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May 1, 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.

District 303 Information

This week's SEL lesson focuses on perspective taking; The ability to look beyond your own point of view, so that you can consider how someone else may think or feel about something. To do this successfully, you must have some understanding of others' thoughts, feelings, motivations, and intentions.” (Socially Skilled Kids, 2020). There are activities embedded in the presentation for students and adults. The five developmental stages of perspective-taking; age 3 through 15+ is interesting and helpful to understanding this social-emotional competency.


  • Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.


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 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.

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.

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.

Northern Illinois Food Bank Special Event: Pop-Up Market at ECC

Northern Illinois Food Bank invites you to our drive-thru Pop-Up Market to pick up fresh groceries this Saturday at Elgin Community College. Anyone in the community that may need a little extra help during this time is welcome to join us. No ID is needed.


El Banco de Alimentos del Norte de Illinois les invita a nuestro mercado emergente para recoger comestibles frescos este sábado al colegio de la comunidad de Elgin. Le invitamos a cualquier persona de la comunidad que pueda necesitar un poco de ayuda adicional durante este tiempo. No se necesita identificación.


When/Cuando: Saturday, May 2 | Sábado, el 2 de Mayo | 10am-1pm

Where/Dónde: Elgin Community College | 1700 Spartan Dr | Elgin, IL 60123

Norther Illinois Food Bank Donations and Distributions

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

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.

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