Frequently Asked Questions
Additional questions and answers have been posted to each category on the following day:
|Curriculum / Assessment||August 19, 2020|
|Policy / Procedures||October 22, 2020|
|Facilities / Safety||August 22, 2020|
|School Day / Student Schedule||August 19, 2020|
|Special Education / Support Services||August 19, 2020|
|Social Emotional Support||August 16, 2020|
|Technology||August 22, 2020|
|Transportation||August 19, 2020|
|Other||October 19, 2020|
- Curriculum / Assessment
- Policy / Procedures
- Facilities / Safety
- School Day / Student Schedule
- Special Education / Support Services
- Social Emotional Support
- What type of movement will the teacher be doing during class?
- What will PE look like for 100% remote students?
- How frequent will 1:1 communication be between the teacher and students?
- What type of teacher development has been done to prepare for the new model?
- Will band, orchestra, and/or chorus be offered during the 2020-21 school year? How will safety issue be addressed?
- Will kindergarten students have the opportunity to practice virtual learning in case the District needs to adjust to everyone learning remotely?
- Will the remote learning instruction be the same as in-person instruction?
- Will there be a library for Kindergarten students to use at the Leisure Center?
- Do you have a syllabus for Kindergarten courses that you can share with us?
- How will students learning remotely be able to ask questions of their teachers?
- What will PE look like? Will students have PE when they are in school? Will masks be required during PE? Will students at WO use the locker rooms?
- Will the schools hold a curriculum night (assume virtually) shortly after school opens, similar to previous years?
- Was there consideration of hiring additional teachers?
- How are the teachers being supported to provide synchronous instruction?
- How do remote students interact with and receive support from the teacher(s)?
- Will ELP programming and different math courses be available?
- Are there dedicated teachers for remote learning?
- Will the District administer standardized assessments?
- How much homework will students have?
- Will the daily lessons be identical across classes in the same grade level?
- Will the students be doing partner and group work/projects?
- Will Kindergarten Teachers have an aide in the classroom?
Band and orchestra lessons will be provided remotely for all students, and will be conducted at times that are not interfering with their core academics.
Orchestra students will have some small ensembles because the students can play their instruments safely in a space that is adhering to 6 feet of physical distancing.
Band students will have an opportunity to gather together to build a culture of ensemble, but no wind instruments will be played so as to not cause any safety concern for the students and staff. The teachers will provide instruction on music concepts, rhythm, ensemble protocols, and a culture of performance community.
Chorus will be temporarily suspended and re-evaluated as new guidance is provided that would permit safe participation.
Students who have requested to be fully in virtual learning, as well as the days when in-person students will be on their remote day, will all have synchronous teaching with their teacher. Throughout the day students will have a break from the screen time and will work on assignments and have movement. Grading will be the same for all students.
PE is part of the student's schedule. For students in grades 1-8, they will have PE instruction each day they are at school in person. For kindergarten students, they have either PE or structured recess everyday. For remote students, the PE time is designated on the class schedule and students are directed to engage in physical activity on their own. We will have PE outside as much as the weather permits. When outside and physically distanced, students will be allowed to take off their masks. Wood Oaks students will not be changing into their PE uniforms. Thus, they will not use the locker rooms.
We are in the process of working through the curriculum to determine how to provide an engaging physical education program while adhering to safety guidelines. A key emphasis will be on student agency and building fitness habits of mind and routines, which students will need to apply during their remote days.
We are working on our plan for 100% remote students. This discipline does not lend itself to the synchronous learning model. We will have more information in mid-August.
The ability to have more in-person instruction is dependent upon the number of teachers and instructional spaces available. We are using all the spaces we can throughout the building to adhere to 6-foot distancing. We are hiring additional teachers at Wood Oaks as well as reassigning some teachers to core content classes so that we can implement the Wood Oaks A/B schedule. The District will also be hiring additional instructional assistants at various school locations.
We have been engaged in significant planning for employing synchronous instruction. Professional development was provided in May and has been occurring throughout the summer to prepare for any form of remote learning. Professional development and targeted training on tools will continue to be provided in August and throughout the school year. Our Technology Department will support the staff. With that being said, we all need to be patient as we launch the school year. It will take significant time and training for the students to become familiar with the their schedules and new way of doing school. Additionally, the teachers appreciate your patience and understanding as they work through challenges they encounter. Having realistic expectations, especially at the beginning of the year, will help greatly as we adjust to a very different teaching/learning experience. Even with in-person instruction, many adjustments are required due to physical distancing and management of classroom materials.
With the synchronous instruction model, remote students are considered active participants in the class. As appropriate, the teachers will enable features such as the microphone and hand-raising on the web conferencing platform to allow students to interact in real-time with their classmates and teacher. Depending on the subject and assignments, remote students may remain in the synchronous classroom while doing some independent work in order to ask questions and receive feedback/clarification from the teacher.
