JCSD E-Connection

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

Week of July 13, 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 Return To Learn Update

At the July 13 meeting, specific Return To Learn plan options were presented to board members for their questions and considerations. A host of information related to safety mitigation strategies, cleaning protocols, and school day logistics was presented as well. Please click on the file link below to view Superintendent Kacer's PowerPoint presentation.


The highlights:


  • Option 1: On-Site | In-person learning, with exceptions made for students with health concerns/medical documentation, who would then participate in required online learning.
  • Option 2: Hybrid | A hybrid option consisting of an A/B schedule of 50% capacity in buildings and online learning the days not
    in school. In addition, required online learning will be available for students with health concerns/medical conditions.
  • Option 3: Required Online Learning | All students access curriculum and instruction remotely.

Board members will vote on the plan we will have for the start of the school year (August 24) at the August 3 meeting.


Watch it:

We livestream and record our board meetings. Go to https://team1sports.com/johnston/ and scroll toward the bottom of the page. There are two tabs – the first is Live/Upcoming and the second is On Demand. Go to the On Demand tab and the July 13 meeting will be one of the first things listed.

Board Highlights from July 13, 2020

The full agenda and minutes of the July 13, 2020 board meeting can be viewed here.

REPORTS

-First Reading of the 2020-21 Family Handbooks

-Insurance Premium Comparison for FY 21

-First Reading of Policies 101.1 Mission Statement; 502.1 Student Appearance; 503.5 Corporal Punishment; 706.1 Payroll Periods; 706.2 Payroll Deductions; 706.3R1 Pay Deductions Regulation
-First Reading of Policies 409.1 Employee Vacation-Holidays; 409.2 Employee Leave of Absence; 409.2E1 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Request Form; 409.2E2 Expanded Family and Medical Leave Request Form
-First Reading of Policies 409.3 Family and Medical Leave; 409.3E1 Family and Medical Leave Notice to Employees; 409.3E2 Family and Medical Leave Request Form; 409.3R1 Family and Medical Leave Regulation; 409.3R2 Family and Medical Leave Definitions
-First Reading of Policies 414 Classified Employee Professional Purposes Leave; 501.9 Student Absences- Excused; 501.9E1 Request for Remote Learning Form; 601.2 School Day; 604.12 Appropriate Use of Online Learning Platforms; 907 District Operation During Public Emergencies; 907.R1 District Operation During a Public Health Emergency Regulation
-First Reading of Proposal to Rescind Policies 409.4, 409.5, 409.6, 409.7, 409.8, 414.1, 414.2, 414.3, 414.4, 414.5, 414.6, 414.7, 414.8, and 401.8


ACTION ITEMS

-Approval of Infrastructure Upgrade 8-9 Middle School & Summit Middle School Change Order (approved)
-Approval of JCSD 2020 Infrastructure Upgrades Beaver Creek, Horizon & Lawson Elementaries Change Order (approved)
-Approval of Johnston High School Cross Country Course Improvements Project (approved)

-Approval of AED Replacements and En-Pro Professional Program Management Software (approved)

-Approval of Wallace Adaptive Reuse to Johnston Administration Building Change Orders (approved)

-Approval of Recommendations from the Academic Affairs Committee (approved)

-Approval of Policies 401.13R1 Staff Technology Responsible Use Regulation; 705.4 Public Purpose Use of Funds; 401.17 Notification of Arrest, Criminal Charges, or Child Abuse Complaints; and 408.3 Certified Employee Tutoring (approved)

-Approval of Policies 406.1 Certified Employee Salary Schedule; 406.2 Certified Employee Salary Schedule Advancement; 406.3 Certified Employee Continued Education Credit; 406.4 Certified Employee Compensation for Extra Duty; 406.5 Certified Employee Group Benefits; 406.6 Certified Employee Tax Shelter Program (approved)

-Approval of Policies 412.1 Classified Employee Compensation; 412.2 Classified Employee Wages and Overtime; 412.3 Classified Employee Group Benefits; 412.4 Classified Employee Tax Shelter Programs (approved)

-Approval of Policies 413.1 Classified Employee Resignation; 413.3 Classified Employee Suspension; 413.4 Classified Employee Dismissal; 413.5 Classified Employee Reduction in Force; 414.1 Classified Employee Vacations, Holidays, Personal Leave, 414.2 Classified Employee Personal Illness Leave (approved)

-Approval of Policies 414.3 Classified Employee Family and Medical Leave; 414.3E1 Classified Employee Family Medical Leave Notice to Employees; 414.3E2 Classified Employee Family and Medical Leave Request Form; 414.4 Classified Employee Bereavement Leave (approved)


SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT

Matt Greiner from the City of Johnston provided an update on construction at 62nd and Merle Hay. The project is moving along well, thanks to the weather. The Lawson area will continue to be impacted as the school year starts. The City laid out proposed driving routes for parent pick up and bus areas.


Superintendent Laura Kacer provided the board an update on the district's Return To Learn plan, including three possible options for starting school in August. The board will be making a decision on the plan for returning to school at the August 3 meeting; the first day of school will be Monday, August 24.


A host of information related to safety mitigation strategies, cleaning protocols, and school day logistics was presented as well. Please click on the file link below to view Superintendent Kacer's PowerPoint presentation.


  • Option 1: On-Site | In-person learning, with exceptions made for students with health concerns/medical documentation, who would then participate in required online learning.
  • Option 2: Hybrid | A hybrid option consisting of an A/B schedule of 50% capacity in buildings and online learning the days not in school. In addition, required online learning will be available for students with health concerns/medical conditions.
  • Option 3: Required Online Learning | All students access curriculum and instruction remotely.


Kacer's presentation is attached to this news item.


The board members asked questions and posed considerations as they talked about each option. It was agreed that much of the decision depends on the impact of the virus in coming weeks and positive cases in the community. All board members emphasized the need for students, parents, and community members to do their part to slow the spread by wearing masks, social distancing, and limiting trips outside the home.


UPCOMING MEETINGS

Due to COVID-19 precautions and restrictions, all in-person board meetings have been moved to conference line or virtual meetings. Access information is published with the agenda on the Friday before the meeting. Meetings are also livestreamed at https://team1sports.com/johnston/.


CONTACT THE BOARD

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.