CLINTON HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER SCHOOL

With the state required “Return to Learn” plan, the Clinton Community School District is designing multiple opportunities for closing student learning gaps and in the case of high school students, recover credits that have yet to be earned due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Clinton High School, the first opportunity is a summer school session that will be offered from July 27-31.  There is no financial cost to attend.  This will target students that received incomplete grades during the second semester and give them an opportunity to finish the missing work/assessments needed to earn a passing grade.

I cannot emphasize enough the importance for students that have not completed coursework to attend and participate to the best of their ability during this summer school session.  The residual effect of incomplete courses will have a domino effect on courses taken for the 2020-2021 school year and beyond.  This could also extend into students unable to graduate on time with their class.  At the high school level, it is about earning the required credits to graduate.

The high school administration and staff will be putting out additional information about this learning opportunity on Monday.  If you have further questions about Clinton High School’s summer school opportunity, please contact Mr. Kuch at jrkuch@clintonia.org.

I will post a blog on Jump Start for the elementary and middle school students in the near future.

AMENDED SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR RETURN TO LEARN PLAN

As part of the state’s “Return to Learn” plan, the School Board on Monday approved amending next year’s calendar.  Given the challenges of this pandemic, the “Return to Learn” task force that is developing recommendations  looked at how the calendar could support student learning gaps and high school credit recovery.  Here are the major dates of the amended calendar:

July 27-31—High School Summer School

August 3-7—Jump Start for Elementary/Middle School

August 12—First in-service day for the school year.

August 17—First day of school for students.

October 14—End of first quarter

October 15-16—Make-up days for disruption, required learning days for students that are behind with additional compensation for working teachers, or fall break.

December 22—End of first semester

January 4-15— Possible J-term for high school

February 15—President’s Day, possible make-up day

March 9—End of third quarter

March 10-12— Make-up days for disruption, required learning days for students that are behind with additional compensation for working teachers, or extension of spring break.

March 13-21—Spring Break

May 30—Graduation

June 2—Last day for students

June 3—Last day for teachers

June 14-25—Summer School

This calendar gives much more flexibility for make-up days.  It also creates multiple opportunities both inside and outside of the 180 student contact days to address student learning gaps and credit recovery options.

The amended calendar is posted on the district website.

The next major question is how will school start on August 17.  If the school district can meet the Iowa Department of Public Health guidelines, we would like to have all students onsite following established sanitation procedures.  However, the school district is preparing for online learning options as well as a hybrid model of online with onsite learning.  Unfortunately, everything is so fluid it this point that we will probably not receive final guidance until late July or early August.

I will be posting regularly to give you the most accurate and up to date information.

STATE OF IOWA RETURN TO LEARN SURVEY ON TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS

Dear Clinton Community Parents and Community Members,

The Iowa Department of Education has put out a survey across the state to determine the priorities of supporting a technology infrastructure for online learning.

http://bit.ly/iowatechsurvey

The responses from this survey will help the state prioritize $26.2 million in federal relief through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER), which focuses on providing and expanding broadband access and improving access to technology in other ways.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to complete this survey.

COVID-19 UPDATE SUMMER

With today being the last day for students in this academic calendar, I’d like to update the community, parents, and students on the planning for this summer and the start of the school year in August.

Today is the last day to submit work for grades and credit.  Teachers will submit grades or identify standards completion on June 3.  Given the dramatic change in delivery format, the district has decided to use a pass/incomplete option.

A major change from past practice is that the district is postponing any summer school opportunities (high school/middle school) until mid-July at the earliest.  Jump Start programming (elementary) as part of the state’s required “Return to Learn” plan will not start until late July at the earliest.  Our thinking is that time will hopefully be on our side with the COVID-19 research and intervention.  Also, it is our hope that these programs will meet face-to-face later in the summer.

We will be recommending to the School Board to revise our calendar start date to August 17.  By starting a week earlier, we are able to build in six days for make-up or five days for additional learning opportunities for students that are embedded within the school calendar.  By having this flexibility, we will hopefully be able to better serve student needs  and not extend too far into June next summer.