We are using a synchronous learning model which means that remote students will learn with students attending the same class in-person. In order to have a 100% virtual class, families would need to commit for an entire year to that model, and we need to have the volume of students by grade level to allow for a virtual academy.
Homework expectations will be similar to what happens in a normal school year. Students attending 100% remotely will have the same homework expectations as those attending in the hybrid model. The staff have been working on tools and strategies for ensuring that they can view the students' work and provide feedback as appropriate, regardless of whether a student is at home or in-person at school.
The teachers will be implementing the grade level curriculum, which contains well-articulated lessons. We believe that in general students should experience the same curriculum regardless of assigned teacher. With that being said, each teacher has autonomy regarding how a lesson may be executed, which includes instructional methods, pacing, etc.
We are in the process of reviewing all lessons within each content area in light of how physical distancing may impact the delivery of them. We will be making significant adjustments to lessons, including the elimination of some learning experiences that can't be executed while maintaining physical distancing. We continue to look for creative solutions to the extent possible.
- When can all students return to full-time, 5 days per week, in-person instruction?
- I have two kids at the same school. Can they be dropped off at the same door?
- Can a parent occasionally choose to keep their child home for remote instruction?
- How will parents be notified if there is a case of COVID-19?
- If a member of the household feels ill, should the student stay home from school in case they have been exposed?
- Will each school have specific arrival and dismissal procedures?
- What is the definition of close contact?
- Who will do contact tracing?
- Is contact tracing only performed when a positive test is received?
- If a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case is identified in a classroom, or on a school bus, who will be considered close contacts that need to be quarantined for 14 calendar days? Will this include the entire classroom or all the students on the bus?
- If the close contact and the COVID-19 case were both wearing their cloth face coverings when the exposure occurred, is the close contact still required to be quarantined?
- Is a physician’s note required to return to school after a “close contact” to a case completes 14 calendar days in quarantine?
- What is the definition of an outbreak in schools?
- Are visitors allowed in the school building?
- Will the schools notify parents/guardians, students, and staff of a positive case of COVID-19?
- Can our child bring a water bottle?
- Why are students switching classrooms midday rather than teachers?
- What are the specific safety guidelines and protocols in place for specials at Shabonee and Wood Oaks for shared supplies and performance-based classes (art, music, band, PE, etc.).
- How is the District addressing teacher health needs?
- Will students need to be accompanied to school and signed in by a parent or may they walk independently?
- How will staff members (teachers, IA, nurses, support staff, etc.) health be regularly monitored?
- Is there a protocol to quarantine the entire family for those with family members that are traveling to hot spots?
- When will students be allowed to take off their masks?
- Would there be a scenario where a child may attend in-person learning 5-days a week?
- Why is the District not able to offer a 5-day per week in-person learning option?
This District has continued to follow state guidance from all agencies. The Governor’s “Restore Illinois” plan permits students to come back to school fully in person when the state reaches Phase 5 as defined in the plan. In this phase, the following is in place: “The economy fully reopens with safety precautions continuing. Conventions, festivals, and large events are permitted, and all businesses, schools, and places of recreation can open with new safety guidance and procedures.” It is the District’s intention to follow this guidance.
If a student is sick, then we would ask that they stay home. A student who is not feeling well can participate in remote learning, if the parent chooses. A student who is home for quarantine can also participate in remote learning. When feeling well, students should always follow their original selection for either in-person or completely remote learning to help teachers account for every student.
The new definition of "close contact," as released by the CDC on 10/21/2020, involves anyone who was within 6 feet of a confirmed case of COVID-19 (with or without a face covering), for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. The period of close contact begins 2 calendar days before the onset of symptoms (for a symptomatic person) or 2 calendar days before the positive sample was obtained (for an asymptomatic person). If the case was symptomatic (e.g., coughing, sneezing), persons with briefer periods of exposure may also be considered contacts. Close contacts to a confirmed case of COVID-19 are required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 calendar days starting from the last day of contact with the confirmed case.
Close contact is determined by the length of time an interaction with another person occurred. An interaction with another person for less than 15 cumulative minutes is not considered close contact.
Contact tracing will be performed by the Local Health Department (LHD), sometimes in partnership with CCDPH or a community-based organization. However, schools can assist the CCDPH by identifying all close contacts with a confirmed or probable case. Documentation of assigned seats and taking photos of assembled classes can be useful in helping schools determine who was within 6 feet of a given case.
The District will be adhere to confidentiality laws pertaining to school student records, including exceptions for release of information in the event of an emergency and requirements to notify parents and create a record of emergency releases of information. (105 ILCS 10/6(a)(7); 23 Il. Admin.Code 375.60).
