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ES Back to School Letter

September 21, 2020

 

Dear Herma Simmons Elementary School Parents/Guardians:

 

One of the cornerstone events that assists us in launching a school year and maintaining the home and school partnership is our annual Back to School Night. However, in light of the current global situation, this event will be taking on a new format. We cordially invite you to attend our Virtual Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 6:00PM. At that time, you will be able to view an introductory video which will be posted on the Herma S. Simmons Elementary School webpage at https://claytonps.org/schools/herma-simmons-elementary/. At the completion of the video, you will be able to access Faculty and Staff Websites located at the left of the screen. You can click on your child’s teacher to view their recorded video. Please note that these videos will be accessible for at least one week.

Although we cannot meet in person at this time, the virtual format does allow you to be able to put a face and voice to the teachers your child(ren) have been talking about since the opening of school.

Once again, we are thrilled to welcome everyone back to Herma Simmons Elementary School–the school where Nothing Short of Excellence thrives. As always, if I can be of assistance throughout this very unique school year, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Most sincerely,

Scott G. Uribe 

Principal

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Positive Case Notice – Letter to the School Community

September 15, 2020

Dear Clayton School Community:

This letter is to inform you that an employee at Clayton Public School District has tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The District is coordinating closely with public health officials and following CDC, state, and local health department guidance in order to assure the health and safety of our community. Initial contact tracing has indicated that no students have been in close contact with this individual. The people who have been in close contact with this individual have been notified.

The District is cleaning and disinfecting all exposed areas. The school is also taking precautions to prevent the introduction and spread of viruses and other germs and is cleaning frequently touched surfaces daily.  Based on the current information and the COVID-19 risk matrix, our schools will remain open. The status of this situation is fluid, and we are monitoring it closely.

We understand the level of concern regarding COVID-19.  We encourage parents and students to continue following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention promoted safeguards, such as:

  • Staying home when you are sick;
  • Washing hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds;
  • Covering coughs and sneezes and properly disposing of tissues;
  • Limiting close contact with people who are sick and not sharing food, drinks, and utensils;
  • Practicing social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart);
  • Wearing a face covering while in school; and
  • Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms.

As always, we appreciate your support and cooperation. You can assist us by remaining vigilant but sensible in your approach to dealing with this health concern. Below are some resources that might be helpful.

RESOURCES

  1. NJDOH COVID-19 Information for Communities and the General Public: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019 community.shtml
  2. Get the Facts about Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
  3. Symptoms of COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
  4. Testing: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/testing/index.html; https://covid19.nj.gov.pages/testing
  5. How to Protect Yourself: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html
  6. What to Do if You Are Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

 

Sincerely yours,

 Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis
Superintendent of Schools

To view the letter in PDF form, please click here.

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Letter to the Community: First Week of School Schedule

Dear Clayton Community:

I hope this letter finds you and your family well. It has been an interesting summer, to say the least.

Several weeks ago, the District unveiled its Road Back to School Plan. Last week, the plan was reviewed and approved by the New Jersey Department of Education. Therefore, I am informing you that our intentions are to move forward with the Phase 2 Hybrid Blue/Gold Schedule to start the 2020-2021 school year. However, as we know, during this time of uncertainty, we must remain flexible. Outside forces such as increasing COVID-19 rates or community outbreaks may force us to change course.

I am confident that we have done our due diligence to make returning to school as safe as possible. All staff and students will be required to wear masks. Social distancing will be strictly enforced. Hand washing and sanitizing stations have been placed in all classrooms and throughout the buildings. We have purchased air and surface cleaning machines that can clean large areas quickly. These are just some highlights of the precautions that we are taking so that we can open the school buildings safely. As we know, there are no guarantees in this “pandemic life.” Despite our best efforts, COVID-19 infections may occur. This is the new reality that we live in. I have placed on our District website the New Jersey Department of Education recommended closure matrix that we will be using to inform you of decisions on school closings should it become necessary. I encourage you to review and become familiar with this document.

I understand that we have parents who may still be concerned about sending their children to school. For those parents, I encourage you to review our Clayton Cyber School option. I believe we have put together a strong online learning plan that will provide a positive educational experience for your child. Please visit our website for additional information about Clayton Cyber School.

Over the next week, you will be mailed additional information from your building principal. The information will include Power School logins and the detailed schedule.  Below is the adjusted schedule for the first week of school for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Preschool will begin the week of September 14th

 

Monday

 9/7/20

Tuesday

 9/8/20

Wednesday

9/9/20

Thursday

9/10/20

Friday

9/11/20

Blue Team
(A-L)
No SchoolLabor Day
Blue Team
(A-L)

Remote Learning
Blue Team
(A-L)
In School
Blue Team
(A-L)
In School
Blue Team
(A-L)
Remote Learning
Gold Team
(M-Z)
No SchoolLabor Day
Gold Team
(M-Z)
In School
Gold Team
(M-Z)
Remote Learning
Gold Team
(M-Z)
Remote Learning
Gold Team
(M-Z)
In School
Clayton Cyber School

No School

Labor Day

 

Clayton Cyber School

Daily Remote Learning Option

Clayton Cyber School

Daily Remote Learning Option

Clayton Cyber School

Daily Remote Learning Option

Clayton Cyber School

Daily Remote Learning Option

 

Finally, I want to publicly thank our Clayton School District staff. I cannot say enough about  how proud I am of all their efforts to get us to the point where we can return to school. Our teachers have been working hard all summer developing lessons. Administrators are leading multiple committees to ensure that the buildings are safe and ready to open. Our support staff members have gone above and beyond in their efforts keep our buildings clean.

As always, thank you for your support, and stay “Clipper Strong.”

 

Sincerely yours,

Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis
Superintendent of Schools

NK/rml

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Transportation Information

August 11, 2020

Dear Parents:

As we begin the new school year, we are diligently working to provide a safe learning environment for all our students. We know that many of our students currently ride the bus to and from school each day.  We will continue to provide busing to the best of our ability.  While the NJDOE recommends six-feet between students on the bus, that is physically impossible for our district.  We do anticipate a reduced number of students riding the bus as a result of our Hybrid Schedule/Return to School Plan.  Students who do ride the bus will be required to wear a face covering and sit in their “assigned” seat each day. In addition, we want parents to know that along with the seating charts, daily cleaning, and as much social distancing as possible, we will also be increasing air flow, which will include having windows open during the bus routes weather permitting.

 

In order to help promote social distancing on our school buses, we are encouraging parents to transport their children.  If you are able to transport your child(ren), or if your child(ren) will drive to school, please complete the transportation survey on our website www.claytonps.org by Tuesday, August 18th.  It is vital that we have accurate data so we can appropriately schedule and socially distance students on the bus.

Sincerely yours,

Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis
Superintendent of Schools

 

If your child(ren) will not be needing transportation, please fill out this form HERE

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