JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of September 28, 2020

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

JCSD Math Resources for Parents

The JCSD Teaching & Learning team has compiled a wealth of math resources for Edmentum and Calvert Learning that parents/caregivers may find useful. You can also see new resources for science, technology, and information literacy.

IDPH Updated Quarantine Guidelines: What You Need to Know

The Iowa Dept. of Public Health announced a change to the way in which individuals who have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 individual are placed in quarantine.

Individuals who previously would have been required to be placed in quarantine by public health after an exposure to a COVID-positive individual no longer will be required to do so based on public health guidance, when BOTH individuals are properly wearing a face mask. This change does impact our protocol in Johnson and we want to provide you with an update.

Please click here to read complete guidance on our website, or parents should check their emails for the update sent on Sept. 29, 2020.

Board Highlights from September 28, 2020

The full agenda and minutes of the September 28, 2020 board meeting can be viewed here.


-Parents for Equity and Anti-Racism Report

-Nutrition Services Annual Report

-Financial Year End Report FY20


-Approval of SBRC for Modified Supplemental Authority for LEP/ELL Programs (approved)

-Approval of Supplemental Aid for Special Education Deficit (approved)


Superintendent Laura Kacer spoke to the Board about assessments taking place this year, including the timeline and status of assessments. Michelle Crannell spoke about supporting at-risk and accelerated learners, and what's being done to accommodate online learners. Ms. Kacer reported on a parent focus group that she conducted regarding the district's online learning, and she shared some of the feedback she received.


Due to COVID-19 precautions and restrictions, citizens are encouraged to watch the board meetings via the livestream at https://team1sports.com/johnston/. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. The next meeting is a work session on Oct. 8 (start time 5 p.m.) Regular October board meetings are Oct. 12 and 26.


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.