January 2019
Monthly Newsletter
Issue 24
To educate all students to succeed by ensuring quality leadership, curriculum, and instruction.
Steps to a Safe & Secure Learning Environment
The safety of our students, staff, and guests is our greatest priority. In an ongoing effort to improve district safety and security, the school board has approved policy 502.8R3 Use Of Dogs To Search School Property that permits the use of K9’s to search district property for illegal contraband or items that are subject to the interference of a safe and secure learning environment. I encourage you to please review the policy with your children to help them prepare for and understand the value and importance of a safe and secure learning environment.

The district is working with the Clarinda Police Department and the Page County Sheriff's Office to plan and prepare for random and unannounced K9 searches. The K9 units have a trained handler who will prevent the K9 from engaging with students during a search. During a search, the selected building will go into a “K9 lockdown”. During a K9 lockdown, no one is allowed to enter or exit the building as students and staff remain in secure areas. Once the K9 lockdown has been announced, the district will send families a JMC text message that the designated building (high school, middle school, or elementary) is in K9 lockdown so you are aware and prepared to respond to any communication from your child or other parties.

While we have carefully planned for the K9 search, we ask for your patience and understanding as we work diligently to improve the safety and security of our students, staff, and schools. 
Future Ready Facilities Planning
The district continues to review the condition and needs of our facilities to help with long term planning that will guide the district in its effort to provide a future ready learning experience for our students.  

After review of the facility assessment prepared by Estes, the school board is proceeding with the next step in planning by selecting a architect/designer who will collaborate with students, staff, parents, and community members to gather input and identify district priorities. Through a transparent and open process, the school board looks forward to collaborating with our stakeholders as we work to support our students, staff, parents, and community.

The public is welcome to review the facility assessment and all public documents at anytime by visiting any district office, Lied Public Library, or by clicking on the Future Ready link on the district webpage.
2019-2020 Open Enrollment Applications
Due March 1
Now is the time for families to complete and submit their open enrollment requests to attend Clarinda Community Schools during the 2019-2020 school year. Clarinda schools are staffed with talented educators who are focused and committed to students and their success. Please encourage your family and friends to make Clarinda Community Schools their school of choice. If you need assistance or have any open enrollment questions, please contact Superintendent Deron Stender dstender@clarindacsd.org or 712-542-5165. Open enrollment applications can be found here .
District Legislative Platform
The legislature will reconvene on Monday, January 14. During this legislative session, it is critical that the 2029 sunset on Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) be eliminated and at the very least, extended. SAVE is a one cent state sales tax that provides funding for infrastructure that allows all Iowa schools to be maintained. Because it is a state sales tax, it provides important property tax relief to all local tax payers!

Elimination or the extension of the 2029 sunset is the school boards primary legislative priority. Please join us in our effort to advocate the districts legislative platform. Please mail, email, or call our legislators: Representative Cecil Dolecheck cecil.dolecheck@legis.iowa.gov or Senator Mark Costello mark.costello@legis.iowa.gov  and ask them to please eliminate the SAVE sunset. Please contact Superintendent Deron Stender with any questions dstender@clarindacsd.org or 712-542-5165.
Respectful Communication
As we start the new year, this is a good time to review the communication process when a parent or community member has a question or concern. Following these four steps will help resolve issues respectfully:

  1. Please communicate your concern directly with the individual closest to the situation (teacher, bus driver, coach, etc.)
  2. If your concern is not resolved in step 1, please communicate your concern to the individuals supervisor (principal, activities director, transportation director, etc.)
  3. If your concern is not resolved in step 2, please communicate your concern to the superintendent
  4. If your concern is not resolved in step 3, please communicate your concern to the school board president

Thank you for working with district staff and supporting respectful communication to resolve concerns.
Schoology Tips
Did you know you can sign up for notifications & parent email digests? Click the technology tab on the district website for great resources to help parents stay informed and connected with their child's education and school. If you have a schoology question or need assistance, please contact Mrs. Cabeen at jcabeen@clarindacsd.org .

School Closure Information
When is school closed or delayed due to inclement or severe weather?
Safety is our primary concern when making the decision to close or delay the start of school due to inclement or severe weather. This process begins early and a decision is made as soon as possible, typically prior to 6:30 a.m.

How are parents notified of a school closure or delay?
In the event that school needs to be delayed or cancelled we will:
  • Send a JMC alert to all parents and staff. JMC alerts can be received via email, text, phone or all three (please be sure your contact information in JMC is current).
  • A press release will be sent to KMA and the Clarinda Herald-Journal.
  • Information will be posted on the district home page.
  • Information will be posted on Facebook and Twitter (@CCSDCards).
  • Please assume school will be in session as scheduled unless you have received notification.
What if parents have concerns?
Please know that when it comes to inclement weather, we encourage and strongly support parents in making decisions that are best for their child. While our bus drivers are experienced and trained for driving in all conditions and have excellent safety records, we recognize that parents are the best judge of their child's health and safety. The District realizes that a decision for the majority of students may not fit with parents' individual circumstances. A decision to keep your child home or pick them up early from school for safety reasons will be considered an excused absence. The District encourages parents to send their child to school properly dressed to ensure their safety during the winter months.
In the Spotlight
Coffee with Superintendent Stender
Join Superintendent Deron Stender for coffee, refreshments (Mr. Stender covers the cost of coffee & refreshments), and conversation on: Friday, February 1, at the Robin's Nest.

The events are meant to be informal opportunities for conversation with the Superintendent. There are no agendas or formal presentations. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and comments and are welcome to come and go as their schedule allows. 

Monthly coffees are held on the first Friday of each month in a variety of locations in our community. Please check the  district website  for locations.
Thank You for Supporting Our Schools!
On behalf of the Clarinda Community School District, we thank all of our parents, partners, and community members for your support, together, we make our schools the pride of our community!
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