Exposure in a classroom should be limited to everyone with whom the confirmed or probable COVID-19 case had close contact, within 6 feet, for at least 15 cumulative minutes throughout the course of a day. Exposure on a bus must include everyone who sat within 6 feet of the confirmed or probable COVID-19 case for 15 cumulative minutes or longer. A possible approach to identifying close contacts on a bus would be to include persons who sat 3 rows in front and 3 rows behind the confirmed or probable COVID-19 case.
Two confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections occurring within 14 calendar days of each other in individuals in the same classroom would meet the case definition for an outbreak. This is because the cases would be epidemiologically linked (known exposure to) with respect to place (same classroom) and time (within 14 calendar days). This would prompt an investigation by the LHD that may result in recommendations for testing and quarantining all students/staff in the affected classroom.
We will limit any nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations, as possible. Visitor management procedures will be developed. This will include the recording or documentation of the individual's reason for visit, contact information, and all locations visited, in case contact tracing is needed. Hand sanitizer will be readily available for visitors to use upon entry.
Yes, the schools will be notifying parents/guardians, students, and staff of confirmed COVID-19 cases. In addition, the schools will work in partnership with the local health department to provide relevant information needed for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 infection for use in surveillance and contacting tracing public health activities.
Our Math/Science/Social Studies rooms are equipped with SMART flat panels. Our Reading/LA classrooms do not have this technology. The delivery of lessons, especially in math, depend on the use of this technology, especially with synchronous learning. The flat panels are not designed to be moved between classrooms on a daily basis. We have designed cleaning processes to address the change in classrooms in the middle of the day.
Similar to core content areas, students will not be sharing materials from day to day or period to period. If any tools or equipment are used by students, such as paintbrushes, they will be assigned to a student and then placed in quarantine until ready to be used safely again. Students in band will not be playing their instruments at school. The only exception is percussion.
Traveling individuals, including students, are expected to self-quarantine in the home they are traveling to in suburban Cook County and should avoid close interactions with non-traveling household members until the 14 days have passed. Other household members who did not travel from a designated "high-incidence" state are not required to self-quarantine. The CCDPH continually updates the guidance regarding travel.
Students will be expected to wear a cloth mask while in the school building and within their classroom. This requirement, combined with the 6 ft physical distancing, will help mitigate the risk of transmitting COVID. Students will be able to remove their mask when eating lunch and when they are outside of the building.
The District is closely monitoring the numbers of in-person students vs. remote learners for each class and comparing these numbers with the maximum room capacity based on the 6 ft distancing requirement. In accordance with the ISBE Guidance, a high priority is to be placed on providing in-person instruction for students with IEPs, 504 plans, and/or who receive English Language supports. Keeping the safety of students and staff as a priority, we continue to evaluate whether it would be possible to increase attendance for some of our in-person learners.
We based our reopening 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. (links to these supplemental resources are available on this web page) In order to provide the safest environment for our students and staff, a key objective of the plan was to provide as much in-person learning as possible while maintaining 6 ft physical distancing within all school areas across the entire day to aggressively mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The space capacity within all NB27's school buildings does not allow us to offer in-person learning for all students every day and still meet this key objective of maintaining 6 ft. physical distancing.
- What are the guidelines for face coverings?
- What is the process to enter school buildings each day?
- What are the cleaning/sanitation protocols?
- How is the District addressing ventilation in the schools?
- How will the District handle restrooms?
- What are the safety protocols during lunch and recess?
- What procedures will be in place to help students adhere to the 6 ft distancing requirement?
- Why can’t students eat lunch outside?
- What is appropriate cough and sneeze etiquette?
- Will the schools have hand sanitizers?
- How will physical distance be maintained?
- Will the Northbrook Park District program follow the same protocols as District 27?
- How will symptoms of illness be managed throughout the school day?
- If a student is sent home sick with suspected COVID-19 symptoms, must all their siblings/household members be sent home as well and quarantined for 14 days?
- Will supplies be shared in the classroom?
- Will the Kindergarten students use the same playground equipment as other Park District children?
- What will the drop off and pick up process look like for each school location?
- If my child misplaces his masks during the day, will a replacement mask be available?
- Will mask breaks be built into my child's schedule?
- Are children in grades K-2 restricted to staying with their own classmates all day?
- Is the District using plastic/plexiglass shields at student workstations.
- Will the District be permitting students to attend the in-person learning if they have a mask exemption?
- Will students be taught how to properly wash their hands?
- Will furniture be disinfected throughout the day at Wood Oaks with students changing classes?
- Are parents allowed to personally purchase and provide extra Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for students that will attend in-person?
- How are you ensuring that teachers / staff are "healthy" on a daily basis?
- How will you be conducting school safety drills (ie-active shooter, evacuation, etc) for those students who will attending the in-person learning?
- Will Shabonee students use lockers this year?
- Has the District considered the use of outdoor tents to give students more opportunity to be outside?
- How are large spaces being used in the District?
