COVID-19 School/Building Closure Information Through April 13

(Message sent to staff and families on Monday, March 16, 12:30 p.m.)

The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly; we continue to follow state recommendations and guidelines closely and communicate that information to you. While there are many questions, we know we will be out of school for four weeks, returning April 13. The following email contains information regarding our school situation for the coming days and weeks.

Board Action

The Johnston Board of Education will be holding a meeting on Thursday, March 19 at 4 p.m. to approve the closure of school for four weeks, meaning the earliest we would return to school is April 13, 2020. If known, we will also be asking them to approve our plan in response to the state Legislature’s recommendation on how the hours/days requirement might be adjusted. Our open board meeting will be limited to the first 50 people, per the CDC’s requirement. It will also be livestreamed at https://team1sports.com/johnston/.

Community Services

The well-being of our students, especially those who may be food-insecure, is top of mind. We will enlist three of our summer meal sites to establish grab-and-go meals for anyone 18 years of age and under. We will do drive-through distribution when possible; families will be given a number of meals based on the number of children in the car who are 18 years of age and under. Walk-up distribution is also available for children 18 years of age and under. Participants are encouraged to return to their home after getting a meal and not congregate at the site. Meal sites will start Monday, March 23 and go through April 10, from 12 to 12:30 p.m. at all locations. Sites are:

  • Sterling Pointe Apartment Complex – 10509 Dorset Dr, Johnston IA
  • Meredith Dr Reform Church – 5128 Meredith Dr, DM (North parking lot)
  • Chapel Ridge Apartment Complex – 6200 Clark Lane, Johnston IA

Additional Cancellation Information

All IHSAA and IGHSAU sports are now in a prohibited period for practice, competition, and sanctioned activity until the state’s K-12 school recommended closure of four weeks is lifted. This prohibition means no in-person contact between coaches/administrators and student-athletes for the duration of the period. The first practice date for boys’ baseball and girls’ softball, May 4, remains the same until further information is provided. For more information go to: https://www.iahsaa.org/march-16-2020-school-closures-suspend-iowa-high-school-spring-activities/.

Please continue to watch your email for more updates as they are available.