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Important Message from the Superintendent

October 12, 2021
Dear Clayton School Community:

The purpose of this communication is to bring your attention to a disturbing new trend that has emerged on
TikTok, a popular social network aimed at school-aged children, and to review information with you
regarding masks in schools.

First, our children are being encouraged to record and post negative behaviors as “challenges” that are
inappropriate and, in some cases, criminal in nature and post them on TikTok. I want to make our Clayton
families aware of the trend and am asking you to take the time to engage your children in conversations
about this negative behavior. It is important that our kids understand that these behaviors will not be
tolerated in school or on school grounds. We appreciate your assistance in reinforcing the seriousness of
this message. I thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping communicate this message to our
students.

Second, our school district continues to follow the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines based on information
from the NJDOE, NJDOH, and CDC. Face coverings are a mandated COVID-19 prevention strategy in all
public schools, and parents/guardians are responsible for providing a face covering for their children.
Please remind them to bring their face masks to school daily. For students who continue to forget or lose
their masks, we will need to notify parents/guardians to drop off a face mask for their child. If there are any
cases where families may need assistance with providing face coverings on a consistent basis, please feel
free to reach out to your school’s administration for assistance.

Thank you for your attention to these important matters. We value and appreciate your support.
With Clipper Pride,

Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis
Superintendent of Schools

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HS Back to School Night Letter

September, 2021

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We cordially invite you to attend our annual “Back to School Night” on Wednesday, September 15th. This year, we will be holding our night in person.  You may enter the High School through the main entrance beginning at 6:30 pm. You should report to your child’s Homeroom/1st Period class which will begin at 6:45 pm. In class you will receive a copy of your child’s schedule and a school map.  Following the guidelines set up by the CDC and NJDOH, everyone entering a school building MUST wear face coverings.  Bandana’s are not approved face coverings.

This is a very important event for your child and the faculty at Clayton High School. Back-to-School Night provides an excellent opportunity for you to become acquainted with our facilities and to meet your child’s teachers. It’s an opportunity to find out the expectations, curriculum, classroom procedures, and methods of assessment for each course.  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.

Members of our Guidance Department will be available to discuss any questions and Clayton’s SAC will be available to discuss student support services.

If you are unable to attend, you will be able to view my introduction video which will be posted on the Clayton High School’s webpage,https://claytonps.org/schools/clayton-high-school/ .  After watching my video, please follow your child’s schedule to watch their teacher’s videos. To view the videos, click the Faculty & Staff Websites tab located at the left side of the screen.  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.

It is our goal to provide your child with a positive and successful educational experience. Please help us to achieve this by either attending our “Back to School Night” or watching the teacher’s videos.

Sincerely,

Joseph Visalli
Principal

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NJDOH Letter Regarding Vaccinations

August 18, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the school year begins this fall, students in New Jersey will be fully returning to in-person learning. To ensure that your child and all New Jersey students are protected against COVID-19 once schools open, here are a few steps you and your family can take in the weeks ahead.

Get your child vaccinated: Everyone 12 years-old and up is eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. The FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19 and remain the leading way to protect your child, your family, and your community. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all eligible students be vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccinations for 12 through 17-year-olds require 2 doses, so for the best possible protection against COVID-19 and the highly transmissible Delta variant, students should be scheduled for their first dose as early as possible.

Get yourself and other household members vaccinated: Students are best protected when those around them are also protected – especially if they are under the age of 12 and cannot be vaccinated themselves. To protect yourself and your child ahead of the first day of school, please get vaccinated as soon as possible and encourage others in your household and community to get vaccinated as well.
Vaccines are free for all, immigration status will not be asked, and health insurance is not required.

Have those who are not vaccinated get tested for COVID-19: If your child cannot be vaccinated (<12 years old) or is not vaccinated, we encourage you to have them tested for COVID-19 before the start of school. This will reduce the risk of COVID-19 entering schools and disrupting students’ learning and, if done early enough, may allow for any period of isolation to be completed prior to the first day of school (if needed after a positive COVID-19 test result).

Be sure to mask up: When students, teachers, staff, and families correctly and consistently wear masks they protect themselves and others. This is especially important as of late, given the more transmissible Delta variant. All students, staff, and visitors in K–12 schools will be required to wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, for the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.

Thank you for your help in supporting a safe return to school for our students in the fall!

To find a COVID-19 vaccination clinic near you:

To find a free COVID-19 testing site near you:

For additional information please visit the NJ COVID-19 Information Hub (covid19.nj.gov) or call 211 or 1-800-962-1253 with COVID-19 questions (available 24 hours / 7 days a week).

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Inspira is offering COVID-19 Vaccine (12 years old and up) at Clayton High School (August 18, 2021)

Inspira is offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for any adolescents (12-17 years old).

Additionally, Inspira is offering the option Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines for adults over the age of 18 years old. This vaccination event is available to all of our students, staff as well as their families and members of the community who would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Please read this email very carefully, if you are interested in having you or your family/child take advantage of the opportunity to receive the first dose of Pfizer’s COVID19 vaccine (2 Dose Vaccine) or the 1 dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at Clayton High School Performing Arts Center on August, 18.  Those electing to be vaccinated with Pfizer will be scheduled for their second dose 3 weeks after their first dose on August 18th. Second doses will be scheduled when you arrive for your initial dose.  While the vaccination process itself takes minutes to complete, please expect to wait 15 minutes after your vaccination for your safety to monitor for any side effects.  Those who have a history of allergic reactions for which they carry an EpiPen will be monitored for 30 minutes.

Those interested in obtaining the vaccine must register in advance and complete either the electronic consent embedded in the registration link below (for those 18 years of age and older) or the  PDF consent that is available at the bottom of this page, for those under the age of 18 years.  The paper consent must be completed and brought to the vaccination appointment. Additionally, you will find the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Patient Fact Sheet, which must be provided to all parents who are giving consent to vaccinate minors. We will also provide a paper hard copy of the EUA fact sheet on site to all those who are vaccinated.

Those interested in being vaccinated should complete the registration information by clicking the link below.  Please register using the link below:

REGISTER HERE:   Clayton High School Covid Vaccine Registration Link [forms.office.com]

For individuals that are 18 or older as of Wednesday, August 18th,  the consent form is embedded in the registration link above, and no additional paperwork will be required.

For adolescents that are 12 to 17 as of Wednesday, August 18th, a paper copy of the consent form is located below and must be completed and brought to location on August 18th.

 

All individuals are asked to bring a copy of a photo ID or ID with name and DOB and their health insurance card. ***Please note that everyone eligible will be able to receive the vaccine, regardless of health insurance status.

Inspira Health is administering the Pfizer and/or Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Please review the Emergency Use Authorization Patient Fact Sheet below for information specific to the Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccines.

** As of 6PM  Wednesday,  May 12th , the CDC Director has approved the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation endorsing the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and its use in 12 through 15 year old adolescents. This official CDC recommendation is another important step to getting out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and closer to normalcy.**

https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-emergency-use** [fda.gov]

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0512-advisory-committee-signing.html [cdc.gov]

 

Consent Forms and Information:

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