- How will playground equipment be cleaned? Will students need to keep physically distant and wear masks outside?
- Will water fountains be disabled? How will students stay hydrated throughout the day?
- Will the Leisure Center be used for other Park District programs while that building is used for NB27 Kindergarten instruction? How will visitors be managed?
- What security measures will be in place at the Leisure Center?
- Will there be a nurse on-site at the Kindergarten Center?
- What safety measures are you implementing?
Face coverings must cover one’s mouth and nose, and fit snugly against the sides of the face with no gaps. Acceptable face coverings include: disposable face coverings, cloth face coverings that can be laundered, or KN95 masks. The CDC does not recommend the use of athletic face coverings or neck warmers. Face coverings with valves are not permitted. In conjunction with 6 feet of social distancing, face coverings will be worn at all times, by each individual, except during lunch, outdoor classes (including PE), and outdoor recess.
If a student or staff member is unable to wear a face covering safely, a medical certification is required, which will be reviewed on an individual basis by the District 27 Administration. However, a remote learning/working environment in all likelihood will be assigned for that individual.
The District requires a daily self-certification (health questionnaire) to be completed for both students and staff prior to entry into the school building. Student/staff ID cards will be scanned upon arrival to confirm that the self-certification has been completed. A “green” light will appear if that individual has already completed the daily health questionnaire, or “red” light will appear if they have not. Any individual who receives a “red” light must step aside for further assessment.
In addition to the daily health questionnaire, each individual will have their temperature read via a free-standing, non-contact temperature reader. A “green” or “red” light will appear after each scan. If an individual receives a “red” light, they must step aside for further assessment.
Cleaning and sanitation protocols include classrooms, restrooms, high-touch surfaces throughout the building, lunchrooms, and nightly cleaning. Hospital-grade/EP- registered disinfectant cleaning supplies will be used in all areas. Technology equipment will be cleaned and sanitized using specialized cleaners.
The District will document best practices with our HVAC systems, including filters, increased air flow, and preventive maintenance. In addition, windows will be opened if feasible to assist with fresh air flow. The District will periodically have the HVAC engineer inspect the equipment and make recommendations for improvements.
All restrooms in District 27 will be completely cleaned nightly with a hospital-grade/EPA-registered disinfectant. During the school day, the restrooms will be periodically monitored for supplies and cleaned with the same product. Additional custodial staff will be added to assist with cleaning and sanitation tasks. All restrooms will have signage on the walls and floors. Students and staff will be expected to adhere to 6 feet of distancing while in the restrooms. Students will be trained on restroom use and protocols.
Students will be divided into cohort groups for lunch. They will be separated by at least 6 feet. Per the IDPH guidance, students will be permitted to take off their masks to eat and then put them back on while inside the school building. There will be a recess time provided during the lunch hour and, whenever possible, students will go outside and can remove their masks while physically distancing by 6 feet.
Recess times will be provided by teachers during the day, giving the students an opportunity for movement and also to take off their masks if it is possible to go outside. During the outside time, students can remove their masks while physically distancing by 6 feet. If recess is inside, students will need to wear their masks but will have an opportunity for movement.
Each school will have signage placed throughout the school building to remind students and staff of the safety guidelines that must be followed. Signage will address at least four areas and any other areas as determined to communicate safety measures:
Proper use of face covering
Adherence to 6 feet physical distancing
Proper hand hygiene
Directional signage in the hallways
When in the school buildings, each student and staff member should remain 6 feet away from another individual whenever possible. All student desks will be spaced 6 feet apart and the teacher will have a space in front of the class that will maintain the 6 feet of distance. In addition, signage will be placed throughout the schools to direct the flow of traffic in the buildings/hallways. Wood Oaks Junior High will also have directional signage for stairwells - either going up or down, not both.
The District will implement a COVID-19 Exclusion Guidance entitled: Decision Tree for Symptomatic Individuals in Pre-K, K-12 Schools and Day Care Programs Opens in New Window Opens in New Window .* The District will follow this guidance.
The flowchart includes direction to quarantine. Each building will have an identified isolation room for immediate quarantine if deemed necessary by the school nurse until parent/guardian pick-up. The child will be accompanied out of the building by a staff member. Staff members who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms will be asked to leave the school building for further medical evaluation.
If any of the household members is being evaluated for COVID-19, the rest of the household must be quarantined until an alternative diagnosis is made or a negative result received. If the sick student becomes a confirmed case or probable case, the CCDPH will conduct contact tracing and will provide guidance on how to safely quarantine and isolate within the household.
Supplies will not be shared in the classrooms. Students will be given many supplies and others will be acquired by parents. If any supplies are used in the classroom, they will be cleaned, sanitized, and quarantined in accordance with the IDPH guidelines before being used with another class of students.
