To report your child’s absence and the reason, call the school before the start of class on the day of the absence. Attendance will be taken for all students daily, both those attending in person as well as those in remote learning.

If your child is unable to attend school or participate remotely, please call your school attendance line to report the absence and the reason, before the start of the school day. Please ensure you call even if your child is missing only part of the day (for example, to attend a doctor’s appointment). Please call each day your child is absent.

If your student is sick, but still able to participate in remote learning, we ask that you contact the nurse’s office to report the student’s illness. If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to someone who has tested positive or has symptoms, please keep your child home and call your school.

If your child misses more than six days in a trimester, a note from the doctor can be required before the absence is excused. If notes from the doctor are not received, your child could be considered truant. Please restrict vacations and other nonessential absences to days when school is not in session.

School Hours

Note: Teachers will notify students directly of times they are meeting live each day during remote learning. Students should expect 5 hours of instruction (2.5 hours for our early childhood students), delivered utilizing a blended learning environment of both live lessons via Zoom and independent work. Visit for more detailed information.

  • Junior high schools 7:40 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • Elementary schools (K-6) 8:40 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Morning early childhood 7:45-10:15 a.m.
  • Afternoon early childhood 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • ASD full day early childhood 7:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • Lincoln Prairie (K-8) 9:15 a.m.-3:35 p.m.
  • Junior high schools 7:40 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
  • Elementary schools (K-6) 8:40 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Morning early childhood 7:45-10 a.m.
  • Afternoon early childhood 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • ASD full day early childhood 7:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • Lincoln Prairie (K-8) 9:15 a.m.-3:05 p.m.
  • Junior high schools 7:40-10:40 a.m.
  • Elementary schools 8:40-11:40 a.m.
  • Lincoln Prairie 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • Early childhood classes do not meet on half days

Early Release Days

District 54 releases children early for staff development every Wednesday, beginning the first week of school. By dismissing students 30 minutes early on Wednesdays and having staff members continue working for an extra hour, 90 minutes a week can be devoted to enhancing instructional practices.

In addition, students will not have school September 16, 2020; and January 27 and May 5, 2021, so that staff can participate in in-service meetings.


Unexcused tardies are not permitted. Tardiness is a form of truancy. If a child is repeatedly late or is absent many days, district officials will work with local law enforcement agencies and the Cook County Regional Office of Education and use conferences, counseling and tutoring to improve student attendance. Truancy Policy

Home and Hospital Instruction

Families may request home or hospital instruction when a doctor anticipates that a student will be unable to attend school, either virtually or in-person, for two or more consecutive weeks or be absent on an ongoing intermittent basis due to a medical condition. Homebound services may be provided virtually for the safety of the staff, student and family. Call your principal for information.