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Back-to-school plan for only some Clarkstown students causes firestorm from parents on social media

Last week, Clarkstown parents received one of two letters saying their child was or wasn't invited to return to school full time.

News 12 Staff

Feb 9, 2021, 10:34 PM

Updated 1,228 days ago

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Many parents are eager for kids to head back to school, but in Clarkstown a new plan doing that for some students is causing controversy.
Most of Clarkstown's elementary students will be back full time going forward, but not all of them - and it's causing a firestorm on social media among parents. Last week, Clarkstown parents received one of two letters saying their child was or wasn't invited to return to school full time.
The district tells News 12 in their prior hybrid model many students didn't attend school on their assigned days, causing issues with staffing appropriately. Under the new plan, students who miss five days of in-person learning will go back to remote.
Parents flooded Facebook about Clarkstown School District's new back-to-school plan. One parent wrote that every child deserves the same opportunities. Another asked who is explaining to her kids why they didn't get picked. News 12 tried getting parents on camera, but they declined out of fear of retaliation from the district.
The changes will remain in effect through March 19, at which point they will be reassessed by the district.


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