October 9, 2020

Dear District 28 Families:

As we wrap up the first full week of October, I’m thankful for our students, teachers, support staff members, and all of our D28 families.  We’ve had an incredible seven weeks of school for both in-person and remote learning.  Yes, this year has a very different feel to it, but we all are adapting and giving it our all, so the students have the best education possible under very challenging conditions.

Health Certification Form
When you receive the health certification form for each child on Monday, you’ll notice we’ve added a question. This new question will help us more quickly isolate students as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health and therefore creates a safer school environment for everyone.  It is similar to the one that asks, Has your child experienced any of the following symptoms during the last 24 hours?”

The added question reads:
Has anyone in your home experienced any of the following symptoms during the last 24 hours?
Fatigue; Fever (over 100.4); Chills; New loss of smell or taste; Cough; Congestion; Sore throat; Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; Muscle or body aches; Nausea or vomiting; Diarrhea; Headache

🗹 No

If you answer “yes” to this question, we are asking you to call the school nurse as there may be some exceptions whereby your child may not have to remain home from school.  The additional question allows our nurses to respond more quickly to someone experiencing COVID-like symptoms.

On behalf of the Board of Education and staff, thank you for your words of encouragement and your notes of appreciation.  They have buoyed our spirits and reminded us how fortunate we are to serve the District 28 community.

In partnership,

Larry A. Hewitt, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Let’s Stay the Course
As of this week, all of the public schools in Northfield Township have welcomed back students and staff into their buildings for some level of in-person teaching and learning. It has taken strong community collaboration to get to this point. Members of the Glenview Northbrook Coronavirus Response task force have shared information, ideas and resources -- which we have shared with you. 
Businesses and other organizations have followed the guidelines for safe operations. 
The local school districts have implemented stringent health and safety protocols, and have been consistent and clear in promoting “the three Ws” -- wear masks, watch distance, wash hands. Parents have been partners in reinforcing those messages and completing daily health screenings for their children. 

COVID Dashboard
The districts track their COVID data. The elementary districts also track data on this dashboard, which currently shows moderate to minimal community transmission. If we can keep those numbers low -- if we can all take personal responsibility to wear masks, watch our distance and wash our hands, the critical actions we all need to take to mitigate the spread of coronavirus -- we are so hopeful that our schools will remain open and that other restrictions in our community can slowly and safely ease. 
Halloween Happenings
No doubt, Halloween will be different this year. The Village of Northbrook has established guidelines for safe trick-or-treating on October 31, and other Halloween celebrations. 
One of those safe celebrations is Northbrook’s Halloween Spooky Trail, presented by the Village of Northbrook, the Northbrook Arts Commission, the Northbrook Park District, and the Northbrook Library. 
Northbrook residents and businesses can decorate their porch, house, front yard, or front window, and sign up to be listed on the Spooky Trail Route and be eligible to win prizes from local businesses
Then, on Saturday, October 31, residents can drive the Spooky Trail. Start your adventure between 4-6 p.m. at the Northbrook Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, where there will be live music, glow bracelets, and Spooky Trail route maps, along with People's Choice award ballots. Then drive the trail through Northbrook to see some creative Halloween displays and vote for your favorite. The route ends at the Park District Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Ave., with giveaways, spooky fun, and participant photos ending at 8 p.m.
In the spirit of giving, consider a “treat” for those in need
Donations of non-perishable food items or grocery store gift cards can be dropped off at the Library Parking lot before you start on the Spooky Trail. Donations will help support the Northfield Township Food Pantry.
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