Distance Learning Program

Unit 4 staff is planning for students to return for in-person, full-day schedules five days a week for the 2021/22 school year. Students will return to their home schools. For families who do not wish for their students to return in person, the option to attend a District-level Distance Learning Program will be available.

The Distance Learning Program is not connected to an individual school. It will be its own program with its own Program Administrator and its own teaching staff.

All coursework will align with state standards, and the high school coursework will focus on helping students fulfill graduation requirements. Some elective courses may not be available to students attending the Distance Learning Program.

Important Dates

  • March 29th-May 1st: Early Commitment Window Is Open
  • May 3rd: Fall 2021-22 Regular Registration Begins (Online only)
  • July 22nd: First Day for Balanced Calendar Student Attendance 
  • August 19th: First Day for Regular Calendar Student Attendance 

Priorities for K-12 Distance Learning Program

  • Live instruction and tech support every day.
  • Strong alignment with Unit 4's curriculum and state standards.
  • Student engagement and growth every day.
  • Optional support sessions before/after school.
  • Families will have the option to return to in-person learning for second semester.
  • Student technology needs will be addressed, and live tech support will be provided for students and families during the school day.
  • This program will follow the regular school calendar and is unable to support Dual Language Programming.


If you have additional questions regarding the Distance Learning Program, please email u4fall2021@u4sd.org or 217-351-3992 for assistance.

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