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Parent Message: August 16, 2021

Dear District 27 Parents,

Before I dive into another COVID update, I would like to say thank you to our parents and the Northbrook 27 community. As I am settling into my new position, the staff here has mentioned many times how supportive our community has been as the district has navigated through this pandemic. I know that we were all hoping that we could move beyond the COVID restrictions and protocols; unfortunately, many of the restrictions are still in place to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. I would like to thank you for your continued support and cooperation. We know that navigating the pandemic has been just as difficult for families as it has been for the schools.      

That being said, we cannot wait to see the students on Thursday as we officially kick off the 2021-22 school year! I do want to recap just a few of our safety protocols to help things run as smoothly as possible. Please note that all of our safety protocols are listed out in an FAQ on the District website and they will continue to be updated as guidance changes throughout the year. 

Face Masks 
Face masks are required for all students, staff, and visitors, at all times (except for lunch) when inside our school buildings, regardless of vaccination status. We appreciate your partnership in adhering to this mandate from our state, as well the guidance of our local health department. 

In-School COVID Testing
Our District is in the process of establishing a state-funded, weekly saliva testing program (SHIELD) for unvaccinated students and staff. We have been advised by SHIELD organizers that this program is intended only for unvaccinated individuals in order to make the testing process more manageable across many school districts. Similarly, the testing program will take several weeks to be up and running, due to the fact that it is being so widely implemented across the state. Testing will be built into the school day and a permission form will be forthcoming. Participation in this program is highly encouraged as it can help us detect cases with a 24-hour turnaround time and identify clusters or outbreaks before they become widespread. 

We are also finalizing details on a Test-to-Stay program for students and staff who are participating in SHIELD. With Test-to-Stay, close contacts in the school setting can test 1, 3, 5 and 7 days after exposure to a positive COVID case. If they remain without symptoms and continue to test negative, they are able to stay in school and do not have to quarantine. We are targeting a mid-September launch for both weekly testing and Test-to-Stay, and will be sure to share more detailed information as it becomes available.

Travel Guidelines
DOMESTIC: Per the Cook County Department of Public Health, any unvaccinated persons traveling from an Orange state on Chicago’s Travel Advisory map should obtain a negative COVID test result no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Suburban Cook County or quarantine for a 10-day period upon arrival. The test can be PCR or rapid antigen if asymptomatic. Vaccinated persons do not need to quarantine or receive a negative test. Negative test results should be submitted to the school nurse prior to returning to school. 

INTERNATIONAL: Per the CDC, all international travelers must have a negative test result prior to travel to the US, regardless of vaccination status. Further, unvaccinated persons should obtain a negative COVID test result 3-5 days after arrival in Suburban Cook County. The test can be PCR or rapid antigen if asymptomatic. Negative test results should be submitted to the school nurse prior to returning to school.

Curriculum Night 
We are thrilled to offer in-person Curriculum Night open houses this year, although they will look a little different than years past. We are asking families to limit attendance to one parent per household. The events will be livestreamed so that additional parents can tune in from home. Per CCDPH guidelines, physical distancing in the classrooms will be at 3 feet and universal masking will be required. Principals will be sharing more information as to how the events will operate within each specific school. We look forward to seeing you then!

Form to Document Vaccination Status
Vaccination documentation allows us to streamline our contact tracing process, as vaccinated individuals do not require quarantine for close contact. Vaccinated individuals can also be excluded from the weekly saliva testing program. A form has been established for families who are willing to submit their student’s completed COVID vaccine card (meaning the student was eligible for the vaccine and successfully received both doses). We have established a secure process to upload a photo of the card as outlined below:

  1. Make sure that you are logged out of any other Gmail accounts on your browser. 

  2. Navigate to the District website at NB27.org and click on “Student COVID Vaccine Form” under the 2021-22 School Year tab.

  3. Log into the form using your student’s Northbrook 27 Gmail credentials and upload a photo of your student’s vaccine card.

We are available to assist with this process. If you have any trouble, please email us at info@nb27.org.

Glenview/Northbrook Coronavirus Response Task Force
Our community task force has released its latest Coronavirus Response update, including vaccination resources and good news stories from throughout the area.

Thank you for your continued support. This year again presents some unique challenges, but we will persevere together with safety and high-quality education at the very forefront of our daily operations. 

Sincerely,

John Deiter, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools