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April 24, 2020

St. Charles North High School Campus Closed

On Thursday, April 23, Governor Pritzker announced that the state's stay-at-home-order will be extended through May 30. District 303 school buildings continue to be closed. Per Illinois Executive Order 2020-10, all District playgrounds are closed to public use until further notice. Staff will be available to answer the phone remotely between the hours of 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM. Please call your child’s school if you have questions or concerns.

Remote Learning Survey

D303 is partnering with Northern Illinois University to gain insights from students and parents related to remote learning. Students in 4th through 12th grade will participate in a student survey and we are asking parents to fill out the survey in the link below. For students there are two parts, the first part is a jointly created survey on how remote learning is going in general. The second part contains established questions designed to help the District understand the overall social emotional well-being of students during remote learning.


The parent survey is about remote learning and is a set of companion questions to the first part of the student survey. This information, along with student and staff feedback, will be used to help D303 understand, plan, and adjust.


Parents please click here to fill out a Survey for Parents on Remote Learning


The survey will close at the end of the day on May 2, 2020.


All aspects of student information will remain confidential. If you would like additional information on the survey, please contact David Chiszar, Executive Director Assessment & Accountability (david.chiszar@d303.org), or Patti Palagi, Director of Instructional Interventions (patti.palagi@d303.org). The survey will capture student insights connected to remote learning, social-emotional well being, and coping strategies/supports accessed during this unique time. NIU has established a partnership with D303 through their federal Project Prevent and Address Bullying grant. We are excited to gain additional insights into students' perceptions of remote learning in order to assist us in directing our academic and social-emotional programming.

Online Registration

Returning Student Registration for 2020-2021 has moved to an online format that will open on April 27. In years past, parents completed the necessary paperwork in paper format. This year, all acknowledgments and authorizations are contained in a single electronic, online registration form that will be easily accessible from most electronic devices (computer, Chromebook, and Smartphones).


Beginning April 27, parents can sign into the Returning Student Online Registration form using their Home Access Center (HAC) credentials, select individual students, and complete their registration. The form will be located in the Parents/Community menu of the District website.


Registration fees for elementary and middle school will be available in Pushcoin beginning April 27, and billed to reflect the early bird discount of $10.00 if paid by May 22. High School fees will be available in June. For families who may qualify for a fee waiver, and are not directly certified by the state, a 2020-2021 district fee waiver application will be available on the District 303 website in July, accessible from the Parent/Community menu.


SPANISH:


La Inscripción para Estudiantes que Regresan para el 2020-2021 se ha movido a un formato en línea que abrirá el 27 de abril. En años previos, los padres completaban los documentos necesarios en papel, pero, este año, todos los acuses de recibo y autorizaciones ahora se encuentran en un único formulario de inscripción electrónico y en línea que puede ser fácilmente accesible desde la mayoría de los dispositivos electrónicos (computadora, Chromebook, y teléfonos inteligentes).


Comenzando el 27 de abril, los padres pueden ingresar al formulario electrónico de inscripción para estudiantes que regresan usando sus credenciales del Centro de Acceso para el Hogar (HAC), seleccionar al estudiante de manera individual, y completar su inscripción. El formulario se encuentra en el menú de Padres/Comunidad en el sitio web del Distrito.



Las cuotas de inscripción para las escuelas primarias y secundarias estarán disponibles en PushCoin comenzando el 27 de abril, y se hará la cuenta a deber que refleje el descuento de inscripción temprana de $10.00 si se paga para el 22 de mayo. Las cuotas para las preparatorias estarán disponibles en junio. Para las familias que pueden calificar para una exención de tasas, y no están directamente certificadas por el estado, estará disponible una aplicación para la exención de tasas del Distrito para el 2020-2021 en el sitio web del Distrito 303 en Julio. Igualmente, esta se encontrará accesible mediante el menú de Padres/Comunidad.

Yearbook Information

If you would still like to purchase a 2019-2020 Yearbook, please do so by Wednesday, April 29. The Yearbook company gave us an extended deadline due to the current school closures, so there is still time to purchase. The cost of the yearbook is $45.


To purchase, please follow the Pushcoin directions listed below:


1. Log onto Pushcoin

2. Below the student’s photo, click “webstore”

3. Type “yearbook” into the search box at the top of the page

4. Add “NHS - 2019-2020 Yearbook” to cart

5. Click cart at top of page and checkout/pay for a yearbook


If you are interested in purchasing a senior recognition in the yearbook, please find the link here. This is an opportunity only available to seniors each year, and families often use this to share another senior photo or a favorite childhood photo with a message of congratulations or best wishes for the future. Senior recognitions are due by Friday, May 22nd.


If you have any questions about the Yearbook or Yearbook purchases, please contact the advisor, Ms. Lindsay Boynton, at Lindsay.Boynton@d303.org.

