FACE Connection

District 186 Family And Community Engagement - F.A.C.E. #8

*This FACE Connection newsletter highlights topics families, schools, and communities can use to successfully launch student learning and make sure all students can reach their goals.

Springfield Public Schools, Spfld. IL

Returning to Learn 2020-2021

During online registration, families can choose between a hybrid/blended model that includes in-person and remote learning, or a fully remote learning model. In the first week of school, each student in grades K-12 will be assigned a tablet or laptop for online learning that they may have for their use during the 2020-2021 school year. It will be required that the device be returned to the school at the end of the school year.

Please review the draft return to learn schedules. Click for: Online instructions

All students must register online. Due to the urgency to understand the choice that your family would like to utilize we are requesting that families finish registration by Friday, July 31.

After registration is complete and enrollment numbers for in-person learning are available, final schedules for which day your child will attend in person will be determined based on social distancing requirements.

For more information about returning to learn in 2020-2021, click here.

186 Read 5 & Beyond

Read 5 & Beyond is Springfield Public Schools' summer reading initiative. Log in here to record your reading minutes and monitor your school's progress, learn about summer reading events, and interact with others.


"Mistakes are proof you are trying." - Unknown

186 Math Mania

Summer Math Mania is Springfield Public Schools' summer math initiative. Log in here to record your math minutes and monitor your school's progress, learn about summer math events, and interact with others.

Required Health Information for 2020-2021 School Year

Updated health information is required for students entering into kindergarten, 6th, 9th or 12th grade this fall. Please contact your child’s physician regarding possible appointment dates prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

School Health Requirements:

  • Pre-K - Physical Exam and Immunization Record
  • Kindergarten - Physical Exam and Updated Immunization Record including DTaP, Polio, MMR and Varicella; Eye Exam; Dental Exam
  • 6th grade - Physical Exam, Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine on or after the students 11th birthday, Tdap and the Hepatitis B series at appropriate intervals; Dental Exam
  • 9th grade - Physical Exam; Dental Exam
  • 12th grade - Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine on or after the student’s 16th birthday

Please email questions to your school nurse or vrogers@sps186.org.

Resources available to help meet your child's health care needs:

  • SIU School of Medicine at (217) 545-8000
  • Central Counties Health Center at (217) 788-2300
  • Sangamon County Dept. of Public Health at (217) 535-3102
  • HSHS Medical Group is here to help your kids get ready with school and sports physicals - for a flat fee of $20!* - @ HSHS Medical Group Multispecialty Care, Pediatrics | (217) 241-1295 and Priority Care South MacArthur | (217) 789-1403 *Excludes vaccinations

What is F.A.C.E.?

FACE = Family And Community Engagement

Springfield District 186 defines Family And Community Engagement as school, family and community partnerships built on trust and meaningful communication that creates strong academic support systems for all students.

What happens when schools, families, and community work together?

A space launch relies on engineers, mathematicians, and physicists working together to send astronauts into space. The same is true for children’s learning—to take off, families, schools, and communities need to work together.

Everyone at mission control works together to plan, implement, and complete a mission. Families, schools, and communities can do the same thing by collaborating and planning successful learning and exploration at the start of the school year. And by working together throughout the year on this shared mission, they can successfully launch student learning and make sure all students can reach their goals.



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