November 18, 2020
Dear Clayton School Community:
Last evening I made the difficult decision to recommend to the Board of Education remote learning for all students. The Board of Education approved my recommendation and a revised District calendar. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, Clayton Public School District will begin remote learning for all students on Monday, November 30, 2020. We are targeting Tuesday, January 19, 2021, for the return to in-person learning. This return date remains flexible, and we will make a final decision based on the health conditions closer to that time.
The decision for remote learning for all students was made for the health and safety of our school community. In just the past week COVID-19 cases have risen by 49% in New Jersey and 82% in Gloucester County. This surge of COVID-19 cases has forced us to increasingly quarantine and contact trace students and staff members. The upcoming holiday season will only increase the need to quarantine students and staff which, as a result, would cause a major disruption in our learning process and place a burden on our daily operations. Remote learning for all students will provide a consistent educational model for several weeks as we monitor the COVID-19 health risk.
In our Back-to-School Plan, I discussed the “four phases of learning” and the possibility that we would be entering these phases throughout the school year as conditions changed. We will be transitioning to our Phase One, all remote learning model. In this model of learning all students will be required to sign in and be “live on-line” on a daily basis. For grades 6-12, we will be combining our current Cyber School students with our Hybrid students. As we transition to our remote learning model, your Principal will be providing you with additional information and schedules. The health and safety of our students and staff members is always our top priority. I want to thank you for your understanding, support, and flexibility during these unique times. Finally, I want to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.
We remain Clipper strong,
Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis
Superintendent of Schools