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Sunday, May 9, 2021 – 7:15 p.m. (20-21 School Year Update #146)

Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     With a little more than three full weeks of days to go in this school year, we continue to try to maximize the material that our students can cover this year.  In an effort to work with our students to help them advance, some of you will be hearing from your schools this week as we finalize summer school plans for the month of June.  One of the problems this pandemic has caused is to delay learning for students across the country.  We are working hard to limit those delays as we finish this year and go into the summer.  Be on the lookout for additional information.

     We also know that everyone is getting concerned about plans for Graduation for FCHS on the evening of Thursday, May 27 and Promotion for CJHS on Friday, May 28.  We have said that ceremonies will happen outdoors at Johnson Field.  We anticipate a mix of stadium and lawn chair seating.  Our hope and plan is to allow those who wish to attend in person the opportunity.  For that reason, we are waiting until we get guidance later this week as the state anticipates moving into its “Bridge” phase.  We should have that information announced by this Friday evening.  We also continue to work on a graduation parade and other activities for our seniors.

     Finally, Fridays’ COVID-related numbers included no students reporting positive COVID results with eight students under quarantine.  We also had one staff member reporting positive results with one other under quarantine.

     Until our next posting tomorrow night, please be safe.

Sincerely,
Matt Donkin
Superintendent of Schools

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­2021-2022 School Calendar – (Approved April 19, 2021)

 

Aug.              12     Teacher Institute Day (No Student Attendance)
                      13     First Day of Student Attendance / Half-Day In-Service (Half Day In-Service
                               Dismissal – See Below)          
Sept.                3     Last Day of Early Dismissal (2:27) Schedule
                        6     Labor Day (No School)
                      10     Mid-Term of the 1st Quarter
                      17     Teacher Institute Day (No Student Attendance)
                      24     Half Day School Improvement Program (Half Day In-Service Dismissal – See
                               Below)
Oct.               11     Columbus Day (No School)
                      15     End of the 1st Quarter (Students on Early Dismissal (2:27) Schedule for Record
                               Keeping)
                      18     Parent – /Teacher Conferences (4:00 pm – 6:30 pm)
                      25     Parent – /Teacher Conferences (4:00 pm – 6:30 pm)
                      29     Teacher Institute Day (No Student Attendance – Mt. Vernon Conference)
Nov.              11     Veteran’s Day (No School)
                      12     Mid-Term of the 2nd Quarter (Students on Early Dismissal (2:27) Schedule for
                               Record Keeping)
                      23     Students on Early Dismissal (2:27) Schedule for Thanksgiving Break
                      24     Thanksgiving Break (No School)
                      25     Thanksgiving Day (No School)
                      26     Thanksgiving Break (No School)
Dec.              17     End of 2nd Quarter and 1st Semester (Students on Early Dismissal (2:27) Schedule)
              20 – 31    Christmas Break (No School)
Jan.                 3     School Resumes
                      14     Half Day School Improvement Program (Students Attend on Schedule Listed
                               Below)
                      17     Martin Luther King Day (No School)
Feb.                 4     Mid-Term of the 3rd Quarter
                        7     Parent/Teacher Conferences – 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm (No Student Attendance /
                               Teachers report at 1:00 pm)
                      21     President’s Day (No School)
March            4     Half Day School Improvement Program (Students Attend on Schedule Listed
                              Below)
                      11     End of 3rd Quarter (Students on Early Dismissal (2:27) Schedule for Record
                               Keeping) ­­­­
                      25     Half Day School Improvement Program (Students Attend on Schedule Listed
                               Below)
April               8     Mid Term of the 4th Quarter (Students on Early Dismissal (2:27) Schedule for
                               Record Keeping)
                      14     Students on Early Dismissal (2:27) Schedule for Spring Break
              15 – 22     Spring Break (No School)
                      25     School Resumes
May              27     Teacher Institute Day (No Student Attendance)
                      30     Memorial Day (No School)
                      31     End of School Year – Half Day School Improvement Day / Report Card Day
                               (11:30 Student Dismissal)



Half Day In-Service Dismissal Times

DES: (K) 12:30 (1) 12:40 (2) 12:45

FIS: 12:45

CJHS: 12:44

FCHS: 12:42

Early Dismissal (2:27) Schedule Times

DES: (K) 1:50 (1) 2:00 (2) 2:10

FIS: 2:15

CJHS: 2:26

FCHS: 2:27

Regular Dismissal Times

DES: (K) 2:25 (1) 2:35 (2) 2:45

FIS: 2:50

CJHS: 3:00

FCHS: 3:00

 

 


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

     On Wednesday, May 26 at 9:00 a.m. a meeting conducted by the Frankfort CUSD #168 will take place at the Office of Student Services, 508 East Main Street, West Frankfort, IL. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss the district’s plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and/or home schools within the district for the 2021-2022 school year.  If you are a parent of a home-schooled student who has been or maybe identified with a disability and you reside within the boundaries of Frankfort Community School District, you are urged to attend.  If you have further questions, pertaining to this meeting, please contact the Student Services Director, Jodi DeJarnett at (618) 932-6079.