I will provide more updates as we get closer to the start of school in August.  How the beginning of the next school year will look will depend on the guidance from the Department of Education and the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Thank you for your support of Clinton Community Schools!

 

 

 

TRANSPORTATION CHANGES FY21

Dear Families of Clinton Community Schools,

Due to the overwhelming number of parent/guardian transportation requests that are occurring throughout the year, Clinton Community School District will be making changes that may have an effect on your transportation needs.

Beginning August 1, 2020 you will be allowed no more than 2 AM pick-up stops and 2 PM drop-off stops PER YEAR. This includes your permanent residence. All stops before and after school must be within your resident school district boundary, with the exception of the approved LICENSED daycare centers.

The district approved licensed daycare centers are:  Mercy Daycare, Stay-N-Play, Wee School, and Zion.

Example:             Option #1  AM Pick-up—Home

Option #2  AM Pick-up—Grandma’s house  (within your resident school district boundary)

Option #1  PM Drop-off—Home

Option #2  PM Drop-off—Stay N Play

Any official change of permanent residence that is requested will be required through administration first before any busing changes can be made.  Please contact Julie Matzen at Administration (243-9600, ext. # 49) to make such changes.  Transportation will then be notified and if guidelines are met and your student qualifies for busing, these changes can go into effect.  Please allow a minimum of 24 hours to accommodate any busing changes.

Some limitations to be aware of:

  1. Current state law specifies elementary and middle school students living more than two miles from their designated school are eligible for transportation; otherwise, students are determined living in a walk zone and require parent transportation. Other factors that can affect this are safety and specialized transportation as designated in an IEP.
  2. Current state law specifies high school students who live more than three miles from their designated school are eligible for transportation. The same conditions apply as above.
  3. Current state law requires corner stops unless otherwise specified for safety reasons or specialized transportation assignments.
  4. Current state law limits riding time to 60 minutes for middle school and elementary students and 75 minutes for high school students, unless waived by a parent.

Other available options parents may want to consider:

  1. YWCA Daycare will be held after school at YWCA (Eagle Heights), YWCA-South (Jefferson) and YWCA (Whittier). Interested families should contact Amanda Snyder at (563 242-2190) or YWCA Youth Phone (563 212-4001)
  2. CERTIFIED daycare providers within your resident school district boundary. (i.e. Klassy Kids Day Care 341 3rd Ave N – Jefferson, Barb Letsch 2525 Prospect – Bluff, Marsha’s Day Care 611 13th Ave N – Whittier, Karen Steiner 2220 N 7th St – Eagle Heights)
  3. Availability for students to ride the city bus to and from school at NO CHARGE.

Please remember, riding the school bus is a privilege and as we move forward, your cooperation with this matter is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your support of Clinton Community Schools.

 

Return to Learn Planning

The Iowa Department of Education last Friday put out its guidance on the required “Return to Learn” plans for the next school year.

The governor added a caveat to waiving the school start date as part of the Return to Learn plan.  Any days added before August 23 must be in excess of 1080 hours.  That limits some of the potential planning of “catch-up/enrichment weeks” embedded between quarters.  Our school district calendar does exceed the minimum of 1080 hours, so we have the option of starting between August 17 and August 24.

There is one required pathway and two optional delivery methods in the state guidelines.  The required plan is Required Continuous Learning.  Our district is currently implementing this to finish this school year.  However, I believe we will have to increase the learning outcomes to match the delivery of being in session.

The first optional is a hybrid model, a combination of online learning and face to face.  This model is being offered if districts want to limit the number of students physically in the building at one time and have the rest of the students join online.  This model would rotate students between the two learning models.

The second optional delivery is a return to face to face learning.  Factors that we would have to consider be procedures to implement CDC health guidelines.  Examples are sanitation procedures, expectations of wearing masks, practices of social distancing in schools, etc.

There is a strong possibility that our district creates plans for all three models.  It is tough to predict what challenges we will face the next academic year.  I think we need to prepare for every anticipated situation.

The Return to Learn plan is due to the state by July 1.

