August 19, 2020

Although the start of the school year will look 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 this year. We look forward to kicking off the 2020-21 school year on Monday, August 24, for our students in first through sixth grade, and on Monday, August 31, for our early childhood and kindergarten students.

How Students Will Join Classes on the First Day
The videos below demonstrate how students will login, how to switch between classes and how to navigate to tasks/activities.

Kindergarten-Second Grade: Students should open the Seesaw app on their iPads and go to their homeroom class to navigate to activities for the day. The Zoom link for the daily morning meeting will be posted there. Students Starting School Using Seesaw Video

Third-Eighth Grade: Students should check their Gmail accounts prior to the first day of school and each day. They will have an email that provides all the necessary codes to join their Google Classrooms. Students Starting School Using Google Classroom Video

Additional videos for support with navigating iPads, Chromebooks, Infinite Campus, Zoom and other technology programs and software, can be found on the D54 VLearning Family Resource website.

District 54 will host a Spanish session on the basics of remote learning at 7 p.m. Monday, 24. In this session, families will learn how to turn on closed caption on YouTube, join Zoom links and much more. Click on this Zoom link to join Spanish Remote Learning Basics.

All students are expected to be present and engaged for synchronous learning. Attendance will be taken daily. If your child is unable to participate, please call your school attendance line. Please ensure you call even if your child is missing only part of the day (for example, to attend a doctor’s appointment). If your student is sick, but still able to participate in remote learning, we ask that you contact the nurses office to report the student’s illness.

Internet Access
Hotspots are available for financially struggling families who don’t have internet access at home. Please contact your school office if you are experiencing financial hardships and need a hotspot.

Technology Support
Our Technology Department has been working to support students and staff as we all learn and work remotely. We understand that some families are experiencing slow speeds or problems with their providers, and we ask you to report that directly to your provider.

People experiencing problems with District 54 technology (Chromebooks and iPads for students) should email [email protected] so that we can troubleshoot the problem via phone or email. If the problem cannot be resolved, we have a technology drop-off program. To schedule an appointment to drop off a broken laptop, iPad or other device, you must first email [email protected]. Please do not stop by without an appointment. By making an appointment, we can abide by the rules of social distancing and ensure we have a replacement device ready for you when you arrive

Material Pick-Up/School Supplies
District 54 schools held material pick-up days on August 17 and 18. Students received textbooks, workbooks, digital devices, and other instructional materials necessary for remote learning. All third grade students received a Chromebook to use for the year. Material pickup for early childhood and kindergarten students will be held the week of August 24. If you missed material pick-up, please contact your child’s school so we can provide you with the tools your child will need. Families that need pens, pencils, paper or additional school supplies for remote learning should contact their school office. Supplies for students have been donated to our schools through Schaumburg Township and the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce.

Teacher Assignments
Not sure who your child’s teacher is? Families are able to log into their parent portal account to see their child’s class teacher assignment. To set up a portal account, or if you have questions about the portal, please email [email protected].

Virtual Kindergarten Screenings
This year, we will be hosting all kindergarten screening appointments virtually during the week of August 24. Parents of kindergarten students will receive an email from your child’s teacher with more information.

Outstanding Student Registration Documents
If you have registration or residency paperwork, need to drop off a physical or have any other business at our schools, our buildings are open. To promote safety, we have new procedures for our visitors. All visitors are required to wear a mask, complete a COVID self-screener and have their temperature checked.

School Lunches
Lunches and milk will be available for pick up for families enrolled in our free and reduced lunch program. Call your school office to ask about lunch pick-up times and procedures. Visit the D54 free lunch web page for more information on qualifying for this program.