Archive for June, 2020

Clayton Community Letter

June 29, 2020

Dear Clayton Community:

I hope this letter finds you safe and healthy. As we turn the page on the 2019-2020 school year, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of our teaching staff and administrators. What they were able to accomplish over the last few months is nothing short of astonishing. My “Clipper Pride” in their professionalism during this time of uncertainty has only grown.

We now have a new challenge before us – how to re-open school safely for all our students and staff. Last Friday afternoon, the New Jersey Department of Education announced re-opening guidance for our schools. From my preliminary review of the plan, here are some of the key takeaways from The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education. The link to the plan is provided below.

  • School year will start either in person or as a hybrid model (partially online)
  • Social distancing in the classrooms will be required
  • Social distancing on buses will be encouraged
  • Staff and visitors will be required to wear face coverings
  • Students will wear face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained
  • Students and staff will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19
  • School lunches will be permitted, subject to health and safety protocols
  • Recess and Physical Education will be permitted, subject to health and safety protocols
  • Districts must be prepared to quickly return to remote learning if health conditions worsen
  • Trauma-Informed Social Emotional Learning (SEL) will be incorporated
  • Educational, emotional, and mental health supports will be involved
  • Staff training and supports will be incorporated
  • School funding will be impacted
  • Pandemic Response Teams will be formed
  • Districts will be required to submit re-opening plans

As the New Jersey guidelines were just issued, we are currently reviewing this document. Clayton School Public School District has taken some preliminary steps in developing our plan. We have formed a re-opening task force made up of administrators, health professionals, and teachers. This task force will be reviewing the state guidelines and developing a re-opening plan for Clayton. The task force is split into six sub-committees:  Facilities, Governance, Instruction, Technology, Operations, and Wellness. Each sub-committee has been reviewing best practices from other state plans, CDC, and the New Jersey Department of Health.  In addition, within the next week we will be posting a survey on our website for parents to complete

in order to get your input for our plan. It is my hope that at the end of this process we will have a comprehensive plan that will allow us to return to school safely.

Finally, I want to thank you again for your patience and understanding. The last three months have been an unprecedented time, and your flexibility has been essential in making it a success. This new school year will bring its own challenges. As always, I know we will meet them.

Clipper Strong!

Sincerely yours,

Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis

Superintendent of Schools

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5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Hello Herma S. Simmons Elementary School Family!

Let me take this opportunity to congratulate our outstanding 5th grade class on their successful promotion to Clayton Middle School.

The 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony will be conducted online this year. This ceremony will be pre-recorded and posted on the Herma S. Simmons Elementary School webpage for viewing on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 6:30pm.

The link will be provided at that time.

Thank you and congratulations to our Clippers!

Scott G. Uribe

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Student 1:1 iPad Update for current 6-11th Grade Students

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we are announcing that all students should keep their 1:1 iPad device during the summer. Any students that are leaving the district should contact us to set up a time to return their assigned device.

All students and guardians are still required to complete and sign the annual Apple iPad Terms and Agreement paperwork and purchase the yearly 1:1 Device Care Protection Plan. The cost of the 1:1 Device Care Protection Plan for the 2020-2021 school year is $40 per student, per year. This payment will cover the device during the summer and through the end of next school year (two incidents per year). Please review the financial responsibilities and 1:1 Device Care Protection Plan details in the attached packet.

Payment and completed paperwork can be mailed to:

Attn: Clayton Technology Department
Clayton Board of Education
350 East Clinton Street Clayton, NJ 08312

*Please do not mail cash. Checks can be made payable to “Clayton Board of Education.”


We understand that the current economic conditions may be impacting you in many ways, which is why we will allow payment and paperwork to be submitted when school resumes. However, if you have the ability, please purchase and submit payment as soon as possible.

Parent and Student Apple iPad Terms and Agreement for the 2020-2021 School Year:

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A message and survey from the NJ Department of Education

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your heroic efforts to support your children’s schools and the learning process during closings due to the coronavirus pandemic. The New Jersey Department of Education (Department) continues preparations for the next stages of school opening, and hearing from parents is a Department priority. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey at the following link:  NJDOE parent survey. We appreciate receiving your responses by Monday, June 8th.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department’s Office of Civic and Social Engagement at


Estimados Padres,

Gracias por sus esfuerzos heroicos para apoyar las escuelas de sus hijos y el proceso de aprendizaje durante los cierres debido a la pandemia de coronavirus. El Departamento de Educación de Nueva Jersey (Departamento) continúa los preparativos para las próximas etapas de la apertura de la escuela, y escuchar a los padres es una prioridad del Departamento. Por favor, tómese unos minutos para completar la encuesta en el siguiente enlace: NJDOE encuesta para padres. Agradecemos recibir sus respuestas antes del Lunes 8 de Junio.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor póngase en contacto con la Oficina de Compromiso Cívico y Social del Departamento en

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