A Letter to Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin

On behalf of all fourteen Gloucester County superintendents who lead high school districts, we respectfully request the assistance of the NJ State Legislature with regard to planning voluntary, in-person high school graduation ceremonies next month. The attached letter formalizes our request and illustrates the safety measures established during the United States Air Force Academy’s Graduation Ceremony several weeks ago. This ceremony serves as an exemplar for what is possible and we are confident that we can conduct similar ceremonies for the Class of 2020.  While we have not been consulted as school superintendents on this issue, we feel compelled to advocate for our seniors and plan dignified ceremonies that ensure aggressive social-distancing measures. We would be ready to discuss these ideas in greater detail at your convenience.

Thank you for your tireless efforts on behalf of New Jersey’s citizens and thank you for your consideration of this request on behalf of our students.


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Important Letter from the Superintendent – March 25, 2020

March 25, 2020

Dear Clayton School Community:

It is becoming more and more apparent that this health crisis will be substantially longer and more widespread than any of us may have previously thought. Governor Murphy’s Executive Order has declared that all New Jersey public schools will remain closed until further notice, and there is no return date at this time as long as the Order remains in effect. We will re-open when the Governor’s Executive Order is lifted. Any changes to this status will be announced to families and staff in advance. In addition, the school calendar has not changed. Spring Break is scheduled to begin on April 6th and conclude on April 13th.

In an attempt to continue to promote the recommended social distancing policies and limit the amount of people interacting, we are adjusting our breakfast and lunch service schedule. Beginning Monday, March 30th, both school sites will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Please come prepared to pick up for multiple days.

Finally, I want to applaud everyone for their continued patience and flexibility during this time. I will continue to update you as more information becomes available. Please visit our district website,, for all updated information.


Sincerely yours,

Nikolaos C. Koutsogiannis

Superintendent of Schools


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