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8th-11th Grade Student 1:1 iPad Take-home Program

We are excited to announce a change to our student 1:1 iPad initiative.    We are introducing the iPad Summer Take-Home Program.  Starting today, we are giving you the option to keep your iPad during the summer or return it until the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

Students with no outstanding fines who elect to keep their iPad during the summer must pre-purchase the $50/year iPad Care Plan (insurance) before June 13, 2018.  This care plan payment will cover the device during the summer and through the end of next school year (two incidents per year).  Please review the financial responsibility and insurance guidelines below.  Payment can be made in the Board of Education office between the hours of 8am and 3pm, Monday through Friday.  We accept cash and checks made payable to “Clayton Board of Education.”

Students who have outstanding fines or opt out of the iPad Summer Take-Home Program will have their devices collected on June 14, 2018.

Thank you,

Clayton Board of Education Technology Department

350 East Clinton Street
Clayton, NJ 08312
(856) 881-8700 x3216


Financial Responsibility and Optional Care Plan (Insurance)

  • An Optional Care Plan (insurance) is provided through the Clayton Public School District for student- issued Apple iPad devices for a fee of $50 per user per year.
  • The Optional Care Plan is meant to protect against accidental damage and theft.
  • The Optional Care Plan covers a maximum of two incidents per year with no deductible.  Any additional incidents are subject to repair costs and fines listed below in the “Table of Estimated Pricing for Intentional Damage, Lost Equipment, Uninsured, and 2+ Incidents.”
  • Uninsured devices are subject to the repair costs and fines listed below in the “Table of Estimated Pricing for Intentional Damage, Lost Equipment, Uninsured, and 2+ Incidents.”
  • Devices that are damaged due to misuse, deliberate damage, and neglect may result in a fine being issued to the users/parents.
  • In case of theft, vandalism, and other criminal acts, a police report MUST be filed by the student or parent and reported to district administration immediately.
  • Each user is issued an iPad, wall charger, lightning to USB cable, and protective case/cover.

Apple iPad Optional Care Plan (insurance) Coverage

What is Covered? (two Incidents per year) What is not Covered?
Accidental Damage (drops/spills) Intentional Damage
Cracked Screen Lost Equipment
Fire Nuclear Hazard
Flood War or Government Seizure
Theft (police report must be submitted to the District)  
Liquid Submersion  
Power Surge by Lightning  
Manufacturer’s Defect  


Table of Estimated Pricing for Intentional Damage, Lost Equipment, Uninsured, and 2+ Incidents

Parts/Repairs Fine Amount
Broken and/or Cracked Screen $300
Damage Casing and/or Bezel $100
Damaged and/or Lost Wall Charger and/or USB Cable $30
Damaged and/or Lost Protective Case/Cover $60
Missing/Removed Asset Tags/Labels $5
Lost Device (replacement cost) $600
Physically damaged device that cannot be repaired (replacement cost) $600
*The costs of any other parts needed for repairs will be based on Apple’s current price list.







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 L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Officer Against Drugs) selects Clayton as School of the Month

Press Release

 L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Officer Against Drugs) selects Clayton as School of the Month


Clayton Police Department has been selected by the L.E.A.D. organization to be featured in their upcoming April Newsletter.  L.E.A.D. staff advised that the Clayton Police Department was selected because of their dedication, enthusiasm, and desire to make a positive impact on their community.

Chief Andrew Davis of the Clayton Police Department, upon being sworn into office in August of 2016, immediately worked to put a proven educational program in place at Clayton Public Schools.  The Program selected was L.E.A.D.  L.E.A.D. not only addresses educating school age children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol but also about a variety of other dangers that face kids every day, such as peer pressure and bullying.  L.E.A.D. is the only proven effective K-12 drug and violence prevention curriculum taught by law enforcement in NJ.

The Program was supported and endorsed by Superintendant Nick Koutsogiannis, Herma Simmons Elementary Principal Scott Uribe, Clayton Mayor Thomas Bianco along with Clayton’s other Council Members.  Chief Davis stated, “I am so fortunate to have such a great working relationship with these administrators.  Their passion and desire to provide the best educational experience for Clayton students is admirable.”

L.E.A.D. is currently being taught to approximately 125 5th grade students at the Herma Simmons Elementary School.  There are 4 trained LEAD Officers; Ptlm. Donavun Rhodes, Ptlm. Nicholas Carr, Ptlm. Edward Hyder, and Pltm. Eduardo Diaz.  The officers are all patrolmen who volunteered to take on the added responsibility that goes with being a LEAD officer.   Chief Davis stated, “At one time or another, officers have to teach on their days off, sacrificing their own personal and family time to teach our students.  Most of the classroom preparation also falls on the officers’ time off.  The officers’ level of dedication and commitment to the students is inspiring.”

LEAD is taught during 10 separate classroom visits by the police.  At the end of the year, a graduation celebration will take place for the students that have completed the program.  The Clayton Police Department is currently in the process of hiring a SLEO-3 officer (School Resource Officer).  The Police Department hopes to expand the program to the 8th grade level once the SLEO-3 officer is hired and trained.

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New PARCC Info

March 2018


Dear Parent/Guardian,


This year New Jersey will again be administering the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) as the statewide assessment for all students enrolled in grades three through eleven. This is a computer-based test that will assess your child’s knowledge of the curriculum standards in two areas – Mathematics and Language Arts.


This streamlined schedule was designed to maximize instructional classroom time and minimize test taking time.  This is a computer administered test.  This schedule is subject to change.


High School LAL testing is scheduled for April 24th, 25th and Math testing April 27th, 30th.


Students will participate in testing with their grade level and/or subject area. PARCC assessments are scheduled in 2 1/2 hour blocks.


Students with IEP/504 accommodations may have alternate schedules based on specific provisions outlined in their IEP/504 plans. We are asking students to bring a book with them from their classroom library, media center, or home. If they finish testing early, they will be asked to read quietly until the end of the session.


HS Students: 12th grade Non-test takers will report to school by 7:43 and they will be dismissed at 12:15 each day. On Math testing days, Calculus and Pre-Cal students will report to school at 7:43 and stay for a full day.


Parent/student checklist for PARCC:

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • 8th to 11th grade students must bring their charged iPads to school during testing
  • All students should bring their own ear buds/headphones for testing
  • Do your best on the assessments
  • Bring a book to read during free time


For more detailed information about PARCC testing, please visit:


Thank you,



Joseph Visalli

High School Principal

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