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Friday, March 9, 2018
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Crete-Monee High School
(Milton Payton Auditorium)

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01. Transportation

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1. Is my child eligible for bus service?
2. Is there a fee for transportation services?
3. When will I find out the bus route and the stop?
4. What time does the bus pick up?
5. What is the Five Mile Policy?
6. Why does the district feel the need to adopt a Five Mile Policy?
7. Under the Five Mile Policy my child will not be eligible to be transported to their provider. This is very inconvenient for me. What can I do?
8. Does the Crete-Monee School District provide before and afterschool transportation?
9. A family member takes care of my children when I am working. Can my children be picked up and dropped off at their home on a daily basis?
10. Is it possible for my child to be picked up one location in the morning and dropped off at another in the afternoon?
11. I have been told in the past that my students would be ineligible for transportation if we live less than one and one-half miles from school, but what about daycare travel?
12. Is there an available listing of before and aftercare providers?
13. Who can I contact if I have questions or concerns?

02. Special Education/Special Needs

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1. What do I need to provide District 201-U if my student currently receives special education services?
2. Who do I contact if my child requires special education/special needs services?

03. Coretta Scott King Magnet

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1. How many students have been accepted?
2. Will there be a bus picked-up at the First Baptist Church?
3. Will there be additional costs at registration based on being at the Magnet School?
4. How many students per class?
5. Will lunch and recess be together no matter the grade?
6. Is there any chance of Half Day Kindergarten in the near future?
7. Will the students have the same school calendar as the other schools?
8. Is there bus service?
9. What if I live less than 1.5 miles from the school?
10. Is there before and after school care?
11. Are there buses to bring students from after school care home?
12. Is there hot lunch?
13. What is a typical day like?
14. Is there a social-emotional component of the curriculum?
15. Is there proper security in the building?
16. Will there be resources and teachers available to work with students who may be struggling academically?
17. What makes this school different from the other schools in the district?
18. Will children be asked to leave based on behavior?

04. e~Funds for Schools

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1. How does e~Funds for Schools work?
2. Is my account information safe?
3. Do I have payment options?
4. Is the e~Funds website secure?
5. What are the benefits of using e~Funds for Schools?
6. Can I check my account information online?
7. Is e~Funds available for all schools?
8. Does the District plan to provide the service to all schools in the district?
9. Who do I contact at the District if there are issues with my e~Funds account?
10. How do I get started?

05. Frequently Asked Questions about 403(b)

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1. What is a 403(b) tax deferred retirement plan?
2. Why is tax deferral such a good deal?
3. What happens if I withdraw some of the money while I am still working?
4. What happens to the money in my 403(b) if I change jobs?
5. How much can I contribute to the 403(b) plans?
6. How do I get started with a 403(b) Retirement Plan?

06. Employee VPN FAQ

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1. 1. Can I access Webmail while in a VPN session?
2. 2. Can I access email through Outlook while in a VPN session?
3. 3. Why am I getting error 619?
4. 4. Why am I getting error 800, "Unable to establish the VPN connection"?
5. 5. Access Denied error.
6. 6. Can I use the VPN on a non-district computer?
7. FYI: Cordless Phones & Access Points
8. FYI: Technical Responsibility

07. V-Soft Visitor Tracking System

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1. What is the V-Soft system?
2. How does it work?
3. What schools use V-Soft?
4. Why is Crete-Monee School District using this system?
5. What information is taken from driver's licenses?
6. Do registered sexual offenders have a right to enter schools?
7. Should Crete-Monee School District scan every visitor into the system?
8. Does Crete-Monee School District have the right to require visitors, even parents, to produce identification before entering the campus?
9. What if the person refuses to show identification?

08. Budget Reduction Plan

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1. Why do we have a deficit?
2. What is the Board of Education going to do to resolve the budget deficit problem?
3. How much was cut from programs or staff that did not affect children directly?
4. What does RIF mean?
5. Does RIFFING teachers mean that they will leave the district in March?
6. Why are you riffing all teachers from years 1—4? Why not just RIF the amount of teachers that you need to reduce?
7. How will you decide what teachers will be called back?
8. With all of the reductions, will special education services be affected?
9. Are we losing extracurricular and sporting programs?
10. Why are we not cutting sport programs instead of cutting educational programs and electives?
11. Why was the Band Program chosen as part of your reduction recommendations?
12. What does reduction in library services actually mean?
13. What does reduction in reading services actually mean?
14. Will Coretta Scott King Magnet School lose music, art, and physical education classes?
15. Will our schools be safe with a reduction in security personnel?
16. Will we still have a preschool program next year?
17. Will we still have an alternative high school program next year?
18. Will student achievement and classroom discipline be affected by raising class sizes?
19. Why was Talala Elementary chosen as the location for a Kindergarten Center?
20. When will Talala Elementary parents know where their children will attend school?
21. How will bus transportation be affected by all of the changes in programming and the creation of a new Kindergarten Center?
22. Why didn’t the Board of Education consider running a referendum first before cutting programs?
23. Will we have to make any more cuts next year?
24. The letter to parents stated that the board agreed to reduce the budget by at least $3.6 million. On the website, reductions total over $3.6 million. Why are we cutting more than what was stated?
25. What is a Tax Anticipation Warrant?

09. H1N1 Flu

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1. What is H1N1 (swine) flu?
2. What are the signs and symptoms of H1N1 (swine) flu in people?
3. Are there medicines to treat H1N1 (swine) flu?
4. Are there some people who should not receive the H1N1 vaccine?
5. Will the seasonal flu vaccine also protect against the novel H1N1 flu?
6. How is the U.S. government responding to the spread of the new H1N1 flu?
7. Why should we be concerned about the spread of flu in schools?
8. Which students and staff are at higher risk for complications from flu?
9. What can families, students, and staff do to keep from getting sick and spreading the flu?
10. What is the best way to practice good hand hygiene?
11. Can the virus live on surfaces, such as computer keyboards?
12. How do I recognize a fever or signs of a fever?
13. How long should a sick student or staff member be kept home?
14. Should family members of sick students stay home too?
15. What can a parent do to prepare for flu during the 2009-2010 school year?

10. Homeless Services

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1. Who is homeless?
2. Where can homeless children and youth attend school?
3. Can students experiencing homelessness be denied enrollment for lacking paperwork that is normally required for enrollment?

11. Vendor FAQs

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1. What is a bid specification?
2. How can I find out about upcoming projects? Which ones should I bid on?
3. How do I bid on a CM201U contract?
4. What if I have a question while I am filling out my specification documents?
5. Does a supplier need to be pre-qualified to bid?
6. Pre-qualification of suppliers – how is it done, and how often?

12. FAQ About Property Taxes

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1. What is market value?
2. How is the market value for my property determined?
3. How can I tell if my assessor has placed a fair value on my property?
4. What is an Assessment?
5. What can I do if I don’t agree with my assessment?
6. Shouldn’t my assessment have gone down based on the declining real estate market?
7. What if I think my tax bill is too high?
8. How does my assessment affect my tax rate?
9. What are taxing districts?
10. My assessed value has decreased, so why have my taxes increased?
11. Do foreclosures in my neighborhood affect my property taxes?
12. Why are taxes so high in my community and I hear in other communities taxes are very low?
13. Is there any tax relief available for homeowners?

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