JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of August 02, 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 August 02, 2021

The full agenda of the August 02, 2021 board meeting can be viewed here.


    • First Reading of JCSD District and School Family Handbooks
    • First Reading of Policies 701.2 Transfer of Funds, 803.1 Disposition of Obsolete Equipment, 401.4 Employee Complaints, 401.14 Social Media Responsibility, Regulation 401.14R1 Social Media Responsibility, and 411.3 Classified Employee Letters of Assignment
    • First Reading of Policies 401.18 Conducting Background Checks, 410.1 Substitute Teachers, 411.8 Classified Employee Probationary Status, 413.2 Classified Employee Retirement, 401.10 Employee Expression, and 412.3 Classified Employee Group Benefits
    • First Reading of Policies 604.1 Private Instruction, 604.10 Online Courses, 200.3 Responsibilities of the Board of Directors, 206.1 President, 206.2 Vice President, and 401.5 Employee Records
    • First Reading of Policies 213 Public Participation in Board Meetings, 213.1 Public Complaints, 302.5 Superintendent Evaluations, and 303.6 Administrator Evaluations
    • First Reading of Policies 501.14 Open Enrollment Transfers - Procedures as a Sending District, 501.15 Open Enrollment Transfers - Procedures as a Receiving District, and 505.5 Graduation Requirements
    • First Reading of Policies 502.3 Student Expression and Student Publications, 502.3R1 Student Expression and Student Publications Code, 504.3 Student Publications, and 504.3R1 Student Publications Code


    • Approval of Updated Fall Mitigation Strategies (Not approved, will have a special board meeting on 08/06/21)
    • Approval to Not Offer Mask-On Classroom Sections PK-6 (Approved)
    • Approval of Johnston Middle School Track Improvements Project Change Order (Approved)
    • Approval of 2021-2022 Employee Handbook Changes (Approved)


    Superintendent Laura Kacer provided the board with an update on Camp Dragon, the district's summer enrichment program. She gave an overview of daily attendance, illness rates, and any COVID cases (none). She also shared what sort of things the students are working during their targeted instruction, as well as the social-emotional learning happening. Camp Dragon wraps up August 4.

    The second part of her report focused on Iowa and Polk Co. COVID-19 positivity rates/spread and how the CDC is classifying community spread in Polk Co. (substantial). School and district administrators are keeping a close eye on rates of positivity as the school year approaches and mitigation strategies are put into place.


    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. All public comments must be read in person and will no longer be accepted electronically. The board meetings are livestreamed and available on demand at https://team1sports.com/johnston/. The next August board meeting is scheduled for August 16, beginning at 6 p.m.


    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. Nikki Roorda, 6510 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston, Iowa 50131, (515) 278-0470, nikki.roorda@johnston.k12.ia.us.