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Thursday, January 21, 2021 – 7:00 p.m. (20-21 School Year Update #77)

Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     We close out the week tomorrow with Hybrid / In-Person Learners attending in the morning and doing some remote work in the afternoon.  For this group, lunch will be a grab and go affair.  For our Full Remote Learners, they should check at some point during the day and may pick up meals between 12 noon and 12:30 at the four schools or may call the schools before 10 a.m. for delivery.

     Services for our Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Ashley Rivett, will be tomorrow afternoon.  More information can be found on the website for Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher.  We thank those of you who have reached out to her family, our staff, and our students to comfort them during this time.

     Finally, today’s number of students reporting positive was two with nineteen other students under quarantine.  We also had one staff member reporting positive results with one member under quarantine.

     Be safe and we will post again on Sunday evening.

Sincerely,
Matt Donkin
Superintendent of Schools

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – 7:00 p.m. (20-21 School Year Update #76)

Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     We will keep to our schedule both Thursday and Friday this week with our Hybrid / In-Person Learners attending in the morning and students doing some remote work in the afternoon.  For this group, lunch will be a grab and go affair.  For our Full Remote Learners, they should check at some point during the day and may pick up meals between 12 noon and 12:30 at the four schools or may call the schools before 10 a.m. for delivery.

     Again, we will be continuing to remember our Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Ashley Rivett, as the week continues.  Visitation and services are Friday and are posted on-line at Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher.

     Administrators met with students interested or involved with athletics at FCHS and CJHS today and have made arrangements to meet with remote learners as well.  Students received the updated Athletic and Extra-Curricular Activities Code and an acknowledgment form that is due back as soon as possible for students to participate.  We are continuing to gain information and passing it along through our social media as we figure out the latest changes and plans to re-start activities.

     Finally, today’s number of students reporting positive was two with twenty-two other students under quarantine.  We also had one staff member reporting positive results with no members under quarantine.

     Continue to be cautious as you step out into the more open surroundings so that we can continue our progress.  Until we talk in tomorrow night’s post, take care.

Sincerely,
Matt Donkin
Superintendent of Schools

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021 – 7:00 p.m. (20-21 School Year Update #75)

Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     It seemed like a positive for our students and staff to be in a normal routine today as we reflected on the events of the past weekend.  We will have more updates for any potential schedule changes this week as we deal with the passing of our colleague, Mrs. Ashley Rivett, from Denning School.  Arrangements have been posted on-line at the Gilbert Funeral Home in Christopher.

     Tomorrow should be a regular day for both our Hybrid / In-Person Learners and our Full Remote Learners.  Lunch will be a grab and go option with Full Remote students able to pick up meals between 12 noon and 12:30 at the four schools or calling before 10 a.m. for delivery.

     As we adjust to the rapidly changing guidelines and rules for athletic participation, we will have information out in the next 24 to 48 hours on our timeline to re-start activities.  We are trying to ensure that we have all safety plans in place so that we don’t have an uptick of positive cases that could cause us to have to shut back down again.

     Finally, today’s number of students reporting positive was one with thirty other students under quarantine.  We also had one staff member reporting positive results with one member under quarantine.

     Again, please continue the safe practices as we start to venture out again.  Let’s keep this positive health streak going.  Until tomorrow night’s post, have a good evening and good day.

Sincerely,
Matt Donkin
Superintendent of Schools

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Monday, January 18, 2021 – 7:15 p.m. (20-21 School Year Update #74)

Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     We begin this second week of Hybrid / In-Person Learning with many going Full Remote after a more challenging weekend than we could have anticipated.  On the school front, we will be in session each morning with meals going out at lunch.  For our Full Remote students, they can pick up meals between 12 noon and 12:30 at the four schools or they can call before 10 a.m. for delivery.

     We have reached out with a personal call to our families at Denning Elementary and hesitated to put things in writing until they had talked with their children.  This is because we learned on Sunday morning of the passing of Mrs. Ashley Rivett, who taught kindergarten.  She was a dear colleague to all of us in the District and a great teacher who continued to be devoted to their education throughout these many months.  We will have counselors available at school tomorrow and also ask for your understanding as we as a faculty and staff, as well as your children, work though this time.  I will not be having many details on our phone call tonight because I never know who is answering the phone at your house – but wanted to let the rest of the families in our District know.  Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.

     Some of you might have noticed helicopters flying east of town today.  Two FCHS students were involved in a wreck.  Thankfully, despite several injuries, they are doing as well as can be expected.

     Then, as staff is beginning to receive vaccinations, we learned of relaxed guidelines for public gatherings and restaurants.  Please know that we are still a few weeks away from having the immunity built up, so while it will be tough, please be careful and continue safe practices as we aren’t completely out of the woods, yet.

     With that change in state phases, we are also working through a resumption of some athletic activities.  This week, we will also be sending out our updated “Athletic and Extra-Curricular Activities Code.”  We will have those to distribute so parents can read and sign acknowledgment form so that students may participate.  There will be more information on the timing of that as this week goes along.

     Finally, last Friday’s number of students reporting positive was three with thirty-seven other students under quarantine.  We also had three staff members reporting positive results with one member under quarantine.

     I will post again tomorrow night.  Until then, have a good evening. 

Sincerely,
Matt Donkin
Superintendent of Schools


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Wednesday, January 13, 2021 – 7:15 p.m. (20-21 School Year Update #72)

Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     We will again be in session tomorrow with our hybrid / in-person student attendance in the morning with remote time in the afternoon.  We will also have work for those who are continuing to do full remote.  For those attending in person, lunch will be sent in the “grab and go” bags.

     Then, we have adjustment to announce.  Regular remote lunch distribution will still occur between 12 noon and 12:30 p.m. at Denning, FIS, Central and the High School.  However, we have a change for those who pick up meals at our three remote sites at the Aquatic Center, Pershing, and Orient.  Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, January 14, there will be no bus delivery to those three meal distribution sites.  Instead, we will be offering meal delivery to any full remote learner who cannot arrange transportation to one of the four school buildings to pick up meals.  

     If you are a full remote family and would like to schedule a meal delivery, please call your school’s principal and they will add you to the list for drop off.  

     Finally, today’s number of students reporting positive is again four with thirty-six other students are under quarantine.  We also had two staff members reporting positive results with four members under quarantine.  Until we talk tomorrow, have a good evening.

Sincerely,
Matt Donkin
Superintendent of Schools


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­REQUEST FOR BIDS – RE-ISSUED

     The Board of Education of Frankfort Community Unit School District No. 168 in West Frankfort, Illinois, will receive bids for BUS TRANSPORTATION services.

     Bid specifications are available at www.wfschools.org or by calling the Unit Office.

     The Board of Education reserves the right to reject any or all bids or parts thereof and to waive technicalities.

     Bids must be received by and will be opened and read immediately at the Frankfort CUSD #168 Administrative Service Center located at 900 N. Cherry Street, West Frankfort Illinois 62896 at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 25, 2021.

Dated this 11th day of January 2021.
Clint Hawkins
Secretary of Board of Education
Frankfort Community Unit School District No. 168
West Frankfort, Illinois 62896

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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.

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     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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Contact Us

 

 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.


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