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. 

On Jan. 28, the District 54 School Board supported the district’s plan to bring students back to school for on-campus instruction five full days a week starting February 16, 2021, for all students whose families made that selection in January. In addition, students in our instructional classroom special education program who selected on-campus instruction began five full days on February 1.

With about 52 percent of students attending school in person, District 54 is able to accommodate those students at school every day. We have measured each classroom to ensure that student workspaces maintain six feet of social distancing as recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Schools will also continue to support and engage with students whose families chose remote learning.  Students will continue to connect through our remote learning platforms, as they have previously done. Families will continue to have the choice of full remote instruction throughout the pandemic.

Our transportation department is working on reconfiguring bus routes to provide social distancing on buses as well. Schools will communicate any changes to existing bus routes or stops and bus information for new riders.

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.  Bandanas, neck gaiters and face masks with exhalation valves or vents are not acceptable alternatives to face masks. 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 will no longer need to quarantine for two weeks after traveling, a decision made at tonight’s board meeting which aligns with CDC guidance. Students and staff who experience symptoms after travel would still need to quarantine. 

Principals will share school-specific information with parents/guardians. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact your school with any questions you may have.

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.