As directed by Chapter 102 of the Iowa Code, the Clear Lake Community School District has appointed a designated investigator responsible for the investigation of allegations regarding the abuse of students by school employees.

Categories of abuse are the following:

  1. Physical abuse by intentional infliction or injury or excessive force
  2. Sexual abuse by sexual offenses or misconduct or encouraging prostitution.

Level I Investigators
Sally Duesenberg, Clear Creek Principal
Email: sduesenberg@clearlakeschools.org
Phone: 641-357-5288
901 S. 14th Street
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428

Bethany Hythecker, School Nurse
Email: bhythecker@clearlakeschools.org
Phone: 641-357-5288
901 S. 14th Street
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428

The Clear Lake Community School District has established policy of Equal Employment Opportunity with respect to race, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual preference, or national origin. The district has an established policy of taking affirmative action in recruitment, appointment, assignment, and advancement of women, minorities, and disability. The buildings have pamphlets that explain parents/guardians rights under Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990). Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires annual notifications of parents/students rights in identification, evaluation, and placement.

Inquiries regarding compliance with affirmative action, equal education opportunity, Section 504/ADA, and equity shall be directed to:

Equity Coordinator
Steve Kwikkel, Middle School Principal
Email: skwikkel@clearlakeschools.org
Phone: 641-357-6114
601 3rd Ave North
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428

Inquiries may also be directed, in writing, to the Iowa Civil Rights Department, or to the director of the Region VII Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 8930 Ward Parkway, Suite 2037, Kansas City, Missouri 64114. Such an inquiry or complaint to the state of federal office may be done instead of, or in addition to, an inquiry or complaint at the local level.

A homeless child is defined as a child or youth between the ages of 5 and 21 who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes a child or youth who is living on the street, in a car, tent, or abandoned building or some form of shelter not designed as a permanent home. A homeless child could be living with someone who is living in a community shelter facility or who is living with non-nuclear family members or friend who may or may not have legal guardianship over the child.

All children are entitled to an education in the public schools of Iowa free of personal payment of tuition from the age of five (5) until their graduation from an approved public high school or until they reach the age of 21. The Clear Lake Community School District wants to make every effort to identify homeless children and youth of school age within our communities, encourage their enrollment, and eliminate existing barriers to their receiving education which may exist for them. If you are aware of homeless children in our community or have any questions, please contact our designated coordinator:

Homeless/Foster Care Point-of-Contact
Sara Puttmann, Student and Family Services Coordinator
Email: saputtmann@clearlakeschools.org
Phone: 641-357-5288
901 S. 14th Street
Clear Lake, IA 50428

English Language Learning (ELL) students have unique needs in the area of language acquisition, not only in terms of social interaction and acceptance, but also for the mastery of the academic language necessary to succeed in the school setting. The level of English language proficiency varies from student-to-student, as does the length of time it takes for a student to reach proficiency in the English language. (For some students, it may take as long as seven-to-ten years to achieve true proficiency with regards to academic language.) As a district we are aware of this and are prepared to provide these students with the assistance, support, and instruction ended to achieve proficiency. Questions pertaining to ELL students should be directed to:

ELL Coordinator
Tracy Thomsen, Curriculum Director
Email: tthomsen@clearlakeschools.org
Phone: 641-357-5288
901 S. 14th Street
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428

Enrolled children in the school district community shall have an equal opportunity for a quality public education without discrimination regardless of their race, creed, gender, marital status, national origin, economic status, ability, or disability.

The education program shall be free of such discrimination and provide equality opportunity for the participants. The education program shall foster knowledge of, respect and appreciation for, the historical and contemporary contributes of diverse cultural groups as well as men and women to society. It shall also reflect the wide variety of roles open to children and women and provide equality opportunity to both sexes. Integration of minority population will occur throughout the educational program and the school system.

