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Distance Learning Success

As our district adjusts to Distance Learning, we want to ensure all Unit 4 students and families stay up-to-date and informed.

We’ve provided the resources you’ll need to start the school year, as well as answers to questions and concerns you might have. With everyone’s cooperation, we can move forward successfully and safely.

Daily Schedules

School starts on August 26th

K-5
Middle School
High School
Time Session Details
8:45 - 11:15 Session 1 Independent Learning / Directed Instruction
11:15 - 11:45 Lunch --
11:45 - 2:15 Session 2 Independent Learning / Directed Instruction

* Half of a teacher's homeroom will attend session one for 2.5 hours of live instruction.
The other half of a teacher's homeroom will attend session two for 2.5 hours of live instruction.
Teachers will provide an additional 2.5 hours of structured, independent learning activities for students each day to meet the ISBE requirement of 5 hours of instruction per day.

Time Details
9:00 - 9:25 1st Period
9:30 - 9:55 2nd Period
10:00 - 10:25 3rd Period
10:30 - 10:55 4th Period
11:00 - 11:25 Lunch
11:30 - 11:55 5th Period
12:00 - 12:25 6th Period
12:30 - 12:55 7th Period
1:00 - 1:25 8th Period
1:30 - 2:15 Daily Student Office Hours
Time Details
8:00 - 8:45 Daily Student Office Hours
9:00 - 9:30 1st Period
9:35 - 10:05 2nd Period
10:10 - 10:40 3rd Period
10:45 - 11:15 4th Period
11:20 - 11:50 5th Period
11:55 - 12:25 6th Period
12:30 - 1:00 7th Period
1:05 - 1:35 8th Period

School Supply Lists

View PDF

K-5

  • Notebooks (2)
  • Ruler
  • Pencils (6)
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Glue Bottle
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored Pencils

6-12

  • Notebooks (2)
  • Pen/Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Calculator

* Headphones are recommended for all.

Registration

Registration is required for all Unit 4 School District students. By registering for school, families acknowledge Unit 4 will provide instruction for their students during the 2020–2021 school year.

Online Registration

Returning families who haven’t yet registered must complete the registration process online.
Family members designated as guardians within our student information system should have received several emails starting on July 1, 2020:

  • One from our online portal that contains the registration code for each student who needs to be enrolled
  • A reminder email sent August 9 to any family who hasn’t completed the registration process

If you didn’t receive an email, please contact your student’s school.

We extended the online registration deadline to Wednesday, August 12. We recognize that some families still need assistance, so there will be a late registration push on Friday, August 14.

New families to the Champaign Unit 4 School District will need to contact the Family Information Center at (217) 373-7311 or (217) 351-3701 to complete enrollment and registration paperwork.

Late Registration

Unit 4 will be hosting a late registration event on Friday, August 14, 12pm – 6pm.

Center for Family and Community Engagement (south parking lot)
703 S. New St., Champaign

  • Mask and social distancing required
  • Please limit number of family members to 2 or less
  • Please bring the following:
    • Valid driver’s license or state-issued ID card with your current Champaign address
    • Proof of residency (e.g., voter registration card; current utility bill such as water, cable, power; a signed lease between tenant/landlord; mortgage)

Sabbatical Request

If your family is experiencing extenuating circumstances that prevents your child from attending, you can request that Unit 4 hold a seat assignment for your child by filling out and submitting the Statement of Extenuating Circumstances Form:

Download Request Form

Registration FAQ

+How do I register with all the uncertainty around COVID-19?

Instruction will be provided via Distance Learning and/or in-person learning this school year.
The following checklist can help guide your decision:

Attending Unit 4 Schools In-person 2020-21 Distance Learning  2020-21
Should I complete registration? Yes Yes
Will a seat be held if I stay home? Yes Yes
Should I pay the registration fee? Yes Yes
Is food provided? Yes, with filled out form Yes, with filled out form
Not attending Unit 4 Schools Home schooling Other school alternative
Should I complete Registration? No registration required No registration required
Will a seat be held if I stay home? Yes, submit COVID Sabbatical form Yes, submit COVID Sabbatical form
Should I pay the registration fee? No No

+What’s a registration code?

The registration code is a key to your child’s 2020–2021 Student Registration forms for the upcoming school year. You should receive a unique registration code for each child. The registration code link will direct you to a pre-filled form that starts the registration process.

+What if I don’t have time to complete the entire registration?
Can I go back at a later time?

Yes. You can return by simply logging in with your login and password that you created at the beginning of the registration process.

+Do I have to answer all the questions?

Yes. If not, you won’t be able to submit the registration form—and your child will not be registered for the 2020–2021 school year. If you find that you’re not able to click the Submit button, you’ll need to go back and make sure you’ve answered all the required questions. (Unanswered questions will appear in red.)

