October 28, 2020

Dear District 54 Community:

I know many of you are watching the COVID-19 related health metrics as they are updated by the Illinois Department of Public Health and Cook County Department of Public Health. District 54 is also closely monitoring the data as our top priority continues to be the safety and well-being of our students and staff. We have always focused on both the physical and the social-emotional well-being of each individual, which is why our commitment has been to offer in-person instruction “when health and safety conditions enable us to do so.” 

Everyday we examine the test positivity rate, number of positive COVID-19 cases and other data provided by the state and county. We also created our own COVID-19 Dashboard. Since the hybrid model started last week, we have had 13 staff members and 5 students test positive for COVID-19. However, these cases are not linked and there is no indication of any transmission within the school.

We have implemented numerous mitigation measures to keep our students and staff safe while they are in our building from the daily screeners and temperature checks before school to face masks, social distancing and deep cleaning at school.

However, should District 54 metrics continue to grow, or the county transmission rates continue to rise, we still may have to move all students to remote only instruction, and ask families to be prepared should that situation arise.

We need to work together to stop the spread of this virus in our community. It is important to emphasize how critical it is to wear face masks and practice social distancing when you leave your home, and wash your hands frequently.

In addition, please stay home when you are ill and contact your healthcare provider. Should anyone who was at school test positive for COVID-19, please contact your school as soon as possible. Please refer to the District 54 Exclusion Chart for specific details about how long you are required to quarantine after testing positive, being exposed to someone with COVID-19, having symptoms of COVID-19, being exposed to someone with symptoms or traveling.

Thank you for your cooperation and support as we work together during this pandemic. Please don’t hesitate to contact your school principal with any specific questions you may have.