A Superintendent Message to Students

Dear Students,

First of all, I’d like to say how proud I am of over 80% of you that have stepped up to the challenge and are meeting or exceeding your teacher’s expectations in this new distance learning environment.  Given that we left for spring break with the full expectation to return, much has changed in our world in the last six weeks.  I have heard stories about how many of you miss your teachers and classmates.  I view this as “a positive” because when the school experience was taken away by this virus, it reaffirmed the strong relationships many of you have at school.

I also want you to know how hard your teachers have been preparing to best serve you in this new learning environment.  In a span of three short weeks, teachers have had to prioritize what you need for the rest of this school year and create activities, videos, projects, etc., in a completely different teaching and learning environment.  They are doing this to give you the best learning environment possible and also to be respectful to your family during this pandemic.

For the 20% of the students that have not actively engaged with our teachers, I have two expectations for you and for every student in the Clinton school system—participate and do your best.  If you participate and do the best that you can, you will be successful.  Our teachers will go the extra mile to make you successful.  Please meet us halfway—we can do this together!

This is within your control—non-participation may cause you to fall behind with future consequences.  For seniors, it is nearly immediate—-will you graduate later this month?  For freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, becoming credit deficient that may impact when you graduate.  For elementary and middle school students, it’s about having the skills to be successful as you move up the education ladder.

Every student in this school system is special, important to us and our community, and has a “say” in his/her own success.  Work with your teachers and finish strong!

Mr. DeLacy

 

Various Vendors Wifi Information During COVID-19 Crisis

The Clinton Community School District would like to inform its patrons of different internet service options being offered during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mediacom Announces Company Initiatives to Combat Spread of Coronavirus

Mediacom Communications announced a series of company initiatives directed at helping American families address work, education and health care challenges created by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Specific initiatives include:

  • Increasing the speed of the Mediacom Connect2Compete low-cost internet program to 25 megabits per second (Mbps) down by 3 Mbps up (currently 10 Mbps down by 1 Mbps up). Qualifying families who subscribe before May 15, 2020, will receive 60 days of complimentary Mediacom Connect2Compete service.
  • Extending the pricing of Mediacom’s Access Internet 60 broadband service to new customers at $19.99 per month for the next 12 months (currently retails for $29.99 per month).
  • Pausing monthly data allowances across all Mediacom broadband service tiers through May 15, 2020;
  • Providing complimentary access to all Mediacom Xtream Wi-Fi Hotspots for 60 days.
  • Support 1-855-904-2225

“Mediacom recognizes our broadband network will continue to be a powerful tool used to combat the spread of the Coronavirus in the more than 1,500 communities we serve,” said John Pascarelli, Mediacom’s EVP of Operations. “By helping as many people as possible get online, we hope to create opportunities for patients to safely connect with their doctors through telemedicine applications, for students to continue their studies online, and for employees to work from home.”

In addition to these changes, Mediacom joined dozens of other internet service providers in signing onto the 60 day Keep Americans Connected Pledge issued by Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai on March 13, 2020. As part of this pledge, Mediacom will not disconnect service or assess late fees to any customer who calls and informs the company that they cannot pay their bill during this period.

 

 AT&T

For the next 60 days, AT&T will not terminate service for any wireless, home phone, or broadband residential or small bus customer due to inability to pay.

They will also do the following:

  • Waive late payment fees.
  • Keep their public Wi-Fi hotspots open for any one who needs them.
  • The service will also be offering unlimited internet data and offer internet access for limited income households at $10 a month through the Access from AT&T program.

For more details, click HERE.

Comcast Xfinity

The company is opening their Xfinity WiFi network for free along with providing unlimited data. To help people stay connected with school and work, Comcast is opening up their Xfinity WiFi network for everyone, as well as:

  • Hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-subscribers. You can find a map of hot spots here. Just use “xfinitywifi” network name and launch a browser.
  • Data plans will be paused for 60 days, which will give all customers unlimited data for no additional charge.
  • No late disconnects or late fees for those who contact the company about not being able to pay their bill.
  • Internet Essentials, their broadband adoption program, is free to new customers

For more information click HERE.

Verizon Free WiFi

Verizon also took the pledge and is offering similar services:

  • The company will not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay bills due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus.
  • Waiving late fees for those impacted by COVID-19
  • Tripling data allowance for Verizon Innovative Learning schools

For more information, click HERE.

