Parents and Families

USD #116 Information for Families

Dionne Webster
Director of Family Engagement & Student Supports


 Dionne Webster

Below, please find information that is useful for families who are new to the District or who have students who are continuing their education at one of our outstanding Urbana schools.  Please note, students who are promoted from one Urbana school to another (i.e., from Dr. Williams Elementary to Urbana Middle School) are considered returning students.

There is also additional information that can be found under the "Parent" drop down menu at the top of this page.  This includes links to Skyward Family Access, USD #116 Web Store, monthly food service menus for all schools and before/after school programs, and Special Services for students.

Registration Information

School Information

Information about our individual outstanding schools can be found on their web sites.  Links to their individual sites can be found under the "Schools" tab at the top of this page.

General school day Information

All elementary schools' first bell rings at 8:10am and tardy bell rings at 8:15am.  All elementary schools release students at 3:00pm.

Urbana Middle School starts at 8:45am Monday through Friday, lets out at 3:44pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Students are released at 2:47pm on Wednesdays.

Urbana High School starts at 8:00am Monday through Friday, lets out at 3:16pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday Students are released at 2:26pm on Wednesdays.

Curriculum and Instruction information

For general information about Urbana School District curriculum and instruction, please visit the USD #116 Curriculum and Instruction web page.  For specific classroom level information, please contact your student's teacher.  Contact information can be found on Skyward Family Access or on the individual schools' staff page on their web site.

District Programs

For more information about the district programs listed below, please click on the link to visit the programs web page.

Special Services and Miscellaneous Links

For USD #116 students and their families who need Special Services, please visit the USD #116 Special Services web page.

Food Service information, including monthly menus and nutrition information, can be found on the USD #116 Food Service page.

School supply lists for the elementary schools and Urbana Middle School can be found on this page.  Urbana High School students need basic school supplies.  If other supplies are needed for a specific class, the teacher will notify the students.

Student Accident Insurance:

Student Accident Insurance for the 2018-2019 school year - this year the enrollment for Student Accident Insurance Coverage through Markel can be done online or by phone by calling 877-444-5014 for all plans.

The link needed is

You will see Program Specifics where you can download, in color the 2 page Brochure which gives the Plans and instructions to enroll, as well as a copy of the Claim Form, which can be completed online here as well.

Information needed:

  • School District Name: Urbana School District # 116
  • The Name of the School your child attends

Skyward Student Information System

Skyward is the student information database system that USD #116 uses to allow parents and guardians access to their students' information.  Skyward Family Access provides information to families about students' schedules, grades, attendance, food service meals, as well as providing the ability to contact your students' teachers and manage your students' information.  Parents and Guardians can sign up for Skyward access during Centralized Registration or by visiting their child's school and requesting access with the front office staff.

Fees and Payments

The Urbana School District Web Store can process payments for a number of district and school generated fees.  These include Before/After School Child Care, elementary school registration fees, UMS and UHS athletic fees, and Urbana Alumni Association membership and special donations, among others.  To add money to a student's Food Service account, please visit the Food Service page for more instructions.

Transportation Information

First Student Bus Services - 217-344-4586

Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) - 217-384-8188

Families with middle school and high school students can see if there is a "School Tripper" route near their home by visiting the CU-MTD's schedule and maps page on their web site.  Information is listed by school under the "School Routes Maps and Schedules" section.

Community Links

Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation

CU Scholars