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April 30, 2021

Dear Parent or Guardian:

     Frankfort Community Unit School District #168 has been using Chromebooks this school year and plans to continue to do so in the future.  To help keep your child safer and focused on school work when online, we have adopted online services provided by GoGuardian.  This is a program used by 10,000 other schools to protect 5.5 million students across the world.  There are some common questions you may have about Go Guardian services.

How are we using GoGuardian?

  • - We have chosen GoGuardian Admin services to:
  • Help protect students against harmful and inappropriate online material
  • Help students stay “scholarly” and more focused when learning online

When and how does GoGuardian operate?

  • ˗GoGuardian’s web-based services operate on our school’s managed Google Suite for Education Chrome accounts (i.e., when a student is logged into Chrome or a Chromebook with his/her school email address).

    What are the school’s responsibilities?

  • ˗Frankfort Community Unit School District selected GoGuardian services to help our students stay safer and focused on school work when online. We will work with students during class time to help teach them digital responsibility and safety.

    What are my parental/guardian and child’s responsibilities?

  • ˗We ask that students use their school-managed Google accounts and school-managed devices for educational purposes within the boundaries of Frankfort Community Unit School District and off-campus as well.
  • ˗When a student is off campus, parents are responsible for supervising internet access and usage.

     We encourage you to discuss rules for appropriate internet usage with your child, and reinforce lessons of digital citizenship and safety with him or her.  We also highly encourage you to report any potential cyberbullying or other sensitive issues to us.  If you have further questions, our building principals are here to answer any questions that you may have.

Sincerely,
Matt Donkin
Superintendent of Schools
Frankfort Community Unit School District #168

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Illinois Department of Human Services

Notice of Eligibility for Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) SNAP Benefits

     Many students in this school may be eligible for Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Supplemental Nutrition Assistances Programs (SNAP) benefits during the 2020-2021 school year.  P-EBT is a food assistance benefit for students who get free or reduced-price meals in schools under the National School Lunch Program, but – because of the pandemic – the school is not providing meals to the students at school.  P-EBT benefits will help Illinois families buy food during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Do I Need to Apply for Benefits?

     You do not need to apply for these benefits. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will provide the eligible student’s information to the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) monthly.  It is important that your child’s school has your correct address on file.

What is the Benefit Amount?

     P-EBT benefits are issued for any month in the school year the student has eligible days.  For each eligible P-EBT day, an eligible student is allocated $6.82.  If you have already received the P-EBT benefits for August and September that was issued as part of the extension in September 2020, you will not receive benefits for those months again.  If the student did not get benefits through the extension, benefits will be issued for any eligible days.

When will Benefits be Available?

     Starting March 2021, P-EBT benefits will be issued to the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) account.  The initial month of P-EBT benefits, which may continue P-EBT eligible days from August 2020 through January 2021, will be issued over a two-month period (March and April).  Benefits will then be issued monthly.  The date your benefits will be in the EBT account is based on the first letter of your child’s last name.  See the P-EBT Benefit Availability Date Chart at the end of this notice.

How Do I Get the Benefits?

     An EBT card in your child’s name will be mailed in March 2021 to your address provided by the student’s school.  If you have more than one child in your home that qualifies for P-EBT benefits, then each child will get their own card with benefits.  You can buy food at any authorized retailer location that accepts SNAP benefits.  You can also complete an online EBT transaction for food purchases with Aldi, Amazon, and Walmart.  Only eligible food or food products for human consumption can be bought with P-EBT benefits.  You cannot buy hot foods ready to eat, or foods intended to be heated in the store and lunch counter foods.  You can use P-EBT benefits to buy seeds and plants to produce food in a home garden.

How to Activate the EBT Card

     When you get the EBT card in the mail, call the Illinois LINK Hotline number 1-800-678-LINK (5465) to set up a Personal Identification Number (PIN) and to hear the benefit amount.  Follow the instructions below to set up your PIN and activate each card, if you get more than one.

  1. Enter the 16-digit P-EBT card number.
  2. Enter the number nine (999-99-9999) for all digits of the Social Security Number. (Do not enter the Social Security Number of your child or yourself).
  3. Enter the Date of Birth of the child whose name is on the card.
  4. Enter a personally selected 4-digit PIN.
  5. Confirm the entry, and the card is ready to use.

