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From Superintendent Ryan: Virtual At-Home Learning Grading Options

From Superintendent Ryan: Virtual At-Home Learning Grading Options

Dear Clarkston Community Schools Families:

As of today, we have completed nearly two weeks of our Clarkston Virtual At-Home Learning program which we developed in response to the Governor's order to close schools. Since then, we have had cooperative input in planning and implementing an educational system, which serves to support our students and families socially, emotionally, and academically. We have done our best to be student-centered, thoughtful, creative, and nimble in our approach. We have listened to the members of our school community as we worked to build a learning support system that serves our students' current needs, while having a lasting positive impact in the future.

After receiving direction on April 2 from the Michigan Department of Education and Governor's Office, and upon completion and acceptance of the Clarkston Community Schools Continuity of Learning and COVID-19 Response Plan, Clarkston Schools is ready to move forward with a grading policy for students in Grades 6-12. Elementary students will continue to receive direct feedback from teachers in response to students' learning and participation. There will not be an Elementary Learning Feedback Document for the Spring of 2020.

Grading Options for Secondary Students

Feedback from staff, students, and families strongly supports the need to implement a compassionate, fair, and consistent grading policy for our students in Grades 6-12 as they engage in virtual learning opportunities. A district team of teachers and administrators, utilizing input from staff, students, and families, has worked to develop a grading policy.

Beginning Monday, April 20 through May 19 for seniors and through June 5 for Grades 6-11, CCS students will have the opportunity to improve upon their current class grades, or receive a credit option ("S") for credit toward graduation, or receive an Incomplete ("I") for a course with continued academic support during the summer.

Grades will not fall below when they were last recorded on March 12. It is our expectation that this policy will serve to increase student engagement, encourage continued learning, and keep opportunities open. Learning expectations and time commitments will remain consistent with the expectations communicated over the last two weeks. There will be no emphasis placed on increasing the rigor or amount of work assigned to support the learning for our students to be successful during the next stage of their academic journey.

We all recognize the need to move forward with grace, compassion, and flexibility to support students socially and emotionally during these trying times, and we will maintain this approach to learning as well. Please take this to heart as we navigate how we define what our "new normal" school experience looks like for our students.

The complete grading protocols can be found on our "Support for Online Learners" section of the website, and further details will be included as we navigate through this process.

We know that our Virtual At-Home Learning program will continue to evolve, and we would like your input on how we're doing so far. Please take a moment to complete a brief survey about your family's experience these last few weeks. The survey should take no more than five minutes and all responses are anonymous.

Take the Survey

Thank you for your continued patience, understanding and support.


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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