District 303 Information


Student Survey on Remote Learning and SEL: D303 is partnering with Northern Illinois University to gain insights from students (grade 4 and up) related to remote learning. This jointly created survey will be sent to students on Tuesday, April 21. All aspects of student information will remain confidential. If you would like additional information on the survey, please contact David Chiszar, Executive Director Assessment & Accountability (david.chiszar@d303.org), or Patti Palagi, Director of Instructional Interventions (patti.palagi@d303.org). The survey will capture student insights connected to remote learning, social-emotional well being, and coping strategies/supports accessed during this unique time. NIU has established a partnership with D303 through their federal Project Prevent and Address Bullying grant. We are excited to gain additional insights into students' perceptions of remote learning in order to assist us in directing our academic and social-emotional programming.


SEL Lessons: We hope parents/guardians and students engaged in last week's SEL lesson focused on the use of positive self-talk. As we continue to adjust to remote learning and community health expectations, we realize adults and children alike are experiencing a sense of loss. Our efforts to support student growth and development include both academics and social emotional learning (SEL) standards. Both are critical to a child’s success and during times of stress, recognizing feelings and having strategies to deal with those feelings are essential. Each week, parents/guardians and students will be provided SEL information and lessons aligned with the five core competencies. This information will come to you through your principal's weekly newsletter. This weeks competency is:


  • Self-management: The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.


We are asking students to identify and use strategies to manage emotions. Video clips and text is embedded to foster conversation. The challenges and uncertainty facing families and children are impactful on overall mental health and well being. We are hopeful the resources shared will be a support to parents/guardians and children. If you have any questions on the information provided or are seeking additional support for yourself or child, please contact Patti Palagi, Director Instructional Interventions (patti.palagi@d303.org or 331-228-6457).

Remote Learning Technical Support Resources

e-Learning technical support resources for families.

For general information on e-Learning, please visit our D303 e-Learning page https://district.d303.org/remote-learning


Chat

D303 has implemented an online chat support solution during this time. This is the best way for families to get technical support for district devices and services. We will be able to assist you during normal business hours, but if you leave a message, support staff will follow up with you the next business day. Chat support can be accessed by going to https://helpdesk.d303.org/chat/


Phone

For anyone needing technical assistance via phone, please contact the HelpDesk number between 8:00am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday at: 331-228-4357 If your call is not answered, please leave a message and we will respond as soon as possible.


Password

If a student's password needs to be updated or changed, they can do so following the directions here, as long as they know their current password. If they have forgotten their password, please contact our district technical support.


Chromebooks

Info and troubleshooting guides


  • For broken Chromebook device replacement, please visit Thompson Middle School between 9:00am - 11:00am Monday-Friday.


iPads

Info and troubleshooting guides


COMMUNITY RESOURCES (RECURSOS DE LA COMUNIDAD)

Families who need assistance with meals can come to Thompson Middle School, 705 W. Main St. between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to get "Grab and Go" bags with up to two days worth of food. If you need delivery assistance, please contact the District office at 331.228.2000.


Las familias que necesiten ayuda con las comidas pueden venir a la escuela secundaria Thompson, 705 W. Main St. entre las 9:00 a.m. y las 11:00 a.m. para conseguir bolsas de comida preparada para dos días. Si necesita ayuda con la entrega de comida, por favor, contacte a la oficina del Distrito al 331.228.2000.


Northern Illinois FoodBank

Food and personal supply donations are accepted between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Northern Illinois Foodbank, 273 Dearborn Ct. Geneva, IL.


Items are distributed at local food pantries. To see a list of distribution locations, please visit the Northern Illinois Foodbank website and enter your zip code.

Salvation Army Food and Utility Assistance

PATH (Providing Access to Help) and 211


This is available to anyone looking for basic needs, crisis and mental health services, financial assistance, health care, support groups, etc.


  • When using this resource, be sure to enter your zip code and city to get local resources
  • Click on any of the topics listed on the site to get more information
  • There are some resources for the Hispanic/Latino community as well
  • You can call 211 for someone to help you over the phone (Se habla espanol)
  • Ask for eligibility requirements to be sure you meet the criteria for services and have everything you need ready when applying


PATH está disponible para proporcionar recursos a cualquier persona de la comunidad, incluyendo necesidades básicas, servicios de crisis y de salud mental, asistencia financiera, atención médica, grupos de apoyo, etc. Llame al 211 para que alguien le ayude por teléfono.