Misuse of P-EBT Benefits

IF YOU:

THEN YOU WILL LOSE BENEFITS FOR:

  • Hide or give wrong information on purpose to get SNAP benefits
  • Trade, steal or sell SNAP benefits, or resell food bought with SNAP benefits
  • Use SNAP benefits to buy non-food items like alcohol or tobacco.
  • Use someone else's SNAP benefits for yourself or someone else.
  • Throw away beverages purchased with SNAP benefits just to get money back from a container deposit.

 

  • 12 months the first time.

     

  • 24 months the second time.

     

  • Permanently the third time.

Trade SNAP benefits for controlled substance, such as drugs.

  • 24 months first time

     

  • Permanently the second time
  • Trade SNAP benefits for firearms, ammunition or explosives.

     

  • Buy, sell, steal or trade SNAP benefits of more than $500.00.

 

  • Permanently
  • Give false information about who you are and where you live so you can get extra SNAP benefits.

 

  • 10 years

You can also be fined up to $250,000 and put in prison up to 20 years or both. In addition, you may be barred from SNAP for an additional 18 months if court ordered. You can also be charged under other Federal Laws. Persons who are fleeing felons or probation/parole violators are ineligible for SNAP benefits.

     P-EBT benefits can only be used to buy food to be eaten by the child who is eligible for the benefits.  The penalties for misuse of benefits under the regular SNAP program also apply to P-EBT benefits.  P-EBT cannot be sold or traded to others. See the penalties for misuse of benefits below.

 

P-EBT BENEFIT AVAILABILITY DATE CHART

First Letter of Child’s Last Name

A

B

C

D, E, F

G

H, I

J, K, L

M

N, O, P

Q, R

S, T

U, V, W, X, Y, Z

Benefit Availability Date Each Month

11th

12th

13th

14th

15th

16th

17th

18th

19th

20th

21st

22nd

For more information (FAQs), visit dhs.illinois.gov/PEBT or call the P-EBT Helpline at 1-833- 21-0737.

CN 20.42                                                                                                                                02/2021

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 – 4:30 p.m.
(20-21 School Year Update #91 – Quarantine Protocol Update)

Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     The District has continued to follow guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as we have tried to navigate through this pandemic.  When they release guidance, we confer with staff at the Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department to best implement it.  We have taken a conservative approach and then adjusted within the guidelines.

     The last guidance document and update came at the first of January when we were having Full-Remote Learning days.  There was guidance at that time for individuals who are asymptomatic and a close contact to a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case.  During the fall semester, the guidance was for those individuals to quarantine for 14 days.  While the IDPH continued to list 14 days as an option, they also did allow for a change that gave some shorter options under certain conditions and no symptoms.

     At that time, we made the decision to be cautious and stay with the 14-day quarantine for those individuals until we had some data on how in-person learning would affect our numbers.  We have now been in-person for four weeks.  While no cases would be ideal, our daily reporting has shown that we have been able to maintain our low numbers of both quarantines and positive cases.  In addition, we have not had reports of cases that have been from contacts at school.  That is a tribute to our students, our faculty, and our staff working together to follow safe practices.

     At this time, the District is going to follow IDPH guidance that relaxes quarantine time.  For students who are free of symptoms, they may return after 10 days.  For adults, they may also return from quarantine if free of symptoms after 10 days or they may utilize the 7-day option with testing.  Please note that students cannot “test out” of the 10-day quarantine.

     Again, we thank everyone for their efforts in keeping our case numbers low as we try to make it through these trying times.

Sincerely,
Matt Donkin
Superintendent of Schools

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PRESS RELEASE     **        PRESS RELEASE     **        PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Monday, December 21, 2020

2021 Frankfort Community Unit School District #168 Meeting Schedule

     As approved at the Regular Board Meeting held on Monday, December 21, 2020, the regularly scheduled meetings of the Frankfort Community Unit School District #168 Board of Education will be held on the following dates between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021:

Monday, January 25, 2021

Monday, February 22, 2021

Monday, March 15, 2021

Monday, April 19, 2021

Monday, May 17, 2021

Monday, June 21, 2021

Monday, July 19, 2021

Monday, August 16, 2021

Monday, September 20, 2021

Monday, October 25, 2021

Monday, November 15, 2021

Monday, December 20, 2021

     Unless otherwise notified with the proper timely notice, the meetings will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Library of Central Junior High School, located at 1500 East Ninth Street in West Frankfort, Illinois.  Meetings are generally held on the Third Mondays unless there is a holiday or, in October, a statutory requirement for having the Annual Budget on display.  Any adjustments of the Regular Meeting schedule with a change of venue, date, time, or location will result in specific notice to our partners in the media in the proper time frame.

