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Message from the Superintendent regarding 2-Week Closure & Cyber School

Dear Clayton School Community:

As events continue to unfold concerning the COVID-19 virus, the decision has been made to close our school district.

All teaching staff and administrators will report on Monday, March 16th for the planned professional development day. Clayton Cyber School will begin on Tuesday, March 17th. More information about Cyber School and all other school activities will be communicated at a later time.

Thank you, as always, for supporting Clayton Public Schools.

Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis
Superintendent of Schools

For the latest District Communications and Information Regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), please visit our dedicated webpage here.

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Letter from the Superintendent Regarding Full-Day In-service on Monday, March 16

March 13, 2020


Dear Clayton School Community:

As we continue our preparations for the potential of health-related school closings, we need to accelerate the process of online learning plans for our students. In order to give teachers the time to do so and because we don’t know if or when the state will close schools, the in-service day which was originally scheduled for Friday, March 20th, will be moved up to Monday, March 16th. Friday, March 20th will be an additional early dismissal day. This way we can ensure that our students receive continuous instruction in the event of a closure.

To repeat, students should not report to school on Monday, March 16th.

Thursday, March 19th, as previously communicated, and Friday, March 20th, will be early dismissal days.

Once again, we thank you for your continued patience during this unprecedented time. Further information will be forthcoming as we receive it.

 

Sincerely yours,

Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis
Superintendent of Schools

NK/rml

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Letter from the Superintendent regarding “Cyber School” if Necessary

March 12, 2020

Dear Clayton School Community:

As you are aware, COVID-19 events are moving rapidly. If a decision to close our schools and transition to cyber school is needed, it will be made in consultation with the Department of Education. As we prepare for the possibility of school closing, I want to make you aware of certain protocols that will be put in place if we have to utilize cyber school days.

Cyber school will run online from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. Teachers will be available via email and the approved platforms to answer questions about assignments. The main platforms for delivering instruction will be Google Classroom, Class DoJo, and/or Remind. Teachers are in the process of developing and creating virtual online lesson plans. Your student may be asked, over the next several days as these plans are developed, to complete and submit assignments online as a “practice run” for online cyber school. These assignments will count as extra credit. This will hopefully afford us an opportunity to troubleshoot any issues that may arise.

Finally, in my over a decade of work as a Clayton Public School District administrator, I have always been impressed and amazed at how quickly we unite as a community during difficult times. I don’t know what lies ahead, but what I do know is that no matter what it is, we will get through it and be stronger for it. We will navigate these uncharted waters together and, in order to succeed, it will require patience, flexibility, and understanding from everyone.

Please continue to frequently visit our website for COVID-19 updates.

Sincerely yours,

Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis
Superintendent of Schools

NK/rml

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Letter from Mr. Tucker – Postponement of Trips

March 12, 2020

Greetings,

Due to the recent reports and concerns over the COVID-19 Virus, it is in our best interests to protect the health and safety of our students here at Clayton. We will be postponing our upcoming 7th & 8th-grade trips to the Statue of Liberty, in New York, as well as the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. We will monitor the situation and decide if a later date is sensible. You can reach out to your respective Grade Level Advisor to attain your refund.

Thank you

Marvin Tucker
Principal
Clayton Middle School
(856) 881-8702

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Herma Simmons Fun Run

 

Parents! This year’s main fundraiser is the Herma Simmons Fun Run. It’s a two-week program that kicks off on February 18th. Families will then gather pledges for every lap your student runs (30-35 laps), and we’ll celebrate at the Fun Run on February 27th.

 

This year our goal is to raise $10,000 for our PBSIS program, and we need your help!

  • On February 11th you can log into FunRun.com and create an account
  • Share your student’s pledge link with friends and family via email, text, and social media!
  • Create a Student Star Video by uploading a picture of your student, the video automatically creates!

 

Students will also experience an amazing character theme, MINDSPARK: WILD WEST! Booster’s most exciting theme yet combines S.T.E.A.M. skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) with character-building. While they’re teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to save Dr. Shock, our students will learn five character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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