Since students will be expected to wear a properly fitted mask for extended periods of time while in school, it is important for parents to help their child practice wearing a mask. Students will not need to wear a mask while eating lunch or whenever they are outside (during PE / recess / other outdoor classes). Six foot distancing will be expected to be followed at all times.
Students will eat lunch following six feet social distancing. The total number of students present will be in accordance with the CDC / IDPH guidelines. The only other time students will be with other groupings is outside at recess. Two classes have structured recess together outside with six feet social distancing.
Disinfectant pump spray will be available in every classroom for use on the student desks prior to the next class. This task would be handled by the classroom teacher or the instructional assistant. In addition, students from one class to the other will be sitting in different desks that the student from the prior class so that the disinfectant will be able to fully dry from the cleaning.
The District will be renting one large (30x50) tent for each school location. These tents will allow some teachers (e.g. art, music, PE) to hold their class outdoors as weather permits, and when appropriate for the lesson. Teachers whose lesson is taught in conjunction with remote learners will not be able to teach outside. The tents will give us flexibility for other types of activities as needed.
Playground equipment will not be available for student use during the school day. During the first month of school we will be practicing routines with students and will demonstrate and reinforce the importance of 6 ft distancing; supervisors will continue to monitor and guide student behavior. Students will not be required to wear masks during recess and will maintain 6 ft distancing.
The Northbrook Park District will be developing all protocols in coordination with School District 27 in the coming weeks. During the day, evenings, and weekends, the Leisure Center will be open for registered program participants only and entry will be controlled. For a variety of reasons, many programs have been relocated to other Northbrook Park District facilities and with all of the large program spaces dedicated to the kindergarten classes, anticipated attendance is expected to be very low. During school hours, walk-in and public use of the facility will not be permitted unless they are escorted by a Park District employee.
Safety of our students and staff is our top priority. The following safety measures have been established and will be implemented at all Northbrook SD27 locations.
- Masks - Per Illinois State Board of Education guidance, we will require all people in the building to wear masks.
- Symptom checks - Students will be screened daily with temperature checks, or parents will self-certify their children. We have not yet determined what our process will be for temperature and symptom checking prior to coming to school each day. We have the ability to use a self certification process but are still investigating options. More information will follow. Students who feel sick should stay home, and the quality of our remote learning will allow students to keep learning if they are able.
- Cleaning - We have enhanced our cleaning procedures to meet or exceed CDC and IDPH guidelines.
- HVAC - Our heating and cooling engineer is adjusting the systems to include more fresh air in the buildings
- Physical Distance - We will begin the school year by implementing a six-foot social distance requirement in our classrooms, hallways, cafeterias, and offices. We also will be marking our floors with arrows and signage to guide traffic flow.
- Quarantining - We are developing procedures in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Public Health on how we will implement quarantining for students and staff who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or who have close contact with someone who is later diagnosed with COVID-19. Guidance is still being developed by the health agencies. At present, we will designate isolation rooms in each building.
- Visitors -- Per state guidance, we will severely restrict access to campus for anyone other than students and staff.
- Lockers - Will not be used.
- Will August 24 be a remote learning day for all children?
- Will remote learners have regular access to library books? If so, how?
- Will drop off and pickup times for Kindergarten students be changed for those parents that have students at multiple schools?
- How are primary level students assigned to their specific classroom?
- Please provide more detail regarding lunch/recess. Will students need to only use disposable bags for their lunches? Are children restricted to bringing certain food types due to other student allergies?
- Will class instruction for various subjects be the same time each day and each week: for example, PE, recess, music, art, etc.?
- Will there be an opportunity for my children to meet their teachers?
- Who do I contact if I want to change my decision regarding in-person / hybrid learning to fully remote learning?
- Wil Kindergarten students who will be participating in fully remote learning participate in art and music lessons?
- Will Wood Oaks have the STEAM Electives this year?
- Is the district prepared if we are required to implement full remote learning for all students?
- Will students have the opportunity for a snack break?
- Since lockers will not be used at Wood Oaks, how will the 6th - 8th grade students manage carrying all of their books, school supplies, and personal items between classes?
- How will Wood Oaks students be grouped in their classes this year and will there be efforts to create some cohorts to reduce the mixing of students throughout the day?
- How many students are in a 1st grade classroom?
- Will there be an opportunity for 3rd grade students to tour Shabonee school?
- When will students be able to attend full-time to school?
- Will holidays, school breaks, and teacher institute days be accounted for when building the A/B schedule so that all in-person learners have an equal number of in school days?
- What are the school day hours for each location?
- Will the students that are on the A schedule, have the opportunity to interact in person with the students who are on the B schedule?
- Will students at Shabonee switch classes? If so, please describe the desk cleaning procedures.
- What is the expected class size for in-person learning since students will be adhering to 6 ft distancing?
- Will the kindergarten center have a unique start and end time?