Charter Spectrum Free WiFi

Charter is offering similar services during the coronavirus pandemic. As of March 16, the company will offer:

  • Free spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
  • Open WiFi hotspots

For more information, click HERE.

Sprint

Sprint has joined the Keep Americans Connected Pledge and is opening up their network to their customers and:

  • Won’t terminate service if customers are unable to pay due to coronavirus issues
  • Waive late fees caused by economic disturbances related to the coronavirus pandemic
  • By 3/17: Customers with international long-distance plans will get complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3.
  • By 3/19: Customers with metered data plans will have unlimited data per month for 60 days at no extra cost
  • Customers will get an extra 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days.
  • Coming soon: Customers with mobile hotspot-capable handsets without a hotspot will get 20GB per month for 60 days at no extra cost.

For more information, click HERE.

T-Mobile

The wireless provider already has a majority of customers with unlimited talk, text, and data, but they’re doubling down on their effort to keep their customers connected.

  • All current T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers who have data plans will have unlimited smartphone data, excluding roaming.
  • T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers will get an additional 20GB of mobile hotspots/tethering service for the next 60 days. The company says this feature will be coming soon.
  • Work with Lifeline partners to get customers extra free data up to 5GB per month over the next two months
  • Increase data allowance for free to schools and students for the next 60 days, which means at least 20GB of data per month for each participant

For more information, click HERE.

COVID-19 UPDATE–APRIL 17

Today, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that Iowa schools will extend distance learning until the end of this academic year which is June 2 for the Clinton Community School District.

This decision was expected by our administrative team.  The move to a distance learning environment earlier this week was a response to data that to resume a traditional school delivery by May 1 was unrealistic.

The support by parents and students this week has been overwhelming.  The district has checked out over 400 devices to families that have requested one.  I have had several reports of high engagement of students with their teachers.

Parents, I want to emphasize that the school district does not expect you to become the teacher.  Our teachers are more than willing to support instruction with your child.  Our expectation for you is to provide an environment at home that supports student learning.

Students, I want to emphasize the importance on participation and giving your best effort.  If you those two things, you will be successful.

We have an opportunity to rise to the challenge and finish this school year on a positive note.  Let’s work together and make this happen!

COVID-19 UPDATE

Today, the Governor announced that schools in Iowa are recommended to be closed until April 30.  There is an expectation to provide instruction from April 13-30 through distance learning or make-up the days once schools are permitted to meet traditionally.

On March 27, the Department of Education released new guidance on distance learning options in the state of Iowa.  This guidance aligns more closely with e-learning delivery options that students and teachers use in Minnesota or Illinois.  The school district has been developing plans to best address its students since this guidance was published.

Starting April 13, the school district will be requiring participation, assigning work, and grading student work.  The district will be offering course work through Google Classroom, a format that many teachers and students already use.  If households have internet, but not a device for school work, the district will have a process to check a device out.  For households that do not have internet, options of packet work, one on one video chats, and other means to assess learning will be used.  Your child’s teacher should be in contact about what delivery model will be used in your household’s situation.

The role of the parent in this model is not to be the teacher, but support the process.  Scheduling time blocks to be engaged in academics with teachers are critical in this setting.  Monitoring your child’s participation and effort is important.  Also, having excellent communication with school personnel keeps us all on the same page.

I strongly feel that we need to bring closure to this school year whether its in a school building or in a distance learning opportunity.  Although the challenges of the past month have been nothing that we’ve seen in our lifetimes, it provides us with an opportunity to overcome barriers and test our grit.  Our approach will prioritize safety and health while engaging students.

Next week, you will receive more detailed communication from the building principals and teachers about the details of this delivery model.

Let’s work together to offer the best for our students!

 

Click to access COVID-19ContinuingLearningTaskForceGuidance03-27-20.pdf

 

 

Click to access COVID-19ContinuingLearningTaskForceGuidance03-27-20.pdf

Click to access COVID-19ContinuingLearningTaskForceGuidance03-27-20.pdf