# # #

     This list of Regular Session Meetings is provided as required in accordance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act.  Any special meetings held during the year will have timely notice distributed from this office.

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­2020-2021 School Calendar – (Updated January 12, 2020)

Aug.              17     Teacher Institute Day (No Student Attendance)

                      18     Remote Learning Planning Day #1 (No Student Attendance)

                      19     Remote Learning Planning Day #2 (No Student Attendance)

                      20     Remote Learning Planning Day #3 (No Student Attendance)

                      21     Remote Learning Planning Day #4 (No Student Attendance)

                      24     First Day of Student “Attendance” – Remote Learning Days Begin

Sept.               7     Labor Day (No School)

                      11     Tentative Last Remote Learning Day

                      18     Mid-Term of the 1st Quarter

Oct.                 9     Teacher Institute Day (No Student Attendance / No Remote Instruction)

                      12     Columbus Day (No School)

                      16     End of the 1st Quarter (Students on Early Dismissal (2:27) Schedule for Record
                               Keeping)

                      19     Parent – /Teacher Conferences (4:00 pm – 6:30 pm)

                      26     Parent – /Teacher Conferences (4:00 pm – 6:30 pm)

                      30     Teacher Institute Day (No Student Attendance / No Remote Instruction)

Nov.               3     Election Day (No School)

                      11     Veteran’s Day (No School)

                      20     Mid-Term of the 2nd Quarter (Students on Early Dismissal (2:27) Schedule for 
                               Record Keeping)

                      24     Students on Early Dismissal (2:27) Schedule for Thanksgiving Break

                      25     Thanksgiving Break (No School)

                      26     Thanksgiving Day (No School)

                      27     Thanksgiving Break (No School)

Dec.              18     End of 2nd Quarter and 1st Semester (Students on Early Dismissal (2:27) Schedule)

Dec. 21 – Jan. 1   Christmas Break (No School)

Jan.                 4     School Resumes

                      15     Half Day School Improvement Program (Students Attend on Schedule Listed
                               Below)

                      18     Martin Luther King Day (No School)

Feb.                5     Mid-Term of the 3rd Quarter

                        8     Parent/Teacher Conferences – 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm (No Student Attendance /
                               Teachers report at 1:00 pm)

                      15     President’s Day (No School)

March            5     End of 3rd Quarter (Students on Early Dismissal (2:27) Schedule for Record
                              Keeping)

                      12     Half Day School Improvement Program (Students Attend on Schedule Listed
                               Below) ­­­­

                      26     Half Day School Improvement Program (Students Attend on Schedule Listed
                               Below)

April               1     Students on Early Dismissal (2:27) Schedule for Spring Break

                        2 – 9 Spring Break (No School)

                      12     School Resumes

                      16     Mid Term of the 4th Quarter (Students on Early Dismissal (2:27) Schedule for
                               Record Keeping)

May             31     Memorial Day (No School)

June                3     Teacher Institute Day (No Student Attendance)

                        4     Half Day School Improvement Day / Report Card Day (11:30 Student Dismissal)



Half Day In-Service Dismissal Times (Hybrid / In-Person Remote Schedule for Student Attendance)

DES: 11:30 a.m.

FIS: 11:45 a.m.

CJHS: 11:45 a.m.

FCHS: 12:00 p.m.

 

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 Unit Office  618-937-2421
 Office of Special Education  618-932-6079
 Denning Elementary School  618-937-2464
 Frankfort Intermediate School  618-937-1412
 Central Junior High School  618-937-2444
 Frankfort Community High  School  618-932-3126
 FCHS Athletics  618-932-3126 Ext. 105
 Technology  618-937-2421
 Illinois Central Bus Company  618-937-6280
 SIU Pre-K Program  618-453-4271



Mission Statement

The School District, in an active partnership with parents and community, will promote excellence in a caring environment in which all students learn and grow. This partnership shall empower all students to develop a strong self-esteem and to become responsible learners and decision-makers. The School District is committed to developing and using visionary and innovative curriculum, a knowledgeable and dedicated staff, and sound fiscal and management practices.


Frankfort Community Unit School District No. 168 is an Equal Opportunity Provider. 

Mission Statement

The School District, in an active partnership with parents and community, will promote excellence in a caring environment in which all students learn and grow. This partnership shall empower all students to develop a strong self-esteem and to become responsible learners and decision-makers. The School District is committed to developing and using visionary and innovative curriculum, a knowledgeable and dedicated staff, and sound fiscal and management practices.


vision 2020

Frankfort Community Unit School District No. 168 is an Equal Opportunity Provider.