Inquiries regarding compliance with equal education opportunity shall be directed to:

Equal Education Opportunity Coordinator
Chris Murphy, High School Principal
Email: cmurphy@clearlakeschools.org
Phone: 641-357-5235
125 N. 20th Street
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428

It is the policy of the Clear Lake Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact:

Equity Coordinator
Steve Kwikkel, Middle School Principal
Email: skwikkel@clearlakeschools.org
Phone: 641-357-6114
601 3rd Ave North
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428

The notice may include: Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov

The Clear Lake Community School District offers career and technical programs in the following service areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Industrial Technology (Manufacturing)
  • Family Consumer Science (Hospitality and Tourism)
  • Business

It is the policy of the Clear Lake Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact:

Equity Coordinator
Steve Kwikkel, Middle School Principal
Email: skwikkel@clearlakeschools.org
Phone: 641-357-6114
601 3rd Ave North
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428

Public laws provide for the resolution of complaints brought by patrons, students, or staff of the school district toward any activities sponsored or undertaken by the school district.

Complaints will be investigated and resolved within ten (10) days of the receipt of same, unless exceptional circumstances exist. Where special circumstances exist, the resolution shall not exceed thirty (30) days.

The complaint is to be filed with the building administrator. In the event the complaint is not satisfied with the resolution at the building level, an appeal may be made to:

District Complaint Officer
Doug Gee, Superintendent of Schools
Email: dgee@clearlakeschools.org
Phone: 641-357-5235
1529 3rd Avenue North
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428

Iowa’s open enrollment law allows students residing in one student district to request transfer to another school district upon the parents’ request. Parents/guardians considering the use of the open enrollment option to enroll their children in another
public school district in the state of Iowa should be aware of the following dates:

  • March 1, 2017 – Last date for regular open enrollment requests for the 2017-18 school year.
  • September 1, 2017 – Last date for open enrollment requests for entering kindergarten students and students falling under the “good cause” definition for the 2017-18 school year.

A timeline waiver may be considered for those students falling under the “good cause” definition for the 2017-18 school year.

Parents/guardians of open enrolled students whose household income is at or below the federal poverty guidelines for household size are eligible for transportation assistance. This may be in the form of actual transportation or in the form of a cash stipend.

Parents should be aware that open enrollment may result in the loss of athletic eligibility for 90 school days. Parents have a right to appeal to the State Board if an original request to open enroll was based on repeated acts of harassment or serious health condition of the student.

Please click on one of the following to find out further information related to the open enrollment process, or click here to go to the Iowa Department of Education Open Enrollment page.

For further details, please contact:

Open Enrollment Contact
Doug Gee, Superintendent of Schools
Email: dgee@clearlakeschools.org
Phone: 641-357-2181
1529 3rd Avenue North
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428

You can also contact the Iowa Department of Education at 515-281-8582.

The following right-to-know information may be found in the parent/student handbooks:

  • MC/GF policy
  • Educational equity
  • Student records
  • Parent/student conferences

The asbestos management plan is on file at each building and the district office.

The Talented and Gifted Program of Clear Lake Community Schools is designed to provide unique opportunities for students eligible to receive these services. Emphasis is placed on both cognitive and affective realms of learning. Questions about the Talent and Gifted Program can be directed to:

K-12 TAG Coordinator
Tracy Thomsen, Curriculum Director
Email: tthomsen@clearlakeschools.org
Phone: 641-357-5288
901 S. 14th Street
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428

The Clear Lake Community School District believes that the transportation of students to and from school is serious business. Certain rules and procedures have been established that will facilitate our philosophy.

The bus driver is responsible for supervising the students on his/her bus at all times. The drivers are expected to exert a positive influence on students and are expected to be positive role models in terms of courtesy, good grooming, friendliness, and helpfulness. Students are expected to follow the directions of the bus driver, and are expected to treat the bus driver in a friendly and cooperative manner. Failure to do so may result in losing bus privileges.

Our philosophy:
We believe all students can behave appropriately and safely while riding on a school bus. We will tolerate no student stopping drivers from doing their job or preventing other students from having safe transportation. The bus ride to and from school is an extension of the school day.

Bus drivers will review rules and expectations at the beginning of the school year. It is the responsibility of the student to abide by these rules.

For further information, please contact:

Transportation Contact
Tony Laudner, Director of Maintenance, Grounds, Custodians, Transportation
Email: tlaudner@clearlakeschools.org
Phone: 641-357-4398
220 North 20th Street
Clear Lake, Iowa 50428