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Food Pantry Locations and Donation Opportunities

As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, continues to change, District 54 is working with amazing community partners to provide food to families who are struggling financially. Families needing assistance may benefit from the following.

  • Wednesdays:  Willow Creek Community Church will host a mobile food truck distribution from 11 a.m. to noon every Wednesday in the District 54 Rafferty Administration Center parking lot, 524 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg.
  • Thursdays:  District 54 staff will be working with Township High School District 211 to distribute meal bags with five days of lunches, five days of breakfast and a half gallon of milk from 8 to 11 a.m. each Thursday through July 16 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 5 p.m. every Friday at Keller Junior High School, 820 Bode Road in Schaumburg.
  • The Schaumburg Township Food Pantry is now running a drive-through pickup from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the township office, One Illinois Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. For more information, please call (847) 732-7166.
  • Church of the Holy Spirit Food Pantry, 1451 Bode Road in Schaumburg, is offering drive-through pickup on Thursdays from 2 to 5 p.m. near the garages.
  • Living Hope Food Pantry, 777 Meacham Road in Elk Grove Village, is offering drive-through pickup on Thursdays from 11:30-noon.
  • Trinity Charities Food Pantry, 927 Plum Grove in Schaumburg, is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

We would like to thank the number of individuals and organizations who have inquired about how to make donations to help those in our community who may be struggling. We feel the best practice is to work with organizations who are currently offering these services in our community and will therefore not be collecting food. Please do not bring food donations to the district office as previously mentioned.

The Schaumburg Township Food Pantry and many faith-based charities are providing food to families in our community. Click here to access a list of these pantries on the Schaumburg Township website. In order to encourage social distancing, these organizations are not collecting food at this time.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

The Illinois Department of Human Services has a new special benefit called the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer to help families buy food for children who would normally receive free lunch when schools are in session. To apply online, families should visit and click on Apply for Benefits.

Families that currently receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits do not need to apply for P-EBT benefits. These additional P-EBT benefits will be loaded into Illinois LINK EBT accounts along with regular SNAP benefits. Families that do not currently receive SNAP benefits but do have children who receive free lunch, will need to apply on this website. A paper application in English and paper application in Spanish is also available and can be submitted as an attachment by email to IDHS created a flyer to help families with the application process. A Spanish version of the flyer is also available.

Crisis Fund

The District 54 Education Foundation has also created a new fund called the D54 Foundation Crisis Fund, which will be used to support our most at-risk families, including the 20% of students who qualify for free lunch. This emergency fund will help families impacted by this virus, and could be used in the future to provide immediate access to financial assistance for financially struggling families.

To donate, visit any of the following websites:

Lugares de despensa de alimentos y oportunidades de donación

A medida que la situación en torno al nuevo coronavirus de 2019 continúa cambiando, el Distrito 54 está trabajando con increíbles socios de la comunidad para proporcionar alimentos a las familias que tienen dificultades financieras. Las familias que necesitan asistencia pueden beneficiarse de lo siguiente.

  • Miércoles:  Willow Creek Community Church llevará a cabo una distribución móvil de camiones de comida de 11 a.m. a mediodía cada miércoles en el estacionamiento del Centro de Administración Rafferty del Distrito 54, 524 E. Schaumburg Road en Schaumburg.
  • Jueves:  Distrito 211 de Township High School, cinco días de almuerzos, cinco días de desayuno y medio galón de leche de 9 am a mediodía cada jueves en la escuela secundaria Hoffman Estates, 1100 W. Higgins Road en Hoffman Estates. Esta es una camioneta drive-through. Cuando llegue a la escuela, quédese en su vehículo. Cargaremos las bolsas en su maletero o asiento trasero.
  • Viernes:  Willow Creek Community Church también llevará a cabo una distribución móvil de camiones de comida de 4 a 5 p.m. cada viernes en la escuela Keller, 820 Bode Road en Schaumburg.
  • Schaumburg Township – La despensa de alimentos del municipio de Schaumburg ahora está llevando a cabo una recolección de 1 a 3 p.m. los martes y jueves en la oficina del municipio,  One Illinois Blvd. en Hoffman Estates. Para obtener más información, llame al (847) 732-7166.
  • Iglesia del Espíritu Santo Despensa, 1451 Bode Road en Schaumburg, ofrece servicio de recogida los jueves de 2 a 5 p.m. Cerca de los garajes.
  • Living Hope Food Pantry, 777 Meacham Road en Elk Grove Village, ofrece servicio de recogida los jueves de 11:30 a mediodía.
  • Trinity Charities Food Pantry, 927 Plum Grove en Schaumburg, está abierto de 4 a 6 p.m. Jueves y de 10 a.m. a 1 p.m. Sábados.

