The COVID-19 pandemic has made the issue of safety in our schools more important than ever, and the U-46 Safety and Culture Team has worked through the summer to create clear policies and procedures, based on the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) guidance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the three local health departments that oversee portions of our school district.
The primary four safety measures required of all U-46 staff and students when we are together on campus are as follows:
- Self-monitor and check your temperature before entering a U-46 site and report any symptoms associated with COVID-19 related to your supervisor.
- Wear a face mask/covering upon entering U-46 facilities and throughout the school day, regardless of social distancing
- Maintain a safe social distance of at least six feet between you and others
- Wash hands frequently and thoroughly
To learn more, please click here to read our Safety Guidance section .
Domestic and International Trips
In order to maintain safety and health, School District U-46 is cancelling all international trips scheduled for the 2020-21 school year. School leaders and trip sponsors will provide details about refunds and any information related to any previously scheduled trip. The District is cancelling all local field trips and all domestic U.S. trips planned for the first semester which runs through Jan. 15. A decision about second semester local field trips and domestic U.S. trips will be made by mid-November.
Before our schools closed March 2020 last semester, U-46 was one-to-one devices for grades 5-12. U-46 purchased about 8,000 Chrombooks and iPads last spring to extend devices to the preschool level. An additional 2,000 devices purchased this summer will ensure that each Pre-K through 12th grader has their own device, dramatically changing our learning options beyond the current pandemic. Families with U-46 students who still need a device by Aug. 24 should alert their school principal.
U-46 extended an arrangement with Comcast until May 2021, offering high-speed internet eligible families, defined as those who qualify for free and reduced lunch. Several hundred eligible families have registered for the service as of mid-August.
Parents who need a Chromebook repair, can use the following link to make an appointment. Parents can select the available time and date that best fits their schedule at: https://district.u-46.org/supportform.
Only hardware issues will be processed in person. Examples include broken screens, keyboards, or ports; missing keys; no sound; or the Chromebook does not turn on.
If parents need to help their child reset their password, please follow these instructions.
Otherwise, send your password reset request to email@example.com, and dedicated Information Services personnel will address it promptly.
Additionally, U-46's Information Services team is offering six live virtual tutorials, explaining how to help reset your child’s password and how to determine his or her student email address, will be held on Friday, Aug. 21.
These bilingual sessions will last 30 minutes and will feature a helpful overview on how students and/or parents can access the necessary student email and password to be ready to log onto their District-issued device, and attend classes on Monday, August 24.
The sessions are being offered at 9 a.m.,11 a.m.,12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday. The webinar link will remain the same for all sessions. Please click here (http://bit.ly/U46Tech) to join a session at the above times.
If participants are still not able to retrieve their email and/or password, parents can call (847) 888-5000 ext. 4295 after the session for further assistance. These phone numbers will have extended hours on Friday, August 21 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The virtual sessions on Friday will be an interactive/classroom webinar-style where participants will raise their hand to ask questions throughout the presentation.