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Thursday, April 2, 2020 – 4:45 p.m. (Day 20)

Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     Good afternoon on a sunny Day 20 since our COVID-19 related school closure.  This will be the last posting until Sunday evening.

     The faculty and staff have been working to develop our “Remote Learning Days” plan.  Our goal is to allow students to maintain and improve their knowledge and growth while giving them a chance to improve their grades for the 2nd Semester.  After we all observe our “Spring Break” that begins tomorrow and extends between Palm Sunday and Easter next week, we will be ready to kick-off.

     As we mentioned yesterday, we have a solid 6 weeks after Spring Break to get to the scheduled end of the School Year.  Later in the day on Monday, April 13, and on the buses on Tuesday, April 14, we will have learning packets available for all of our students.  They will have 2 weeks of assignments to complete.  Our teachers will be having “office hours” of availability on line or by phone beginning on Tuesday, April 14.  Students can check in and ask questions as they try to complete their assignments.  We will have more details on this during next week’s messages.

     Your students should not be receiving class work from the District until late in the day on April 13.  The ONLY exception to this would be those students involved in John A. Logan based dual credit classes, FCHS dual credit classes, or Advanced Placement classes.

     The only thing that most of our students and parents may receive in the next few days is invitations to on-line platforms from their teachers so that they know where to go when we begin after April 13.

     Then, even though we have moved into a “Spring Break” period of time, we think it important to continue helping our families by feeding our students through the “Meal on the Bus” food distribution program.  This will continue tomorrow, Friday, April l3, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at our eight locations.  It will also continue Monday through Thursday of next week.  Again, these meals are for all students of schools and educational programs in our District, from Pre-K/HeadStart through our most senior students.  Families should go to the closest site to where they live.  It is not necessary to go to your child’s individual school.  Please know that no food is being thrown away.

     Our distribution information is:

  • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, each day of operation
  • Where:Look for the Yellow School Bus at the Following Locations:
    • Frankfort Intermediate School
    • Frankfort Community High School (East Side)
    • Denning Elementary School (North Side)
    • West Frankfort Park Aquatic Center Parking Lot
    • Antioch United Methodist Church Parking Lot – Illinois Route 149 at 3013 Antioch Rd. east of West Frankfort
    • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church South Parking Lot – 212 N. Ida St. at W. St. Louis St.
    • Orient – American Legion Post 1961 Parking Lot
    • Pershing – At the corner of Pershing Rd. and Country Club Rd.

     Have a pleasant evening.  Until Sunday evening . . . .

                                                                   Sincerely,

                                                                   Matt Donkin, Superintendent of Schools


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Wednesday, April 1, 2020 – 4:45 p.m. (Day 19)

Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     Good afternoon on Day 19 since our COVID-19 related school closure as we have at least 30 days remaining.

     I know that many have been wondering what our “Remote Learning Days” will look like for students.  We have been working this week to have a good and fair plan for that.

     In our original schedule, we were to be on Spring Break from this Friday, April 3, through Friday, April 10.  We still plan to take that “Break,” though I know no one is really going anywhere.

     Our goal is to have a good 6 week run of learning and activities for our students from late on Monday, April 13 through our scheduled last day of school on Tuesday, May 26.  This will give us time, whether we are conducting school in-person or remotely, to help our students improve their knowledge.  The State has given us the advice that any grading should not harm but instead help our students.  We are working through all of the potential questions to answer before we release our plan.

     I will have a more detailed description tomorrow afternoon and Friday afternoon in our updates so that you and your students know what to expect.  In addition, for those in Dual Credit or Advanced Placement classes at FCHS, your teachers will be communicating with you on the requirements for those particular classes.

     Then, our “Meal on the Bus” food distribution continues on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at our eight locations for all students of schools and educational programs in our District, from Pre-K/HeadStart through our most senior students.  Families should go to the closest site to where they live.  It is not necessary to go to your child’s individual school.  Please know that no food is being thrown away.  We had a great turn-out on Tuesday.  We hope to see you on Wednesday.

     Our distribution information is:

  • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, each day of operation
  • Where:Look for the Yellow School Bus at the Following Locations:
    • Frankfort Intermediate School
    • Frankfort Community High School (East Side)
    • Denning Elementary School (North Side)
    • West Frankfort Park Aquatic Center Parking Lot
    • Antioch United Methodist Church Parking Lot – Illinois Route 149 at 3013 Antioch Rd. east of West Frankfort
    • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church South Parking Lot – 212 N. Ida St. at W. St. Louis St.
    • Orient – American Legion Post 1961 Parking Lot
    • Pershing – At the corner of Pershing Rd. and Country Club Rd.

