Update on Free Meal Pick-Ups and Remote Learning Planning Days

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NOTE: Superintendent of Schools Dr. Leah Gauthier sent the following letter to the District 401 community on Sept. 4, 2020. To translate the letter into a language of your choice, go to the top right corner of this page where the Google Translate button ("Select Language") is located, and choose from the menu of available languages. Links to all of District 401's Remote Learning 2.0 communications can be found at our Fall Learning Plan update page.

To: Elmwood Park CUSD 401 Stakeholders
Re: Remote Learning Planning Days

The phrase "it takes a village" has never been more important than it is now.

  • Thank you to our students for logging in, engaging in discussion and reminding us why we are all here!
  • Thank you to our families for working with us to ensure that this week could be as successful as possible.
  • Thank you to our staff for welcoming our students, providing engaging lessons and communicating.
  • Thank you to our administrators for supporting all of the work that is happening remotely.
  • Thank you to our Board of Education for supporting us as we navigate something we have never done before.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture updated the food service options this past week to now allow for any child 18 and under to receive meals for free. This is great news! This is currently available until Dec. 31, 2020. More information about updated food service options can be found on our District website:

As with everything we do this fall, we are constantly learning. We want to make our plan the best that it can be, and that means reflecting on our current practices and making necessary updates as we live our plan. After announcing on Aug. 6 that we would move forward with Remote Learning 2.0, we began working on our Fall Learning Plan. Our next step is to provide surveys to our stakeholders to gather feedback on what is working and what can be improved upon. The Illinois State Board of Education has allowed us to embed five remote learning planning days that may be deemed student attendance days for the calculation of the length of the school term.

In collaboration with the School Board we have decided to change three of our early release days into remote learning planning days. A survey will be sent out one week prior to the remote learning planning day for students, staff and families to fill out. We will collect the information from the surveys to help us move forward with our plan during that day.

The remote learning planning days are:

  • Friday, Sept. 25, 2020
  • Friday, Oct. 30, 2020
  • Friday, Dec. 11, 2020

These three days will be non-student attendance days.

All staff will be a part of the remote learning planning days to continue to improve our Remote Learning 2.0 plan. You can view the 2020-21 school calendar on our District website:  

We will continue to share information on a weekly basis as well as have everything posted on our Fall Learning Plan page on our website:


Dr. Leah Gauthier
Superintendent of Schools

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