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Clarkston School District to Provide Free Meals for All Kids Ages 1-18 - 09/04/20

Clarkston, WA - Clarkston School District would like to announce that starting Tuesday, September 8th, we will be providing FREE meals for ALL kids ages 1-18.  The USDA announced just this week that they are extending funding on emergency feeding programs (like the Emergency Summer Food Service Program) through December 2020 to help schools get food to kids.

Each school will have a designated meal pick-up time and area for kids who are not currently in school.  Parents may pick up meals for their child if this works better for them.  They do not have to be enrolled at the school to pick up a meal, and both breakfast and lunch can be picked up at the same time.  Please call the school that you are interested in getting meals from to find out where and what time to pick up the meals. 

We are thankful for the opportunity to serve our community.  Please call Amy Kimberling at 509-769-6346 with any other program questions.


The Clarkston School District Opens New School with Emphasis on Parent Partnerships - 09/03/20

Clarkston, WA - With an emphasis on meeting the needs of students and families in Southeast Washington, the Clarkston School District has received approval from the State of Washington to open a new, comprehensive, K-12 school.  The new public school, Clarkston Home Alliance will have a focus on working with families who have traditionally home-schooled their children or who are interested in the option of home-based learning with the parent being the primary instructor.  

The initial approval from the state limits enrollment to families living in the Clarkston School District boundaries with rare exception.  According to district Assistant Superintendent Troy Whittle, “up to 10% of the enrollment can come from students outside of the district, but with a first year cap of 40 students in the program, that’s only four kids from neighboring districts who can enroll.” According to Whittle, the initial approval for the program was limited to primarily in-district students because of the additional time it takes to get a multi-district approval.  “We hope and expect that Clarkston Home Alliance will meet the needs of our families and the program will blossom into one that can be expanded to all families in the region who wish to participate” said Whittle.  

The district has hired Heights Elementary Teacher Michelle Nicholas as the instructor for the program. Families who participate will work with Mrs. Nicholas on a menu of options that could include a state approved digital curriculum, or more traditional choices that work for the needs of families.  “We want this experience to provide families a partnership with the Clarkston School District where they get flexibility and choice while we provide curriculum, support, enrichment activities, and a state approved high school diploma” explained Nicholas.  

Superintendent Thaynan Knowlton is enthused about adding another school to the district.  “We want parents who are home-schooling their kids to know that we are here to support them. As a student in our newly formed Clarkston Home Alliance, I think you can have the best of both worlds—a flexible educational experience with support and guidance from our caring staff.”

Enrollment is currently open and will remain so until the cap of 40 students for the first year is met.  Please contact Michelle Nichloas at 509-769-5533 or or Julie Reitz at 509-769-5539 or"> with any questions. 

School Lunch/Breakfast Program - 08/28/20

CLARKSTON, WA -- Clarkston School District announces its policy for free and reduced-price meals for qualifying children. During the 2020-2021 school year, a child may qualify for meals served under the National School Lunch and/or School Breakfast Program according to the attached eligibility standards. Breakfast and lunch is available daily at each school.

Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. The attached table lists the family size income criteria for determining eligibility. Each school and the District's central office have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

Application forms, with a letter to parents or guardians, have been sent to all homes. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households must fill out the application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available at the school office in each school. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. Please only return one application per household.

For more information on the free and reduced-price meal program, or other food service questions, please contact Food Service Director Amy Kimberling at 509.769.6346.


Attached Media Files: Free and Reduced Meals