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School Readiness Information
Parent University: Chromebooks
Is your child receiving a Chromebook for the first time in District 204? Parents with children in kindergarten through second grade or who are new to District 204 are invited to watch "Parent University: Chromebooks," on the district's YouTube channel. Topics covered include an overview of the basic functions of Chromebooks and Google tools students will use during the school year.
Instructions for Elementary Chromebooks
K - 1 Grade Students: Accessing Your Chromebook and Google Classroom
2 – 5 Grade Students: Accessing Your Chromebook and Google Classroom
Reset your password
We encourage all students to reset their District password every six months. Instructions for resetting your student password are available at https://support.ipsd.org/support/solutions/articles/11000058614.
Fully charge and update your chromebook
Instructions for updating your Chromebook are available at https://support.ipsd.org/support/solutions/articles/11000000642.
Chromebook Troubleshooting Tips
Guardian's Guide to Chromebooks
Guardian's Guide to Chromebooks
How to take full screenshots on a Chromebook
This video provides information on how to take full screenshots on a Chromebook.
Review ParentVUE and StudentVUE instructions
Instructions for using ParentVUE/StudentVUE are available at https://support.ipsd.org/support/solutions/11000043371.
Check your schedule
Instructions for checking your student schedule are available at https://support.ipsd.org/support/solutions/articles/11000058951-viewing-the-class-schedule.
How to test Zoom on your computer
You can check your internet connection, camera, and microphone by joining a test Zoom meeting at https://zoom.us/test.
Google Classroom Information
- Toolkit for Guardians: GSuite
- Toolkit for Guardians: Classroom
- Guardian’s Guide to Google Accessibility
- Google Terms Glossary
- 6 Things for Parents to Know: Classroom
If you have a technology related question, email email@example.com.
Low-cost options for internet service:
- Access from AT&T
- Comcast Internet Essentials
- Naperville, Aurora, Bolingbrook and Plainfield Public Libraries provide free WiFi connectivity. Bolded libraries also offer wireless hotspot loaner devices for home use.
Meals for children
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it is extending the distribution of free meals to children through the end of the 2020-21 school year. This allows Organic Life and District 204 to continue serving free meals to all children to help ensure children have access to nutritious food as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
Organic Life is offering curbside pick-up of grab and go breakfast and lunch at no cost for all children. Pick-up locations are at each elementary school near door 1, 11 am – 1 pm, Monday through Friday, on days school is in session. No preordering is required.
Local community organizations are offering programs to support families who may need childcare during remote learning. The Fox Valley Park District is offering an eCare Program at multiple locations, including the Eola Community Center. The Naperville Park District is offering E-Learning Experience at its 95th Street Center. The YMCA has a Remote Learning Childcare Program at Fry Elementary, Longwood Elementary, Welch Elementary and Owen Elementary. All programs offer parents partial week or full week childcare options beginning September 3. For information about these programs, contact the organizations directly.
Supplies needed to start the year
School supply lists are available online. http://www.ipsd.org/Subpage.aspx/SchoolSupplyLists
Remote Learning Home Environment
Creating a space to learn from home
Provide a dedicated space for your child to work that is quiet with all materials organized and within reach.
Reinforce that your child should be in their workspace and ready to go at the start of each school day. Help your child be on time.
Allow your child to complete the work. We know parents want to be helpful and supportive. Often the best way to do it is to allow them to try and encourage them to persevere. Build independence by allowing your child to listen to the directions of the teacher and manage their materials to be ready to learn on their own much like they would if they were in the regular classroom without you.
As always, share any questions or concerns with your child’s teacher.
Safety measures at school
The COVID-19 pandemic has made safety in our schools more important than ever. District 204 administrators have created safety measures based on guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the DuPage County Health Department.
The four primary safety measures required of all staff and students when on campus are as follows:
- Self-monitor COVID-19 symptoms check including temperature before coming to school.
- Wear a face mask/covering upon entering school regardless of social distancing.
- Maintain a safe social distance of at least six feet between you and others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Positive cases at school
Following consultation with the DuPage County Health Department, District 204 administrators make the decision to close buildings after learning an individual has been in the building who has tested positive or presumed positive for COVID-19. This closure is a safety measure that protects students, staff and the community while the building undergoes extensive cleaning. Parents will be notified through a Connect ED message if a closure occurs. The information will also be posted on the school's website and the district's website.
Through ongoing contact tracing, a health services staff member will notify individuals who need to quarantine as a precaution. A precautionary quarantine does not mean that an employee or student is sick or will become sick, but is a Department of Public Health practice to best ensure the safety of those around them and decrease the transmission of COVID-19.