Unit 40 Remote Learning Parent Resources

Keeping students engaged in learning, especially in times of uncertainty, is of critical importance.  Due to the nature of the remote learning, your involvement is a crucial component to your child’s continued learning.  We are in this together, parents and educators, to ensure that your child continues to learn and grow during this time.  

While your child’s academic wellness is a priority, their emotional-well being should be considered too. Below are some suggestions.

When school resumes, the most important thing will be that they will have continued to be engaged with the concepts and skills, and hopefully, you have helped foster a love of learning along the way.

Keep in mind the ISBE recommended engagement times for students based upon grade level. Depending on your home schedule, device availability, and internet connection, a standard daily routine may work well or a weekly routine with flexibility may be easier.

In addition, students and families are encouraged to support academic skills and social-emotional health through activities that extend beyond assigned remote learning work.


Check your email regularly.  Teachers may use email to send important information and feedback for students.  Contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns.  All Unit 40 staff email addresses are available on the Unit 40 webpage under Quick Links in the Staff Directory.

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If you are not receiving emails from your student’s teacher, contact your student’s school office.


Follow the Effingham Community Schools Facebook page for current information and postings.

School Messenger

School Messenger is the communication application for Unit 40 schools.  Parents receive text messages and phone calls regarding updates.  Teachers may also use this application to contact parents.

If you are not receiving text messages Unit 40, contact your student’s school office.


Many students in grades 4-12 use Google Apps for Education for productivity applications.

Student accounts:


(###### is the 6-digit student number)

Contact Julie Flack at flackj@unit40.org (grades 6-12) or Mary Dust (grades 3-5) to reset your student’s Google password.

Google Classroom

Students in grades 4-12 may have coursework delivered to them via Google Classroom.  Students are encouraged to check their Google Classroom courses regularly.

How to Submit a Photo in Google Classroom

Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for Parents

How to Access Google Classroom with the Xbox/Playstation

Contact your child’s teacher for questions regarding Google Classroom.

EJHS Class Codes

EHS Class Codes


Teachers may offer the opportunity for digital engagement

Setting Up Zoom for Students


Students may continue to take Accelerated Reader tests on books that they read or listen to.

For more information on how to assist your student with taking an AR test at home, follow this how-to guide.

Keep Reading

Most importantly, keep your student reading daily.  Check out the Digital Content available on the Effingham Library Website, Global Digital Library, and other teacher directed resources.

Mrs. Hewing’s Favorites and Read Aloud Channel

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