     Have a pleasant evening.

                                                                   Sincerely,

                                                                   Matt Donkin, Superintendent of Schools



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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – 4:45 p.m. (Day 18)

Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     Good afternoon on Day 18 since our COVID-19 related school closure.  Please be aware that the Governor announced this afternoon that schools will be now closed for in-person attendance through April 30.  This extends the original time period to the end of the month.

     Otherwise, this message is almost a copy of yesterday’s message as we are still working through our “Remote Learning Days” plans for all of the students, grades, and subjects in the District.  We are trying to keep in mind all of the challenges we face and how we will work to get around them so each child has a chance to be able to learn.  Again, please feel free to refer to the listed activities on the packets that we already distributed as well as information on the individual school websites.

     Then, our “Meal on the Bus” food distribution continues on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at our eight locations for all students of schools and educational programs in our District, from Pre-K/HeadStart through our most senior students.  Families should go to the closest site to where they live.  It is not necessary to go to your child’s individual school.  Please know that no food is being thrown away.  We had a great turn-out on Tuesday.  We hope to see you on Wednesday.

     Our distribution information is:

  • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, each day of operation
  • Where:Look for the Yellow School Bus at the Following Locations:
    • Frankfort Intermediate School
    • Frankfort Community High School (East Side)
    • Denning Elementary School (North Side)
    • West Frankfort Park Aquatic Center Parking Lot
    • Antioch United Methodist Church Parking Lot – Illinois Route 149 at 3013 Antioch Rd. east of West Frankfort
    • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church South Parking Lot – 212 N. Ida St. at W. St. Louis St.
    • Orient – American Legion Post 1961 Parking Lot
    • Pershing – At the corner of Pershing Rd. and Country Club Rd.

     Have a pleasant evening.

                                                                   Sincerely,

                                                                   Matt Donkin, Superintendent of Schools


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Monday, March 30, 2020 – 4:45 p.m. (Day 17)

Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     Good afternoon on Day 17 since our COVID-19 related school closure.  Faculty and staff are continuing to work through the information the state gave to us regarding “Remote Learning Days” as we try to make those accessible to all of our students.  We will be in the planning stages the next few days.  You may still continue to refer to the listed activities on the packets that we already distributed as well as information on the individual school websites.

     Then, our “Meal on the Bus” food distribution continues on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at our eight locations for all students of schools and educational programs in our District, from Pre-K/HeadStart through our most senior students.  Families should go to the closest site to where they live.  It is not necessary to go to your child’s individual school.  Please know that no food is being thrown away.

      Our distribution information is:

  • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, each day of operation
  • Where:Look for the Yellow School Bus at the Following Locations:
    • Frankfort Intermediate School
    • Frankfort Community High School (East Side)
    • Denning Elementary School (North Side)
    • West Frankfort Park Aquatic Center Parking Lot
    • Antioch United Methodist Church Parking Lot – Illinois Route 149 at 3013 Antioch Rd. east of West Frankfort
    • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church South Parking Lot – 212 N. Ida St. at W. St. Louis St.
    • Orient – American Legion Post 1961 Parking Lot
    • Pershing – At the corner of Pershing Rd. and Country Club Rd.

     The next update will come near 5 p.m. on Tuesday.  Please take care of each other out there and be safe.

                                                                   Sincerely,

                                                                   Matt Donkin, Superintendent of Schools


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Sunday, March 29, 2020 – 4:45 p.m. (Day 16)

Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     Good afternoon on a sunny Day 16 since our COVID-19 related school closure.  The Illinois State Board of Education did release information late Friday on converting our school days to something called a “Remote Learning Day.”  We are quickly trying to determine what that means for providing educational services to our students.  We hope to have more information on that front on the next several nights as we develop our District plan now that we have a better idea of state requirements.  Again, we will post those updates between 4 to 5 p.m. each day.

     Then, please know that our “Meal on the Bus” food distribution continues on Monday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at our eight locations for all students of schools and educational programs in our District, from Pre-K/HeadStart through our most senior students.  Families should go to the closest site to where they live.  It is not necessary to go to your child’s individual school.  Please know that no food is being thrown away.

     Our distribution information is:

  • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, each day of operation
  • Where:Look for the Yellow School Bus at the Following Locations:
    • Frankfort Intermediate School
    • Frankfort Community High School (East Side)
    • Denning Elementary School (North Side)
    • West Frankfort Park Aquatic Center Parking Lot
    • Antioch United Methodist Church Parking Lot – Illinois Route 149 at 3013 Antioch Rd. east of West Frankfort
    • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church South Parking Lot – 212 N. Ida St. at W. St. Louis St.
    • Orient – American Legion Post 1961 Parking Lot
    • Pershing – At the corner of Pershing Rd. and Country Club Rd.

     We will continue to update you as information comes available.

                                                                   Sincerely,

                                                                   Matt Donkin, Superintendent of Schools


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Frankfort Community Unit School District #168

Board Member Vacancy

     The Frankfort Community Unit School District #168 is accepting letters of interest to fill the vacancy resulting from the passing of Mrs. Amy Durfee.

     The individual selected will serve as a Member of the Board of Education from the date of their swearing-in until the Organizational Meeting following the April 2021 Consolidated Election [105 ILCS 5/10-10 and Board Policy 2:70].

     To be eligible for consideration a person must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Be a resident of Illinois and the District for at least one year immediately preceding the appointment;
  • Be a registered voter;
  • Not be a child sex offender;
  • Not hold another incompatible public office;
  • Not have a prohibited interest in any contract with the District;
  • Not be a member of the Regional Board of School Trustees of Franklin-Johnson-Massac-Williamson Counties;
  • Not hold certain types of prohibited State or federal employment.

     Applicants should show familiarity with the Board’s policies regarding general duties and responsibilities of a Board and a Board member, including fiduciary responsibilities, conflict of interest, ethics, and gift ban.  The Board’s policies are available on its website at www.wfschools.org.

     Any eligible resident of the School District who is interested in being considered for the position must submit a letter of interest in person or via U.S. Mail to be received at the Administrative Service Center no later than 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.  ASC Office Hours during the COVID-19 closure are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.  Please call (618) 937-2421 to be assured that staff will be present to receive letters of interest.

     Submittals and questions should be directed to:

     Mr. Jon Alexander, President

     Frankfort CUSD #168 Board of Education

     900 North Cherry Street

     West Frankfort, IL 62896


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Thursday, March 26, 2020 – 4:45 p.m. (Day 13)

Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     We have a briefer update today.  Please know that when you receive the all-call phone calls in the evening, I am trying to vary them from night to night.  I will also try to signal everyone when I have brand new information.  Barring any significant news from the state, we do not plan to call or post an update until Sunday evening.  Then we will post between the 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. time period. 

     We have three reminders from yesterday.

  1. Be aware that Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health did announce a confirmed case in Franklin County.That doesn’t consider the unconfirmed cases.Please remember to continue your social distancing practices.
  2. We still have instructional packets on-line and at our food drop offs.
  3. Our “Meal on the Bus” food distribution continues on Friday and begins again on Monday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at our eight locations for all students of schools and educational programs in our District, from Pre-K/HeadStart through our most senior students.Families should go to the closest site to where they live.It is not necessary to go to your child’s individual school.Please know that no food is being thrown away.

      Our distribution information is:

  • Monday – Friday through the School COVID-19 Closure
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, each day of operation
  • Where:Look for the Yellow School Bus at the Following Locations:
    • Frankfort Intermediate School
    • Frankfort Community High School (East Side)
    • Denning Elementary School (North Side)
    • West Frankfort Park Aquatic Center Parking Lot
    • Antioch United Methodist Church Parking Lot – Illinois Route 149 at 3013 Antioch Rd. east of West Frankfort
    • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church South Parking Lot – 212 N. Ida St. at W. St. Louis St.
    • Orient – American Legion Post 1961 Parking Lot
    • Pershing – At the corner of Pershing Rd. and Country Club Rd.

     We will continue to update you as information comes available.

                                                                   Sincerely,

                                                                   Matt Donkin, Superintendent of Schools


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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – 4:45 p.m. (Day 12)

Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     I hope you were able to enjoy the sun this afternoon as you read our Day 12 update during our COVID-19 closure.  We will be releasing a daily update between the 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. time period each day. 

     We have a bit of local news, a bit of state news that may affect you, and two reminders on behalf of the District today.

  1. Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health announced that the first case of Coronavirus was confirmed in Franklin County today.This just reminds us to continue our social distancing practices.
  2. The Governor announced today that the deadline for filing State Income Taxes is being extended from April 15 to July 15 – which matches the changes that the federal government already made.Other information on Illinois and federal changes are at state and national news outlets.
  3. Suggestions for educational resources are still posted on the District’s schools’ webpages.In addition, we have packets available at food drop-offs each day.These are NOT graded assignments and will NOT turned in for homework grades.When and if the state makes different requirements, we will let you know how we will put them in place.
  4. Our “Meal on the Bus” food distribution will continue Monday through Friday of this week from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at our eight locations for all students of schools and educational programs in our District, from Pre-K/HeadStart through our most senior students.Families should go to the closest site to where they live.It is not necessary to go to your child’s individual school.Please know that no food is being thrown away.

     Our distribution information is:

  • Monday – Friday through the School COVID-19 Closure
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, each day of operation
  • Where:Look for the Yellow School Bus at the Following Locations:
    • Frankfort Intermediate School
    • Frankfort Community High School (East Side)
    • Denning Elementary School (North Side)
    • West Frankfort Park Aquatic Center Parking Lot
    • Antioch United Methodist Church Parking Lot – Illinois Route 149 at 3013 Antioch Rd. east of West Frankfort
    • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church South Parking Lot – 212 N. Ida St. at W. St. Louis St.
    • Orient – American Legion Post 1961 Parking Lot
    • Pershing – At the corner of Pershing Rd. and Country Club Rd.

     We will continue to update you as information comes available.

                                                                   Sincerely,

                                                                   Matt Donkin, Superintendent of Schools


 
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – 4:45 p.m. (Day 11)

Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     As we’ve now put social distance between us as we wait in the hope that we can keep the virus at bay locally, I send our Day 11 update during our COVID-19 closure.  We will be releasing a daily update between the 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. time period each day. 

     We remind you of the two items that we’ve talked about this week.  First, posted on the school building web pages are educational resources for your students to work on while we wait to go back.  If you can’t access the webpage or are unable to print, you may pick up packets at our food drop-off locations.  Remember, these are not graded assignments.  These are not homework assignments and do not have to be turned in to your teachers.  These are things that students can do on their own which should help when we return to school.  Don’t forget that there is a packet for all students and another one which is more focused on those with special needs.

     Our “Meal on the Bus” food distribution will continue Monday through Friday of this week from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at our eight locations.  Again, this is a “Grab and Go” meal program for all students of schools and educational programs in our District, from Pre-K/HeadStart through our most senior students.  Students will be offered a lunch meal, and food for the following day’s breakfast in one pick-up.  Families should go to the closest site to where they live.  It is not necessary to go to your child’s individual school.  Please know that no food is being thrown away.

     Our distribution information is:

  • Monday – Friday through the School COVID-19 Closure
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, each day of operation
  • Where:Look for the Yellow School Bus at the Following Locations:
    • Frankfort Intermediate School
    • Frankfort Community High School (East Side)
    • Denning Elementary School (North Side)
    • West Frankfort Park Aquatic Center Parking Lot
    • Antioch United Methodist Church Parking Lot – Illinois Route 149 at 3013 Antioch Rd. east of West Frankfort
    • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church South Parking Lot – 212 N. Ida St. at W. St. Louis St.
    • Orient – American Legion Post 1961 Parking Lot
    • Pershing – At the corner of Pershing Rd. and Country Club Rd.

     We will continue to update you as information comes available.

                                                                   Sincerely,

                                                                   Matt Donkin, Superintendent of Schools

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Monday, March 23, 2020 – 4:45 p.m. (Day 10)

Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     This is our Day 10 update during our COVID-19 closure.  We will be releasing a daily update between the 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. time period each day. 

     We are just repeating our regular two items that we discussed yesterday.

     Today, the District began to offer suggestions for students to continue to educate themselves and keep their skills sharp.  These are not graded assignments, but are instead things that students can do on their own which should help when we return to school.  Textbooks are not required.  If you didn’t get the packet you needed today, feel free to check again on Tuesday.  The details are:

  • What kind of Packets?
    1. A packet for ALL students in grades Pre-K-12
    2. A packet to assist our special needs students.
  • When and how will Packets be available?
  •      > Check our individual school’s websites for information.
  •      > Printed packets will be available at meal distribution sites.

     Our “Meal on the Bus” food distribution will continue Monday through Friday of this week from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the same eight locations.  Again, this is a “Grab and Go” meal program for all students of schools and educational programs in our District, from Pre-K/HeadStart through our most senior students.  Students will be offered a lunch meal, and food for the following day’s breakfast in one pick-up.  Families should go to the closest site to where they live.  It is not necessary to go to your child’s individual school.  Please know that no food is being thrown away.

     Our distribution information is:

  • Monday – Friday through the School COVID-19 Closure
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, each day of operation
  • Where:Look for the Yellow School Bus at the Following Locations:
    • Frankfort Intermediate School
    • Frankfort Community High School (East Side)
    • Denning Elementary School (North Side)
    • West Frankfort Park Aquatic Center Parking Lot
    • Antioch United Methodist Church Parking Lot – Illinois Route 149 at 3013 Antioch Rd. east of West Frankfort
    • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church South Parking Lot – 212 N. Ida St. at W. St. Louis St.
    • Orient – American Legion Post 1961 Parking Lot
    • Pershing – At the corner of Pershing Rd. and Country Club Rd.

     If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Please know that although the offices are closed, we will return messages.  We will continue to update you as information comes available.

                                                                   Sincerely,

                                                                   Matt Donkin, Superintendent of Schools

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Sunday, March 22, 2020 – 4:45 p.m. (Day 9)

Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     This is our Day 9 update during our COVID-19 closure.  We will be releasing a daily update between the 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. time period each day. 

     Thank you for helping follow the “Stay at Home” directive as we all try to keep the virus from spreading as much as we can in our area.  Please know that that both Food Distribution and educational support are considered essential services at this time.  Therefore, we will continue with these distributions.

     Our “Meal on the Bus” food distribution will continue Monday through Friday of this week from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the same eight locations.  Again, this is a “Grab and Go” meal program for all students of schools and educational programs in our District, from Pre-K/HeadStart through our most senior students.  Students will be offered a lunch meal, and food for the following day’s breakfast in one pick-up.  Families should go to the closest site to where they live.  It is not necessary to go to your child’s individual school.

     The District will also begin to offer suggestions for students to continue to educate themselves and keep their skills sharp.  These are not graded assignments, but are instead things that students can do on their own which should help when we return to school.  Textbooks are not required.  The details are:

  • What kind of Packets?
    • A packet for ALL students in grades Pre-K-12
    • A packet to assist our special needs students.
  • When and how will Packets be available?
  • Check our individual school’s websites for information after 10 a.m. on Monday, March 23.
  • Printed packets will be available at meal distribution sites beginning on Monday, March 23.

 Our distribution information is:

  • >Monday – Friday through the School COVID-19 Closure
  • >Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, each day of operation
  • >Where:Look for the Yellow School Bus at the Following Locations:
    • Frankfort Intermediate School
    • Frankfort Community High School (East Side)
    • Denning Elementary School (North Side)
    • West Frankfort Park Aquatic Center Parking Lot
    • Antioch United Methodist Church Parking Lot – Illinois Route 149 at 3013 Antioch Rd. east of West Frankfort
    • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church South Parking Lot – 212 N. Ida St. at W. St. Louis St.
    • Orient – American Legion Post 1961 Parking Lot
    • Pershing – At the corner of Pershing Rd. and Country Club Rd.

     If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We will continue to update you as information comes available.

                                                                   Sincerely,

                                                                   Matt Donkin, Superintendent of Schools

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Friday, March 20, 2020 – 4:45 p.m. (Day 7)

 Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     This is our Day 7 update during our COVID-19 closure.  We will be releasing a daily update between the 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. time period each day.  I am holding meetings with the various groups in our District so that we can plan for activities in the days ahead.

     With the Governor joining other states in directing citizens in Illinois to “Stay at Home,” we are looking at our options as a District and our responsibility to help provide some essential services.  Please know that the Governor extended the official school closure through Tuesday, April 7.  We will be in the middle of our Spring Break week at that time and would continue to be for the balance of that week.

     We have been informed that our school meal program is one of these essential services.  We WILL be continuing our Meal Distribution program and will be continuing it Monday through Friday of next week.

     I will have a posting and a phone call in our regular time slot on Sunday, March 22 to remind you of the food distribution program.

     On Sunday, I will also have directions for all of our families as we offer educational suggestions for all of our students and the way that we will get that information to you.

     Let’s hope we get some sunshine this weekend and I will post again on Sunday by 5 p.m.

                                                                   Sincerely,

                                                                   Matt Donkin, Superintendent of Schools

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Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 4:45 p.m. (Day 6)

 Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     This is our Day 6 update during our COVID-19 closure.  We will be releasing a daily update between the 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. time period each day.  I am holding meetings with the various groups in our District so that we can plan for activities in the days ahead.

 The following are our updates at this point:

  • ˗Food Service – “Meals on the Bus” Program – We will continue to be at the sites listed below for the rest of the week and on Mondays through Fridays of the weeks we may need to be closed.This is a “Grab and Go” meal program for all students of schools and educational programs in our District, from Pre-K/HeadStart through senior students.Students will be offered a lunch meal, and food for the following day’s breakfast in one pick-up.Families should go to the closest site to where they live.It is not necessary to go to your child’s individual school.The details are:
    • >Monday – Friday through the School COVID-19 Closure
    • >Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, each day of operation
    • >Where:Look for the Yellow School Bus at the Following Locations:
      • Frankfort Intermediate School
      • Frankfort Community High School (East Side)
      • Denning Elementary School (North Side)
      • West Frankfort Park Aquatic Center Parking Lot
      • Antioch United Methodist Church Parking Lot – Illinois Route 149 at 3013 Antioch Road east of West Frankfort
      • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church South Parking Lot – 212 North Ida Street at West St. Louis Street
      • Orient – American Legion Post 1961 Parking Lot
      • Pershing – At the corner of Pershing Road and Country Club Road

         ***In addition, on Friday, March 20, a place will be at each site with some other food and snack items that have been donated to us that are not a part of our regular meal program.  Those items are available while supplies last. ***

         

  • Instructional Items – We will have information about Instructional Items and support in our posting and phone call on Friday afternoon.

     

  • We thank everyone for the outreach to assist us at this time.We will be reaching out to those who have contacted us in the coming days.

     We again thank you for your patience as we work through this together.

                                                                   Sincerely,

                                                                  Matt Donkin, Superintendent of Schools

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – 4:45 p.m. (Day 5)

 Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     This is our Day 4 update during our COVID-19 closure.  We will be releasing a daily update between the 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. time period each day.  I am holding meetings with the various groups in our District so that we can plan for activities in the days ahead.

     The following are our updates at this point:

  • Food Service – “Meals on the Bus” Program – We had a successful start to our “Meals on the Bus” program today.We will continue to be at the sites listed below for the rest of the week and on Mondays through Fridays of the weeks we may need to be closed.This is a “Grab and Go” meal program for all students of schools and educational programs in our District, from Pre-K/HeadStart through senior students.Students will be offered a lunch meal, and food for the following day’s breakfast in one pick-up.Families should go to the closest site to where they live.It is not necessary to go to your child’s individual school.The details are:
    • Monday – Friday through the School COVID-19 Closure
    • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, each day of operation
    • Where:Look for the Yellow School Bus at the Following Locations:
      • Frankfort Intermediate School
      • Frankfort Community High School (East Side)
      • Denning Elementary School (North Side)
      • West Frankfort Park Aquatic Center Parking Lot
      • Antioch United Methodist Church Parking Lot – Illinois Route 149 at 3013 Antioch Road east of West Frankfort
      • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church South Parking Lot – 212 North Ida Street at West St. Louis Street
      • Orient – American Legion Post 1961 Parking Lot
      • Pershing – At the corner of Pershing Road and Country Club Road
  • Instructional Items – We are still making plans for the potential of sending home instructional items.We hope to have more news on that by the end of the week.
  • We thank everyone for the outreach to assist us at this time.We will be reaching out to those who have contacted us in the coming days.

     We again thank you for your patience as we work through this together.

                                                                   Sincerely,

                                                                   Matt Donkin, Superintendent of Schools

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – 4:45 p.m. (Day 4)

 Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     This is our Day 4 update during our COVID-19 closure.  We will be releasing a daily update between the 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. time period each day.  I am holding meetings with the various groups in our District so that we can plan for activities in the days ahead.

     The following are our updates at this point:

  • Food Service – “Meals on the Bus” Program – Frankfort CUSD 168 will begin a “Grab and Go” meal program for all of our students, from Pre-K through senior students on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.Students will be offered a lunch meal, and food for the following day’s breakfast in one pick-up.Families should go to the closest site to where they live.It is not necessary to go to your child’s individual school.The details are:
    • Begins: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
    • Continues: Monday – Friday through the School COVID-19 Closure
    • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon, each day of operation
    • Where:Look for the Yellow School Bus at the Following Locations:
      • Frankfort Intermediate School
      • Frankfort Community High School (East Side)
      • Denning Elementary School (North Side)
      • West Frankfort Park Aquatic Center Parking Lot
      • Antioch United Methodist Church Parking Lot – Illinois Route 149 at 3013 Antioch Road east of West Frankfort
      • St. Mark’s Episcopal Church South Parking Lot – 212 North Ida Street at West St. Louis Street
      • Orient – American Legion Post 1961 Parking Lot
      • Pershing – At the corner of Pershing Road and Country Club Road
  • Pick-Up of Personal Items – Students and their parents will be allowed in an orderly fashion into the District’s schools to pick up any personal items (i.e. calculators, coats, band instruments, etc.) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. 2020.School staff will be monitoring those coming into the building so that we don’t have overcrowding.
  • Instructional Items – We are still making plans for potentially sending home instructional items.We hope to have more news on that front later in the week.
  • We thank everyone for the outreach to assist us at this time.We will be reaching out to those who have contacted us in the coming days.

     We again thank you for your patience as we work through this together.

                                                                   Sincerely,

                                                                   Matt Donkin, Superintendent of Schools

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Monday, March 16, 2020 – 4:30 p.m. (Day 3)

Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     This is our Day 3 update during our COVID-19 closure.  We will be releasing a daily update between the 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. time period each day.  I am holding meetings with the various groups in our District so that we can plan for activities in the days ahead.

 The following are our updates at this point:

  • Pick-Up of Personal Items – Students and their parents will be allowed in an orderly fashion into the District’s schools to pick up any personal items (i.e. calculators, coats, band instruments, etc.) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18. 2020.  School staff will be monitoring those coming into the building so that we don’t have overcrowding.
  • Food Service – Frankfort CUSD 168 will be releasing information TOMORROW regarding a meal pick up program for all students that will begin with the noon meal on Wednesday, March 18.  We will have pick-up locations and times in tomorrow’s afternoon posting.
  • Instructional Items – We are still making plans for potentially sending home instructional items.  We hope to have more news on that front later in the week.
  • We thank everyone for the outreach to us to assist us at this time.  We will be reaching out to those who have contacted us in the coming days.

      We again thank you for your patience as we work through this together.

                                                                   Sincerely,

                                                                   Matt Donkin

                                                                  Superintendent of Schools

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Sunday, March 15, 2020 – 4:30 p.m. (Day 2)

Dear Families of Frankfort CUSD #168:

     This is our Day 2 update during our COVID-19 closure.  We will be releasing a daily update between the 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. time period each day.  I am holding meetings with the various groups in our District so that we can plan for activities in the days ahead.

     The following are our updates at this point:

  • We are not ready to send out any instructional material or homework at this time.We will have more information in the days ahead when a decision is made.
  • FCHS Seniors have at least one scholarship deadline on Monday, March 16.They should bring and turn in their application materials to FCHS between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday.
  • Our nursing staff will be contacting parents of students who have medications at school.We will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, March 16 for you to pick up those medications.If you can’t make it at that time, we will be in contact to make other arrangements.
  • We will have more information for students who need to pick up personal items from their lockers and instruments in tomorrow afternoon’s update.
  • We will have more information as we are working on a food service distribution plan in the next couple of days.Expect an announcement on food service by Tuesday afternoon.
  • All sports practices and activities are cancelled at this time.All rules regarding travel teams for sports that are in season (Baseball / Softball / Track / Bass Fishing) also apply.Please follow @Redbird_Sports on Twitter for updates.

     We again thank you for your patience as we work through this together.

                                                                   Sincerely,

                                                                   Matt Donkin
                                                                   Superintendent of Schools

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PRESS RELEASE     **        PRESS RELEASE     **        PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:
Friday, March 13, 2020


Schools in West Frankfort Will Be Closed Monday, March 16 through Monday, March 30

 

      Due to the concerns expressed by the President and by the Governor regarding the COVID-19 virus and the advice to practice social distancing, Frankfort Community Unit School District #168 will be Closed on Monday, March 16, 2020, and remain closed in accordance with the Governor’s directive through Monday, March 30, 2020.

      All curricular and extra-curricular activities will be cancelled beginning at 11:59 p.m. tonight, Friday, March 13 through Monday, March 30.

      We will continue to monitor this developing situation over the weekend and the next weeks and communicate updates as we get them.  Please remember to follow the advice from our state and local health departments in the days ahead.

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Bed Bug Information

     Information about bed bugs can be found at https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs or at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/structural-pest-control/bed-bugs.

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PRESS RELEASE     **        PRESS RELEASE     **        PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, February 18, 2020

2020 Frankfort Community Unit School District #168 Meeting Schedule - Revised

     Due to the uncertainty of having a quorum available, the Regular Meeting for February of the Board of Education of Frankfort Community Unit School District #168 scheduled for Monday, February 24, 2020, is postponed and will be rescheduled for Tuesday, February 25, 2020.  The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Library at Central Junior High School.

     This change results in the following updated list of regularly scheduled meetings of the Frankfort CUSD #168 Board of Education between February 17 and December 31 of 2020 originally approved at the Regular Board Meeting held on Monday, December 16, 2019:

 * Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Monday, March 16, 2020
Monday, April 20, 2020
Monday, May 18, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
Monday, July 20, 2020
Monday, August 17, 2020
Monday, September 21, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2019
Monday, November 16, 2020
Monday, December 21, 2020

    Unless otherwise notified with the proper and 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.  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.

Contact:    Matt Donkin, Superintendent of Schools
                  (Office phone) (618) 937-2421

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Letter Regarding School Report Card Status

Link


Parent - Student Handbook
2019-2020


­2019-2020 School Calendar (REVISED and Corrected 8/13/19)

Aug.      13     Teacher Institute Day – All Teachers Report to CJHS at 8:30 AM. (No Student
                       Attendance)
              14     First Day of Student Attendance / Half-Day In-Service (Half Day In-Service Dismissal 
                       – See Below)

Sept.        2     Labor Day (No School)
                6     Last Day of Early Dismissal (2:30) Schedule
              20     Half Day School Improvement Program & Mid-Term of the 1st Quarter (Half Day In-
                       Service Dismissal)
              27     Half Day School Improvement Program (Half Day In-Service Dismissal – See Below)

Oct.       14     Columbus Day (No School)
              18     End of the 1st Quarter (Students on Early Dismissal (2:30) Schedule for Record 
                       Keeping)
              21     Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
              22     Parent/Teacher Conferences (4:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
              25     Teacher Institute Day (No School)

Nov.       8     Mid-Term of the 2nd Quarter (Students on Early Dismissal (2:30) Schedule for Record 
                      Keeping)
              11     Veteran’s Day (No School)
              26     Students on Early Dismissal (2:30) Schedule for Thanksgiving Break
              27     Thanksgiving Break (No School)
              28     Thanksgiving Day (No School)
              29     Thanksgiving Break (No School)

Dec.      20     End of 2nd Quarter and 1st Semester (Students on Early Dismissal (2:30) Schedule)

Dec. 23 – Jan. 3   Christmas Break (No School)

Jan.         6     School Resumes
             17     Teacher Institute Day (No School)
             20     Martin Luther King Day (No School)
             31     Mid-Term of the 3rd Quarter

Feb.      10     Parent/Teacher Conferences – 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm (No Student Attendance / (Teachers 
                      report at 1:00 pm)
             17     President’s Day (No School)

March     6     End of 3rd Quarter (Students on Early Dismissal (2:30) Schedule for Record Keeping)
              13     Half Day School Improvement Program (Half Day In-Service Dismissal – See Below)
              27     Half Day School Improvement Program (Half Day In-Service Dismissal – See Below)

April       2     Students on Early Dismissal (2:27) Schedule for Spring Break
                3-10  Spring Break (No School)
              13     School Resumes
              27     Mid Term of the 4th Quarter (Students on Early Dismissal (2:27) Schedule for Record
                       Keeping)

May       25     Memorial Day (No School)
              28     Teacher Institute Day (No Student Attendance)
              29     Half Day School Improvement Day / Report Card Day (11:30 Student Dismissal)

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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.


vision 2020

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