Nos gustaría agradecer a la cantidad de personas y organizaciones que han preguntado cómo hacer donaciones para ayudar a aquellos en nuestra comunidad que puedan estar luchando. Creemos que la mejor práctica es trabajar con organizaciones que actualmente ofrecen estos servicios en nuestra comunidad y, por lo tanto, no recolectarán alimentos. No traiga donaciones de alimentos a la oficina del distrito como se mencionó anteriormente.

La despensa de alimentos del municipio de Schaumburg y muchas organizaciones benéficas religiosas están proporcionando alimentos a las familias de nuestra comunidad. Haga clic aquí para acceder a una lista de estas despensas en el sitio web del municipio de Schaumburg. Para alentar el distanciamiento social, estas organizaciones no están recolectando alimentos en este momento.

Transferencia electrónica de beneficios pandémicos (P-EBT)

El Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Illinois tiene un nuevo beneficio especial llamado Transferencia electrónica de beneficios pandémicos para ayudar a las familias a comprar alimentos para niños que normalmente recibirían almuerzo gratis cuando las escuelas están en sesión. Para solicitar en línea, las familias deben visitar y hacer clic en Solicitar beneficios.

Las familias que actualmente reciben beneficios del Programa de Asistencia Nutricional Suplementaria (SNAP) no necesitan solicitar los beneficios P-EBT. Estos beneficios adicionales de P-EBT se cargarán en las cuentas de Illinois LINK EBT junto con los beneficios regulares de SNAP. Las familias que actualmente no reciben beneficios de SNAP pero tienen niños que reciben almuerzo gratis, deberán presentar una solicitud en este sitio web. Una solicitud en papel en en español también están disponibles y se pueden enviar como archivo adjunto por correo electrónico a IDHS creó un volante para ayudar a las familias con el proceso de solicitud. U

Crisis Fund

La Fundación Educativa del Distrito 54 también ha creado un nuevo fondo llamado D54 Foundation Crisis Fund, que se utilizará para apoyar a nuestras familias más expuestas, incluido el 20% de los estudiantes que califican para el almuerzo gratuito. Este fondo de emergencia ayudará a las familias afectadas por este virus y podría usarse en el futuro para proporcionar acceso inmediato a asistencia financiera para familias con dificultades financieras.

Para donar, visite cualquiera de los siguientes sitios web:

Brief from the Virtual Board Meeting on May 21, 2020

Public Comment: No one submitted public comments.

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular Board of Education meeting on May 7, 2020
  • Resignations, leaves, termination, retirement, employment and salary adjustment of personnel
  • Checks dated May 8, 2020
  • Monthly report on cash and investments for March 2020
  • Monthly update of revenues and expenditures for April 2020
  • The 2020-21 Workers’ Compensation insurance policy
  • The voluntary parent-purchased student accident insurance plan for the 2020-21 school year
  • Amendments to the agreements for transportation services for school year 2019-20 with Zum Services and CitiCare Services
  • A contract with Gordon Flesch Company for a districtwide copier lease solution through 2025
  • The purchase of the software licensing and support from GoGuardian and Cisco SMARTNet
  • A resolution requesting free transportation for students due to hazardous conditions for the 2020-21 school year
  • The destruction of verbatim records of the closed-session school board meetings held on October 4, November 1 and November 15, 2018, for which approved minutes already exist

Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Andy DuRoss, as well as associate and assistant superintendents, provided the School Board with an update on current operations in District 54, as well as plans for the summer and the 2020-21 school year.

District 54 is continuing to partner with Willow Creek on Wednesdays and Fridays and with District 211 on Thursdays to provide food to families. District 211 has confirmed that the Thursday food distribution will continue July 16. Plans are still being formulated to extend the partnership with Willow Creek through the summer as well. In addition, the District 54 Foundation has raised more than $26,000 in its Crisis Fund and continues to use those funds to support our financially struggling families.

