Community Relations

The Community Relations Department acts as a liaison between the school district and its various stakeholders including students, parents, employees and community members. This department coordinates various communication efforts, including print and online publications, social media, email and telephone messages, Freedom of Information requests, media relations, recognition and special events. The Community Relations Department also acts as the liaison between local businesses, nonprofit organizations, alumni and the District 54 Education Foundation.


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National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA)

  • 2020 Award of Honorable Mention for #54StepsUp Social Media Campaign
  • 2020 Award of Honorable Mention for WeAre54 Video
  • 2020 Award of Honorable Mention for Open Enrollment Schools Brochure (Special Purpose Publication)
  • 2019 Award of Honorable Mention for #54Happiness Social Media Campaign
  • 2018 for #WeAre54 Communication Campaign Golden Achievement Award

Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA)

  • 2019 Award of Merit for Visions Newsletter
  • 2019 Award of Excellence for Stephanie Veit #WeAre54 Video
  • 2018 Award of Excellence #WeAre54 Social Media campaign
  • 2018 Award of Excellence Ensuring Student Success Winner Sharon Barrick Video


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Freedom of Information Act requests can be emailed to [email protected]. Questions can be addressed to Chief FOIA Officer Terri McHugh at [email protected] or (847) 357-5028.

Please visit the FOIA page for more information.

The Community Relations Department supports the Board of Education in recognizing the accomplishments of all members of our school community: students, staff, volunteers, parents, former students and community members.

To learn more about how you can nominate someone for Board recognition, please visit the Board of Education page and scroll down to the Recognition section.

Schaumburg Parent University’s (SPU) goal is to involve more parents in the life of the school, to strengthen family relationships, and to improve parenting skills that will ultimately result in improved student success academically, socially and emotionally. Throughout the school year, SPU offers classes on topics such as parent-child communication, anxiety, fitness and child behavior as well as hosting an annual summer camp expo, and literacy and STEM nights.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, District 54 will be offering virtual educational opportunities. For the full list of SPU events, visit

There are occasions when District 54 may have to close one or more schools. When that happens, the district will use many communication tools to reach parents and staff. District 54 is not equipped to handle large numbers of incoming calls on these days, because there are more than 12,000 families in our district and switchboards must remain open for emergency purposes.

Visit our School Cancellations page, for more information on phone notifications, email preferences and texting.

District 54 shares information about community events with our students and families through our Virtual Backpack.

We know that parents are interested in extracurricular activities. At the same time, we don’t want the homework, letters from the teachers, school news and other important district information to get lost among the countless other pieces of paper in our students’ backpacks.

Organizations wishing to post a flyer on this site should review the District 54 Flyer Guidelines and then email a link to the flyer on the organization’s website to Meagan Kasper.

#WeAre54 Video Series

The work in District 54 is governed by our strategic plan, which we call the 54 Promise. The plan includes four focus areas, the most important being supporting whole child academic and social-emotional success, and the recruitment, development and engagement of exceptional employees. We launched the #WeAre54 video series to highlight the exceptional employees and students, who were embracing these areas. 

One employee and one student are selected per month and a short documentary piece is created to tell their stories. Having 28 schools, more than 15,500 students and 2,000 staff within the district, #WeAre54 videos also aim to bring the community together and to learn a bit more about those going above and beyond.

One of our most recent #WeAre54 videos highlights the work of Kim Chiero, Link Elementary School’s Learning Resource Teacher. You can view all of the #WeAre54 videos by visiting our YouTube channel.