2020-2021 School Year
Dear District 27 Families,
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to school this fall and have created a plan for our reopening in August. Over the course of the past few weeks, we conducted our Parent Q&A Sessions, held numerous Advisory Committee meetings, and developed the details for a safe and productive opening of school.
We based our plan on adherence to the most recent public health information from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Center for Disease Control, and on the guidance of the Illinois State Board of Education. The plan is subjected to change as new guidance from these organizations is provided to best support the health and safety of our students and staff. All updates will be posted on our website under the 2020-2021 School Year tab and will be shared through all of our communication channels.
If Illinois moves from Phase 4 back to Phase 1, 2, or 3 due to a resurgence of the virus, it is possible that the governor will direct all Illinois schools to move to remote learning for all students for a period of time. On July 15, the number of regions that were originally established in the “Restore Illinois” plan was increased to 11, which redesignates Northbrook and its surrounding communities to be in a separate Suburban Cook County region. This change allows for more specific monitoring of cases within our region of the state and for the governor potentially to implement restrictions to individual regions as needed. As a district, we are preparing for this scenario and as always, are committed to keep you informed of any new developments.
Several weeks ago, the district asked parents to complete a preliminary anticipated student attendance survey. Combined with guidance and recommendations from several resources and input from our Advisory Committees, the data collected from this survey helped us formulate two options within our Reopening Plan for the 2020-2021 school year.
Option 1: Full day in-person instruction for kindergarten and first grade and a rotating schedule for grades 2-8.
For in-person instruction, all classes will adhere to the 6 foot physical distancing between students and the staff members.
Kindergarten and first grade students will attend school in person full time, 5 days a week, due to the creation of a new kindergarten campus to be housed at the Leisure Center on Walters Ave in our District. This new location is available due to a partnership with the Northbrook Park District and will allow our kindergarteners to attend daily, as well as to increase physical distancing space available at Hickory Point.
First grade students will attend at Hickory Point, and they will be divided into two classrooms with a teacher and an instructional assistant. The teacher will teach in-person to half the class and remotely to the other half of the class with the assistant. The teacher will move between the two rooms during the day so that all students are in-person with their teacher for about half the day. The teacher will use technology to direct the learning in both classrooms.
We will begin the school year on an A/B rotation for students in Grades 2-8. Students in these grades will attend school in person 2-3 days a week and remotely 2-3 days a week, depending on their individual schedules. While off campus, students will join remotely the class operating onsite at school. The remote students will receive live instruction occurring simultaneously with the students physically in school.
Option 2: Full Remote Learning
We know that in-person instruction may not be an option for some of our students with elevated health risks or for those students whose family members have elevated health risks. Families who do not feel comfortable with their children attending school in person are not required to do so. Their children will be able to attend the live class(es) synchronously.
With these options in mind, it is critical for parents to confirm for us their child(ren)’s attendance for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. We have provided a link on the 2020-2021 School Year, as well as within this document, to the Student Attendance Confirmation form. We will also share a link to this form within a direct email to all parents. We need for every parent to complete this form by July 22, 2020. This confirmation will give us final information about whether your child will attend school in-person or if your child will be in a full remote learning schedule.
We will revisit both options that are included in our Reopening Plan on October 1 and adjust accordingly. Full details of the plan can be accessed on the 2020-2021 Reopening Plan page.