Throughout this school year, District 54 has told families that we are committed to offering in-person instruction “when health and safety conditions enable us to do so.” On Nov. 6, District 54 announced that all students would transition to full remote instruction through at least Nov. 29, due to the Cook County and District 54 metrics.
Since that time, you have undoubtedly witnessed the daily and weekly surges in case numbers reported by the Illinois and Cook County Departments of Public Health as the pandemic continues to have a significant impact in our community and across the nation. On Nov. 17, the state of Illinois announced Tier 3 mitigations in an attempt to curtail the resurgence of the virus.
While we had hoped to return to hybrid instruction on Nov. 30, with the increased community transmission, District 54 will remain in full remote learning through winter break, with a possible return date of Jan. 4.
The public health metrics for Cook County are guideposts for our hybrid learning plan. The data released today (November 20) on the Illinois Department of Public Health website indicated that 4 of the 5 key public health metrics anchoring our plan are now in the SUBSTANTIAL COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION category.
We understand this may not be the news you wanted to hear. We know the best place for students to learn is in the classroom with their teachers. We look forward to the day when we can safely welcome all staff and students back into our schools. Until then, we are committed to connecting with, engaging and supporting you and your families as best we can.
Although the school year looks different this year, in District 54 we are committed to connecting with, engaging, supporting and ensuring the academic success and well-being of our students. More details can be found at the following links.