Thank you for your continued support of your child’s education throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. District 54 has always been committed to returning to in-person learning when it is safe and logistically feasible to do so.
District 54 moved to five full days a week of on-campus instruction for all interested students in February 2021. Based on the current health and safety guidance from the Illinois Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health, District 54 is planning to continue having students attend in person five days a week when schools open for the following school year on August 16, 2021.
In May, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved a resolution in support of schools fully resuming in-person learning for all students in the fall. In June, ISBE Superintendent Carmen Ayala is expected to issue a mandate enforcing in-person learning for all students during the 2021-22 school year. ISBE has also stated that they anticipate the Governor ending the pandemic emergency order in June, which would require school districts to revert to our normal pre-pandemic operations.
However, given the medical needs of some students or their family members, we are offering families the choice of remote learning if a student or someone in the student’s household has a medical condition that requires the student to remain in remote learning. This is a change from what was previously communicated to families due to the change in state guidance, and all families who previously submitted an application for the Virtual Learning Academy received an email and phone call on June 2 to communicate the change.
If a student should remain in remote learning due to a medical condition or if the child lives with an individual who is medically fragile, please complete the District 54 Remote Learning Accommodation Form (Spanish) and have it signed by a healthcare provider. People with the conditions listed on this form are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19, according to the most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. These forms must be returned to the attention of Associate Superintendent Nick Myers by June 16. Forms can be mailed to or dropped off at the District 54 Rafferty Administration Center (524 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg) or emailed to [email protected].
If you are unable to complete the form because your child or someone in your household does not have a medical condition as defined by the CDC, your child will automatically be enrolled for in-person learning at their base school when school starts on August 16, 2021 (students in open enrollment programs will be enrolled at their open enrollment school).
As always, District 54 will continue to implement strategies to keep our students and staff healthy and in school. More details can be found at the following links.