Families & Students

Again, this year, we will be implementing a child sexual abuse prevention program in our schools as the result of the passage of Public Act 097-1147, also known as Erin’s Law.  This law expanded upon previous legislation and required child sexual abuse prevention education for children beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing through all grade levels.  Our students will be participating in lessons in their classrooms over the next several weeks.  If you have any specific questions, please contact the main office. A letter with more specifics about this law can be found here.  Click here for a printable version of Erin’s Law Letter


This year we will once again have our Halloween parties and parades. The PTA will be providing activities and crafts for students to enjoy.

Below are the guidelines for our Halloween Parade and celebration to ensure that we all have a good time:

  • Children should bring their costumes to school. Students cannot wear costumes or makeup to school. Please make certain that your child can put their costumes, within a relatively short time.
  • Be certain that your child can see through any mask or head covering.
  • Costumes worn at school cannot have weapons, look-alike weapons (squirt guns, chains, plastic swords, etc.), fake blood, gore, scary costumes, or costumes depicting violence.
  • Please ensure that costumes are appropriate and not offensive to all ages at our school.
  • Please do not send food, candy, or drinks with your child for the class party. Any food, candy, or drink sent to school will be sent back home with your student.
  • We ask that you do not have your child leave at lunch to put a costume on at home. They will be provided time before our Halloween events begin. 

If weather permits, the Halloween parade will be outdoors starting at approximately 1:00 PM. Our parade will begin out the front door, circle around the parking lot, park and blacktop before heading back inside. Family members can stand in front of the building or in the middle of the blacktop to take pictures, while the students parade around the perimeter. Class parties will be held immediately after the parade.

Every year, District 54 welcomes hundreds of new families into our community and we are so excited for you to be a part of it. If you are new to Nathan Hale, we hope to make this transition a simple and seamless one. If you are a returning Nathan Hale family, welcome back! 

This section hosts useful information for new families, such as registration instructions, immunization and residency requirements and screening information. 

This section also hosts useful information for all families, such as attendance and school hours, links to the parent portal and PTA, and more. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Nathan Hale office or the district office.

We all know arrival and dismissal in our parking lot is a very busy time. Please be mindful to follow our procedures we shared at the beginning of the year(Click here for Hale Arrival and Dismissal maps). We specifically ask that parents are not double parking in either of the lanes. You should not be parking your vehicle outside a parking spot. If when you arrive our lot is full please use one of the surrounding side streets. 


Free COVID-19 Testing 

  • District 54 is offering free COVID-19 testing to all students and staff.  This free testing will take place all school days at the School District 54 – Rafferty Administration Center at 524 E. Schaumburg Road, from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Click here for a printable version with more information on the SHIELD Testing  If you are struggling to log into the Shield Patient Portal or see your child’s results, please contact the SHIELD patient portal support at (217) 265-6059.

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.

COVID Dashboard

 With suburban Cook County now in a level of high community transmission of COVID-19 (Cook County Department of Public Health), District 54 has decided to create COVID Dashboards on each school’s website to provide families and staff with a transparent summary of instances of COVID-19 reported to District 54. A positive case indicates that the student or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Please report cases of COVID-19 to our school so that we can initiate contact tracing. Parents/guardians of students identified as close contacts will be contacted directly to discuss next steps. District 54 will update these dashboards by 3 p.m. on Fridays when school is in session.  Click here to view the Hale COVID Dashboard



2021-22 First Star Student Assembly 

Congratulations to all the Star Students!!!


multiple male and female students sitting on gym floor during an assembly