THANK YOU!

I’d like to thank all staff, parents, students, and any one else that contributed to a successful completion of one of the most challenging years I’ve ever experienced in education.

I do feel that there were several silver linings to this school year. I believe we learned to be flexible as the guidance and the opportunity to be vaccinated evolved through the school year. The pandemic forced us to learn the tools of technology much quicker than our comfort zones. Many of our students became more independent in their learning which will serve them well in the future.

Yet we are seeing evidence that there is a need to support closing student achievement gaps given the disruption of the pandemic. CCSD is planning extended learning opportunities over the next two years to support students to be at grade level or on track to graduate. With the use of ESSER 3 funds, the district will offer summer school or Jump Start opportunities to students that are identified as behind. The district is also hiring 15 “academic interventionists” those responsibility will be to support students to be on track academically at grade level or to graduate.

Your continued support to work with the district to further your child’s education is critical. If your child is identified to receive additional services, please support the district efforts.

Thank you for your support and enjoy the summer!

CLINTON HIGH SCHOOL GROUNDBREAKING

The Clinton Community School District is proud to invite everyone to a Ground Breaking Ceremony celebrating the start of the renovation to Clinton High School on June 28th at 4:00 p.m. on the east side of the campus.

The bond issue to fund the majority of an estimated cost of $62 million received strong community support on March 3, 2020 with 74.7% voting yes. The renovation will be paid for through the passage of the bond issue, one cent sales tax, and PPEL. The project will include a new three story academic building, a new CTE and fine arts wing, along with renovation of historic Yourd Gymnasium.

The project is scheduled to be completed by spring 2025. Tricon Construction out of Dubuque is the general contractor and FRK is the architectural firm out of Des Moines.

THE NEXT STEP TOWARDS NORMALCY

Now that the Pfizer vaccine has become readily available in Clinton County, it becomes more imperative that the next step to returning to normalcy in a school setting is to get our students vaccinated. To reach this end, the Clinton Community School District is teaming up with Jewel and Hyvee with two different opportunities for 12-18 year olds to be vaccinated.

The first option is that Clinton Middle School in coordination with Jewel-Osco Pharmacy is going to host a vaccine clinic on Tuesday May 25th from 1:00-3:00.  This is a great opportunity for CMS students to receive the first dose of the Pfizer and have the second dose scheduled for June. To sign your child up for this , please go to https://kordinator.mhealthcoach.net/vcl/1621016062831 by May 21, 2021. This option is for CMS students only.

The second option is through Hyvee Pharmacy. This option will be held at Hyvee all next week (May 24-28) from 4-7 pm and is open to any 12-18 year old student in the Clinton Community School District. The link to sign up for the Hyvee option is https://www.hy-vee.com/my-pharmacy/covid-vaccine-consent?event=6e0d3f17-8b0e-41cf-b065-33ddd0277ecd

Please take of advantage of these opportunities to move our school district closer to normal.

UPDATED GUIDANCE ON COVID-19

In the last week, there has been contradictory guidance issued by the CDC and the IDPH in terms of masking and contact tracing. The district has consulted with Clinton County Public Health to find the best approach.

Given that conversation, the following is the plan for the remainder of the school year keeping in mind the staffs’ health, the students’ health, and the public’s health being the priority.

Here are the guidelines for the remainder of this school year (June 3):

  • All students will be required to be masked indoors including bus trips.
  • All staff will be masked in the presence of students indoors.
  • All visitors to indoor CCSD activities and events will be required to mask.
  • All outdoor CCSD activities masking is recommended, but not required.
  • Students will no longer be required to quarantine having no symptoms as a close contact. Special circumstances such as household positives, etc. will be handled on an individual basis.

As the guidance shifts as the science evolves, the school district will update its procedures.

Thank you for your support of Clinton Community Schools!

COVID-19 CASES FROM MAY 10-16

Given the increase in cases, balancing the public health need to know with protecting an individual’s privacy, I will begin publishing weekly updates in the district. To better protect privacy, I am combining the four elementary schools data together and will use “<6” to protect an individual’s privacy if the positivity cases are very low in a certain part of the district.

Here is our data from the week of May 10-16:
LevelPositive StudentsPositive StaffQuarantined StudentsQuarantined Staff
High School<6<6<6<6
Middle School<6<610<6
Elementary<6<615<6

Quarantines are due to both in school exposures and out of school exposures. Elementary data is combined to protect our small school cases from being identified.

Quarantined staff includes administrators, teachers, para-educators, custodians, secretaries, and food service. Quarantined staff also includes those that are waiting for COVID-19 testing results.

If your child is determined to be a close contact, the school district in consultation with Clinton County Public Health will contact you directly.

UPDATE ON THE CLINTON HIGH SCHOOL RENOVATION

After a two week period of processing and evaluating a low bid that was $8.8 million more than the projected estimate, the Clinton Community School Board approved a contract with Tricon, a general contractor out of Dubuque to begin construction in June.  The reasons for the increase is the surge in steel, lumber, copper, and other raw materials due to the pandemic.

