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School Schedule for the Week of November 2, 2020

In order to comply with the Governor’s Executive order (#177) all Clayton Public school buildings will be closed for in-person instruction for students on Monday, November 2nd and election day, Tuesday, November 3rd.  Both days will be remote “live on line” learning days for all Pre-K-12th grade students.

In addition, Breakfast/Lunch will be available for students to pick up on Monday, November 2nd (for 2 days) and Wednesday, November 4th (for 3 days) from 9am -11am.

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Positive Case Notice – Letter to the School Community (10/2/2020)

October 2, 2020

Dear Clayton School Community:

This letter is to inform you that a player on the High School field hockey team has tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The player is a student in our Cyber School Program. The District is coordinating closely with NJSIAA and following local health department guidance in order to assure the health and safety of our community. Initial contact tracing has identified the individuals who have been in close contact. The people who have been in close contact have been notified and quarantined. Based on the recommendation of local health officials 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 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. Please visit our district website under parent/student resources for additional information.

Sincerely yours,

Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis
Superintendent of Schools

NK/rml

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Positive Case Notice – Letter to the School Community (9/24/2020)

September 24, 2020

Dear Clayton School Community:

This letter is to inform you that two students who attend school at the HS/MS building have tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Both students live in the same household.  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 identified the individuals who have been in close contact. The people who have been in close contact have been notified and quarantined. Based on the recommendation of local health officials and the COVID-19 risk matrix, our schools will remain open. The status of this situation is fluid, and we are monitoring it closely.

The District has cleaned and disinfected all exposed areas. 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

 

NK/rml

 

Additional Resources:

Guidance on the Contact of a Close or Casual Contact of a Confirmed or Suspected Case of COVID-19

 

 

 

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HS Back to School Letter

September, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We hope this letter finds everyone in your family safe and healthy. One of the biggest events in the opening of school is always our Back to School night. We are moving forward with this event but like many things in school this year, it is taking a new form. We cordially invite you to attend our “Virtual Back to School Night” on Thursday, October 1st At 6:00pm, you will be able to view my introduction video which will be posted on the Clayton High School’s webpage,https://claytonps.org/schools/claytonhigh-school/ . At the completion of the introduction video, please follow your child’s schedule by clicking on the teachers’ webpage. Located at the left of the screen, under High School Menu, click Faculty & Staff Websites to view the teachers’ video in the order of their schedule.

Despite not coming into school, you will still be able to see all of your child’s teachers. By visiting the teacher’s website it will provide an excellent opportunity for you to become acquainted with your child’s teachers and the classes they teach. You will also find the teachers course syllabi and contact information. Most of all, it allows you to put faces with the names of the people who teach and are involved in your child’s success. These videos will be accessible for at least 1 week.

Our Guidance Department and Child Study Team will also have videos posted on their main websites to inform you about the services they provide. It is our goal to provide your child with a positive and successful educational experience. Please help us to achieve this by attending our “Virtual Back to School Night” on Thursday, October 1st at 6:00 pm.

Sincerely,
Joseph Visalli
Principal

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