Staff members left the Iowa Juvenile Home / State Training school for Girls campus in Toledo on Wednesday morning, Jan. 15, perhaps for the last time as employees. The closing announcement issued for Jan. 16 apparently went into effect today. By early afternoon, only an Iowa State Trooper and an occasional vehicle were visible on campus.
The following is a statement issued by the Iowa Department of Human Services to The Chronicle / News-Herald at 1:06 p.m. Wednesday:
The best interest of the youth remains the top concern for the Iowa Department of Human Services. The department is committed to serving the type of youth historically served by the Iowa Juvenile Home, whether through private providers, state institutions, or by offering services and supports through their own family and community.
Iowa Juvenile Home / State Training School for girls staff members carry their personal possessions as they leave a cottage on the campus in Toledo on Wednesday morning, Jan. 15. The facility was ordered shut down by the Iowa Department of Human Services with 93 employees expected to lose their jobs.
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We understand this is a difficult time for employees who have dedicated their efforts to the Iowa Juvenile Home. The state has assisted them through the layoff process and continues to offer services and supports. The layoff notice was given for January 16. The layoff is being implemented in accordance with relevant collective bargaining agreements.
There have been some questions on how the layoff proceeds:
There is a protocol in place for a layoff which includes collecting final timesheets, keys and state identification badges. Because the last youth left the facility Tuesday, requirements for onsite staff are minimal. Staff are being paid for their scheduled hours through the final layoff date/time whether or not their ongoing presence on campus is required.
Because onsite staff presence at the campus is limited, it is prudent to protect the resources paid for by Iowa's taxpayers by ensuring facilities are secure. Iowa State Troopers are there for additional security as needed.