- What size classes do you expect for each in-person Kindergarten class?
- How will specials classes (Art / PE / Music, etc.) be taught at the Kindergarten Center?
- Will special requests for siblings and / or friends to attend on the same schedule be honored?
- If we select the in-person option for our child now, can we switch to the full remote option later, if COVID cases increase or if my child is not successfully managing the in-person schedule?
- What will the school day look like from a scheduling standpoint?
- How will lunch be handled?
- Will siblings be scheduled to attend school on the same schedule?
- Will students be able to visit school before it starts, especially those who are entering a new school and were not able to attend an in-person orientation this spring?
- Will you offer a fully remote option?
- Can you tell me about this new kindergarten campus at the Leisure Center? Why was kindergarten the grade level selected to attend school at this location?
- Will the Adventure Campus program be available?
Parents who have children at multiple campuses will complete a google survey - which has been shared in the Kdg/HP principal newsletter - requesting extra time at pick up. The pick up window typically takes about 20 minutes. Students who are remaining after 3:20 pm are supervised in a designated area until the parent arrives at the main entrance Door A.
The class development process is incredibly elaborate and carefully planned each year in an effort to promote a nurturing culture for learning and a positive rapport between the children and the teacher. We have three primary goals when developing class sections:
- Ensure that each child’s academic needs are met.
- Pair each child with another student or groups of children for social-emotional success.
- Consider teacher styles.
Student may bring their lunch in either a disposable bag or a reusable lunch container. Students will be grouped at lunch with the same cohort of students and will sit at six foot distances from each other. The principals will communicate with families if any allergies exist that would restrict what types of foods students may bring for lunch.
We feel students need a break from the technology usage during the day. Art, Physical Education and Music will provide suggested activities for students learning remotely, and those activities will be asynchronous. The Fully Remote Student Coordinator will check in with the students regarding art, music, and PE work. Additionally, the teachers will provide opportunities for communicating them.
We are suspending our STEAM courses for the 2020-21 school year. Unfortunately, many of those STEAM courses simply were not feasible given the need for physical distancing and not sharing materials. Even more limiting was our need to use the teachers of those STEAM courses to teach more sections of their core content areas, enabling us to keep class sizes low enough to fit into our rooms on an every other day basis. It is our plan to bring those STEAM courses back next year as long as our current constraints have been removed.
The Wood Oaks schedule will provide cohort groups for unified arts, PE, lunch, study hall, and elective classes, thus reducing the number of students mixing between classes. Attempts were made to group students together through the core portions of the day, but the number of different course combinations and the availability of teachers at the correct times created an unmanageable arrangement. With the A/B arrangement and the cohorts for the non-core portions of the day, students will be exposed to a limited number of students throughout their day.
All Shabonee students will participate in a virtual meet and greet in the days preceding the start of school. To maintain physical distancing guidelines and make final preparations prior to the start of school, a meet and greet for third graders will not be possible. Teachers and staff are planning small group building tours during the first in-person days of school so that staff can address student questions and help our youngest Shabonee students get acclimated in a safe and nurturing manner.
In accordance with the Governor's Restore Illinois Phase IV, schools will reopen but must follow strict safety guidelines. The District is following all the IDPH and CDC guidelines along with a direct relationship with the CCDPH. One provision of this guidance is to maintain 6 foot physical distancing. With this guidance, the District's reopening plan maximizes space to have as many children return as possible. Once the District receives additional guidance that would permit more students in our current space, we will re-evaluate our plan to determine if more students can return to school.
School day hours for students will be the same as they have been in the past:
Supervision of children is provided 15 minutes prior to the start of the school day at each location.
In grades 2-5, we anticipate that classes will be divided approximately in half; all classrooms can accommodate 10-11 students while maintaining 6 ft distance between all students and staff. For grades 6-8, the classroom sizes vary; however, in every case we will only assign a maximum number of students into a classroom that allows us to adhere to the 6 ft distance requirement.
Given the complexities of the schedules and classes, we will be assigning students to the most reasonable schedule possible. The District is doing everything possible to schedule siblings at the 2-5 level. In addition, at Wood Oaks, 6-8 grade siblings have been scheduled on the same A or B day. Students have been assigned to an A or B schedule dependent upon each level of Math, World Language, and Extended Learning Program (ELP). This method ensures equally sized classes that would fit into our Wood Oaks classrooms while observing the 6ft distancing requirement. Please know that every move has a ripple effect on multiple other sections; we need to be cognizant of class sizes so that we do not exceed the occupancy numbers allowed within each classroom. Requests for friends to be on the same schedule cannot be considered.
Parents who begin the year with their child attending school in-person, may change their mind at any time to have their child participate in school via the full remote option. However, a student that moves to the full remote option must remain in this at-home schedule until at least October 31. The option to switch to in-person learning for all students in the full remote schedule will be available after 10/31.
The school hours will remain the same as in prior years for each school. Our staff will modify instructional plans to reduce student contact, sharing of material or equipment and maintain the 6 foot distancing. Face masks will be required by all students and staff members. Additional details can be found in the reopening plan and parents can also expect to receive additional school specific information.
The K-5 meet and greet sessions prior to the start of school will take place virtually. Children in grades K through 5 will be able to meet their teacher(s) and see the classroom via a virtual meeting. Sessions will take place between August 17 and 19. Details to join these sessions will be shared closer to the start of school when they are finalized.
In grades 6-8, we are finalizing plans to get incoming 6th grade students into the building prior to the first day of school. This would be a chance for them to find their first period classroom (homeroom), discuss some of the logistics of the first day of student attendance, and potentially take a brief walk around the building. Students would attend this session based on their assigned A or B attendance day. More details will be communicated with 6th grade families about this opportunity in early August.
Yes. We will make a fully remote learning opportunity available to students who:
- Have a verified medical or mental health condition that prevents them from attending school in person.
- Are unable or unwilling to wear a mask during the bus ride and throughout any in person learning.
- Because of the fluid nature of the pandemic, there may be additional circumstances under which a parent would request a fully remote learning opportunity previously not identified.
- All students will have their own District device and will join their class daily for synchronous instruction throughout the day.
- Parents who opt for a fully remote option will need to maintain this preferred schedule for their child until Oct 31st.
A new kindergarten campus to be housed at the Leisure Center on Walters Ave. in our District has been created. This new location is available due to a partnership with the Northbrook Park District and will allow our kindergarteners to attend daily and to increase physical distancing space available at Hickory Point. The Leisure Center was a District 27 school years ago and is well-configured for classroom instruction. The size of the classrooms at the Leisure Center is large enough to allow a class of kindergarteners to learn within the same room while adhering to the 6 ft distancing requirement.
- What accommodations are planned for students that have difficulty hearing teachers in regard to microphones/masks?
- Will students at the Kindergarten Center receive IEP services?
- What services will be provided for students with IEPs? How will evaluations be performed?
- What is the plan for kids with 504 plans? Will there be additional opportunity for in school time beyond the alternating schedule?
- When / how will 504 meetings be held?
Students with IEP's will receive the services indicated on their IEP. When they are in-person, those services will be provided during the in-person class. On their remote day, services will be provided while the student is logged into their special education or general education classroom. Social work and speech/language services will be provided as indicated in the IEP - we are currently determining whether those services will be remote or in-person. Evaluation and reevaluation will be conducted in a manner that is within the guidelines of safety protocols in the school. Consideration may be given to high need special education students for additional attendance days if deemed necessary, and if capacity limits allow.
504 meetings are reviewed annually. All 504 plans are reviewed with the educational team at the beginning of the school year. If a parent requests a 504 meeting, we will get that scheduled as soon after the school year begins as possible. For the start of the 2020-21 school year, 504 and IEP meetings will be held virtually. This may continue throughout the school year depending on conditions moving forward.
- Please describe any measures the District plans to help build connections between remote learners.
- What are the District plans to address the SEL needs of the students as they reengage in school? Will SEL be prioritized more so than in previous school years?
- How can I support my child's mental health needs and get them excited for a different experience at school this year?
Remote students are assigned to a classroom with a designated teacher. We will be working on community building in the classroom with all of our students. In addition, the district has designated a teacher to serve as the District Coordinator for Remote Learners who will regularly check-in with students and provide additional support for remote learners.
The District has identified this as a key area of focus as school begins. Our social workers have been engaged in planning this summer to provide information, support and resources to staff on how to support students as they return to school. Staff at each building will participate in a professional development strand during opening institute days that will address trauma, classroom engagement, supporting student behavior, etc. In addition, emphasis has been placed on the importance of continuing our Second Step curriculum to help support the social/emotional needs of students.
Children take their cues from you. It’s important to be calm and proactive in your conversations with children; actively listen to your child and validate their feelings. Try to reassure your child that it is okay to feel overwhelmed, scared, sad, or angry about how school will be different this year. Wearing a mask may be a new challenge for your child. As much as you can, give your child time to practice wearing their mask before they need to wear one at school. Teach them how to put it on and take it off. Your child may also find it difficult being physically distanced from friends and teachers while at school, you can encourage them to think about other ways to bond and stay connected. Reassure your child that a lot of adults are working hard to keep families safe and remind your child that he/she also can help prevent germs spreading by washing their hands with soap, and by coughing or sneezing into their elbow.
Try to talk about the positives too; your child will be able to see his/her friends and teachers and continue learning new things.
- Can you connect Bluetooth devices to the District Chromebook?
- When will students receive their Chromebooks?
- Why are students required to use District-administered Chromebooks?
