FAQ

If you are new to District 54, please visit our New Families website for all the information you need to register your child.

If you are a current family and wish to register your child for next year, log in in to the parent portal. If you have previously created a portal account and cannot recall your username or password, you can reset them yourself from the parent portal website. If you have never created a portal account, please email [email protected] to create one.

The first day for the 2024-25 school year is August 15 for students in grades 1-6. Kindergarten will have their first day on August 22.

This information is sent to each family. If you have not received your bus information or have questions, please contact Transportation Services at (847) 357-5104 or e-mail [email protected].

Lunch times and recess times are alternated to maximize space and student safety. Please send your child with their lunch daily and refrain from dropping off lunches. Einstein’s lunch and recess periods are listed below:

11:00-11:45  3rd and 6th grades
11:45-12:30  Kindergarten, 1st, 5th grades
12:30-1:15    2nd and 4th grades

For more information, visit our Lunch & Recess tab.

Please note: On Half-Day Inservice days there are no lunch periods since students are dismissed at 11:40am.

The U.S. McKinney-Vento Assistance Act defines homeless children as those who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime abode. In general, children or youth living in motels, transitional housing, shelters, the street, cars, parks, bus or train stations, abandoned buildings and other inadequate accommodations may be considered eligible for McKinney-Vento services. 

For more information, visit sd54.org/registration/mckinney-vento. If you think you might qualify for McKinney-Vento services please contact Jennifer DiGioia, District 54’s McKinney-Vento liaison, at (847) 357-5043 or Tom Bookler, McKinney-Vento School Districts Liaison for the North Cook Intermediate Service Center, at (630) 386-0883.

A common dilemma that parents face is “when should I keep my child home from school?” It’s not easy as parents more and more today are juggling the responsibilities of family and work. Here are some guidelines to follow.

Know the difference between a cold and the flu:

  • Flu is a serious illness and symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, or muscle aches. With the flu, symptoms come on very quickly. It is advised to contact the doctor if these symptoms are present.
  • Symptoms of a common cold include stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, and hacking cough. Often, cold symptoms come on gradually., Although the common cold is usually not serious, if symptoms are severe, it is a good idea to keep your child home to rest, rather than spread the cold to other children at school.

Keep your child home from school if:

  • He has a fever. This means a temperature 100 degrees or higher. Keep your child home until they are fever free for 24 hours.
  • She has vomited. Keep your child home until they are symptom free for 24 hours and able to tolerate solid foods
  • He has diarrhea. Encourage good hand washing to prevent the spread to other family members. Keep your child home until they are symptom free for 24 hours and able to tolerate solid foods.
  • She is coughing frequently or having any sort of breathing trouble.
    He has a rash that is spreading. Check with your child’s doctor to see if it is contagious before sending your child back to school.

In order to help prevent the spread of illness in school, students with a fever 100 degrees or more may not return to school until they are fever free for 24 hrs without the use of fever reducing medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Your child’s School Nurse is available every day and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. They are committed to working in partnership with parents to promote student health.