District 54's Reopening Plan

Thank you for your continued support of your child’s education during such an unusual school year.  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 from its hybrid plan to five full days a week of on-campus instruction for all interested students starting February 16, 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. 

However, given the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and the medical needs of some students or their family members, we will also continue to offer families the choice of remote learning. New for the 2021-22 school year, if students are enrolled in remote learning they will participate in the District 54 Virtual Learning Academy with other students from across the district.

Parents/guardians please log in to families.sd54.org using your portal log-in information by Friday, May 14, and select In-Person Learning or Virtual Learning Academy for every student in your family for the 2021-22 school year.  Please note that this is a full-year commitment.

We will continue to enforce numerous mitigation measures to keep our students and staff safe while they are at school. 

  • Screener:  All staff and students are required to complete the D54 Screener and temperature check each day before entering a school or boarding a bus. An email with a link to the screener will be sent to families on all days their child is expected to attend school on campus. Only send your child to school if you can confidently answer “no” to each question on the screener. 
  • Masks: Everyone is required to wear a mask while in our schools. The masks must completely cover your mouth and nose while fitting snugly against the side of the face. Neck gaiters with two layers of fabric are acceptable. Bandanas and face masks with exhalation valves or vents are not acceptable. Masks may be removed when eating lunch.
  • Quarantine:  Students and staff should stay home when they are ill, test positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who tested positive or is experiencing symptoms. Refer to the District 54 Exclusion Chart below for more information about when individuals are allowed to return to school. Students and staff do not need to quarantine after traveling unless they experience symptoms.

The District 54 Multicultural Advisory Committee hosted some webinars on April 28 in other languages so families could speak with someone in their native language about the 2021-22 reopening plan. Click below to watch a recording of the webinars.

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.