Clayton High Students To Participate In Virtual School Day Monday

Will Allow Town of Clayton To Repair Leaking Water Line At School Campus 

Johnston County Public Schools first “Virtual School Day” is set to happen on Monday, March 5th in “Comet Country.”

Clayton High students will not report to campus for face-to-face courses on Monday. Instead, teachers will facilitate instruction via online digital platforms. Students will be able to login and complete assignments in the format established for their courses. If students do not have Internet access at home, teachers will provide written assignments for students to complete. Students will be able to interact with their teachers via digital platforms, classroom communication apps, or school email during normal school hours.

“This flexible learning environment will allow for instruction to take place even though the school building will be closed,” said Dr. Ross Renfrow, Superintendent for Johnston County Public Schools.

The Virtual School Day is a pilot for the district and will allow the Town of Clayton to perform a required repair to a water line on Fayetteville Street, which will result in a water service interruption from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

According to Clayton High Principal Bennett Jones, this is a collaborative effort with the Town of Clayton in order to help the school resolve repeated issues with water leaks across the campus.

“As an innovative school district, we are constantly seeking ways to offer flexibility in learning environments to meet the needs of our students,”  said Jones. “As such, we are happy at CHS to take advantage of this opportunity to try a new solution and practice to educate our students.”

Jones added that after-school activities will continue as scheduled since the water is planned to be back in service before the activities. Should there be an issue with these activities, students and parents will be notified.

“As the lead learner for Johnston County Public Schools, it gives me great pleasure to know that we are poised and ready when we are faced with opportunities like these,” said Renfrow. “This Virtual School Day is a prime example of what we have been working toward with JOCO 2020.”

“Our Board is proud to serve a district that is not afraid to step outside of the box to serve its students,” stated Johnston County Board Chairman Michael C. Wooten.  “Kudos to Dr. Renfrow, principal Bennett Jones, Deputy Superintendent Eddie Price, and every staff member who is making this happen for our students.”