Food Pantry Resources

  • Assisi Homes Batavia Apartments - Batavia, IL
  • Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry - Batavia, IL
  • St. Peter's Food Pantry - Geneva, IL
  • Salvation Army - St. Charles, IL
  • Neighborhood Food Pantries at Resurrection - Wayne, IL

Meals Provided by D303 - FOOD DISTRIBUTION SITES

District 303 is expanding our meal services to include additional school and residential locations beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020. Any student in District 303 is eligible to pick up breakfast and lunch grab and go meals at any of the following locations throughout the week.


Thompson Middle School, 705 W. Main Street

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Monday through Friday


Anderson Elementary School, 35W071 Villa Marie Rd.

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Monday through Friday


Wasco Elementary School, 4N782 School Street, Wasco

10:00 - 10:45 a.m - Monday through Friday

A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the front of the school.


Cumberland Green Cooperative (1798 Cumberland Green-Office Lot near court #1)

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Monday through Friday

A District bus will deliver meals to office parking lot at 1798 Cumberland.


Prairie Point Apartments, 1820 Wessel Court

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.- Monday through Friday

A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the park facing the road at the front entrance (Entrance nearest to Randall Road).


The Crossings, 1690 Covington

10:40 - 11:10 a.m. - Monday through Friday

A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the area near the clubhouse.


St. Charles Place, 15th Street and Indiana

11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Monday through Friday

A District 303 bus will deliver meals to an area in front of the apartment complex.

Fraud Alert: USDA Warns of Scams Targeting SNAP Recipients

(Washington, D.C., March 24, 2020) – Be on the lookout for potential scammers using the COVID-19 situation to steal personal information, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) warned Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants today. USDA is issuing this warning after receiving reports of several possible SNAP fraud attempts.


“While many organizations are seeking to help communities respond to COVID-19, SNAP participants should be suspicious of any unknown individual or organization that requests their confidential information,” said Brandon Lipps, Deputy Under Secretary for USDA’s Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, which administers the SNAP program at the federal level. “This is a difficult time for us all, and we certainly don't want to see bad actors taking advantage of those in need.”


Examples of confidential information include social security number, bank information, or a participant’s SNAP EBT card or PIN number. In one potential scam, a website asked SNAP recipients to enter their personal and bank account information to qualify for COVID-related monetary assistance.


If SNAP participants are unsure if a request for information is legitimate, USDA advises they contact their local SNAP office. If they do not know their local SNAP office, participants should contact their state agency. State contact information is available at https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/state-directory. To stay on top of potential scams, please visit USDA’s SNAP scam alert webpage at https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/scam-alerts.


If you believe you are the victim of identity theft, contact your local police department regarding procedures for filing a report. You may also file a consumer complaint online with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at https://www.ftc.gov. FTC is the federal agency responsible for protecting consumers from identity theft scams.


USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers 15 nutrition assistance programs that leverage American’s agricultural abundance to ensure children and low-income individuals and families have nutritious food to eat. FNS also co-develops the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which provide science-based nutrition recommendations and serve as the cornerstone of federal nutrition policy.



USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

ALERTA DE FRAUDE: El Departamento de Agricultura Advierte de las Estafas Dirigidas a los Receptores de SNAP

(Washington, D.C., 24 de marzo de 2020) – Manténgase alerta a los posibles estafadores que están usando la situación actual del COVID-19 para robar la información personal, advierte el departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA) a los participantes del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP). USDA está emitiendo esta advertencia tras recibir reportes de varios posibles intentos de fraude de SNAP.


“Aunque muchas organizaciones están buscando ayudar a las comunidades a responder al COVID-19, los participantes de SNAP deberían sospechar de cualquier individuo u organización desconocidos que les pidan su información confidencial,” dijo Brandon Lipps, Subsecretario Adjunto de Alimentación, Nutrición y Servicios al Consumidor del USDA, que administra el programa SNAP a nivel federal. “Este es un tiempo difícil para todos y ciertamente no queremos ver a malos actores tomando ventaja de aquellos necesitados.”


Ejemplos de información confidencial incluyen el número de seguro social, información del banco, o una tarjeta de SNAP EBT o número de PIN del participante. En un fraude potencial, un sitio web le pidió al receptor de SNAP que pusiera su información personal y cuenta de banco para calificar para una asistencia monetaria relacionada al COVID-19.


Si los participantes de SNAP no están seguros si la petición de información es legítima, USDA aconseja que contacten a su oficina local de SNAP. Si no saben cuál es su oficina local de SNAP, los participantes deberían contactar a su agencia estatal. La información de contacto del estado está disponible en https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/state-directory. Para estar al tanto de las posibles estafas, por favor visite la página web de alerta de estafas SNAP del USDA en https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/scam-alerts.


Si cree que es la victima de robo de identidad, contacte con su departamento de policía local sobre los procedimientos para presentar una denuncia. También puede presentar una queja del consumidor en línea con la comisión federal de comercio (FTC) en https://www.ftc.gov. FTC es la agencia federal responsable de proteger a los consumidores de estafas de robo de identidad.