Remote learning will continue through May 28 and attendance remains high. The lessons include the usual academic subjects as well as social-emotional lessons with a focus on the well-being of our students. District 54 is also focused on the social-emotional well-being of our staff. We asked staff to take a positive psychology survey this month, and 99% of respondents stated that the positive psychology work we’ve done as a district has supported them during this time.

As the district begins planning for next year, there are still many unknowns. The Illinois State Board of Education is expected to issue guidance in consultation with the Illinois Department of Public Health. Potential options being considered include opening all schools, starting the school year virtually, or a hybrid of in-person and virtual instruction.

To prepare for all possible scenarios, District 54 is purchasing personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves, infrared thermometers and other safety equipment, as well as additional cleaning products for disinfecting surfaces. District 54 is hosting virtual orientations for the new employees who will be starting in the 2020-21 school year. District 54 will survey staff, families and students in grades 5-8 to determine how best to refine remote learning and further support students and staff.

Superintendent DuRoss also discussed some of the future financial considerations for the district. There have been some savings realized during remote learning, in areas such as substitute pay, insurance and transportation costs. The Consumers Price Index is expected to be only 0.3% in December 2020, which will have an impact on district revenues. District 54 has already deferred some purchases and will bring further considerations to the School Board.

Superintendent DuRoss concluded his report by saying, “Our district has done phenomenal work for the last 10 weeks. We pivoted very quickly and have done everything we could to support our students and their families. Our staff are committed to their students and I appreciate all their hard work.”

President’s Report:
Board President Bob Kaplan praised the Mead Virtual Choir Concert and Mead teacher Rob Hulina.

Foundation Report:
Board Vice President Mary Kay Prusnick announced that the Foundation awarded more than $34,000 in grants to 359 students to participate in extracurricular activities during the 2020-21 school year. She also invited people to sponsor or attend the Foundation’s golf outing, which has been moved to August 10. Register online at

New Business:

  • The Board approved an intergovernmental agreement between Schaumburg Park District and School District 54 in regards to the easement adjacent to Collins Elementary School.
  • The Board approved its meeting dates for the 2020-21 school year.


  • The Board congratulated all the eighth-grade students who will be graduating virtually next week and wished them the best in high school.
  • The Board also thanked the retirees for their years of service to District 54 schools and referred everyone to the District 54 Facebook for highlights of our retirees.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 8 p.m. to enter closed session for employment/appointment matters.

Mead students head to national history fair

Mead Junior High School is proud to announced that 11 students (four projects) qualified for the national level of the National History Day competition to be held virtually this year in June and an additional six students (three projects) received the highest rating of Superior at the state competition in May.

The following projects qualified for the national history fair.

  • Anirudh C. and Krish M. qualified for their document Breaking Macroeconomic Barriers:  The 1973 Oil Crisis and its Effect on the Automobile Industry.
  • Divya B., Akhilraj C. and Dhruv P. qualified for their document Stitching Hearts, Stitching Dreams: Daniel Hale Williams’ Impact on Racial and Medical Barriers.
  • Jacy F., Sukanya G. and Bhavya M. qualified for their performance The Continuum of Breaking Barriers: The Chicago Mural Movement in Pilsen.
  • Yashas M., Anthony N. and Anikt R. qualified for their exhibit The Oxnard Strike of 1903: Breaking Barriers of Racial Representation in the Labor Force.

The following projects received a superior rating at the virtual state history fair:

  • Logan M. and Prithiv S. for the exhibit The Rails That Broke Barriers;
  • Adheesh A. for the website Selma: Breaking the Chains of Segregation; and
  • Arnav P., Harshil J. and Archit T. for the exhibit Florence Kelley: Breaking Barriers for Women and Children’s Labor Laws Through Social Activism. They also received a third place in the Daughters of American Revolution contest.

According to the National History Day website, more than half a million students participate annually. Students choose a historical topic related to the theme, conduct research, analyze and interpret their sources, and then draw a conclusion about the significance of their topic. Students can present their work as a research paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary or a website. Professional educators and historians serve as the judges. The theme this year was Breaking Barriers in History.

