Northbrook School District 27 has been advised by the Cook County Department of Public Health to quarantine all students in a fifth-grade classroom at Shabonee School, out of an abundance of caution, under outbreak criteria. If you have not already been contacted by the District, your child is not required to quarantine. Students in that classroom were picked up rather than riding the bus.
We will shift to a remote learning environment for this classroom beginning today, with a return-to-school date of November 16, 2021. The remainder of our classrooms will stay open for in-person instruction.
The CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health define an outbreak as:
1. Multiple cases comprising at least 10% of students, teachers, or staff within a core group; or
2. At least 3 cases within a core group that:
- meet the criteria for probable or confirmed school-associated COVID-19 cases with symptoms onset or positive test results within 14 days of each other;
- are not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting (i.e. household) or outside of the school setting; and
- are epidemiologically linked in the school setting or school-sanctioned extracurricular activity
This classroom will undergo cleaning and disinfection in accordance with CDC guidelines. We ask all families to monitor their children for symptoms and to keep their students home when ill. We will continue to monitor cases and update the District’s COVID-19 Dashboard.
The CCDPH reassures us that school is one of the safest places to be given our safety protocols that are in place. Our contact tracing still points largely toward out-of-school transmission. SHIELD Testing at Shabonee will continue twice weekly for 28 days. We expect our District-wide SHIELD Testing to begin to roll out this week and will send an update on that shortly.
Please help your children adhere to COVID safety protocols outside of school, and especially as we approach the upcoming holiday season. We must work together to keep our schools safe.
Thank you for your partnership.
John Deiter, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools