Back to School Information

Back to School Information
Annual Mailers
Schools will be sending out mailers to families on August 10. Teacher assignments and class schedules, health requirements, school arrival and dismissal information, and bus route assignments will be included. Please contact your school office if you have any questions about the mailer.

Please keep in mind that these are sent via USPS and may take a few days to arrive.
Bus Information
Transportation guidelines, FAQs, and route request changes can be found on the district website

Bus Schedules: Individual student bus will be sent in the August mailer. As always, please have your child at their stop 10 minutes prior to the listed stop time. If you have questions about bus service, please contact Sue Campbell at [email protected].

Reminders: It is commonplace for transportation delays to occur at the beginning of each school year. This is especially true as our transportation contractors continue to face challenges associated with bus/van driver shortages. We appreciate your understanding, patience, and support as we work through these delays.
American School Bus, our transportation provider, uses Bus Bulletin to alert District 146 parents of bus delays and schedule changes.

Bus Bulletin sends parents instant notifications via text message, email, and/or phone call. There is no cost for parents to sign up and receive notifications. For more information or to sign up for notifications, please visit the Bus Bulletin website.

Please click here to view the 2023-2024 Academic Calendar as approved by the District 146 Board of Education and the Illinois State Board of Education.
District Communication:
The district utilizes SchoolMessenger as our automated notification system. To ensure you receive email and telephone communication from the district throughout the school year, please make sure that all of your contact information is up-to-date when registering. You may also consider adding “[email protected]” to your email address book to assure District emails are not diverted to the Spam folder. If at any time you feel you are not receiving school or District emails, please contact Keegan Kociss at [email protected].

This year, the District will begin communicating via text messaging. Text messaging will be used to quickly communicate during inclement weather, emergencies, and bus delays. Please watch for information from the District on how to opt-in for text message alerts. 

Social Media: To increase our communication efforts, you may follow the District on Facebook (@District146), Twitter (@ccsd146tweets), and Instagram (@CCSD146). 

Each school also has a Facebook account.
Central Middle School (@CMSTwisters)
Fierke Education Center (@FierkeStingers)
Fulton School (@FultonFlames)
Kruse Education Center (@KruseBears)
Memorial School (@MemorialEagles)

Please ensure that you follow our official accounts to guarantee the most accurate information. The District’s Social Media Guidelines are designed to make sure posts and comments focus on our students and learning.

School Communication: Individual schools and teachers may also communicate with families using email, Schoology, or Seesaw.

Please contact your school office or teacher to determine the manners in which they will communicate throughout the year.

Food Service
Monthly menus are available via the District and school websites. Grab and go breakfast is available each day prior to the beginning of school. Each morning, teachers count those wishing to purchase a lunch and provide counts to the kitchen. 

Students use debit cards to “purchase” breakfast, hot lunch, and milk. Funds can be added to debit cards using PushCoin.

Free and Reduced Breakfast and Lunches:
To apply for free or reduced lunches, please print out and complete the following form and return it to the Administration Office. Families who received an email from PushCoin regarding your student's lunch status do not need to complete the form.

Free and Reduced Lunch Application (Arabic, Spanish)

2023-2024 School Meal Prices
Elementary Schools
Breakfast- $1.50
Lunch- $3.75
Milk- $.35

Middle School
Breakfast- $1.50
Lunch- $4.00
Milk- $.35

Health Information
Families are asked to submit any required health forms as soon as possible. The following are requirements for specific grade levels. Students will be excluded from school on the morning of Monday, October 16, 2023 if the required materials are not submitted.

Early Learning and Pre-Kindergarten: Physical exam with up-to-date immunization record (first year enrolled in program only)

Kindergarten: Physical exam, up-to-date immunization record, dental exam, and complete eye exam

Grade 2: Dental exam

Grade 6: Physical exam, up-to-date immunization record, dental exam

All transfer students: Physical exam with up to-date immunization record (kindergarten or 6th grade physical is acceptable if it’s comparable to State of Illinois requirements); and complete eye exam (if attending Illinois school for the first time)

Please visit the Health Services page for more information.

School Closures/Inclement Weather
The Superintendent is authorized to close the schools in the event of hazardous weather or other emergencies that threaten the safety of students, staff members, or school property. 

District 146 may utilize e-Learning Days in lieu of Emergency Days. When an e-Learning Day is implemented, all Early Learning through 8th Grade students will engage in 5 hours of synchronous and asynchronous learning and instruction.

Communication Regarding School Closures: The District will communicate delays, cancellations, and closings to our community and staff in a variety of way. When school is closed due to weather, the following communications modes are utilized:
  • District website (
  • Automated calling & text alert system (when the system identifies a missed call, a voicemail will be left)
  • Email blasts
  • Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) 
  • Media (radio, television, etc., when possible)
If there is ever a time that you do not receive a phone call or text message, but you think there is a chance of a delay/closure, please check our website or official district social media accounts. 

Please reach out to our Registrar should you need to register a new student prior to the start of, or during, the school year. You can find more registration information on our website.

School Day Schedule (including half days)
The daily instructional day schedule for the 2023-24 school year is as listed below. NOTE: Hours in which the building is open and students are permitted to enter for the start of the day vary. The schedule below is the instructional day schedule for each building.

Regular Schedule
Schools Start Time End Time
Elementary Schools   8:55 a.m. 3:35 p.m.
Middle School 8 a.m.  2:55 a.m.

Half Day Schedule
Schools Start Time End Time
Elementary Schools   8:55 a.m. 11:45 a.m.
Middle School 8 a.m.  11 a.m.

Early Learning Schedule
Session Start Time End Time
Morning 8:55 a.m. 11:25 a.m.
Afternoon 1:05 p.m.  3:35 p.m.

School Supplies
District 146 uses TeacherLists to manage school supply lists. Using TeacherLists, families have more options in shopping for school supplies, including:
  • Accessing lists at any time, from any device.
  • Utilizing one-click purchasing with pre-filled shopping carts with everything on their list with the option to purchase through trusted retailers like Target, Walmart, and more.
  • Using handy, checkable shopping lists while shopping in-store.
Click here to find your students’ school supply lists.
Teacher Assignments
Teacher assignments and class schedules will be mailed to families on August 10. Please keep in mind that these are sent via USPS and may take a few days to arrive.
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