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From Superintendent Ryan: First Week of Virtual Learning

From Superintendent Ryan: First Week of Virtual Learning

Dear Clarkston Community Schools Families,

As we conclude our first week of virtual at-home learning, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your effort and willingness to embrace a new way of teaching and learning. I hope you're hanging in there. I realize that between your work responsibilities and now your responsibilities as a "homeschool parent," you may be a bit stressed. Though none of us has ever experienced circumstances like these, the Clarkston Community Schools family of students, parents, and educators have quickly risen to the occasion, as usual! I would like to thank you for your kindness and support in this journey — you are all rock stars in my eyes!

Another group of rock stars I would like to acknowledge today is our district's Board of Education. These dedicated individuals have been present in many of our virtual leadership meetings to offer their support and leadership, and they continue to meet as a board to ensure that our school district business continues without interruption. I can say that without a doubt, you and your family are on their minds. Our Board President Kelli Horst will be sharing a video with our community very soon, which we will be sure to pass along to you.

Virtual At-Home Learning

We are eager to hear about your family's experiences with virtual at-home learning. Our team is developing a brief "Check-Up" survey to gather your initial perceptions. This survey will be emailed and shared on our website next Friday, April 17, so please keep an eye out for this. We look forward to hearing how things are going in your home!

Resources & Reminders

Lastly, I wanted to share a few resources and reminders as we move into Week 2 of virtual at-home learning.

  • Friday, April 10 is a holiday for all staff and students. Our help-desk and office phones will not be monitored for the day.
  • All school campuses, including playgrounds, tracks, basketball courts, and fields, are closed until further notice. For the health and safety of our community, we ask that you please refrain from visiting our campuses with your family. As the weather turns warmer, I know your children are itching to get outside and play. Please make sure they know our facilities are off limits and that your backyard is the best possible place to play for now.
  • Support for Online Learners, as well as a form to borrow a district-owned technology device can be found at All technology requests must be made as soon as possible - the form closes on Sunday, April 12.
  • Free meal distribution will be available as usual on Friday, April 10. For locations and times, please visit

I wish you and your family a weekend of rest and renewal! Thank you for your continued support and partnership.


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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