August 30, 2021
District 54 News
Run to ReadJoin School District 54 in supporting literacy and promoting health and fitness for the young and old by participating in the 17th Annual Run to Read.  All proceeds for the event will be used to purchase books for classroom libraries.  Run to Read is a day of races offering something for everyone.  This year, participants can attend in person or virtually.  Individuals who prefer to participate in the virtual option can walk or run 1 mine, 5K, 10K, kids’ sprint, or any distance you prefer during race weekend- September 24-26.  Wear the T-shirt during your virtual race, take a photo, and tag us on social media at #54Run2Read.  


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.


District 54 continues to recommend vaccination for all individuals ages 12 and above. If your child has been vaccinated, please send a copy of the vaccination record to your school nurse. Fully vaccinated individuals without symptoms do not need to quarantine if they are exposed to a positive case.  If you do not wish to share your children’s COVID-19 vaccination information with us, that is your choice. However, without proof of vaccination, we will consider your children unvaccinated.

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.