Dear Clarkston Community Schools Families,
We know you have questions about our plans for supporting our families with resources and learning opportunities during the school closure. As a learning institution, we also want to keep students engaged, enriched, and well while navigating the challenges of social distancing.
Enrichment Resources for Students
Our district curriculum team has compiled opportunities, activities, and resources on the district website that families can utilize for engagement and enrichment over the next two weeks. These learning opportunities should be considered as suggestions only and not as mandatory or required homework — no student is to be expected to complete work at this time and will not be penalized for this forced school closure. Teachers will not assign graded work or assessments.
Extended Closure Contingencies
While our students are away, our educators will spend the next two weeks gaining critical insight and understanding of a virtual model we will use for increased instructional and scheduling flexibility in the future. Teachers will go "back to school" to learn new online methods for delivering instructional services in the same way that our students will be learning: virtually!
I have met with our pupil accounting department and representatives from our county and state, and want you to know that it is feasible that this learning would fit under the state guidelines for instructional days. This means that if we are not in a position to resume classes in a traditional school setting on April 6, we can launch a full-scale virtual program for all students that counts as school.
As I mentioned in my note last week, all families will soon receive two emailed documents to review, complete, and return in order to participate in virtual learning with our district (the Educational Development Plan and the Virtual Learning Contract). Though these documents are not immediately needed, we would like to have completed paperwork for all students on record in the event we would go to a virtual program after Spring Break. Please make sure your ParentVue contact settings are up to date, and that you are following the district social media so that you are receiving all school communications. (Contact your child's building if you need to activate your ParentVue account).
Free Breakfast and Lunch Support
In developing our plans for an extended school closure, we are also taking into consideration the various unique needs of our community, including students with complex special needs, households with one or no digital device, students preparing to graduate or take college tests, and families with food insecurity.
No student in Clarkston will go hungry during the school closure. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, families can pick up free meals at three of our school locations as well as three community drop-off points. Please visit our website for more information, locations, and times. (If your family needs meal support tomorrow, Holly Area Schools and Waterford Public Schools are offering free meals.)
Medication & Personal Item Pick-Up
As a reminder, our buildings will be open tomorrow, Monday, March 16, from 12pm-6pm only for individuals who left behind critically necessary personal belongings, like prescription medication (medication will only be released to parents). Please do not come to school tomorrow to claim items that your student can reasonably be without for the next few weeks. And it goes without saying, please do not visit school tomorrow if you or your child is sick.
I believe Clarkston Community Schools, our educators, and our Board of Education are the best in the business. I believe we are innovative, imaginative leaders in education. I wake up every morning and I know this to be true. We have worked hard to earn your confidence. Trust that the forward-thinking solutions we are working through right now will help advance our school district not just for the next few weeks, but for the long-term.
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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