Unit 4 COVID-19 Resource Page

COVID-19 information and resources for Champaign Unit 4 Schools



Remote learning, Chromebook Distribution and minor change to food distribution plan

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. It is important to remember that none of this work is mandatory and it will not be graded. However, teachers may provide feedback to their students. Building principals will be communicating more about this with families, if they haven’t done so already.

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).

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Update from Supt. Dr. Susan Zola 3/25/2020

Hello Unit 4 Families:

I wanted to take a moment to check in with all of you as we reach the end of our first week of learning at home. I know this has been a stressful and emotional couple of weeks for everyone. I want to thank all of you for your continued patience and flexibility as we all work to navigate this together.

Unit 4’s priority during this time is to support our students and families socially, emotionally and academically. 

Read more here | Español | Francais 

 


School closure extended until April 8

On Friday, March 20, the Governor of Illinois mandated, due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, that all public and private schools remain closed until April 8. This closure includes all District events, practices, travel and activities. That means the new return to school date as of right now is April 8. However, please know this could change again. 

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Update for District Families from Supt. Dr. Susan Zola for March 23-30 closure 

Unit 4 Schools: Du 23 au 30 Mars, Information et Outil d’apprentissage à domicile

Unidad 4: lunes 23 de marzo - 30 de marzo

  1. On Monday, March 23, families may call their student’s school building to schedule a time to pick up essential medications or items for their child. Administrators will ask anyone who enters the building to sign in at the main office and maintain distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible. Please note our custodial teams are working hard to keep buildings sanitized. Therefore, strict adherence to these expectations will be required. Starting Tuesday, March 24, schools will be closed and there will be limited access for staff. If you need access to the building because of an emergency situation between March 24 and March 30, please contact your building principal.

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Home Learning Resources

The District has created a shared set of preK-12 resources. You can find those by clicking here | ressources pré-12  | recursos preK-12


Champaign Public Library Resources

You can use the Champaign Public Library resources from home including:

  • Read an ebook or e-audiobook using Hoopla, Libby, or AudioBookCloud apps
  • Learn something new  with  LinkedIn Learning or watching a Great Course on Kanopy
  • Master a language using Mango tutorials in 70 languages, including ESL
  • Start or grow your business with dozens of powerful online tools
  • Create a better resume and improve your interviewing skills with JobNow
  • Stream movies via Hoopla and Kanopy, including Kanopy Kids

Need a card? Sign up for instant access to our online resources. It only takes a few minutes. Champaign residents can sign up online to get a library card. The new card number works right away, so you can instantly listen to an e-audiobook, build a business plan, stream a movie, or get help with resumes and more, using dozens of resources in our E-Library.

 


Food Distribution Plan | Plan de distribución de alimentos | Plan de distribution alimentaire

(March 16, 2020 12:05 p.m.) During the state mandated school closure, Champaign Unit 4 is working to create a food distribution plan for those 18 and younger and any individual participating in the Young Adult Program. They do not have to be a Unit 4 student to utilize this service.

In order to get an idea of the number of students who need these services during the closure, we are asking District families to fill out this form: https://forms.gle/FmtVcmziG4BGPyBx5

The form will be open until noon on Wednesday, March 18. After that, if you need to request food service delivery, please call Food Service directly at 217-351-3852 or foodservice@u4sd.org.

Beginning on Monday, March 23, we are planning to have three drive-up distribution sites open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. until noon at the following school buildings:

  • Garden Hills Academy
  • Booker T. Washington Stem Academy
  • Jefferson Middle School

You must be in a vehicle with closed doors and windows in order to pick-up meals from sites. If no transportation is available, please call the Food Service Office (217) 351-3852 to set up home delivery of meal boxes.         

As we continue to navigate the rapidly changing news of the coronavirus, Unit 4 wants to remain as transparent as possible. While we are making every effort to accommodate our students' needs during this time, we are subject to the same challenges many across the country are facing when it comes to the availability of food. If anything changes regarding the above plan, we will notify you as soon as possible.

More information: https://www.champaignschools.org/news-room/article/26231


Hello Unit 4 from Supt. Dr. Susan Zola


Schools of Choice Registration

As of March 16, 2020, the decision was made to close the District's Windsor Administrative Building and the Mellon Building to the general public through March 30. During this time, you may call (217) 351-3800 to reach the District with any questions or concerns you may have. Staff will monitor this line and its voicemails throughout each business day. As a result of this closure, on-site registration for Schools of Choice is suspended and the March 24 mobile registration at Salt & Light is postponed. Updated information, including a new registration deadline, will announced at a later time.

