News

April 19, 2021

Dear Hoover Families,

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 open schools on August 16 with students attending in person five days a week. 

However, given the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and the medical needs of some students or their family members, we are also offering families the choice of remote learning for the 2021-22 school year. These students would participate in the District 54 Virtual Learning Academy.

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.  Please note that this is a full-year commitment.

In-Person Learning
District 54’s plan for in-person instruction next year will be less reliant on technology. Students will engage in small group, differentiated instruction as they have in years past. While they will still have devices, they will also engage with books, write with pens and pencils, and work on hands-on projects. 

Teachers leading in-person classrooms will not be assigned any remote students, and will only engage on Zoom if one of their students needs to quarantine for COVID-related reasons. 

To keep our students and staff healthy, District 54 will continue to implement the mitigation strategies defined in state guidance. By adhering to these strategies, we anticipate being able to offer music concerts, a modified junior high athletics program, clubs and extracurricular activities.

Virtual Learning Academy
The Virtual Learning Academy will include students from across District 54. District 54 teachers will lead these classes, but your child’s teacher may not be from their school.

The instruction will be based on the District 54 curriculum but designed specifically for remote learning. Social-emotional learning lessons will continue to be embedded in the curriculum to support the student needs during this pandemic. 

  • Elementary students will have 2.5 hours of live instruction in math and literacy with teachers through Zoom, and 2.5 hours of combined synchronous and asynchronous science, social studies and specials (art, music, PE or library) each day.
  • Junior high students will have live instruction with teachers through Zoom for 80 minutes of language arts, 60 minutes of math, and 40 minutes each of science and social studies daily for 3.5 hours total. They will also have 40 minutes of PE and 80 minutes of electives synchronous and asynchronous.
  • Early Learning Center students will have a half-day of synchronous and asynchronous instruction each day.

Special education, gifted and bilingual services will be provided. However, dual language and Chinese immersion programs will not be offered in the Virtual Learning Academy. Families of students with IEPs in self-contained classrooms will receive a separate email today with more detailed information about instructional offerings next year. 

Dates will be set for supply pickup in August, so that students can receive any technology, textbooks and other supplies necessary to engage in virtual learning.

Extracurricular activities will be open to students in remote learning.

Make a Selection by May 14
Again, please log in to families.sd54.org using your portal log-in information by May 14. If you have not created a portal account yet, please email [email protected] for assistance. 

Thank you for your support and flexibility throughout this worldwide pandemic. As you may know, health and safety guidance from the state and federal government is subject to change at any time, and we cannot predict what may happen in the months ahead. However, we can promise to keep you informed and to continue to put the wellbeing of our students and staff at the forefront of our decisions.

Sincerely,

Cassie Zingler, Principal