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From the Superintendent: Winter Weather Update

From the Superintendent: Winter Weather Update

Dear Clarkston Community Schools Families,

With a slight "warm-up" in the forecast, it is our plan to resume school tomorrow, Friday, February 1, barring any unforeseen circumstances. Please be advised that it will still be very cold and students should be dressed appropriately for the weather, especially during the morning commute to school.

In addition, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has asked all Michigan residents and business to turn their heat down to 65 degrees or less in order to conserve energy, so our schools may feel a little chillier than usual tomorrow. (That said, things seem to warm up quickly when we have a building full of active students!)

We have gotten a lot of questions about the number of snow days we've had and the number we're allotted by the state. Michigan school districts are allowed six canceled days due to inclement weather or other unavoidable circumstances that interfere with our ability to conduct a normal school day. If needed, we may also request an additional three days, provided we have a sound reason for doing so. This requires a request to the state superintendent for a special waiver. Clarkston Community Schools has asked for, and received such a waiver in the past. Due to Gov. Whitmer's declaration of a statewide weather emergency, it seems reasonable to expect some consideration this year as well.

If and when there is a need to schedule makeup days, you can be assured that we will communicate with you in a timely way on our plan.

Thank you for your patience and understanding this week. I look forward to seeing our students' smiling faces back at school tomorrow!

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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