.
These learning zones of operation include:
- Face-to-Face Classroom Learning — This in-person model reflects a district-wide return to traditional classroom instruction with modifications for community health.
- Blended (Hybrid) Learning — All students would attend school all day on some days of the week, and learn from home on other days of the week, as necessitated by a shift in community health.
- Distance Learning — If necessitated by a state-wide quarantine, the Distance Learning model is a 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.
The survey also seeks to gauge student and parent interest in Clarkston Virtual, our 100% virtual online learning program for students in Grades K-12. The Clarkston Virtual program is a standards-based curriculum that is delivered in a flexible learning environment. This free program is supported by Clarkston teachers and Clarkston teacher mentors who are working specifically with students in the virtual program. Clarkston Virtual is a well-established, comprehensive program that looks and feels very different from the district-wide "crisis schooling" we experienced this Spring.
- Students can opt to enroll in the Clarkston Virtual program.
- Clarkston Virtual students would stay enrolled in Clarkston Community Schools.
- Clarkston Virtual students may participate in educational and extracurricular opportunities, though their schooling would be entirely at home.
- Clarkston Virtual students may transition back to traditional face-to-face classroom instruction with advance notice.
- Clarkston Virtual students will graduate with a Clarkston Community Schools diploma.
As I have shared in previous letters, it is absolutely our goal to be back in school in as much of a traditional school setting as possible, but we are also sensitive to the needs of our students, staff, and families. Our first priority is ensuring the physical and mental well-being of our school community. If you have any thoughts or ideas you'd like to share with us, there is a section at the end of the survey for you to tell us what's on your mind.
Take the Survey (This survey closes Sunday, July 12.)
I look forward to your feedback and hope you enjoy a safe and happy Independence Day weekend.Sincerely,
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 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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