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Superintendent Weekly Update – April 6

Dear District 54 Community,

As you know, the Governor has closed schools through April 30, and asked all llinois residents to stay home and practice social distancing. While we all await the day we can be together at our schools, District 54 will continue to connect with students to help them grow academically and support their emotional well-being. We are living in an unprecedented time. Thank all of you for your support of our staff, your own children and the greater community as we continue to navigate these changes.

Virtual Learning Schedule
The state has provided school districts with Remote Learning Planning Days. On these days, students will not participate in virtual learning. Staff will use these days to continue to enhance the delivery of our curriculum. Those dates are April 13, 20 and 27.

Each grade level or subject area will have one additional day in April to plan together. Students will be excused from virtual learning only on the day their grade level teachers are meeting. At the junior high schools, students will be excused by subject area (for example there will be no language arts classes on April 14 when junior high language arts teachers are meeting). Click here for a complete list of Virtual Planning Days. Principals will include reminders in emails to families and teachers will remind students as well.

This week classes will be held Monday-Thursday (April 6-9), as April 10 was a previously scheduled vacation day for students and staff. Next week classes will begin on Tuesday, April 14, because April 13 is a planning day.

Parent Survey
As we begin our third week of virtual learning, we ask for your feedback. Families and schools have always been partners in ensuring student success, but that partnership is especially apparent now. It is important for us to receive your feedback so that we can be responsive to your concerns. Please complete the Parent Virtual Learning Survey in English or in Spanish, by Thursday, April 9.

Technology Troubleshooting
Our Technology Department has been working to support students and staff as we all learn and work remotely. We have ordered hotspots for financially struggling families who cannot afford internet service. We understand that some families are experiencing slow speeds or problems with their providers, and we ask you to report that directly to your provider and save the hotspots for families that have no other option.

People experiencing problems with District 54 technology (Chromebooks and iPads for students) should email vlearning@nullsd54.org so that we can troubleshoot the problem via phone or email. If the problem cannot be resolved, we now have a technology drop-off program. To schedule an appointment to drop off a broken laptop, iPad or other device, you must first email vlearning@nullsd54.org. Our district office is closed, so do not stop by without an appointment. By making an appointment, we can abide by the rules of social distancing and ensure we have a replacement device ready for you when you arrive.

Food Distribution
Food distribution for our financially struggling families will also continue throughout the school closure. Please visit one of the following locations. No appointments are necessary. Please remain in your car, and we will load the food in your trunk or back seat.

  • Wednesdays:  Willow Creek Community Church will host a food  distribution from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at the D54 Rafferty Administration Center, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.

  • Thursdays:  D54 staff will be working with Township High School District 211 to distribute meal bags from 9 a.m. to noon every Thursday at Hoffman Estates High School, 1100 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates.

  • Fridays:  Willow Creek Community Church will host a food distribution from 4 to 6 p.m. every Friday at Keller Junior High School, 820 Bode Road in Schaumburg. CANCELLED FOR 4-10 DUE TO LOW SUPPLIES

Click here for more information about food distribution and how to support local food distribution.

Once again, my thanks to you and to your amazing students who are showing up ready to learn. Our children are resilient and their excitement and eagerness continues to inspire me each day.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Andy DuRoss