Parent Message: Opening of School Plan

Parent Message: Opening of School Plan

Dear Parents,

We hope you and your families have enjoyed your time together this summer. The 2022-23 school year is just around the corner and we cannot wait to welcome our students back into the buildings!

Our District Administration has been busy preparing for the start of the school year, working within the joint IDPH and ISBE COVID guidelines released July 5 by the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education.

Like so many in our community, we yearn to make this school year as normal as possible for our students and staff. Safety and educational excellence are our absolute top priorities. Therefore, we have developed an Opening of School Plan for the 2022-23 School Year that focuses on our students’ classroom learning experience and social-emotional wellbeing, while maintaining layered COVID mitigation strategies to the greatest extent possible. The final plan will be approved by the Board of Education on August 11 and posted to the District website on August 12. The plan is subject to change as health guidance evolves throughout the school year. 

Daily School Operations

School-specific information will be coming from the school principals shortly. Keep an eye out for these principal newsletters as they will walk you through daily operations in your child’s building.

Plan for Curriculum Nights

Curriculum Nights are coming up quickly (August 23-29), and we are excited to offer these experiences in-person without a parent/guardian attendance limit this year. However, please note that we will also be offering a livestream experience for those who wish to attend remotely. Additional information will be forthcoming from the school principals. 

Below are some highlights of the Opening of School Plan for the 2022-23 School Year. As always, we thank you for partnering with us to provide our students with an exceptional school year ahead. We are grateful for your support.


John Deiter, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools


COVID Dashboard

The District maintains a COVID Dashboard on the District website that is also accessible via the Northbrook 27 Mobile App. This Dashboard tracks positive COVID cases by grade level and school building. It is updated each school day as cases are reported to the District.

Face Masks - Optional

Face masks are optional in school buildings and on buses. Face masks will be recommended when the region’s transmission level is designated as high. Situational masking is required in the school health offices, and masks may be required on a limited, case-by-case basis to ensure ADA compliance with certain students or staff. Masks may temporarily be required as special circumstances necessitate, such as a classroom outbreak.

Weekly COVID Testing

The District continues to partner with Ravinia Health for optional take-home COVID testing (RT-PCR test via nasal or oral swab). The tests are free of cost, with or without insurance, for all students, staff, and District families who register. Insurance information is requested but not required. Anyone who accidentally receives a bill from insurance should contact Ravinia Health directly; the bill will be waived.

New this year, Ravinia Health is requiring that each testing participant completes a consent form each week of testing. Test kits will be sent home each Monday and returned to school each Tuesday, with the first week of testing beginning Monday, August 29. Online consent forms are due each Monday for the following Tuesday’s test collection. The enrollment deadline is August 18 in order to participate in the first testing window. Enrollment will not be carried over from the previous school year. 

Link: Register for Ravinia Health testing (form required 1x per year)
Link: Consent to Ravinia Health testing (form required weekly)

While it is not required, we highly encourage that our student athletes and music participants opt into the weekly testing program.

Ravinia Clinical Labs emails each family directly with results, positive or negative, as well as the respective school nursing staff.


Anyone who tests positive for COVID is required to isolate for a minimum of 5 days (if able to mask for an additional 5 days with symptoms improving) or isolate for a minimum 10 calendar days (if unable to mask and symptoms improve). 

Remote Learning

Students who are isolated due to COVID will receive school work that can be completed at home or instructions on how to access remote learning options. It is up to the child and their parents to decide if they feel well enough to participate remotely.

Staying Home When Sick

We ask our District families to continue to be proactive by keeping their children home when sick. COVID testing is free and readily available for anyone experiencing symptoms.


Visit our Safety Protocols page for frequently asked questions and more information.