Dear Clarkston Community Schools Families,
Last night, Governor Whitmer announced the first two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, one of which is in Oakland County. In light of this announcement, we wanted to share our plans for keeping students and staff healthy while continuing to support teaching and learning in Clarkston.
Today I met with key members of our administrative and instructional team to map out our next steps as best we can given this very fluid situation. Our leadership has also been in close contact with Oakland Schools, the Oakland County Health Department, Governor Whitmer's office, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Our immediate plan for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our community is based on three factors:
- Avoiding unnecessary exposure of our staff and students to illness.
- Working to the best of our ability to ensure the continuity of teaching and learning in Clarkston.
- Protecting the health and well-being of our multigenerational community, especially those who are most vulnerable to illness.
With this in mind, we will enact the following measures beginning tomorrow (Thursday, March 12):
- All student awards or incentive programs for "perfect attendance" are temporarily suspended, effective immediately. Please do not send sick children to school.
- All pre-arranged parent-teacher conferences will be conducted by phone during the scheduled appointment time; all others should e-mail the teacher for progress updates.
- All field trips are suspended until further notice.
- All school-sponsored travel is suspended until further notice; this includes participation in academic and extracurricular competitions unless individual student travel and chaperoning is provided by parents.
- All assemblies and performances involving participation by the general public are canceled.
- All community meetings, rentals, and gatherings scheduled to take place within our school facilities between now and spring break are canceled. This includes scheduled PTO events or meetings and all facility rentals.
- Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) athletic competitions and tournaments will go on as scheduled but spectators will be limited to only immediate family members and essential personnel.
- Any after-school activity that meets on our campus in a small group and is an extension of the normal learning day (clubs, athletic practices, etc.) will continue as planned.
As we prepare for all possible scenarios, we are asking you to also think through a plan for your family in the event schools were to close for an extended period of time. The Governor has declared a state of emergency, we are taking COVID-19 very seriously and hope that with your help, we can stop the spread of this virus here in our area. Remember—frequent hand washing, staying home when you are sick, and practicing good hygiene are the best ways to stay healthy.
Moments ago, Governor Whitmer said, "Community mitigation strategies are designed to be implemented at the individual, organizational, and community levels. They apply to businesses, workplaces, schools, community organizations, health care institutions, and individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and health profiles; everyone has an important role to play."
Our focus is not to create undue anxiety but to provide you with the resources you need to be smart and safe. Here are important resources for you and your family:
- Oakland County Health Division Public Toolkit for COVID-19
- CDC Coronavirus website
- Michigan's Coronavirus website
- Oakland County Health's Coronavirus website
- CDC Protects and Prepares Communities
- CDC Traveler's Guide
- CDC's Coronavirus Disease-2019 and Children
- Coronavirus Guide for Kids (NPR)
Because this is a rapidly evolving situation, our team has also created a special page on our website to serve as a hub of information for staff and families related to this issue: https://www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/covid-19.
We will notify families of any updates using our usual channels for emergency announcements. 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. All communications will also be posted on the district website at www.clarkston.k12.mi.us.
Thank you for your partnership in the education, health, and well-being of our students.
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.
Read more Clarkston Community Schools News at www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/news.
Media Contact: Mary Ellen Rowe, Marketing Director (248) 623-5460.