Hoover student recognized in IEPA poetry contest

Syed Azhar Ahmed, a student at the Hoover Math & Science Academy, received an honorable mention for his poem in the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency 33rd Annual Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest for fifth and sixth grade students across Illinois.

Through the program, participating schools study environmental concepts with an emphasis on the current year’s environmental theme.  This year’s theme, Algae: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly…How Can You Keep Your Local Pond Healthy? focused on understanding how algae affect waterbodies in both good and bad ways, and learning how to prevent nutrient runoff to help maintain healthy water ecosystems.

This is Syed’s poem.


My fellow compatriot, who walks upon this land.

Help me save our dear homeland!

Pray, fellow compatriot, take heed,

The waters of this land are indeed in great need!

They have been corrupted by a moss most green

Snuffing out all life marine!

Ponds and lakes, big and small,

This algae is killing all!

Those who choose indifference, to them fie!

Yet those who want change, do not turn a blind eye.

Help the earth, your home and safe place,

Or you will be fighting for land, with more than a mace.


My fellow compatriot, who walks upon this land.

There is much you can do to save our beautiful homeland!

When you see that pond, filled with algae,

It will surely make you feel nostalgy,

Twas’ once the home of many fish,

Alas! Many would like it to return, but they can only wish.


My fellow compatriot, who walks upon this land,

If you help us now, in debt is this land!

Plant flowering life

It will surely help the wildlife.

Plant trees

They will sway in the breeze.

All that manure and septic waste,

Make sure it’s safe, and do it posthaste.

All your soaps and cleaning products,

Algae it constructs!


My fellow compatriot, who walks upon this land,

Truly I am indebted to your helping hand.

The algae is gone; Beaten into submission.

My tenacious land, cheers on reversing that doomed transition.

Register now for 2020-21 School Year

Registration for the 2020-21 school year is underway for kindergarten through eighth grade.

New District 54 families

Click here to begin online registration. After processing your registration, your child’s new school will contact you to request additional information, such as the Student Transfer Form (ISBE form 33-78) for students transferring from another Illinois school; proof of immunizations (list of required immunizations by grade level), birth verification and proof of residence (see details at

For questions, please contact If you don’t know what school your child will attend, click here to access our School Search program and enter your address.

Current D54 families

Log in in to the parent portal, and update your information for next year by June 1, 2020. You must hit the SUBMIT button after reviewing the information, even if you don’t make any changes. If your children will not be attending District 54 schools next year, please contact your school office and let them know.

If you have previously created a portal account and cannot recall your username or password, you can reset them yourself from the parent portal website. If you have never created a portal account, please email to create one.

All families are required to prove that they live within District 54 boundaries every year.  If we were unable to verify your residency electronically, you will have the ability to upload your residency electronically through your portal. If you do not have a portal account, you can also email the required documents to

Information about transportation and the consumable materials fee will be communicated at a later time.

Refund of Fees to D54 Families

Due to the move to remote learning in March, District 54 will be prorating prepaid fees (i.e. milk, field trips, pizza fundraisers, etc.) based on actual goods or services received. The amounts that have been paid by families for goods or services that have not been received have been credited to their student’s account on the District 54 Portal. Each item credited is identified separately for tracking purposes.  The consumable materials fee will not be prorated, as this fee is used immediately for student workbooks and other consumables. 

For those that paid for transportation, that fee reimbursement is being handled separately from this process. In addition, payments made to the PTA are being handled by the school PTA.

If your child is an eighth-grade student, the credit has been applied to a sibling’s account. Checks will be mailed before May 22 to families whose youngest child is graduating from District 54 this spring and to families who are moving out of District 54.

If you are experiencing a financial hardship and need these fees refunded by check, or if you have any other questions, please contact your school secretary.

Brief from the Virtual Board Meeting on May 7

Call to Order: All board members were present on the Zoom meeting.

Public Comment: No public comments were submitted.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: 
One request was received and responded to since the last meeting related to the 2020 masonry remediation bid.

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular and closed-session Board of Education meeting son April 16, 2020
  • Resignations, retirement and employment of personnel
  • Checks dated April 24, 2020
  • The 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Consolidated District Grant Plans
  • The purchase of software licensing and support from Dell, CDW, SynerComm, Follett and Seesaw
  • The amendment to the student transportation contract with First Student for the 2019-20 school year

Superintendent’s Report:

Superintendent Andy DuRoss thanked District 54 teachers and all employees, acknowledging their work and commitment to students, to the community and to each other.

