CHS HALL OF HONOR

The Clinton High School Hall of Honor Induction scheduled for April 17, 2020 has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Hall of Honor committee will announce a new date once health recommendations across the country allow travel.

Thank you for your understanding and stay healthy.

LUNCH INFORMATION FOR CLINTON STUDENTS

Media News Release

 The Clinton Community School District   is participating in an emergency extension of the Summer Food Service Program, offering meals during this time of mandatory school closing.   Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:

The following sites will be serving sack lunches from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday, starting March 23, 2020 through April 9, 2020:

Clinton Middle School 1350 14th Street NW

Clinton High School 817 8th Avenue South

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:

http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)       mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)       fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)       email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Iowa Non-Discrimination Statement: 

“It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9.  If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office building, 400 E. 14th St. Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; website: https://icrc.iowa.gov/.”

COVID-19 UPDATE

School Closed – COVID-19
Dear Clinton Community School District Parents, Students, Staff, and Community Members,

Upon discovery of the existence of substantial community spread of COVID-19 in the state, Governor Reynolds is recommending that Iowa schools close for four weeks.

“Based on new information today from the Iowa Department of Public Health, now is the time to move to the next level of response,” Gov. Reynolds stated. “I am now recommending that all Iowa schools close for a period of four weeks to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

 While I don’t have immediate details, there will be additional information coming from the Legislature and Governor’s Office regarding what this means for the remainder of the school year.  As of right now, I can tell you that Clinton schools will be closed for four weeks which will bring our students back on Monday, April 13 at the earliest.

I am asking for patience and understanding in this unprecedented situation.  We must treat this as seriously as the Governor and Iowa Department of Public Health are telling us.

Please let me know what questions you would have, and I will do my best to address them.  I will continue to provide additional updates to everyone as I have them.

Sincerely,

Gary DeLacy, Superintendent

Coronavirus–COVID-19

 

Coronavirus – COVID-19
Dear CCSD Employees, Parents, Guardians, Caretakers, and Community Members,

I wanted to provide you with an update on our plans regarding the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.  There has been a great deal of conversation among statewide superintendents, the Iowa Department of Education, and the Iowa Department of Public health regarding our strategy to deal with COVID-19.  Our school district is very in-tune with what is going on across the State and Nation, and we are doing everything that has been recommended to us. Our custodians, maintenance, and school staff have done an exceptional job going above and beyond normal operations keeping our facilities and equipment as clean as possible.  

You may be aware of various national, statewide, and regional events being canceled by the groups that are sponsoring them.  We are closely monitoring where we are sending our students and making decisions based on recommendations from the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Department of Education; we have also seen Iowa’s largest school district, Des Moines Public Schools, as well as many colleges and universities canceling classes.  I have received many inquiries regarding whether we plan to do the same in Clinton. My response to this, we are going to follow the recommendations given to us by the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Governor’s Office.  

I have provided links outlining guidance for schools in Iowa.  I would encourage you to read these. The Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Department of Public Health are not recommending that any Iowa schools close.  If the situation with COVID-19 changes, the recommendations from these groups may change. If and when they do, we will follow their recommendations. As you’ll see in these documents, their recommendations will be based on local COVID-19 spread.  So we will receive recommendations based on our own school district. Our school district will continue to follow their recommendations for our schools, students, and staff.

If you have any questions after reviewing the attached information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I will do my best to answer your questions. As always, what we want is what’s best for the students and staff we serve.

Sincerely,

Gary DeLacy

Superintendent 

Iowa Department of Education Update 

Iowa Department of Public Health K-12 Guidance 

Iowa Department of Public Health News Update 

Iowa Department of Public Health – Travel 

Brightbytes Survey

Our school district will be partnering with BrightBytes, an educational research and analytics organization, so that we can learn more about our school’s technology use for student learning. Our goal is to gather metrics on technology access and skills, and on our school’s technology environment, in order to understand the connection between technology use and student achievement. This will be done through a comprehensive framework called CASE that looks at the Classroom factors, Access to technology, teacher and student Skills and Environmental factors.

To gain these insights, we must provide BrightBytes with a complete picture of technology use at school and at home. We will be asking students (3-12), teachers, and parents to participate in the project and to provide input.

Your participation is important to us and will make the difference between having a complete versus a limited understanding of our school’s technology use.

Please take 10 minutes to answer this questionnaire by going to:  https://bbyt.es/start/KD44C

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Thank you for your time in completing this survey!

HISTORY OF CLINTON SCHOOLS FACILITY PLANNING

This upcoming Tuesday, March 3, the Clinton High School Bond vote will take place.  Polling is at the Church of the Open Door from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This vote addresses the last piece of the facility task force discussion that began when I was on the committee as a teacher in the 1990s.

At that time, there was discussion of building a new high school campus with all the athletic facilities on the west side of the city. However, the district also had seven elementary buildings that needed attention and the fact that the city’s population was declining did not support that many elementary buildings.  Therefore, no action was taken on a new high school.

The last bond issue occurred in the late 1990s to support renovation of Whittier and Gateway Middle School (now Bluff).  The 1% sales tax paid for the new Eagle Heights and new Jefferson buildings, therefore saving local property taxpayers.

The district’s next step was to address the middle school facilities.  The new Clinton Middle School opened five years ago. Again, this building was financed through the 1% sales tax.

Clinton High School is the last facility we need to address.  To give you a perspective on how things have changed since the early 1990s, CHS was the only building at that time that had some air-conditioning.  Today, it is the only building, that serves students, in the district that is not fully climate-controlled.

The current proposal has a price tag of $62 million.  Over a third of this will be financed by the 1% sales tax and other revenue sources.  Therefore you will see the bond issue of $38.9 million which will complete the project.

I strongly encourage all of you to exercise your right to vote.

 

 

 

 

 

EXPANDING CAREER AND TECHNICAL CAREER PATHWAYS

Clinton Community College in cooperation with the five Clinton County school districts ( Calmus-Wheatland, Camanche, Clinton, DeWitt, and Northeast) will offer concurrent Career and Technical programming starting the fall of 2020.

To this end, Clinton High School will be offering four career academies for qualifying juniors and seniors in the 2020-2021 school year.  For the Fall of 2020 through Clinton Community College, students will be offered three career academies- Engineering Technology, Business, and Education.  A Medical Careers academy will begin in the Spring of 2021.  Each of the academies will offer students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school and help them to get a head start on their careers.

We are excited to have these offerings available for our students. For next year’s juniors or seniors and parents, please reach out to the Clinton High School guidance office if interested.  Scheduling for the 2020-2021 school year is ongoing now.