Currently Peoria Unified School District has canceled school at all 42 sites, in addition to all in-person, school sponsored events. Schools are closed through March 27 and are tentatively scheduled reopen Monday, March 30.
Among the events canceled are KidZone Spring Break Camp and the KidZone before and after school program; the city of Peoria’s Spring Break Camps at all schools; all in-state and out of state field trips; indoor and outdoor athletic practices and events; performances, including the Peoria Arts and Cultural Festival that was scheduled for Saturday, March 28; clubs and extra-curricular activities; all preschool programs; and the district’s three Family Resource Centers.
The district’s Curriculum & Instruction team has compiled online resources for at-home learning activities. While none of the activities are required, parents may choose to use the list as a menu of ideas to explore and select those activities of interest. The instructional team encourages parents to see the opportunity for learning in everyday activities and “to think outside the the box and keep your children mentally active and engaged,” the district’s website, www.peoriaunified.org, states. Elementary and high school resources are available.
The district is also compiling resources for online support for families that do not have access to the Internet at home. Those families should expect to hear from their school the week of March 23 with additional updates and support resources.
Peoria Unified will continue free breakfast and lunch service to children through the state’s mandated school closures. Meals will be available for curbside pick-up 10:30 a.m.–noon Monday through Friday beginning Monday, March 23.
All meals will be served in a bag with a lunch and cold breakfast for the next day. Lunch will include a hot or cold entrée, fruit, vegetable and milk. Breakfast will include an entrée, fruit, juice and milk.
For those 18-years and younger eligible for the free meals, they will be distributed one per child on a first come, first served basis. Meals for adults will be available for purchase for $3.
The funding for meal distribution is available through the USDA National School Lunch Program.