- Will Kindergarten students bring their Chromebook home on a daily basis? If not, what device will be used if my child needs to be quarantined?
- What is the screen size of the student Chromebook?
- How much bandwidth will be needed in my home so my child(ren) can successfully participate in remote learning and video conferencing?
- Will each child be issued a computer?
- What type of technology support will be available for my child when using his / her Chromebook while learning at home?
The District will be providing all students in grades K-8 a Chromebook. Students in grades 2-8 will bring these devices home with them each day and will be expected to charge them overnight. The kindergarten and 1st grade students will not be transporting these devices back and forth from home to school on a daily basis. If a Kindergarten or 1st grade student needs to learn at home for an extended period of time, arrangements will be made with the parent to pick up a District Chromebook for use at home, if needed.
- What are the safety protocols for transportation?
- If my situation changes regarding my child's transportation needs, is it possible to register for the NB27 bus service after the school year begins?
- What do I need to know about bus service this year?
- Will kids be allowed to ride bikes to school and leave them on the racks?
The District will implement the following safety protocols for transportation service.
Students must wear a face covering at all times on the bus.
No more than 24 student riders will be allowed per bus to enhance 6-foot physical distancing.
The following cleaning/disinfecting procedures will be implemented by North Shore Transit:
Each bus will be cleaned and disinfected prior to the first route of the day.
Drivers will wipe down and sanitize touchpoints, i.e. handrails, seatbacks, steering wheels/controls, etc., after every route.
This year our new bus company is North Shore Transit. We will send registration to you for the bus service. Buses will run their regular routes. Per the guidance from the transportation company, we will permit a maximum of 24 riders per bus to enhance the physical distancing. All passengers must wear face coverings on the bus. There will be no late bus or buses for extracurricular programming.
- Can students travel internationally?
- My child only has a runny/stuffy nose and no other symptoms. Do I need to keep them home?
- Will there be a need for snow days if the schools are set up for virtual learning?
- What are the safety protocols for extra-curricular activities?
- Will remote learners receive supplies from the District?
- Can you share what percentage of students have requested full remote learning? What percentage of teachers and support staff will work remotely?
- What alternative options are available for families of full time working parents to assist with caring for children when they are learning at home?
- When should parents expect to receive the pre-ordered school supply kits?
- Can you share the results of the preliminary Student Attendance Survey conducted in June?
- Will "hot lunch" be offered this year?
- Will parents need to purchase school supplies?
- Will the District offer childcare for students?
A runny/stuffy nose is considered a symptom of COVID-19. Your child will need to do one of the following two things:
The District has an E-Learning plan posted on our Curriculum Department webpage that outlines the plans for the District to implement remote learning if schools need to be closed due to inclement weather or other emergency.
During the pandemic, no extra-curricular activities will be held at least for the beginning of the school year. These activities will be re-evaluated as the year progresses. There will be no sports activities as this would require travel to other districts, it would be difficult to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
The Northbrook Park District, in partnership with District 27, is offering a new program to assist families who have children attending school in a hybrid learning model. The attached information is for the new Park District program Community TIES – Together in Educational Support Opens in New Window .. Please review the information posted on the Northbrook Park District website and register for the lottery before Friday, August 7, 2020. Families will be notified of enrollment status no later than August 12.
In addition, the North Suburban YMCA (NSYMCA) will be offering Remote Learning Days for families that need supervision and care for their 2-5th grade students. This program will run weekdays from 8:15-3:15. To meet the varying schedules of our area schools, parents can register for 2, 3 or 5 day options. Please click here for more information.
Supply kits purchased from the Shabonee PTA will be waiting for students in the classroom upon their first day of in-person learning. If a supply kit was purchased from the PTA and the child attends full remote instruction, parents will be able to pick up these materials at a time designated by the school, along with other materials needed for instruction.
This past June, a student attendance survey was conducted by the District to get a sense of parents' thinking about returning to school at that moment in time. The results indicated that 90% of parents would send their children back to school, while the remaining responses indicated that more information was needed or that the parents would not send their children. We just completed our final confirmation of attendance now that we have announced our reopening plan. The link was active until Friday, July 24th. We are now following up with any parent who did not complete the form and will have more results by next week.
Due to the complexities of starting this school year, we will not be offering hot lunch for students at all locations as the school year begins. In addition, parents may not bring fast-food lunches to school for their children. All students should be prepared to bring their own lunch. Please know that decisions related to offering "hot lunch" to students will be revisited in October.
School supply lists, for students in grades 3-8, can be found on the District's website. The schools will provide supplies for students in grades K-2. Primary grade teachers may ask parents to supplement with a few necessary items this year.
Although we understand the need for childcare for some families, unfortunately, the size of our schools and our student enrollment do not afford us this possibility. We are leveraging every available space in our buildings in order to maintain 6 ft physical distance. Therefore the district cannot offer childcare services.