+I’ve completed the form. Now what?

When you’ve finished entering your information and clicked Submit, all the information you’ve entered will be sent, and we can begin processing your registration.

+How do I pay?

You can pay with a credit/debit card or a personal check. The registration fee is $80.00 for the 2020–2021 school year. If you are paying via a personal check, it will need to be made out to the school and will need to be mailed directly to the school.

If you’re eligible for a fee waiver or if your circumstances have changed from last year, you can apply at https://schoollunchapp.com

  • Click the the lunch application link, complete the form, and submit
  • You’ll receive an email to confirm that your application has been received, as well as a free/reduced code that you’ll need to complete the registration process
  • At that time, return back to the Unit 4 online registration portal, enter the code, and submit the registration
  • Food Service will notify you of your meal/registration status at a later time

+What if I don’t understand a question?

Please use the emails below for assistance with your child’s 2020–2021 online registration form.

+Help! I’m having technical difficulties!

You have the following options:

  • For tech support, visit help.powerschool.com or click Help on any page of the online forms.
  • Contact the school your child will be attending. Contact information is listed on the Champaign Schools website, champaignschools.org.
  • Contact the Family Information Center at 217-373-7311.
  • If you need assistance with meal application questions, email foodservice@u4sd.org.

If the above options didn’t resolve your issue, email your question or concerns to onlineregistrationhelp@u4sd.org. Indicate your child’s school, name, and contact information.

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Tech Distribution

All Unit 4 students will have a Google Chromebook and a charger.

  • If a student has already received a Unit 4-issued device, they’ll keep it. If they need to replace or repair it, we’ll fix it.
  • If you need a Chromebook, we’ll get you one.
PreK–5 Students

Device pickup will be in the school parking lots, 9am–6pm.
On a limited basis, kindergarten students may request an iPad (rather than a Chromebook).

  • August 17: Bottenfield, Stratton, CECC, Garden Hills, Dr. Howard
  • August 18: IPA, Booker T. Washington, Robeson, South Side
  • August 19: Barkstall, Kenwood, Westview, Carrie Busey
Middle School Students

Device pickup will be August 20 and 21, 9am - 6pm.

  • Edison Middle School: Champaign Public Library
  • Franklin STEAM Academy: School Parking Lot
  • Jefferson Middle School: School Parking Lot
High School Students

Device pickup will be the parking lots of the student’s high school:

  • August 24: Central and Centennial, Noon - 6:30pm
  • August 25: Central and Centennial, 11am – 1pm
Late Pickup

Families who are unable to pick up the student device on the designated date will be able to pick up the device on Wednesday, August 26, 9am–6pm, at the Windsor Administration Center (502 W Windsor Rd).

Technology Helpline

If you have a Chromebook and are having an issue with it, please contact our help desk at (217) 351-3801 or email: helpdesk@u4sd.org.

We also have a document of frequently asked questions available here: bit.ly/ITParentFAQ21

Chromebook Repairs

The IT department has created a system in which we can repair Chromebooks while providing safety to students and staff. We also have a Google Document which shows some basic troubleshooting issues. That document can be here: bit.ly/U4ChromebookIssues

The following steps must be followed by the student/parent before coming to get their Chromebook repaired:

  • The Student/Parent MUST fill out the following form: bit.ly/U4ChromebookIssueForm
  • After filling out the form, a member of the IT staff will review it. If they are able to fix the Chromebook remotely, they will contact the family to do so. If not, an email will be sent with information regarding the repair.
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Internet Access

For families who DO NOT have any internet access at home, there will be several options available. Please keep in mind that we’re prioritizing internet access to those families who need it most. (If your family already has internet access and you experience connection issues, please DO NOT call the Unit 4 Help Desk line, as we are unable to troubleshoot 3rd-party internet service at your home. Instead you will need to call your internet service provider.)

1. Public Broadcasted Internet Options

Option 1

Unit 4 is partnering with i3 and the City of Champaign to provide internet access in the following neighborhoods:

  • Douglas Park
  • Hazel Park
  • Spalding Park
  • Randolph Street Community Garden
  • Garden Hills
  • Tommy Stewart Field
  • McKinley Field
  • Windsor Administration Building

Option 2

  • EduRoam authentication service will allow students to login at Parkland and U of I campuses, as well as other educational institutions across the United States.

Option 3

  • Unit 4 wi-fi will be accessible in select Unit 4 buildings’ parking lots and public spaces.

2. Comcast Internet Services

The District has partnered with Comcast to provide home internet services to families FOR ONE YEAR through a promotional code. This is for families who currently DO NOT have internet access. This will not be available for families who currently have service through Comcast or other providers. To request a promo code, please reach out to your student(s) building for more information.

