Update to Unit 4's Tentative Reopening Plan

Tue, 07/14/2020 - 3:33pm

Dear Unit 4 Families and Staff,

On Monday, July 13, the Board of Education spent several hours listening to and reading public comments and then discussing Unit 4’s tentative reopening plan for 2020-21. The Board directed that the tentative plan be revised so a majority of students, PreK through 12th grade, start school with virtual instruction.

In an effort to align with the District’s goal to provide equitable educational opportunities for marginalized students, school staff will be asked to identify and reach out to the families of students who became disconnected from school because of COVID-19’s impact at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. It is important that we reconnect with these students. As the reopening plan is revised, particular attention will be paid to the instructional needs of students with IEPs, 504 plans, Emergent Bilingual students and students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. We will continue to address technology and internet issues to allow all students to have access to virtual instruction.

Work on revising the tentative reopening plan will begin immediately. We recognize this is an anxious time for students, families and staff members. We will provide additional updates as the planning process continues. We remain committed to focusing on the social and emotional needs of our students as we simultaneously meet their instructional needs in safe environments for students and staff members.

With gratitude,

Dr. Susan Zola
Champaign Unit 4 Schools