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Live Chat with Superintendent Geraci

posted Nov 22, 2020, 10:13 AM by Stephen Geraci   [ updated Nov 22, 2020, 10:19 AM ]

We understand the enormous responsibility and challenges that Remote Learning placed on parents, guardians, and students as you had to create time, space, routine, and support for learning at home. We realize that all of our families are experiencing a difficult time and that there are many other needs, in addition to student learning, that is critical as we work through this crisis together.

We would like to thank our families for their cooperation with remote learning and listen to their concerns about a possible return to school in late January. We are also looking for possible School Board candidates and can share information about the upcoming election in the Spring. I hope that you can join us! 

Entendemos la enorme responsabilidad y los desafíos que el aprendizaje remoto impuso a los padres, tutores y estudiantes al tener que crear tiempo, espacio, rutina y apoyo para el aprendizaje en casa. Nos damos cuenta de que todas nuestras familias están pasando por un momento difícil y que hay muchas otras necesidades, además del aprendizaje de los estudiantes, que son críticas mientras trabajamos juntos en esta crisis.

Nos gustaría agradecer a nuestras familias por su cooperación con el aprendizaje remoto y escuchar sus preocupaciones sobre un posible regreso a la escuela a fines de enero. También estamos buscando posibles candidatos a la Junta Escolar y podemos compartir información sobre las próximas elecciones en la primavera. ¡Espero que puedas unirte a nosotros!

Phone Numbers
PIN: ‪307 604 179#‬

Cook County COVID -19 Recovery Program

posted Nov 2, 2020, 12:41 PM by Stephen Geraci

Student/Family Self Certification Form

posted Aug 23, 2020, 8:20 PM by Stephen Geraci

Student COVID-19 Self-Certification Form

Back to School Safely

posted Aug 7, 2020, 2:02 PM by Stephen Geraci

Dear Burnham Families, 

I hope that everyone is happy, healthy, and doing well at home. The health and safety of our students, staff, and community are of utmost importance. After assessing information available to the District at the federal, state, and local levels, and collaborating with other area schools, Burnham School District 154.5 has made the decision to start the 2020-2021 school year in a fully remote learning environment for students. The District is committed to providing resources to families with the goal of facilitating a productive and interactive learning environment for our students during remote learning. The same is true of providing additional support and resources for individual students. We will continue to monitor and assess the data related to COVID-19 and make data-driven decisions with the goal of transitioning to either a blended learning model or in-person instruction later in the fall semester. The District will reassess the fully remote learning environment by the end of the first quarter.

During the first week of school, there will be opportunities provided for in-person orientations for students whose parents feel comfortable sending their children to
school. Orientations will be scheduled on a specific basis during the first week of school. In order to meet the needs of our students in a remote learning format, the District will utilize its eLearning/remote learning plan. The District’s eLearning/remote learning plan can be found on the District’s website.

Successful implementation of this plan depends on the cooperation and active participation of all members of the District community. Together, by caring for ourselves and one another, we can ensure a safe and successful academic year. The remainder of this communication is intended to provide an overview of our back to school transition plan including the possibility of what a partial in-person blended learning plan may look like later in the school year.

Please click on the link below to review our Transition Plan. 

Back to Safely Transition Plan                                                                                                                                                              

Food and General Assistance Resources

posted Apr 21, 2020, 7:37 AM by Stephen Geraci   [ updated Apr 21, 2020, 7:50 AM ]


posted Apr 13, 2020, 9:14 AM by Stephen Geraci


There is no denying these times are unprecedented in our global and personal experience, and taking care of our families also means taking care of ourselves. 

The State of Illinois has set up the CALL4CALM program as a way to get in touch with a mental health professional if Covid-19 is causing you or others anxiety. You just text “TALK” (“HABLAR” for Spanish assistance) to 552020. You can also use this text number for “UNEMPLOYMENT” (“DESEMPLEO”), “FOOD” (“COMIDA”), and SHELTER (“ABRIGO”). This service is free of charge service

Burnham Remote Learning Plan

posted Apr 8, 2020, 11:32 AM by Stephen Geraci   [ updated Apr 13, 2020, 9:28 AM ]

Burnham Remote Learning Plan

Parent Square

posted Apr 4, 2020, 10:48 AM by Stephen Geraci

Please sign up for Parent Square to receive necessary communications from Burnham Elementary School

posted Jan 26, 2020, 9:44 AM by Stephen Geraci   [ updated a minute ago ]

Please sign up for our Parent square App at

Illinois School Safety Drill Act

posted Sep 18, 2019, 1:57 AM by Stephen Geraci   [ updated Oct 30, 2019, 6:11 AM ]

Burnham School District 154.5 complies with the Illinois School Safety Drill Act. Public Act 100-996 recently amended the School Safety Drill Act to require all schools in Illinois to conduct at least one (1) annual active shooter or active threat drill, effective January 1, 2019. The drill must occur within 90 days after the first day of each school year, meaning the 2019-2020 school year.  Pursuant to the amendment, these drills are to be conducted in order to evaluate the preparedness of school personnel and students in response to a school shooting threat, which has unfortunately become all too common in recent years.

This requirement previously provided that drills could be conducted on days and times when students were not present in the school building.  Following the amendment, the Act now requires active shooter drills to be conducted on days and times when students are typically present in the school building, and the drills must involve participation from all personnel and students present at the school at the time of the drill.  The Act does provide that administrators or school support personnel may, in their discretion, exempt students from participation in the drill.  Finally, the Act now provides that the appropriate local law enforcement agency must observe the administration of the drill.

The changes made to the Act are intended to ensure that students and staff are adequately prepared in the case of an active shooter emergency. 

El Distrito Escolar Burnham 154.5 cumple con la Ley de Simulacros de Seguridad Escolar de Illinois. La Ley Pública 100-996 modificó recientemente la Ley de Simulacros de Seguridad Escolar para exigir que todas las escuelas de Illinois realicen al menos un (1) tirador activo anual o simulacro de amenaza activa, efectivo a partir del 1 de enero de 2019. El simulacro debe ocurrir dentro de los 90 días posteriores al primer día de cada año escolar, es decir, el año escolar 2019-2020. De conformidad con la enmienda, estos simulacros se llevarán a cabo para evaluar la preparación del personal escolar y los estudiantes en respuesta a una amenaza de tiroteo en la escuela, que desafortunadamente se ha vuelto demasiado común en los últimos años.

Este requisito siempre preveía que los simulacros se podrían realizar en días y horarios en que los estudiantes no estaban presentes en el edificio escolar. Después de la enmienda, la Ley ahora requiere que se realicen simulacros de tiradores activos en los días y horarios en que los estudiantes suelen estar presentes en el edificio escolar, y los simulacros deben involucrar la participación de todo el personal y los alumnos presentes en la escuela en el momento del simulacro. La Ley estipula que los administradores o el personal de apoyo escolar pueden, a su discreción, eximir a los estudiantes de participar en el simulacro. Finalmente, la Ley ahora establece que la agencia local apropiada de aplicación de la ley debe observar la administración del simulacro.

Los cambios realizados a la Ley tienen la intención de garantizar que los estudiantes y el personal estén adecuadamente preparados en caso de una emergencia de tirador activo.

Burnham School now on Instagram

posted Jan 10, 2017, 11:54 AM by Stephen Geraci   [ updated Oct 30, 2019, 6:11 AM ]

Check out our Instagram page at burnham_school 

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