JCSD E-Connection

Board updates, news, and events from the around the district

Week of January 11, 2021

Thank you for checking out the JCSD E-Connection! In this newsletter, you will find links to Johnston Board of Education items/decisions, news, and commendations from around the district, and important information for parents/guardians.

All attempts are made to be as accurate as possible at the time of publication. Questions, comments, or concerns can be emailed to the JCSD Communications department at jcsdcomm@jdragonmail.us.

District News & Announcements

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Board Highlights from January 11, 2021

The full agenda and minutes of the January 11, 2021 board meeting can be viewed here.


  • Request for New Club - SMS Climate Change Club
  • 2021-2022 School Year Calendar
  • Taxable Valuation Data for FY 22
  • First Reading of Policies 604.12 Appropriate Use of Online Learning, 605.1 Instructional Materials Selection, 605.1R1 Selection on Instructional Materials, and 605.2 Instructional Materials Inspection
  • First Reading of Policies 605.3 Objection to Instructional Materials, 605.3E1 Instructions to the Reconsideration Committee, 605.3E2 Reconsideration of Instructional Materials, 605.3E3 Sample Letter to Individuals Challenging Instructional Materials, and 605.3R1 Reconsideration of Instructional Materials Regulation
  • First Reading of Policies 605.4 Technology and Instructional Materials, 605.5 School Library, 605.7 Use of Information Resources, 605.7R1 Use of Information Resources Regulation, 606.1 Class Size - Class Grouping, and 606.2 School Ceremonies and Observances
  • First Reading of Policies 606.4 Student Production of Materials and Services, 606.6 Insufficient Classroom Space, 607.1 Student Guidance and Counseling Program, 607.2 Student Health Services, and 607.2R1 Student Health Services Regulation
  • First Reading of Policy 605.6 Internet Appropriate Use, Exhibit 605.6E1 Internet Access Permission Letter to Parents, and Regulation 605.6R1 Internet Appropriate Use
  • First Reading of Policies 503.1 Student Conduct, 503.5 Corporal Punishment, Mechanical Restraint and Prone Restraint, 503.6 Physical Restraint and Seclusion of Students, Exhibits 503.6E1 Use of Physical Restraint and/or Seclusion of Students Documentation Form, 503.6E2 Debriefing Letter to Guardian, 503.6E3 Debriefing Meeting Document, and Regulation 503.6R1 Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion with Students


  • Approval of 2021-2022 Course Selection Handbook (Approved)
  • Approval of Continuation of Long-Term Substitute Contracts for Second Semester
  • Approval of Continued Additional FTE for Online Teachers (Approved)
  • Approval of Part-Time Technology Position (Approved)
  • Approval of Director of Building and Grounds Position (Approved)
  • Approval of Modified Supplemental Amount for At-Risk Dropout Prevention (Approved)
  • Approval of State Bid for 2021 Chevrolet Silverado (Approved)
  • Approval of Resolution Authorizing Superintendent to Furlough Any Non-Essential/Non-Critical Employees (Approved)
  • Approval of Policies 701.3 Financial Records, 701.2 Transfer of Funds, 501.3 Compulsory Attendance, 501.4 Entrance -Admissions, and 502.8 Search and Seizure (Approved)
  • Approval of Policies 507.8 Student Special Health Services, 501.7 Student Transfers Out or Withdrawals, 504.2 Student Organizations, 507.2 Administration of Medication to Students, and 507.5 Emergency Plans and Drills (Approved)
  • Approval of Policies 505.5 Graduation Requirement, 505.6 Early Graduation, 102 Equal Educational Opportunity, and 500 Objectives for Equal Educational Opportunities for Students (Approved)
  • Approval of Policies 604.6 Instruction at a Post-Secondary Educational Institution, 604.7 Dual Enrollment, 604.9 Home School Assistance Program, and 604.11 Academic Competition (Approved)
  • Approval to Rescind Policy Exhibits 409.2E1 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Request Form and 409.2E2 Expanded Family and Medical Leave Request Form (Approved)
  • Approval of Temporary Extended COVID-19 Leave Policy Exhibit (Approved)


Superintendent Laura Kacer reviewed current Polk Co. health metrics, zip code COVID positivity data, staff absence data, and the new CDC quarantine guidelines. She also provided an update on the SAVE & PPEL vote campaign.

Superintendent Kacer acknowledged the traffic concerns created along the east side of Merle Hay on NW 62nd through ongoing road construction and road closures. The district and Lawson principal Tom Bartello met with the City, Johnston PD, and construction engineers to design a more efficient plan for parent pick up and drop off, starting January 12.


There will be limited seating in the District Office board room, in a distanced and safe seating style. Seat availability is first come, first seated. Citizens are encouraged to watch the board meetings via the livestream at https://team1sports.com/johnston/. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. January meetings are January 11 & 25; February meetings are on the 8th & 22nd.


Persons are encouraged to send questions, comments and suggestions to our board members. Each board member can be reached by email: Justin Allen; Dr. Jeanie Kerber; Jennifer Chamberland; Dr. Alicia Clevenger; Katie Fiala; Steven Hopper; and Soneeta Mangra-Dutcher.

Johnston Community School District

JCSD Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of the Johnston Community School District not to illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices.

There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Associate Superintendent, Dr. Bruce Amendt, 6510 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston, Iowa 50131, (515) 278-0470, bamendt@johnston.k12.ia.us.

Mark Your Calendars for March 2!

Earlier this week, we kicked off of our district's SAVE PPEL campaign!

If you're ever wondered where the district gets money for new construction, renovation, and technology, and our outstanding extracurricular facilities, it's from the SAVE & PPEL funds. We will be posting regularly different pieces of information about this important vote for the future of our district. You can also check out information online: https://www.johnstoncsd.org/district/save-ppel/

Mark your calendars now and head to the polls on March 2!

SAVE PPEL Video #1: Building & Construction

Click here to view our first video, via YouTube.