Associate Superintendent Erin Knoll provided an update on remote learning in District 54 including grade-level planning sessions, the district’s continued focus on social-emotional supports and summer programming. Summer enrichment classes have been cancelled, but the extended school year program for special education will be held remotely. Staff have been using Zoom and Google Meets in order to connect with students face-to-face.

Associate Superintendent Nick Myers provided an operational update, including information about food distribution in District 54, fee reimbursement, school and classroom clean out and hiring for next year. Over the next three weeks, staff will be packing up classrooms and students will be picking up supplies while dropping off district resources. Assistant Superintendent Ric King shared how the district is handling refunding fees on a prorated basis. Assistant Superintendent Danette Meyer talked about the process for hiring staff for next year and hosting virtual orientations to welcome them to the district.

DuRoss also shared plans to celebrate the sixth-grade and eighth-grade rites of passage virtually. Eighth-grade graduation will be celebrated at 7 p.m. May 27 via a virtual ceremony on each school’s website and a special gift that students will receive when they come to school to clean out their lockers. The sixth-grade celebration will also include a special gift and a virtual message.

New Business:

  • The Board approved an amendment to the purchase and sale agreement for the Thacker property.
  • The Board approved the appointment of Thais Perez and Heather Richards as special education coordinators for the 2020-21 school year.


  • The Board wished a happy teacher appreciation week and happy nurses week to District 54 teachers and nurses.
  • Board members also expressed appreciation for all staff as well as our community partners, such as Willow Creek and the District 54 Foundation, who are going above and beyond for our families.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:38 p.m.

D54 hosts Virtual Field Day – May 6

District 54 Physical Educators are excited to invite you to the first ever V-Field Day on Wednesday May 6. V-Field Day will allow you to complete Field Day experiences in your own living room or backyard. Click here to access all of the V-Field Day events. All stations can be simply created using household items and a little ingenuity.

We have also teamed up with the District 54 Grizzlies, our Special Olympics team, to add adaptations for students who need them so we are sure everyone can participate!  Each school community will also be able to engage virtually through their own Field Day Padlet!

Schools closed for rest of school year

Dear District 54 Community,

Good afternoon District 54 families. As you have probably heard, Governor Pritzker has announced that schools will remain closed for the rest of this school year.

Let me acknowledge that this is not ideal. The ideal situation would be having children at school connecting in person with their peers, their teachers and other staff. I think we can all acknowledge that.

While we were really hoping we would be able to bring students back to school this year, we were also anticipating this announcement and planning for it. We are committed to helping students to grow academically and supporting their well-being. We will continue to offer remote learning as we have for the past four weeks.

I know with the governor’s announcement you have questions. You are probably wondering about eighth-grade graduations and other important end-of-the-year celebrations. We are currently working on plans to commemorate these moments.

Some of you may have items in the schools that you need to retrieve. We have a plan to safely provide you access to the schools and we will share those specifics with you soon.

To our students – we miss you. Thank you for staying connected to your teachers and each other through virtual learning. We are going to keep teaching you and caring about you. We are still here for you.

To the families of our students – thank you. We know you didn’t plan to spend the last two months of the school year helping your children with school work at home. Your support for your children, our teachers and each other has been amazing. You are an integral part of what we do.

While our school doors are closed, we are committed to doing whatever it takes to support our students this year. If there is anything we can do to support you, please reach out to your child’s teacher, social worker or any other trusted adult. I look forward to the day when we can all be together again.


Superintendent Andy DuRoss

Brief from the Board Meeting on April 16, 2020

Call to Order: All board members were present.

Public Comment: No one submitted comments.

Freedom of Information Act Requests: 
Three requests were received and responded to since the last meeting related to postage and mailing equipment, bid results of the summer 2020 renovations and the 2019-20 contract with First Student.

Consent Agenda:  The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.

