CENTRAL A & M DISTRICT 21
2023-2024 District Calendar
August 17 Teachers’ Institute – No student attendance
August 18 First Day CAM Students (dismiss @11:30/11:45)
September 4 Labor Day … No School
September 13 11:30/11:45 Early Dismissal -School Impr. Planning
October 5 11:30/11:45 Early Dismissal – School Impr. Planning
October 6 No student attendance - Teachers’ Institute Day
October 9 Columbus Day … No School
October 20 End of 1st Quarter
November 22-24 Thanksgiving Break … No student attendance
December 18 Exams … 1:45/2:00 Early Dismissal
December 19 Exams … 1:45/2:00 Early Dismissal - End of 2nd Quarter
Dec 20-Jan 2 Christmas Break
January 3 No student attendance - Teachers’ Institute Day
January 15 MLK Jr. Day … No School
January 31 11:30/11:45 Early Dismissal -School Impr. Planning
February 12 Lincoln’s Birthday … No School
March 8 End of 3rd Quarter
March 6 11:30/11:45 Early Dismissal - School Impr. Planning
March 28-29 Spring Break - No student attendance
April 1-2 Spring Break - No student attendance
April 17 11:30/11:45 Early Dismissal -School Impr. Planning
May 12 Baccalaureate
May 17 Commencement 7:00 pm
**TBA Exams … 1:45/2:00 Early Dismissal
**TBA Exams … 1:45/2:00 Early Dismissal
**TBA Teachers’ Institute Day - No student attendance
**End of school days are contingent on use of Emergency Days and are subject to change
IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO COMPLETE AN APPLICATION IF YOUR STUDENT/S RECEIVE FOOD BENEFITS WHICH WE RECEIVE NOTIFICATION THROUGH THE DIRECT CERTIFICATION LISTING FROM THE ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION. THOSE INCLUDED ARE SNAP, TANF, INCOME ELIGIBLE MEDICAID OR FOSTER CHILD STATUS. THESE STUDENTS WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY APPROVED FOR FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE EXTRA MEAL ITEMS, SNACKS OR DRINKS.
The approval process for a fee waiver is based on whether the student receives Free lunch. If your student is approved for Free lunch you MUST complete the Fee waiver for processing in the District office for the applicable fees to be waived. A Fee Waiver needs to be completed every school year.
Consideration of other factors may be taken into account by the building principal when determining approval.
Questions regarding either Free/Reduced Lunch application or Fee waiver, please feel free to contact the District office at 217-226-4042.
SCHOOL FEES FOR
Kindergarten – 5th Grade
$40.00 Elementary Books fees
$50.00 Technology Fees TOTAL: $90.00
Middle School 6th – 8th Grades
$45.00 Middle School Book Fees
$50.00 Technology fees TOTAL: $95.00
$15.00 PE Uniform (may use from prior years)
HIGH SCHOOL – Grades 9-12
$65.00 HS Book Fee
$50.00 Technology Fee TOTAL: $115.00
The following classes have additional fees:
Foods $30.00 per semester
Crafts $20.00 per year
Art $20.00 per semester
3D Concepts $50.00 per year
Heartland $200.00 per semester
Ag Mechanics $20.00 per year
Horticulture $20.00 per year
Drivers Ed $150.00 per year
These class fees do not qualify to be waived.
Lunch and Breakfast Costs
**Changes for 2023-2024
All Grades $1.50 (.10 increase)
Adults $2.50 (.10 increase)
Elementary $2.75 (.25 increase)
MS & HS $3.00 (.20 increase)
Adult $3.75 (.25 increase)
Snack Milk for K – 1st grade students only - .75 per day (increase of .25)
The District does not withhold a student’s grades, transcripts, or diploma because of an unpaid balance on the student’s school account.
HOW IS THE DECISION MADE FOR A SNOW DAY? SAFETY IS THE PRIORITY!
The winter season is upon us. Our district administration, faculty, and staff understand that our decision to open or close school during inclement weather often disrupts family schedules and means the school year may have to be extended. We also understand that our students are better served -academically and socially -by being in school. But, as always, our top priority is the safety of our students. So the decision to close school is not an easy one. The process is complex and involves several people.
HOW DO WE MAKE OUR DECISION? Please understand that we make the decision to open or close school in bad weather based on a careful analysis of all relevant factors, such as:
• Information on road conditions from our transportation personnel, from local law enforcement, and area road crews.
• Amount of snow and ice accumulation.
• Whether precipitation will continue throughout the day.
• Temperature and wind chill.
• Weather predictions (including those from the weather alert service).
• Storm Timing
• Building conditions (such as whether we have electricity and heat).
• Parking lot conditions
WHO MAKES THE DECISION? The Superintendent is ultimately responsible for the final decision based on the above factors and recommendations from those mentioned above. Area superintendents consult with each other to discuss our situations regarding busing and students walking. Still, each district has its own unique circumstances.
