Remote learning, chromebook distribution and food distribution change (Updated 3/28)

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 5:32pm

Updated 3/28/2020 9:55 a.m. based on new guidance from ISBE received late Friday night. The update is regarding remote learning and can be found in bold print below.

Dear Unit 4 Families | Chères Famille de l'Unit 4 | Estimadas familias de la Unidad 4

It has been a week since we communicated with District families. We are committed to giving you periodic updates without over-communicating, since we know you are busy dealing with your own challenges. I am very proud of the way our Unit 4 Community is responding to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Below are a few important items as we move into next week.

District Administrators, teachers and staff have collaborated to provide remote learning during the closure. Teachers will be reaching out to their students early next week.

The Illinois State Board of Education provided updated guidance this weekend as districts transition from “Act of God” days to Remote Learning. New guidelines on "feedback for learning" on grading is a part of that. As we are made aware of these changes, Unit 4 will continue to work with our administrators and teachers to ensure students and families receive clarity and timely updates as they become available. You can find the complete ISBE letter about Remote Learning on our COVID-19 resource page.

We are working to safely distribute Chromebooks to those families who do not have a device at home. This initial distribution will be to students who do not have any additional devices in their home. Middle school distribution will be Tuesday, March 31. Building principals will be in touch with more details. The date for Chromebook distribution at the elementary level will be announced soon. Students who will receive a Chromebook in this first phase will be contacted by their school. Once this is done, the District will then look at ways to address students with additional needs.

We had a lot of people who took advantage of our food distribution plan. In order to make the distribution plan more efficient, we are making some minor changes. Going forward, our food distribution plan will be as follows:

  • Drive thru distribution sites will be MONDAYS ONLY at Booker T. Washington, Garden Hills Academy and Jefferson Middle School from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
  • Home delivery will be on Fridays ONLY. You will be contacted the day before with delivery instructions. (Meals were distributed today for next week).

Each child 18 and younger will get a meal box containing five (5) breakfasts and five (5) lunches.

We will also distribute school supplies to families who need them at both our food distribution sites and through home delivery. We hope to begin this in the first week of April.

Unit 4 will continue using school messenger and the District’s website and social media pages to update our families. Building principals and teachers will also be reaching out to families.

While I know this is a stressful and challenging time for all of us, I also hope you find time to connect with those in your family. I know our Unit 4 Community is strong and we will get through this together.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Susan Zola

Superintendent

Champaign Unit 4