The information on this page will help you prepare for the 2023-24 school year and will be updated to help answer questions you may have about schedules, school supplies, transportation, fees, school meals, and more.
We hope your family is having a wonderful summer!
The 2023-24 school year in U-46 begins in three weeks - the first day for kindergarten through 12th grade students, as well as our students in Transition programs, is Tuesday, Aug. 15. The first day for those in preschool is Tuesday, Aug. 22.
As your family starts to make plans for the next school year, please remember that the only vacation periods for U-46 occur during Thanksgiving and winter recess, spring recess, and summer vacation. You can see the dates for those breaks on the school-year calendar here.
Extended absences and/or vacations during the school year are discouraged and considered unexcused absences. In order to have academic success, it’s important that your child is in school and on time for class every day.
Teacher assignments for elementary students and class schedules for middle and high school students will be available on Monday, Aug. 14, 2023, through the Infinite Campus Registration Checklist (use your Infinite Campus Parent Portal login credentials).
U-46 will provide school supplies for students entering kindergarten through 6th grade, as it did for last school year. Families will just need to provide a backpack. Students will receive their supplies at their schools once classes get underway.
Students in middle and high school should visit their school's website for details on the necessary school supplies. Visit our School Supplies webpage here for a list of schools. If your middle or high school student is in need of a backpack and/or school supplies, please call 847-888-5000, ext. 5039.
Have you completed registration for your child or children yet? To make sure, visit the Registration Checklist (use your Infinite Campus Parent login credentials). As you review the checklist, a green checkmark indicates the item is complete. A red or warning sign indicates a required item is missing or incomplete. Click “Español” in the upper right corner to read the checklist in Spanish.
It’s also important for us to share some information about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which is a federal law intended to remove barriers to learning for homeless students. Children who are eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Act are those who “lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence;” in U-46, they are served by Project Access. Please visit our Project Access website here to learn more and to find contact information if you have questions or think your family might qualify.
Students entering kindergarten, 6th, 9th, or 12th grade must meet certain health requirements listed on our Health Services website at u-46.org/healthrequirements. Students will be excluded from classes if they do NOT have these requirements on file by the first day of school.
Because of these required physicals, summers are always busy at the offices of pediatricians. If you cannot get an appointment with your family’s provider, another option is the health clinics housed in stores like Target, Walgreens, CVS, and Wal-Mart, or medical care providers that might be termed “urgent” or “immediate” care clinics. It is important that you work with your insurance provider to make sure the visit is covered under the terms of your insurance plan. Calling the phone number on the back of your insurance card is a good place to start.
Once your child has met the requirements and your physician has filled out the necessary paperwork, you have a number of options for submitting the paperwork.
If you have questions or concerns about health requirements, please contact our Health Services team by using Let’s Talk.
If your child or children qualify for transportation services, information on their bus schedule and pick-up and drop-off locations are available in Infinite Campus as of Aug. 8, 2023.
However, we do ask that you check Infinite Campus again on Monday night - before the first day of school on Tuesday, Aug. 15 - because some details could change.
The U-46 Transportation Department is offering a bilingual call center for those parents and guardians who have questions about bus services or need help resolving issues. It will be open on Friday, Aug. 11 and Monday, Aug. 14 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The call center will also be available on Tuesday, Aug. 15, Wednesday, Aug. 16, and Thursday, Aug. 17 from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The number is 847-888-5095. Service is available in both English and Spanish.
U-46 will again offer breakfast and lunch meals at no cost to all students at all U-46 schools. Monthly menus will be available on school websites starting a few days before the first day of classes as well as on the U-46 Food & Nutrition Services webpage at u-46.org/mealmenus.
Although meal applications will not be required for the 2023-24 school year, we recommend families complete the Fee Waiver Form, which can apply to athletic fees, driver’s education, and more. The 2023-2024 fee waiver forms can be found here.
Important clarification: Parking permit fees are NOT eligible for a waiver.
During the registration process, you were asked to review the U-46 Student Handbook and the U-46 Code of Conduct. Please be sure to review these with your child before the beginning of the school year. These outline the expectations and guidelines for a safe and inclusive learning environment. Both are available at u-46.org/schoolguidelines.