Dear Uni students and families,
I am attaching a shorter, student-centric version of the basic remote learning plan that I shared with teachers yesterday. Dr. Radnitzer and I created this preliminary plan this week, with input from Uni's curriculum committee; the plan we established the week before break had to be modified a great deal in light of Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) guidance that has come out since Governor Pritzker temporarily closed K-12 schools. I want to emphasize that the school closing in the state of Illinois refers to in-person school only. ISBE has been clear in its expectation that learning should go on "through whatever means possible" in all Illinois schools.
Please read through this two-page document outlining the basics of our preliminary plan when you have a chance. A few things I want to highlight about the plan: We don't know how long this period of remote learning will last, but we should prepare for the possibility that school will be online for the foreseeable future, understanding that more clarity will emerge in the coming weeks. Given Governor Pritzker's “stay at home” order, which extends through April 7, no access to the Uni High building will be granted except in cases of urgent need until at least that date.
We encourage students and families not to worry about grades or transcripts during this unprecedented and challenging time. Most Uni work and activity in the coming weeks will depend on reliable internet service and a working computer. We are already in touch with a number of Uni families who need assistance accessing reliable internet. If you need internet or technology assistance, but have not yet contacted us, please let Dr. Radnitzer know as soon as possible. And if you know of a fellow student who may need assistance and are concerned that they may not see this email, please let us know so we can check in with them.
Because this is a preliminary plan, one that will change with faculty input and collaboration, we may be sharing changes in it within the next couple of weeks. But this document should give students a fair idea of what to expect next week. We're excited for all of us to try this grand experiment together, in spite of the difficult circumstances that make it necessary.
Keep safe and take care,
March 19, 2020
Dear Uni Community,
As part of the campus-wide effort to limit COVID-19 exposure, we have temporarily closed the Uni High building to the public as of the end of the business day today. Faculty and staff will still have access via their prox card and can enter the building as needed. This will reduce traffic in our building to only those staff members with a specific need to enter Uni, limiting contacts and keeping us all safer.
Students and parents can still access the Uni High building when they have a particular need to do so. If this situation arises, please contact Dr. Radnitzer and/or me by email, and we will arrange a time to give you access to the building.
The U of I’s Facilities & Services department has prox access to Uni’s buildings, and any necessary maintenance will continue. Deliveries will be handled by the University’s Central Receiving unit. A contact number will be posted on our doors for anyone else with an urgent need to access the building.
School will resume online-only on Monday, March 23; for the time being, we are a virtual school. Our beloved building will be safe and quiet until the need for social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19 has passed. We’ll let you know as soon as we set a date to re-open our building to the public. In the meantime, stay home, stay safe, and keep well.