You can still register your 2020-21 incoming kindergartener during the closure. Complete the registration form found on the website, include with it, proof of residence and the child’s certified birth certificate, and send via email to u4fic@u4sd.org or fax to 217-373-7315.  Additional information about Schools of Choice is available at www.champaignschools.org/choice.


"Act of God Days"

(March 15, 2020 12 p.m.) All days that a school is closed pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order will be counted "Act of God Days." Emergency Days will not be used. At this time, these "Act of God Days" do not need to be made up at the end of the school year.

The mandated closure of March 17 through March 30 applies to pre-k programs operated by public school districts or nonpublic schools. 



IL Governor closes all public and private schools 

Governor closes all public and private schools through March 30. (Updated as of March 13 at 3:30 p.m.) | Francais | español 

As of Friday, March 13 the state has mandated, due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, that all public and private schools close to students effective Tuesday, March 17 and continuing through Monday, March 30. 

Here in Unit 4, this closure will include all District events, practices, and the Kids Plus Program beginning on Monday, March 16.

District administrators have been working on plans in anticipation of this announcement including the following:

  • Developing at-home learning resources that could be provided to students.
  • Working with food service on how to provide food for those 18 and under. 

We will update families with more details early next week. The District will continue using the District website, school messenger and social media to update our families.

We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as the situation continues to change. The health and safety of our students and staff is and will continue to be our top priority.

Governor's message

 

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As of Friday, March 13 the state has mandated, due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, that all public and private schools close to students effective Tuesday, March 17 and continuing through Monday, March 30. Here in Unit 4, this closure will include all District events, practices, and the Kids Plus Program beginning on Monday, March 16. Read more here.

You can find a list of other cancellations here.


Kids Plus

(March 13, 2020 5 p.m.) The program will use the following guidelines to issue a credit or refund for March Tuition, Spring Break and Spring Intersession:

For students who are enrolled in the before-school or the after-school Kids Plus Program, we will use your credit toward future month’s tuition.
For families only enrolled in the Spring Break or Spring Intersession programs, a refund will be issued within three weeks.
For those who canceled for the Days Out program, the same guidelines will be followed.

We hope you stay healthy and safe as we work through this together. We will keep you updated in the coming days. If you have questions, please email KidsPlus@u4sd.org


Champaign Unit 4 School District and the C-U 1 to 1 Mentoring Program

All mentoring has been suspended through April 3, 2020.  In addition, at this time, we are CANCELING plans to hold C-U 1 to 1 banquets for ALL GRADE LEVELS. Given the current guidelines available to us, we do not want to put you or your mentee at risk by holding large gatherings.


Boys & Girls Club After School Program Suspended

(March 13, 2020) THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECOTR OF THE DON MOYER BOYS & GIRLS CLUB: In response to the guidance of national and local health officials, and to actions taken by the Governor and local school districts, DMBGC will be suspending all programming at its Champaign and Rantoul locations until further notice.  This includes the scheduled “Spring Break” Camp scheduled for March 16th to 20th.  Information on reopening of Club programming will be provided to families by email, phone and through the DMBGC web site.  


Travel

As we begin spring break, we ask you to be thoughtful regarding your travel plans. We understand that many of you have planned your trips ahead of COVID-19, but it is important for you to know that per IDPH guidance, any student or staff member returning from a location with sustained widespread transmission (CDC Travel Warning of Level 3) should not attend school for 14 days after the return date. If a student, staff member or volunteer returns from an affected geographic location within the past 14 days or is in contact with a COVID-19 case, and develops respiratory symptoms including fever, cough and difficulty breathing, school personnel will immediately report the matter to CUPHD/IDPH. As a school district, we are under obligation to provide a safe and healthy work and learning environment for all. If a student, staff member, or volunteer is identified through a screening, IDPH will make a decision regarding quarantine and exclusion, and Unit 4 will follow through on their recommendation. Therefore, if you or a member of your household presents symptoms or is exposed to the virus, you may be required to stay at home. Absences due to diagnosed influenza or COVID-19 will be excused. Cough, cold and respiratory illness will also be excused during the heightened awareness about COVID-19. Any further questions should be directed to their assigned TISA or Katina Wilcher.


Internet

AT&T, Spectrum, and Comcast are offering free internet access opportunities. The Illinois State Board of Education has listed all of the offerings on their website


March 12, 2020 updates can be found here   español | Korean | French


The video below is from the CDC. You can find more videos from the CDC regarding COVID-19 here.