3. Verizon Wireless Hotspots

If your family is uncomfortable providing personal information to Comcast, we have a very limited amount of wireless hotspots for families to use. If your family fits into this category, please reach out to your student(s) building for more information.

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Food Service

During the period of 100% Distance Learning, the District will distribute 5-day meal boxes to Unit 4 families, similar to what we did during spring and summer 2020 COVID-19 school closures.

You’ll have two options to get meals: drive-thru sites or at-home delivery.

DRIVE-THRU

  • Sites at Booker T. Washington (beginning 8/24), Jefferson Middle School, and Garden Hills
  • Open Mondays, 10am–1pm
  • No pre-order required

AT-HOME DELIVERY

  • Contact Food Services at (217) 351-3852 to set up at-home delivery
  • Meals delivered Fridays, 10–11am

Meals

  • Breakfast: K–12 follows a 4-week cycle menu
  • Lunch: K–12 follows a 5-week cycle menu
  • Special diets and vegetarian options are available—contact Food Services at (217) 351-3852 to pre-order meals.

For questions or concerns contact Food Services at (217) 351-3852 or email foodservice@u4sd.org.

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Athletics

Fall 2020 Middle School Athletics Overview

Proposed Start Dates:
  • Tryouts: may begin August 12
  • Games/Contests may begin August 15
Baseball Softball Cross Country
6th, 7th, & 8th grade 6th, 7th, & 8th grade 6th, 7th, & 8th grade
Varsity only, no JV team Varsity only, no JV team Roster Limit: 50
Roster Limit: 12 Roster Limit: 12 Tryout: 1-mile timed run

*All students must have a physical before participating in any sport.

Health and Safety Guidelines

Indoors
Maximum gathering size per space (one gym, one field house, one band room, etc.) is limited to 50 people.

Outdoors
Teams may gather in groups of 50 coaches and students or less to conduct practices and contests but must practice safe social distancing and with 30 feet of distance per each group.

Masks
The use of masks by staff, officials and students who are not actively engaged in activity is required.

Participation Time
Students are limited to 5 hours of participation per day.

Spectators
Fan capacity for contests is limited to 20% of their facility or less.

Additional Information

+Pre-Workout

  • Schools must maintain a daily record of what athletes are participating, when, symptoms they may present.
  • Athletes should be screened at the start of practice for temperature >100.4F/38C or symptoms of COVID-19 (fevers, chills, cough, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell).
  • Any person with symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test should not participate in practice, competition, or conditioning and should be referred to a physician for evaluation and only return after clearance to do so from a physician.
  • Signage about symptoms and transmission of COVID-19 should be posted around facilities.
  • Gatherings of up to 50 individuals, indoors or outdoors, are allowed. Thirty feet of space must be maintained between gatherings of 50 when outdoors. Indoor limits of 50 individuals is the maximum no matter the spacing. (One room equals one gym, one field house, one band room etc.)
  • When students are not actively participating in a drill, practice, or contest, care should be taken to maintain social distance between individuals.
  • If locker rooms are a necessity, capacity should be limited to ensure members can maintain 6ft. of social distance.
  • Individuals should sanitize or wash their hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with warm water and soap, or use alcohol based hand sanitizer and rub until dry before touching any surfaces or participating in workouts.
  • Appropriate clothing/shoes should be worn at all times in the weight room to minimize sweat from transmitting onto equipment/surfaces.
  • Students must be encouraged to shower and wash their workout clothing immediately upon returning to home.

+Facilities Cleaning

  • Adequate cleaning schedules, before and after each use by a group of athletes, should be created and implemented for all athletic facilities to mitigate any communicable diseases.
  • Prior to an individual or groups of individuals entering a facility, hard surfaces within that facility should be wiped down and sanitized (chairs, furniture in meeting rooms, locker rooms, weight room equipment, bathrooms, athletic training room tables, etc.).
  • Hand sanitizer should be plentiful and available to individuals as they transfer from place to place.
  • Weight equipment should be wiped down thoroughly before and after an individual’s use of equipment.

NOTE: Please see ISBE and CDC for additional cleaning details.

+Physical Activity and Athletic Equipment

  • There should be no shared athletic towels, clothing, or shoes between students. Hand sanitizer or hand washing stations should be plentiful at summer contact events.
  • Shared equipment such as athletic balls, thud pads, sleds should be cleaned frequently during practice and competitions.
  • Athletic equipment such as bats and batting helmets should be cleaned between each use. Other equipment, such as catcher’s gear, hockey helmets/pads, wrestling ear guards, football helmets/other pads, lacrosse helmets/pads/gloves/eyewear should be worn by only one individual and not shared.

+Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Coaches/volunteers MUST wear a mask.
  • Officials must wear a mask except when ACTIVELY exercising as part of their officiating duties and use an electronic whistle.
  • Mouth whistles and blow horns are not allowed for safety. Officials are encouraged to be masked whenever feasible to decrease risk of transmission.
  • Participants should be encouraged to wear a mask if feasible for the sport.
  • If available, it is encouraged that an Athletic Trainer or medical personnel be available for workouts. They should be masked for any interactions with athletes and maintain appropriate social distance when feasible.
  • Any person with positive symptoms reported should not be allowed to take part in workouts and should contact his or her primary care provider or other appropriate healthcare.

+Hydration

  • All students shall bring their own water bottle. Water bottles must not be shared.
  • Hydration stations (water cows, water trough, water fountains, etc.) may be utilized to fill individual water bottles but must be cleaned after every practice/contest.

+Contests

  • Group sizes should be limited to 50 total participants, coaches, and referees (i.e. excludes spectators).
  • Any additional team members can sit on the sidelines 6 feet apart from one another.
  • During the use of summer contact days, multiple groups of 50 or fewer participants are permitted in an outdoor facility at once as long as:
    1. The outdoor facilities allow for social distancing of students, coaches, and spectators.
    2. 30-ft of distancing is maintained between groups/opposing teams on the sidelines
    3. Areas for each group are clearly marked to discourage interaction between groups outside of competitive game play.
  • Students should maintain social distancing on the sidelines when not engaged in activities.
  • Schools must have information posted at entrances and around facilities explaining the transmission as well as symptoms of COVID-19, encouraging all visitors to maintain social distance, and reminding people to stay home if they feel sick or have any of the symptoms of COVID-19: temperature >100.4F/38C, fevers, chills,cough, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell.
  • If schools choose to permit spectators, there should be a designated area for spectators with existing seating capped at 20% of capacity and allows 6 feet of distance between families/ household units.
  • Visual markers shall be displayed at queue points (Check-ins, along sidelines, concessions, bleachers, etc.) to help people maintain social distance.
  • Concession stands may open in line with restaurant businesses physical workspace guidelines. There should be markers to encourage social distancing while in queue.
  • Encourage spectators to bring their own chairs from home for outdoor activities.
  • No handshakes, high fives, fist bumps, hugs, etc. can occur pre or post-match.
  • No spitting or blowing of the nose without the use of a tissue is allowed.
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Student Support Centers

Student Support Centers are available to set up students for success for the ‘20-21 school year.

Beginning August 26th, 2020

Mondays-Thursdays 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. • Fridays 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Garden Hills
Elementary School

2001 Garden Hills Dr. Champaign, IL 61821

Stratton
Elementary School

902 N Randolph St. Champaign, IL 61820

Bottenfield
Elementary School

1801 S. Prospect Ave. Champaign, IL 61820

Support Centers Can:

  • Provide technology support
  • Assist students with logging in
  • Sign families up for food distribution
  • Answer questions about resources & Unit 4 supports
  • Assist families with registration
  • Connect students to their home school
  • Assist with Wifi
  • Assist with Chromebook distribution

Please email or call to schedule an appointment

Phone: (217) 351-3950

Email: u4ssc@u4sd.org

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Virtual Kids Plus Program

The Virtual Kids Plus Program is a special program designed to allow students to continue to have fun and develop skills during distance learning. Our Virtual Program provides a variety of age appropriate activities to help keep students engaged and excited about school.

What can my child look forward to?

  • FACT Time - An assortment of indoor and outdoor activities that are challenging and fun. Students can also expect to see STEM/STEAM and Culture & Diversity Appreciation activities

  • Every Monday Matters - Students will have opportunity to participate in Social and Emotional Learning

  • Grow and Glow - Journaling and reflective thinking activities

  • Intro to Languages - Opportunity to learn Spanish and American Sign Language

How much does it cost?

The Virtual Kids Plus program is only $25/week. All families that receive free or reduced lunch can participate free of charge. Participants will receive supplies & materials by delivery each week for free!

How do I register my student?

Enrollment is open to all students in Unit 4 School District. A completed registration packet must be on file in the program office before a student may begin the program. Payment must be made at the time of registration. Please visit the Kids Plus homepage via www.champaignschools.org to register!

Students with an outstanding balance are not eligible to attend until payment or an approved payment arrangement is made. For more information, please contact us.

Contact Information

Kids Plus Program Office

703 S. New Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820

Phone: (217)351-3719

Email: kidsplus@u4sd.org

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Physicals / Immunizations

The District deadline for physical and immunization compliance for new students, kindergarten, 6th, 9th, and 12th (immunization only) grades has been extended to October 15, 2020.

Do not delay in scheduling your student for their exam. There are many opportunities for exams in our community.

Exclusion from school may occur if documentation is not received by October 15, 2020.

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