El Servicio de Alimentación y Nutrición (FNS) del USDA administra 15 programas de asistencia nutricional que aprovechan la abundancia agrícola de los Estados Unidos para asegurar que los niños y las personas y familias de bajos ingresos tengan alimentos nutritivos para comer. El FNS también co-desarrolla las Guías Alimentarias para los estadounidenses, que proporcionan recomendaciones de nutrición con base científica y sirven como la piedra angular de la política federal de nutrición.

Kane County 2-1-1 Information

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

These are unprecedented times, and it's inspiring to see communities rising to the challenge. However, not everyone has the resources to "shelter in place" especially the millions of people in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Living paycheck to paycheck is hard when millions of businesses around the nation are closing down indefinitely, and hourly workers (including those dependent upon tips) are the hardest hit. In particular, families with kids whose primary meals happen at school are especially vulnerable when those schools shut down.


With this in mind, Expensify.org is going to temporarily redirect all of its charitable funds to Expensify.org/hunger. With its ability to reimburse volunteers directly in real-time, Expensify.org is uniquely positioned to help families in need immediately. Until today, this fund was focused on paying off kids' "lunch debts" , but with schools closed around the nation, that isn't the top priority. Instead, we're devoting everything to a new program: matching SNAP grocery purchases up to $50 per family. It works like this:


  1. Purchase food as normal with your SNAP card
  1. Download Expensify on iOS or Android, for free
  1. Join the Expensify.org/hunger policy
  1. SmartScan the receipt, which will tell us how much you paid and show that it was paid for with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card
  1. Submit it to volunteer@expensify.org
  1. Set up your bank account to receive the funds
  1. So long as we have funds available, we will reimburse up to $50 per family (one time), the very next day.


To be clear, we can't commit to reimbursing every single person in need — we have no idea how many people will do this, and unfortunately, we don't have unlimited funds. We also don't know how long this crisis will last and how far our brand new charity's resources will stretch. But we're going to do what we can with the funds donated on behalf of Expensify Cardholders via the Karma Points feature, as well as by the extremely generous donors who have signed up for our Corporate and Personal Karma programs.


This is a truly global crisis, and it is only beginning. We all need to work together to weather the storm, and on behalf of Expensify.org's many generous members, we're eager to help.


PS: While you may not personally be on SNAP, please forward this along to anyone based in the US (where the SNAP program operates) you know that may need food assistance — or to any other groups or organizations who might be able to spread the word that help is available. Helping our local communities is what Expensify.org is all about!

Intra-District Transfers

This message is a reminder to elementary school families that the Intra-District transfer window for the 2020-2021 school year opens on April 7 at 8:00 a.m.


For the 2020-2021 school year, ALL elementary students have been assigned to their attendance area school by the District. This includes elementary students currently attending a school on an intra-district transfer.


An Intra-District Transfer Request must be submitted online no sooner than 8:00 a.m. on the first Tuesday following spring break (April 7, 2020) and no later than 4:00 p.m. on the third Monday following (April 20). A link to the request form will be posted on the District 303 web page (district.d303.org) by 8:00 a.m. on April 7.


If you are requesting a transfer for more than one child, a separate request must be submitted for each. Due to fluctuating class sizes at schools and each grade level, siblings are not guaranteed placement. If granted, transportation is the responsibility of the parents.


If you have questions about the process, please call the District office at 331.228.2000.


Spanish

Este mensaje es para recordarle a las familias de las escuelas primarias que el plazo para solicitar la transferencia dentro del distrito (Intra-District Transfer) para el ciclo escolar 2020-2021 se abre el 7 de abril a las 8:00 a.m.


Para el ciclo escolar 2020-2021, TODOS los estudiantes de primaria han sido asignados a su área de asistencia por el Distrito. Esto incluye a los estudiantes de primaria que actualmente asisten a una escuela bajo la transferencia dentro del distrito.


Una Petición de Transferencia Dentro del Distrito debe ser entregada en línea no antes de las 8:00 a.m. el primer martes después de las vacaciones de primavera (7 de abril de 2020), y a más tardar a las 4:00 p.m. el tercer martes después de esa fecha (20 de abril). Se publicará un enlace para el formulario en la página del Distrito 303 (district.d303.org) a las 8:00 a.m. el 7 de abril.


Si usted está solicitando una transferencia para más de un estudiante, se necesita entregar un formulario separado para cada uno. Debido a la fluctuación del tamaño de las clases en las escuelas y en cada grado, no se garantiza la colocación de los hermanos. Si se le otorga la transferencia, el transporte es la responsabilidad de los padres.


Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el proceso, favor de llamar a la oficina del Distrito al 331.228.2000.

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