September 27, 2021
District 54 News

In accordance with the governor’s order and updated Illinois State Board of Education guidelines, Nerge and District 54 volunteers must provide proof of vaccination or submit negative COVID results from within 48 hours in order to volunteer in our school building.  Please contact us if you have any questions.  847-357-5777.  We appreciate your support to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and volunteers.

COVID Dashboard

With suburban Cook County now in a level of high community transmission of COVID-19 (Cook County Department of Public Health), District 54 has decided to create COVID Dashboards on each school’s website to provide families and staff with a transparent summary of instances of COVID-19 reported to District 54. A positive case indicates that the student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Please report cases of COVID-19 to our school so that we can initiate contact tracing. Parents/guardians of students identified as close contacts will be contacted directly to discuss next steps. District 54 will update these dashboards by 3 p.m. on Fridays when school is in session. Click here to access our dashboard.

School District 54 Food Pantry at Mead

The D54 Food Pantry at Mead is ready to serve our District 54 families for the 2021-2022 school year.  Orders will be taken through an ONLINE website again this year.   All orders will be packed and ready to go 2 days after the order is placed. Orders must be picked up within 5 days.  Pantry hours are 7:45 AM to 3:30 PM Monday -Friday.    Please click on the link below to place your order online.  Our D54 Food Pantry Supervisors at Mead are Kailee Falvo and Beth Knief.  Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions.  District 54 has set up a District 54 Food Pantry Donation page for families to donate money through the Infinite Campus Portal.  To make a monetary donation, please log in to the Infinite Campus Portal HERE.

  • Pantry:       847-357-6084

COVID SHIELD TESTING Drive Through-Available to all D54 Families and Staff 

D54 is offering free COVID testing to all students and staff.  This testing will take place all school days Monday-Friday at the District 54 Rafferty Administration Center located at 524 E Schaumburg Road from 7:30 AM-4:30 PM.  Please use the link provided below to learn more.



District 54 COVID Mitigation Strategies to Start the 2021-2022 School Year


All students, staff and visitors will be required to wear masks while on District 54 provided transportation and in District 54 schools regardless of vaccination status in accordance with Illinois Governor JB Pritzker’s Executive Order issued on August 4, 2021. Students will be able to remove their masks during lunch/snack and while outside for PE, recess or other instructional activities.
Social distancing

District 54 will continue to have staff and students maintain 3-6 feet of physical distance whenever possible.

Symptom Screening

Parents/guardians should continue to monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19, keep their children home if they are ill, and immediately share with their child’s school if your child or a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19. All individuals are required to stay at home while symptomatic and are encouraged to test for COVID-19. COVID-19 Symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


The Cook County Department of Public Health has the sole authority for determining if an individual is required to quarantine and the length of quarantine. District 54 is required to report all positive cases and close contacts to the health department. In situations where students are quarantined, they will be allowed to make up all missed homework and tests.


All adults in our school buildings – staff members, parents, volunteers, visitors, etc. – will be required to wear face masks at school, regardless of their vaccination status. In this way, trusted adults will model and reinforce the importance of helping keep each other safe and healthy.
Cleaning and Disinfecting

District 54 will maintain a continued emphasis on cleaning and disinfecting protocols, including hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.