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From Superintendent Ryan: Fall 2020 Return to School Update

From Superintendent Ryan: Fall 2020 Return to School Update

Dear Clarkston Community Schools Families,

This week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the next steps in the state's roadmap to reopen schools and resume in-person learning. The "Return to School" plan will include specific guidelines for ALL public, private, and parochial schools and will be released in detail on June 30.

With this in mind, Clarkston Community Schools is planning to return to school in as much of a traditional setting as we are able, and anything short of this will be the result of state requirements for all schools. Our planning for various scenarios has already begun, and this work will pick up speed once we hear the Governor's specific directives on June 30.

As we prepare for continuity of learning in Clarkston, there are important instructional and operational factors to consider, as well as a focus on student, family and staff well-being. We will be prepared to operate flexibly among the following Learning Zones as state law or conditions dictate throughout next year.

Learning Zones of Operation

Student Learning Location

Teacher Instructing Location

In-person Learning

In buildings

In buildings

Blended Learning

Partly in buildings, partly at home

In buildings

Distance Learning

At home

In buildings or at home

Our work this summer also involves carefully considering the individual needs of families. This includes providing reliable childcare for working families, and learning options for those who aren't ready to come back in the Fall. For students and families who elect to remain entirely off campus regardless of Learning Zone status, Clarkston Virtual offers a free full-time, fully-online learning program staffed by Clarkston teacher mentors. Current Clarkston Community Schools students can stay enrolled and transition into virtual learning at any time during the school year. Students will be able to return to building learning after working in an online setting.

I believe that a thoughtful "one foot in front of the other" approach is the best way to move forward, and we will do this with both safety and the integrity of our program in mind. District task forces are already working on our re-entry plan, as we await Governor Whitmer's "Return to School" guidelines for all public, private, and parochial schools on June 30. When this new plan is released, we will share it with you, along with a survey to gather your thoughts, hopes, and worries related to returning to school.

In the meantime, the current situation will require our continued patience. I look forward to following up with you with more concrete information very soon.


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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