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COVID19 Claxton Family Updates


CLX Distance Learning Website

ACS COVID19 Website for District Updates

Tuesday, March 31:

Good morning, Claxton Families!

New CLX Announcements for 3/31 -

*Email golden tickets, jokes and slideshow photos to!

ALSO, this is a reminder that you can pick up your at-home learning packet if you have not already - Isaac Dickson Elementary School from 1-3 pm Tuesday - Friday.  All of our Claxton packets will be moved to Claxton starting this afternoon.

Have a wonderful day!

Mary Nichols
Claxton Interim Principal

Sunday, March 29:

Claxton Families:

Please read my Sunday Night Letter for 3/29/20 here

I apologize for its length! There are a lot of things going on, and I want to be sure you have information. All of my communication will be posted here on Claxton's Digital Learning Website.  

I hope you have a wonderful week! 

Mary Nichols
Claxton Interim Principal

Thursday, March 26:

Good morning! Please remember we are passing out at-home learning packets from 9-11 at Claxton this morning! 

Read more here

Mary Nichols

Wednesday, March 25:

Hi CLX Familes!

Please plan to come to Claxton today between 3pm and 5pm to pick up your NEW at-home learning packet as well as additional supplies (if needed!). 

Here's how this will work! Please read carefully; we want to avoid human-to-human contact.

1. Pull your car through the drop-off/pick up lane as you would on a school day.  

  • Enter line through Annandale St. North of Claxton.
  • Turn Right on Julia St.
  • Turn Right into Claxton parking lot.
  • PLEASE do not come down Hillside and turn left onto Julia. We will not be allowing cards to enter the parking lot this way

2. Someone will greet you from the street and ask you your child/ren's name, grade, and whether or not you need supplies. PLEASE do not take supplies if you don't need them. We made bags for families that do not have learning supplies at home (crayons, paper, pencils, etc.).  

3. Wait in line, and when you get to the drop off circle at the FRONT of the school, put your car in PARK, exit the car and go to the table with your child's grade. Your child's packet and supplies will be waiting for you and labeled. 

*****Please do not stall, stop and talk, or congregate outside of your car. We want this line to move as quickly as possible.

We will also be allowing families to pick their supplies up tomorrow (3/26) from 9am-11am. 

Please do not come outside of these windows. Our building will not be open outside of these pick-up windows. We are trying to minimize staff in the building as well as human-to-human contact.

Thank you for everything you're doing to support your child during this time!

-Mary Nichols
Claxton Interim Principal

Monday, March 23:

Claxton Families:

Please read my message for 3/23/20. 

-Mary Nichols

Sunday, March 22:

Dear Claxton Families:

Here is a link to my Sunday night letter for 3-22-20.

Thank you for all you are doing for your children. I look forward to sharing more information with you as we continue into Week 2 of "at-home learning."

-Mary Nichols
Claxton Interim Principal

Thursday, March 19

Dear Claxton Families:

Here's my letter to families for 3-19-20.  

Letter from Mr. Ackerman, 3/19/20  

This letter includes contact information for different support needs, important links you might use multiple times to get information, as well as directions on what to do if your Claxton-issued device isn't working properly.

Here are my Claxton Announcements for 3-18-20  Eventually I will not need to send a family email every day, so you can always check my youtube channel, Claxton Facebook page, or my twitter account (@CLXPrincipal) for these announcements.

Thanks, and you're doing a GREAT JOB! 

-Mary Nichols
Claxton Interim Principal

 Wednesday, March 18:

Dear Claxton Families:

I'll be sending you links to my letters, which I'll now be writing on "google docs."  Please click on the link to read my update for Wednesday, March 18th. I'll be addressing at-home learning and digital learning, so please take time to read.

 Claxton Updates - Letter to Families - 3-18-20  

Thanks for all you're doing for your children! 

Mary Nichols
Claxton Interim Principal

PS - Here are morning announcements for 3-18-20

Tuesday, March 17:

Dear Claxton Parents:

My apologies! I gave you the wrong information about pick-up times. 

If you'd like to pick up your child's device (grades 3-5 only), your medication, or any personal items, you can do that during the following times:

  • Tuesday - 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday - 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.

We will not be available for pick-up on Thursday and Friday like I originally said in Monday's email.

Thank you!


Monday, March 16:

Dear Claxton Parents:

I'll be emailing you daily, or as needed, when I have information or updates. 

Today was definitely a weird experience for our staff. We saw many of you while you were picking up devices, personal items, and at-home learning packets. While we all seem in good spirits right now, I'm sure the next few weeks will be tough on us and our kids. We don't really know what the next two weeks will feel like or look like, but we are definitely working on it. We are also planning for a lot of the "what ifs" in terms of how long our school closure will last.

Thanks to those of you who came to pick up devices, medication, and at-home learning packets. Almost 150 devices were picked up today! We have decided to extend pick-up options for devices, and they can be picked up during the following times:

  • Tuesday - 9:30 - 2:30
  • Wednesday - 12:30 - 5:30
  • Thursday - 9:30 - 2:30
  • Friday - 9:30 - 2:30
    *Please email your child's teacher if you do NOT wish to get a device.
    *Please do not come if you are showing symptoms or feel sick! We'll find a way to get your belongings to you.


  • Some of you are letting me know that you're not getting my emails or Asheville City Schools emails. I am working on that, but for now please know that we will be posting all these emails on our website. I'm also asking teachers to forward all messages from me to their parent email lists. I apologize if you're getting them twice. We're just trying to make sure everyone has access to the information.
  • Our building will be open from 9:30-2:30 daily. Please do not plan to come in person to the building (except to pick up devices, medication, personal items this week).  We will happily take phone calls and answer emails during these times.

Digital Learning:

  • Our teachers are preparing for what digital learning will look like. Right now, to avoid overwhelming parents with information, we are going to take time to think about this and plan accordingly. I am asking teachers to hold off on sending additional work at this time. We care VERY much about making sure all of our students have access and can continue learning. The at-home learning packets were planned for the first 10 days out, and if there ends up being more weeks at home, we'll plan for that.
  • If you have questions about logging onto your child's device, please email your child's teacher.

Food Deliveries:

  • Food deliveries start tomorrow. The ACS website has all the information.
    From ACS Website: Please know our School Nutrition, Transportation and Maintenance Departments have already developed a detailed plan about food distribution sites. The plan will allow us to continue to provide both breakfast and lunch for our students Monday - Friday. Should schools be closed, Asheville City Schools will deliver meals to Pisgah View Apartments, Hillcrest Apartments, Klondyke Apartments and Livingston Apartments. Additionally, Isaac Dickson Elementary School will have a drive-thru option should families prefer a grab and go meal. Our meal service will begin on Tuesday, March 17th.

IMPORTANT: Free Spectrum Internet for all NEW customers - call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

Take care! 

-Mary Nichols
Claxton Interim Principal