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Important Message from the Superintendent (5/5/2021)

Dear Clayton Family,

At approximately 12:00 PM today, a bomb threat was discovered in a High School bathroom. Upon the discovery of the note, law enforcement was contacted and students and staff were safely dismissed. Local law enforcement conducted a thorough search of the school building and property. I am happy to report that the threat was not credible and we have been given permission to return to normal operations. I would like to thank the Clayton Police Department and local sheriff departments for their quick and diligent response.

As always thank you for your support.
Clipper Strong!

Nick Koutsogiannis
Superintendent
Clayton Public Schools

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Important Message from the Superintendent (4/27/2021)

Dear Clayton School Community: Earlier this morning, at approximately 9:15 a.m., out of an abundance of caution, Clayton High School/Middle School was placed on a lockdown by the Middle School administration. The call for the lockdown was due to a student threatening another student. The student had trespassed on school property and will be charged accordingly by the authorities. The student was escorted off campus, and no weapons were discovered. At no time were students in any immediate danger. I want to thank the quick response of the school administration and the Clayton Police Department. As part of our on-going process, we will continue to be vigilant in reviewing our safety protocol procedures. As always, thank you for your support.

 

Posted in: Cyber School News, District News, Herma Simmons Elementary News, High School News, Middle School News

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HS Principal Letter containing April 12 Return to School Information

High School Parents & Students,

As previously communicated by Mr. Koutsogiannis, we are returning to a five-day-per-week in-person instruction schedule. Starting Monday April 12th, we will be collapsing our cohorts and starting daily in-person instruction. Students attending in-person learning must continue to wear face coverings. In addition, in classes where social distancing may be difficult, desk shields will be provided. For parents who do not wish to send their children to school five days a week, the cyber school remote option will remain a choice. Please reach out to me at jvisalli@claytonps.org to make a schedule change. All schedule changes must be requested by Friday, April 16th.

As a reminder:

• Students in GRADES 9-12 will arrive at school NO EARLIER THAN 7:25 a.m. and, if arriving on buses, students are to remain on the buses until administrators give the “ALL- CLEAR” at approximately 7:25 a.m. to enter the building and report directly to their classroom for that day.

• All students attending in-person learning must continue to fill out the AT Genius questionnaire before arriving.

• Lunch/Breakfast will be a “grab and go” lunch bag at dismissal every day.

• Cyber school students will be able to pick up Breakfast/Lunch on Mondays and Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the HS/MS Cafe.

You may contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you and stay safe.

With Clipper Pride

Joseph Visalli
High School Principal
jvisalli@claytonps.org

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HS/MS Five-day-per-week In-person Instruction Schedule Letter (3/22/2021)

March 22, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Over the past month, we have safely and successfully transitioned our Elementary School students to daily in-person learning. Seeing the excitement in the eyes of both our staff and students confirmed to me that the decision to return to daily in-person instruction was the correct one. Now with the recent announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce the social distancing requirement to three feet, I am pleased to announce that we are planning to bring back our High School and Middle School students to a five-day-per-week in-person instruction schedule. We are targeting April 12th to collapse our cohorts and start daily in-person instruction. For parents who do not wish to send their children to school five days per week, the Cyber School remote option will remain a choice. Both building principals will be communicating additional scheduling details in the near future. 

As an additional layer of protection, we will be adding desk shields to all classrooms where social distancing may be difficult. I am also asking for your support by not sending your children to school with a fever or cold-like symptoms. It is also imperative that you continue to fill out the AT-Genius questionnaire. In order for us to have a successful ending to the school year, your cooperation is vital. We encourage parents and students to continue following the CDC 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;
  • Practicing social distancing
  • Wearing a face covering while in school; and
  • Continuing to monitor your health for symptoms.

 

As long as our community health conditions continue to improve, I see no reason why we cannot attempt to increase the number of students returning to in-person learning.

As always, thank you for your support and remain Clipper Strong!!!!

 

Sincerely yours,

Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis
Superintendent of Schools
NK/rml

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