In order for the district to close this gap, multiple initiatives were considered.  If the idea significantly changed the scope of the building, it was rejected.  Value engineering ideas that were accepted have an estimated savings of $3.2 million. There are three deducts from the original bid that the Board accepted resulting in a $850,000 savings as well. 

Some examples of value engineering are switching from precast to block wall or replacing copper wiring with aluminum.  These changes will not change the scope of the project, meets city and state building codes, and have little to no effect in the long-term future of the high school.

The other part of the puzzle is to increase revenues to make-up for the shortfalls.  The school district will pay some parts (air quality, energy conversation) out of the ESSER III funds when appropriate.  School districts are allowed to petition the School Budget Review Committee to pay for furniture when building a new school.  Also, there will be a fundraising campaign for the renovation of Yourd Gym and the new performing arts center, two parts of the project that have no changes. We felt that given that Yourd and the new performing arts center have high community visibility and access, there would be a strong support to keep these two areas as originally designed.

There will be a groundbreaking ceremony announced in the next few weeks at the start of construction. The district appreciates the strong support of the community with the bond vote last March and are determined to construct a state of the art high school that will redefine how a high school environment will simulate the modern workplace.

COVID-19 CASES FROM MAY 3-9

Given the increase in cases, balancing the public health need to know with protecting an individual’s privacy, I will begin publishing weekly updates in the district. To better protect privacy, I am combining the four elementary schools data together and will use “<6” to protect an individual’s privacy if the positivity cases are very low in a certain part of the district.

Here is our data from the week of May 3-9:
LevelPositive StudentsPositive StaffQuarantined StudentsQuarantined Staff
High School<6<616<6
Middle School<6<615<6
Elementary<6<614<6

Quarantines are due to both in school exposures and out of school exposures. Elementary data is combined to protect our small school cases from being identified.

Quarantined staff includes administrators, teachers, para-educators, custodians, secretaries, and food service. Quarantined staff also includes those that are waiting for COVID-19 testing results.

If your child is determined to be a close contact, the school district in consultation with Clinton County Public Health will contact you directly.

COVID-19 CASES FROM APRIL 26-MAY 1

Given the increase in cases, balancing the public health need to know with protecting an individual’s privacy, I will begin publishing weekly updates in the district. To better protect privacy, I am combining the four elementary schools data together and will use “<6” to protect an individual’s privacy if the positivity cases are very low in a certain part of the district.

Here is our data from the week of April 26-May 1:
LevelPositive StudentsPositive StaffQuarantined StudentsQuarantined Staff
High School<6<6<6<6
Middle School<6<617<6
Elementary<6<619<6

Quarantines are due to both in school exposures and out of school exposures. Elementary data is combined to protect our small school cases from being identified.

Quarantined staff includes administrators, teachers, para-educators, custodians, secretaries, and food service. Quarantined staff also includes those that are waiting for COVID-19 testing results.

If your child is determined to be a close contact, the school district in consultation with Clinton County Public Health will contact you directly.

COVID-19 CASES FROM APRIL 19-25

Given the increase in cases, balancing the public health need to know with protecting an individual’s privacy, I will begin publishing weekly updates in the district. To better protect privacy, I am combining the four elementary schools data together and will use “<6” to protect an individual’s privacy if the positivity cases are very low in a certain part of the district.

Here is our data from the week of April 19-25:
LevelPositive StudentsPositive StaffQuarantined StudentsQuarantined Staff
High School<6<612<6
Middle School<6<611<6
Elementary<6<629<6

Quarantines are due to both in school exposures and out of school exposures. Elementary data is combined to protect our small school cases from being identified.

Quarantined staff includes administrators, teachers, para-educators, custodians, secretaries, and food service. Quarantined staff also includes those that are waiting for COVID-19 testing results.

If your child is determined to be a close contact, the school district in consultation with Clinton County Public Health will contact you directly.

COVID-19 CASES FROM APRIL 12-18

Given the increase in cases, balancing the public health need to know with protecting an individual’s privacy, I will begin publishing weekly updates in the district. To better protect privacy, I am combining the four elementary schools data together and will use “<6” to protect an individual’s privacy if the positivity cases are very low in a certain part of the district.

Here is our data from the week of April 12-18:
LevelPositive StudentsPositive StaffQuarantined StudentsQuarantined Staff
High School6<631<6
Middle School<6<630<6
Elementary<6<620<6

Quarantines are due to both in school exposures and out of school exposures. Elementary data is combined to protect our small school cases from being identified.

Quarantined staff includes administrators, teachers, para-educators, custodians, secretaries, and food service. Quarantined staff also includes those that are waiting for COVID-19 testing results.

If your child is determined to be a close contact, the school district in consultation with Clinton County Public Health will contact you directly.