WHEN IS THE DECISION MADE? We do our best to make the decision by 6:00 a.m., or earlier so we can notify you via ParentSquare and various websites. Keep in mind that unusual weather conditions may force us to make the decision after this time. Please stay tuned to the media and communication outlets. However, it is very important for parents to have plans in place in case the decision needs to be made later. It is quite possible that bus or building issues could come up and not be discovered until after 6:00 a.m. In those cases, decisions on school attendance could be made at a later time.
WILL WE CLOSE SCHOOL IF CONDITIONS WORSEN? If conditions get worse during the school day, we may need to have an early dismissal, but we will give as much notice as possible through ParentSquare. Although we do our absolute best in the process, we know that often no perfect decision exists. If you do not feel that it is safe for your child to get to school, use your best judgment on whether or not he or she should attend. During very extreme weather conditions, if you choose to keep your child at home, his/her absence will be counted as an excused absence.
Regarding extra-curricular events, practices, and other school-related activities outside of the normal day, we prefer to exercise flexibility in these situations as opposed to an inflexible policy. Occasionally events scheduled in the evening could be held as conditions improve. Some schools do not have that policy, and we will respect the wishes of the individual districts involved. Again, we will support those decisions made in good faith out of the personal beliefs regarding your child's safety.
HOW IS THE PUBLIC NOTIFIED?
• ParentSquare phone call and email
• CAM district website www.camraiders.com
• Channel 20 News TV and their website at wandtv.com, Channel 3 at wcia.com and WTIM taylorvilledailynews.com
These alerts occur in mass release and will be posted and received in a random fashion, but will be released as soon as decisions are made. It is very important that your phone number and email is up to date in Skyward and on ParentSquare so you can receive calls, texts, and emails. Call your child's school(s) to update your phone number.
HOW MANY DAYS CAN WE TAKE? School districts typically build five emergency days per school year into their calendars. If emergency days are used, they must be made up at the end of the school year. If we use more than the allotted 5 emergency days, we can apply to the State Board of Education for "Act of God" days and hope it is approved. Otherwise, the emergency days beyond the scheduled 5 will also need to be made up.
It is challenging to become completely acclimated to cold weather, but we are hopeful that students, parents, and staff are preparing their vehicles with emergency gear, making sure phones stay charged, and everyone dresses appropriately when going out in the elements.
Hello. We would like to introduce ourselves. I am MeLinda Hilligoss the Central A & M 3-5 years old and their families Family Consultant and Sara Marley is the Central A & M 0-3 years old BabyTalk Family Consultant. The Central A & M 0-3 and 3-5 years old programs are called Growing Together. The Growing Together 0-3 program is funded and implemented through BabyTalk while the Growing Together 3-5 program is funded through an Illinois State Board of Education Early Childhood grant. Growing Together strives to support parents by providing opportunities for parent and child to strengthen their relationship. There are many different activities available for parents and children 0-5. Growing Together Playgroups allow children to work on social skills, developmental skills, and enrichment through interacting with other children and adults. And it is just a lot of fun! Not only can children have the opportunity to interact with peers but parents can also network with other parents during Playgroup. We also conduct home visits with families. Home visits are another way to strengthen the bond between parent and child and to receive one-on-one opportunities with the Family Consultant to address any concerns the parent may have. During a home visit, a Family Consultant will work with the parent and child on enhancing the child’s developmental skills and provide age appropriate activities for the parent and child to work on together. Family Consultants can also find resources to meet a family’s needs, if requested by the family. Do you need a family night out? Family Fun Nights are fun for everyone! Various activities and/or presentations are planned for the Central A & M communities during Family Fun Nights.
Family Consultants can also screen children to determine where they are in their development and provide activities to enhance the skills that need strengthened.
All activities are Free.
Our office is located in the Middle School in the Prekindergarten room. The address is 404 Colegrove Suite B Assumption, IL 62510 217-226-4022 ext:221
You can also reach us via email at:
Or Facebook at:
We hope to work with you and your family soon!
MeLinda Hilligoss Family Consultant 3-5 years old and their families
Sara Marley Family Consultant 0-3 years old and their families
Homeless students are defined as lacking a fixed, regular and/or adequate nighttime residence, including:
sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing or economic hardship
living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations
living in emergency or transitional shelters
abandoned in hospitals
awaiting foster care placement
living in public or private places not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations for human beings
living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, transportation stations or similar settings
migratory children living in conditions described above
Homeless children have a right to be enrolled in their school of origin or to attend school in the area where they are living. Enrollment of homeless children is ongoing and is not delayed or denied due to scheduling issues, residency document requirements, lack of legal guardianship or student records, including immunization records. A homeless student is entitled to transportation to his school of origin if that is what his parent or guardian requests. Central A&M does not charge tuition for homeless students or refuse enrollment. A homeless student is entitled to all the educational services and extracurricular opportunities that would be available to any other student living in the district.
For help coordinating services for homeless youth in Central A&M please contact:
Charlie Brown, Homeless Liaison
Central A&M CUD #21
229 E. Pine
Moweaqua, IL 62550