Parents must complete the online registration process for their child(ren) through Skyward Family Access using a web browser, NOT the Skyward app. Parents of returning students should already have a username and password assigned to them and their child(ren). If you have forgotten your username and/or password and need it to be reset, please send an email to and include the name(s) of your student(s) and school(s) they will be attending.

NEW STUDENTS? Parents of students who will be NEW to the district will need to complete a new student form specific to the building the student will attend and contact the office of the individual school where they intend to enroll their child. Depending on the building, they may also need to request former educational records, establish residency, and get a Skyward username and password assigned to them for family access.

Project HELP Preschool is offered through Eastern Illinois Area of Special Education (EIASE) and begins with a preschool screening for children between the ages of 3 and 5. Annual Preschool Roundup screenings occur in February. Call the EIASE Early Childhood office at (217) 345-9119 to request a screening.


Here is a list of all the required vaccinations for child care facilities, preschool, early childhood, pre-kindergarten, and grades k-12 for students entering school during the school year.

Physical, dental, and vision exams are needed for students entering certain grades. These forms must be printed, completed by your doctor, and returned to the Nurse's Office in your student's school.

  • Child Health Exam -Needed for students going into Kindergarten, 6th, & 9th Grades

  • Dental Exam -Needed for students going into Kindergarten, 2nd, 6th, & 9th Grades

  • Vision Exam -Needed for Kindergarten students and any student new to Illinois

Please visit our Health Services page for additional information


Here is a list of fees/charges for registration, technology, student parking, food service, and activities during the school year.



Here are the school hours for each building during a regular school day, 2-hour early dismissal, half-day, or 2-hour delayed start. For more specific schedules for each building, visit our District Information page. Each building office is open from 7 am to 4 pm weekdays. Office phone numbers are listed below:

  • District Office 639-1000

  • Charleston High School 639-5000

  • Charleston Middle School 639-6000

  • Jefferson Elementary School 639-7000

  • Carl Sandburg Elementary School 639-4000

  • Mark Twain Elementary School 639-8000

  • Ashmore Elementary School 349-3000


Transportation is provided by Illinois Central School Bus Company. Requests for transportation services must be done electronically through Skyward Family Access, and bus information for your child (Bus #, Drop-off/Pick-up times, etc.) is listed in Skyward as shown in this example. To contact the bus garage, please call (217) 345-3016.


Food service is provided by Aramark. Prices and monthly menus for each building are available on the district website.


E-Funds is an online payment program that ties into Skyward and allows parents/guardians an online method to deposit money for breakfast and lunch expenses and to pay for other district fees and charges. More information about e-Funds is available here.


School pictures and athletic team photos are taken by Gaines Photography. To contact the company, call (217) 234-7555.


The decision to close schools, delay start times or use bus snow routes because of hazardous weather or other emergency that threatens the safety of students, staff members or school property can have a big impact on families. Such decisions are made solely on the best interest, welfare, and safety of students, staff, families and visitors to our schools. Although school district officials know that students are best served by being in class for a full day, we thought it would be helpful to share how we carefully consider many factors when making these decisions.


For more information, visit our Competency-Based Education page.


Each student receives a district-issued laptop. In the lower grade levels, these devices are typically kept in the classroom, whereas middle school and high school students take their devices to and from school each day.

Visit our Technology Troubleshooting page for questions about student laptops and educational technology utilized by CUSD#1, including Skyward, Clever, Empower, Microsoft 365. Please call our e-learning help line for more information (217) 639-1035. If your student's device is not working properly, please report it to their teacher, who can submit a trouble ticket with our Technology Department.

Please read our Acceptable Use Procedure (AUP) for Access to the District’s Electronic Networks (Board Policy 6:235-AP1).

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Skyward is our Student Information System (SIS). Through Skyward, parents can check attendance, schedules, fees, lunch balances, grades, report cards, etc. Skyward can be accessed through a website or using the Skyward Mobile Access app. Please review this short guide for more information on using Skyward. If you need assistance with your Skyward password, please contact 639-1035 or send us a message

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Empower is our Learning Management System (LMS). Teachers can use Empower to push out assignments and quizzes to students. Students and parents can use Empower to track their progress toward learning targets. For more information, please view our Empower tutorial page. If you need assistance with your Empower password, please contact 639-1035, or send us a message.

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Clever is a software program that allows our district to sync Skyward rosters to multiple online applications. This allows for single sign-on, so a student can simply click on an app icon and go straight to the program without having to login with a username and password.

Teachers can create their own pages to organize and share other digital resources with students. The messaging center also provides a way to communicate with students and guardians.  Parents should contact their child's teacher for assistance with their guardian access to Clever.


As shown on the district calendar, Parent-Teacher conferences are held in October and March. Conferences are scheduled through Skyward Family Access as shown in these step-by-step directions.


Building transfer requests must be completed on an annual basis prior to the end of the current school year and turned into the school office.



Activity passes for admittance to CUSD #1 activities are available for purchase after August 1st each year at Central Office. For more information on the passes, please call (217) 639-1000. The Trojan Booster Club also offers membership levels that include activity passes.

  • $30.00 Students (K-16)

  • $30.00 Senior Citizens (65 and older)

  • $52.50 Individual (Adult)

  • $180.00 Family/Corporate (5 or more)


If you live in a shelter or motel, share housing with relatives because you lost your housing, live in a campground, car, old building, or another temporary shelter, or don't have a permanent address, you have the right to enroll your child in school immediately even without school or medical records and to get transportation to school for your child.

For additional resources, visit our Homeless Education page or call Kristen Holly, CUSD#1 Homeless Education Liaison, at (217) 639-1000.

FAITH'S LAW (Sexual Abuse)

Crisis Text Line


Charleston High School (grades 9-12)

1615 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: (217) 639-5000

Charleston Middle (grades 7-8)

920 Smith Dr., Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: (217) 639-6000

Jefferson Elementary (grades 4-6)

801 Jefferson Ave., Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: (217) 639-7000

Carl Sandburg Elementary (grades 1-3)

1924 Reynolds Dr., Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: (217) 639-4000

Ashmore Elementary (grades K-4)

310 S. Ohio St., Ashmore, IL 61912
Phone: (217) 349-3000

Mark Twain Elementary (Kindergarten)

1021 13th St., Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: (217) 639-8000c

Outside Facilities

Charleston students who attend outside facilities will receive supply lists, food service menus, handbooks and calendars from that serving school.

Treatment & Learning Centers (Humboldt, Kansas)

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Programs

Life Academy (Mattoon)

Bridges (Lerna)

Humboldt TLC
306 Adams St
PO Box 97 
Humboldt, IL 61931

(217) 856-2223

Kansas TLC
101 S Catherine St
Kansas, IL 61933
(217) 948-5751

Debbie Rotramel, Supervisor
5837 Park Dr
Charleston, IL 61920

(217) 348-7700 ext. 1238

Student Life
2405 Champaign Ave
Mattoon, IL   61938

(217) 258-5286

Adult Life
1617 Lake Land Blvd
Mattoon, IL   61938

(217) 235-6200

10 Third St
PO Box 129
Lerna, IL 62440

(217) 235-4867



410 W. Polk Ave., Charleston, IL 61920 MAP

Phone: (217) 639-1000

Hours: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm M-F

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  • CORD - Community Online Resource Directory provided by Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center

  • EIASE - Eastern Illinois Area of Special Education