The COVID-19 Global Pandemic is the most significant public health crisis our society has faced in recent times. Throughout the year, District 54 has navigated the changing circumstances, unprecedented challenges and evolving guidance and information. We thank our employees, our students and their families for their support and dedication to children.
Our commitment has always been to resume in-person learning when health and safety conditions enable us to do so.
On Sept. 28, District 54 began a partial return to in-person learning for students in some of our special education programs and students who are newcomers to the United States this year and need support as English learners.
The same week, we sent an email to all families offering the opportunity to send their children back to school under a modified hybrid model. Families also have the option of continuing with fully remote learning.
The hybrid model includes two full days of in-person instruction and three days of remote learning each week. This model allows us to lower class sizes and adhere to social distancing guidance. In addition, various safety protocols were developed to protect our students and staff, including a daily screener, the requirement of masks and temperature checks.
As required by Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan, a 100% return to in-person learning will not occur until there is broad access to a safe and effective vaccine, a highly effective treatment and/or when there are no new cases over a sustained period of time.
Full details can be found in the Reopening D54 – Return to In-Person Learning Plan (or the Spanish Reopening D54 Plan). We have also created a Reopening District 54 Video, which can be shared with your children to help them better visualize the school day. A Spanish Video is also available.
The plan may be adjusted as new guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and other public health officials is received or as necessary to best support the health and safety of our students and employees.
Please keep in mind, should Illinois move from Phase 4 back to Phase 1, 2 or 3 due to a resurgence of the virus, it is possible that the governor will direct all Illinois schools to move to remote learning for all students for a period of time. As a district, we are preparing for a variety of scenarios and, as always, we are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way.
Although the start of the school year looked different this year, in District 54 we are committed to connecting with, engaging, supporting and ensuring the academic success and well-being of our students this year.
More details can be found at the following links.