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From Superintendent Ryan: What Count Day Is (and Isn't)

From Superintendent Ryan: What Count Day Is (and Isn't)

Dear Clarkston Community Schools Families,

As I shared in my note to you last Friday, the decision to call a snow day is never easy, and it's not one we take lightly. It's a decision based on current and predicted weather conditions, road assessments from our Transportation Department and the Oakland County Road Commission, and a check of our Buildings and Grounds.

The decision is not based on what other districts are doing, what people are saying on Twitter (sorry, kids), or what might need to be rescheduled or made up if we must cancel school. Almost anything can wait until we're back in school...including Count Day.

What's Count Day? For public school districts all across Michigan, today is Count Day, a state mandated mechanism for determining state school funding. It is one of two days in the school year when districts tally the number of students attending their schools. These Count Day dates are determined by the state of Michigan.

Yes, Count Day is important to public schools, but it's certainly not a factor in deciding snow days. If conditions had dictated a school closing today, Count Day would have taken place on the day we returned. Likewise, students who were absent today will still be counted if they return any time within 30 days from today.

I know some of you questioned our decision for proceeding with the school day today. I hear you. The wait at the bus stop was a little longer and the commute was slower than usual. Winter weather isn't always pleasant, but that's not a reason to close up shop. Our team was prepared for school today, as I knew they'd be.

Thank you for trusting Clarkston Community Schools with your child's safety and education.


Shawn Ryan
Superintendent of Schools

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of more than 7,500 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. Each Clarkston Community Schools' student is fully engaged in a globally focused education, from preschool through graduation, that fosters in students a sense of self, perspective, responsibility/ownership, and contribution. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to cultivate thinkers, learners and positive contributors to a global society.

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