Dear District 27 Parents,
Thank you for your grace and understanding with the recent shift to an adaptive pause. We were proud to be one of the very few school districts who were able to hold in-person instruction at the start of this school year and are eager to resume in-person instruction on January 19. We will continue to remain in close communication with our District families as we monitor the community health metrics, local and state guidance, and our staffing levels over the course of the next several weeks.
We also thank you for completing the recent parent feedback survey. Your feedback and partnership is crucial during this unique school year. While reviewing our staff survey results, it became very clear that teachers are in need of more time for instructional planning, technology professional development, and lesson modification for the synchronous teaching environment. Redesigning all aspects of their lessons to fit an online learning environment continues to be complex and time-intensive.
With this in mind, we have been working to identify ways in which we can ease this burden on our staff with as minimal disruption to our District families as possible. We have therefore revised our 2020-2021 school year calendar to include five full School Improvement days where students will not be in attendance:
- Friday, December 18 (B Day – Extension of Winter Break)
- Friday, February 12 (A Day)
- Friday, March 19 (B Day – Extension of Spring Break)
- Friday, April 23 (A Day)
- Friday, May 14 (B Day)
The four dates following December 18 must be secured through an Illinois State Board of Education waiver process and are pending approval. As forecasted last month, Friday, February 5 will be a No School day so that everyone is able to access a Parent/Teacher Conference slot during the conference window.
We recognize such calendar changes can be inconvenient for our District families and can assure you that we have worked diligently to find the least disruptive solution. Our teachers will greatly appreciate your support and gift of time as they continue to develop and redesign lessons that can be executed in a digital environment, whether that be remotely or hybrid. The revised 2020-2021 calendar can be found here.
2021-2022 School Calendar Approval
The Board of Education took formal action to approve the 2021-2022 School Calendar yesterday evening. The approved 2021-2022 calendar can be found here. Please note:
- Our teachers will formally begin on Monday, August 16.
- Students will begin on Thursday, August 19.
- We will have two and a half weeks of student attendance prior to Labor Day.
- Our last day of attendance is scheduled to be Tuesday, June 2, 2022.
- All major breaks are aligned with District 225.
- There are five additional emergency days built into the calendar should we need to use them, as required by the State.
We do not have sufficient information at this time to know what state restrictions and safety measures will be in place for the 2021-2022 school year resulting from the COVD-19 pandemic. We anticipate knowing something more definitive by spring and will make any adjustments to the 2021-2022 calendar at that time.
Community Collaboration: COVID-19 Update
The Glenview Northbrook Coronavirus Response task force has posted its latest update detailing Northfield Township COVID-19 metrics, how local organizations will be changing their operations to fit Tier 3 state mitigations, local business information, and the Northshore University HealthSystem Safety Ambassador program.
I hope you and your families have a safe and enjoyable weekend. Please check your principal newsletters for specific information related to your child(ren)’s school as we head into our last couple of days before Thanksgiving break.
Dave Kroeze, PhD.
Superintendent of Schools