  • The minutes of the regular Board of Education meeting on April 2, 2020
  • Resignations, retirement and employment of personnel
  • The monthly update of revenues and expenditures for March 2020
  • The monthly reports on cash and investments for February 2020
  • Checks dated April 10, 2020
  • A contract for masonry remediation at Addams, Eisenhower and Mead junior high schools, and Armstrong, Aldrin, Dirksen, Blackwell and Collins elementary schools during the summer of 2020
  • A contract for roofing replacement at Campanelli Elementary School
  • A proclamation recognizing Tuesday, May 5, 2020 as National Teacher Day

Board Secretary Ken Van Dyke read three letters of thanks from the individuals who were appointed principal at the last board meeting – Carrie Azab, Priscilla Buchanan and Amy Houlihan.

Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Andy DuRoss provided an update on the current work in School District 54 during the school closure. District 54 is in its fourth week of providing remote learning. Last week the district sent a survey to all families, asking for their feedback on remote learning, and received 673 responses. Responses indicated 99% of families felt supported, including 61% saying they felt very supported by District 54. When asked about the workload, 96% said it was manageable.

DuRoss said he has received messages from some parents that the workload is too light and messages from others that the workload is too much. While academic growth is important, the primary focus during this unprecedented time is the well-being of our students.

Associate Superintendent Erin Knoll provided an update on virtual learning including the new social-emotional learning lessons that were rolled out last week, grading expectations and student participation. More than 94% of students log in daily. District 54 employees are reaching out to students who have not connected remotely and offering support so that 100% of students are participating. The social-emotional learning lessons are tailored to the needs we are hearing from students and staff during this unique situation.

District 54 has also offered supports for families, including food distribution three times a week, a new D54 Foundation Crisis Fund to meet other needs of financially struggling families, and a new special education website with resources for the families of students who regularly receive accommodations at school.

District 54’s technology department has repaired or replaced more than 100 student and staff devices since remote learning began, and recently received a shipment of hotspot devices for individuals who do not have internet services at home.

The School Board thanked the administration and all staff members for all that has been done to support students, staff and families.

President’s Report:
Board President Bob Kaplan reported that the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) has been hosting weekly Zoom meetings.

National School Board Association/Illinois Association of School Board Report:
Board Vice President Mary Kay Prusnick announced the dates of upcoming webinars and calls hosted by IASB.

PTA Report:
PTA Council President Jim Sklena announced that a Campanelli student, Karina Shah, had her literature project advance to the national level of the Reflections competition. The PTA elementary scholarship applications were due last week. Students will be allowed to use the funds for fall programs if summer programs are cancelled this year. Jim also announced the names of the individuals elected to the council next year. Those names can be found on the PTA website – He thanked the school district for its response during this pandemic.

Foundation Report:
Mary Kay Prusnick reported that the golf outing is still scheduled for June 8. The Foundation is trying to raise money for fiscally struggling families, and these funds are needed more than ever. She encouraged people to reach out to potential sponsors.

New Business:
The Board approved the appointment of Special Education Coach Dana Scalzitti, PBIS Coach Julie Goolish, Mentor Dilshad Patel, Digital Learning Coach Lauren Rivera, Frost Dean Melinda Perez and Keller Teacher Mandy Moore as assistant principals for the 2020-21 school year. School placements will be determined.

The Board thanked everyone for supporting our students, staff and families.

Adjournment: The Board adjourned at 7:47 p.m. to enter closed session for employment/appointment matters.

Update from Superintendent DuRoss – April 14, 2020

Dear District 54 Community,

Good morning District 54 families and welcome to our fourth week of virtual learning in District 54 schools. Thank you to everyone who completed the survey last week. We are reviewing all responses and I plan to address some of your questions and concerns in my weekly emails. 

Student Grades
The Illinois State Board of Education has said that student work completed during the statewide closure should not count negatively toward student grades or a student’s academic standing. However, District 54 will continue to design high quality lessons and activities for students; to assess student progress; and to provide feedback on student work.

Special Accommodations Website
The District 54 Special Education Department has created a special website with resources for the families of students who regularly receive accommodations at school. Click here to access the website, and find information about speech supports, behavior management, assistive technology, health and mental wellness, physical and occupational therapy, contact information and much more.

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 5 p.m. Friday at Keller Junior High School, 820 Bode Road in Schaumburg.

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

If there is anything we can do to support you, please reach out to your child’s teacher, social worker or any other trusted adult. For all technology related problems, don’t forget you can also email

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.


Superintendent Andy DuRoss