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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

K-5 Schedule

Beginning the week of Oct. 26 Families will have two options:

Option 1 – Distance Learning

Families/students can remain with distance learning and receive 2.5 hours of distance learning instruction each day with a teacher, and 2.5 hours of structured, independent learning each day.

Option 2 – Modified In-Person Learning At Their School

Families/students can attend 2.5 hours of in-person instruction with a teacher, and then continue with 2.5 hours of structured independent learning 4 days per week – Tuesday to Friday.

NOTE: Monday will be a remote distance learning day only for all elementary students

K-5 Early Start
K-5 Late Start
Monday Tuesday - Friday
All students

Structured independent learning
7:50 - 10:20

Distance learning
11:35 - 2:05
Option 2 - (Modified In-Person)

In-person learning
7:50 - 10:20

(2.5 hours of structured independent learning)
Option 1 - (Distance Learning)

Distance learning
11:35 - 2:05

(2.5 hours of structured independent learning)

*This schedule applies to Early Start Schools: Carrie Busey, Dr. Howard, IPA, Kenwood, Robeson, Stratton, and Westview

Monday Tuesday - Friday
All students

Distance learning
8:55 - 11:25

Structured independent learning
12:40 - 3:10

Option 1 - (Distance Learning)

Distance learning
8:55 - 11:25

(2.5 hours of structured independent learning)
Option 2 - (Modified In-Person)

In-person learning
12:40 - 3:10

(2.5 hours of structured independent learning)

*This schedule applies to Late Start Schools: Barkstall, Bottenfield, BTW, Garden Hills, and South Side

Middle/High School Schedule

Middle School
High School
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

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


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

* Headphones are recommended for all.

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.
  • Device pickup will be at the Windsor Administration Center weekdays from 1pm-4pm (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:

We also have a document of frequently asked questions available here:

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 found here:

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

  • Douglas Park
  • Hazel Park
  • Spalding Park
  • Randolph Street Community Garden
  • Garden Hills
  • Tommy Stewart Field
  • McKinley Field
  • Windsor Administration Building
  • Centennial North Parking Lot
  • Central East Parking Lot
  • Garden Hills West Parking Lot
  • Jefferson West Fields

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.
  • To login use:
    • SSID: Eduroam
    • EAP Method: PEAP
    • Identity: [your login]
    • Password: [your password]

Option 3

  •  Unit 4 is partnering with i3 and the City of Champaign to provide internet access in select neighborhoods.

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 unable to use the Comcast codes, we have a very limited amount of wireless hotspots for families to use. These have limited speed and data capacity, and should be limited to school work. 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 Distance Learning, the District will distribute 5-day meal boxes, 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.


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


  • Contact Food Services at (217) 351-3852 to set up at-home delivery
  • Beginning Nov. 2, meals will be delivered on Mondays from 10-11am.


  • 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

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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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