EICC Bond Vote on March 2

The Clinton Community School District is encouraging all district voters to support the Eastern Iowa Community College bond vote for this upcoming Tuesday, March 2. As part of the $40 million bond measure, there will be a new Career and Technical Education facility built on the Clinton Community College Campus at an estimated amount of $8.5 million dollars. This facility will support the following CTE pathways for future Clinton High School students: Agriculture, Automotive Technology, Construction Technology, Culinary, Engineering Technology, Education, Healthcare, Information Technology, and Welding.

The opportunity to pool resources between local school districts and EICC will provide more robust CTE programming and better access for high school students with high interest in these areas. In particular, a CHS student will now have access to the Agricultural pathway which is currently not offered. There will be opportunities for students to work with more expensive equipment like virtual welders or automotive diagnostic equipment where a single school district could not afford this by itself.

EICC has timed this bond vote to align with an expiring bond issue. Taxpayers will not see an increase from what they have paid over the last decade.

Students in Clinton County have not had the same opportunities in these CTE pathways as students in other parts of the state where CTE Regional Centers have operated for over the last decade. This is an opportunity to level the playing field for our future students and also fulfill a workforce development need in the community.

Please vote on March 2 and support our students.

COVID-19 CASES FROM FEBRUARY 15-21

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 February 15-21:
LevelPositive StudentsPositive StaffQuarantined StudentsQuarantined Staff
High School<6<611<6
Middle School<6<610<6
Elementary<6<611<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 CASES FROM FEBRUARY 8-14

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 February 8-14:
LevelPositive StudentsPositive StaffQuarantined StudentsQuarantined Staff
High School<6<612<6
Middle School<6<67<6
Elementary<6<612<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 FEBRUARY 1-7

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 February 1-7:
LevelPositive StudentsPositive StaffQuarantined StudentsQuarantined Staff
High School<6<68<6
Middle School<6<625<6
Elementary<6<640<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.

RETURN TO LEARN PLAN UPDATE—FEBRUARY 3

The Clinton Community School District is announcing changes in its Return to Learn plan to meet the new state law that requires 100% in-person learning option. Here is the transition plan:

  • The district will continue with its current delivery plan until Friday, February 12.
  • The district will move the three days for COVID disruption in the current school calendar from March 10-12 to February 15-17. That means that students will not report February 15-17 and March 10-12 will be required days of school.
  • The district will use February 15-17 to move all displaced classrooms in the district in the hybrid model back to where those classrooms originated. This will also involve changes in bus routes and building procedures.
  • Beginning on Thursday, February 18, the district will move to 100% in-person learning. All 4th and 5th graders served at the middle school and high school will return to their home elementary buildings. All middle school and high school students will report to school everyday.
  • Parents still have a 100% online option. Those that are currently 100% online there is no change for your student. If you have a current middle school or high school student in hybrid and would like the 100% online option, please contact Andy Prinsen at CMS, aprinsen@clintonia.org or JR Kuch at CHS, jrkuch@clintonia.org.
  • The hybrid option will no longer be available.

The district will continue required face coverings, sanitation routines, and building procedures to optimize social distancing.

Building principals will have follow-up communication with families on specific information regarding their buildings.

Thank you for your support of Clinton Schools in this transition.

Return to Learn video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7wYf6Ba85w&feature=youtu.be

COVID CASES FROM JANUARY 25-31

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 January 25-31:
LevelPositive StudentsPositive StaffQuarantined StudentsQuarantined Staff
High School<6<68<6
Middle School<6<610<6
Elementary<6<630<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.

RETURN TO LEARN UPDATE—FEBRUARY 1

Due to legislative bill SF160 which was signed by Governor Reynolds, the Clinton Community School District is in the process of amending its Return to Learn plan to comply with state law. That means that the first day of instruction on or after February 15 will provide an option of 100% in-person learning.

The Clinton Community School District will have several barriers to convert from a hybrid model to 100% in-person model. The current delivery model maximized social distancing by moving some 4th graders and all 5th graders to the middle school or high school. The district reality is many teachers and students were displaced, and it will take time and resources to meet this state mandate.

The district will finalize its plans and announce them no later than this Thursday. The district is committed to continuing required face coverings and sanitation routines. The district will social distance as much as possible given the fact that we will be serving about 1000 additional students in our buildings on a daily basis.

I apologize for this disruption to the school year and thank you for your support of Clinton Community School District.

COVID-19 QUARANTINE AND TESTING GUIDANCE/REQUIREMENTS

There has been some inquiries and confusion about how the Clinton Community School District will handle travel during spring break in regards to potential quarantines AND testing due to the pandemic. First, the school district has not and will not be setting its own quarantine policies. From the beginning of this pandemic, the Clinton Community School District will follow Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) requirements or guidelines. These are federal and state public health agencies that have far more expertise in disease control. The school district will follow these public health recommendations.

The school district cannot predict what the guidance/requirements for spring break travel will be. What we do know is that the guidance/requirements have been constantly updated as we learn more about the virus and current experiences across the globe. It has been a moving target.

For those that are planning travel over spring break, the Clinton Community School District will follow the CDC and IDPH guidance/requirements for quarantining and testing during that time. Please make your family decisions with that in mind.

Here is a CDC information link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

COVID-19 CASES FROM JANUARY 18-24

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 January 18-24:
LevelPositive StudentsPositive StaffQuarantined StudentsQuarantined Staff
High School<6<616<6
Middle School<6<615<6
Elementary<6<650<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 CASES FROM JANUARY 11-17

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 January 11-17:
LevelPositive StudentsPositive StaffQuarantined StudentsQuarantined Staff
High School<6<620<6
Middle School<6<626<6
Elementary<6<6526

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.