Happy Hot, Hot, Hot Wednesday. Just as we were all enjoying the fall-like start to our school year we get hit with a heat wave. I want to take time to remind everyone of our procedures during the excessive temperatures we have been experiencing.
- If the temperature/heat index is less than 95 degrees, we have normal recess.
- If the temperature/heat index is 95-100 degrees, we limit outdoor recess to 10 minutes.
- If the temperature/heat index is 101-104 degrees, we will hold indoor recess and offer students water before sending them home on the school bus.
- If the temperature/heat index is 105 degrees or higher, we will initiate our heat dismissal procedures which include:
- A decision will be made by 2:00 pm by the superintendent or designee and communicated to all buildings
- At the time of dismissal, bus riders will gather in the new gymnasium and be offered a drink of water
- Buses will be called to load one by one as the buses arrive. Once a bus is loaded it will depart from our parking lot so students aren’t sitting on the bus for a long period of time.
- If the bus route is greater than 30 minutes, an adult from Castlio will ride the bus and monitor the students. If concerns are noted, the bus garage will be contacted immediately. Adults riding the bus will be equipped with a spray bottle to “cool down” the student.
Castlio has an awesome group of parent volunteers that come and set up for a heat dismissal in order to help things run as smoothly as possible. If you are interested in helping and have not already been contacted, please call the school office. We will work together to ensure a safe ride home for all of our students.
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
Dr. Bridgett Niedringhaus
Welcome to Castlio
Welcome to Castlio Elementary, a school that promotes success for all children. At Castlio, your child will have the opportunity to experience learning under the guidance of caring and dedicated staff members who strive to meet the individual learning needs of each student. Castlio enjoys a rich tradition of teaming with businesses and outside agencies to promote education and character reaching outside the four walls of our school. With the assistance and support of our parents and the Castlio community, it is our goal to promote the achievement of all students. We would be proud to have you as a part of the Castlio Community!
~ Bridgett Niedringhaus, Principal
A Brief History
Castlio Elementary was named after Hiram Beverly Castlio, affectionately known as “Uncle Bev.” He was the nephew of Francis Howell, Jr., and one of three directors named in Howell’s will to build and supervise the Francis Howell Institute. Mr. Castlio served without pay in that position from the time the Institute opened its doors in 1881 until 1895. Under his leadership and direction, it became the center of higher education in St. Charles County. At one time, it was estimated that more than half of the teachers in the county had attended Francis Howell Institute. When Mr. Castlio died in 1904, he bequeathed $10,000 to the Institute. His love for public education has continued on through our elementary school.
Castlio Elementary School first opened on July 27, 1981. At the time of it’s opening, it included 20 regular classrooms, four special education classrooms, an art room, a resource center, an office, and a gym that also served as the cafeteria. Because the school was built on a 100-acre site, there were thoughts that a middle school or high school would be included in the future. However, that never occurred.