The mission of Carmi-White County Schools, as the leader of an educational partnership with the community, is to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge and skills to succeed and to contribute as ethical, responsible citizens in a rapidly changing global society.
Carmi-White County Community Unit School District No. 5 offers a breakfast and hot lunch program to each student. Free or reduced rate meals are available utilizing ISBE guidelines. Contact your child’s school for further details.
Full-time custodians work to provide a clean and pleasant learning/working environment for district students and staff. In addition to keeping the buildings safe and clean, maintenance staff work year round to keep district facilities at optimal levels.
Fourteen bus routes (nine regular and five additional) are run daily in order to transport approximately 1,100 district students to and from school. Buses travel an average of 991 miles per day over the 290 square miles that encompass the district. A transportation director oversees this entire operation.
Safety Management and Worker Safety
Providing a safe working environment in the district is important. Custodians are trained annually in such areas as asbestos awareness, the use of personal protective equipment, and handling of hazardous materials. Annual building inspections are conducted by the Regional Office of Education and abatement of hazardous situations continues to be a goal of district personnel.
REFERENCE 5 ILCS 140/4, amended by Public Act 96-542
Beginning January 12, teachers, parents, and students across Illinois will have an opportunity to participate in the third annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.
On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:
• Effective Leaders
• Collaborative Teachers
• Involved Families
• Supportive Environments
• Ambitious Instruction
Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.
All teachers and 6th through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in May 2015 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.
Additionally, your district has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey. If at least 20 percent of parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will also be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.
Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted January 12 through March 13, 2015. To take the survey please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin.