Northbrook School District 27

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Superintendent Weekly Message: August 7, 2020

Parent Message - August 7, 2020

Dear District 27 Parents,

We continue to prepare for the start of school on August 20th and are providing some additional information.

Preparation for a New Learning Model
The 2020-2021 school year will be unique in its structure, and the safety of students and staff will be paramount. In addition, the District is committed to quality instruction for every student. Our teachers and support staff have dedicated an abundance of time this summer to examine our practices, establish new strategies, hone our skills, and learn new methods of delivering curriculum to our hybrid and at-home learners. Professional development sessions will continue throughout the next two weeks so that all of our teachers and staff members are better prepared to greet students armed with new knowledge and a shared excitement to learn. We will also be conducting professional development throughout the year.
 
We also recognize that there will be a learning curve for our students with our new tools and this new style of teaching and learning. As we begin the school year, it will be important for all of us to keep in mind that it will take time to get fluid with the new routine. Video conferencing technology has dramatically improved in its features and reliability, but as is the case with all Internet based systems, interruptions may occur that are beyond your or our control. We graciously ask, in advance, for your patience and understanding as we work together with our students to navigate the uncertainties that may lie ahead.
 
School Newsletters
You will see today that our principals sent out the school newsletters. The principals will be providing information and procedures that will be implemented as we start school. 
 
Teacher Assignments and Class Schedules
We are currently working on the teacher assignments and the class schedules. They will be sent by the end of next week. We continue to finalize our staffing plan and will make the assignments as soon as it is complete. 
 
Safety Procedures
The essential components of mitigating risk (face masks, physical distancing, hand washing, and increased cleaning and sanitizing) for our students and staff remain steadfast. Today, we anticipate receiving updated guidance from the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) and will review the content in depth. We will align this guidance with our District 27 safety protocols and will send these safety measures out to you next week.
 
This morning, the Governor announced newly signed legislation that further supports and emphasizes the importance and requirement of wearing a face covering. We assure you that our safety guidelines adhere to this requirement. We are grateful to our parents for helping teach your child(ren) to appropriately wear a mask. Wearing a face mask within our school buildings is an expectation for all students and staff. Please make sure that your child has a mask that fits for his/her size. If you do not have properly fitting masks for your child, please order them now so they are here by the time school starts.
 
Before the school year begins, the second aspect of our safety protocols that your child may need help with understanding is the concept of six ft distancing. We have prepared this infographic for you to share with your child to aid in conceptualizing this expected distance requirement. In addition, teachers and staff have developed lessons and activities to support students with adhering to this expectation.
 
Quarantine Requirements Related to Travel and Other Exposure
With less than two weeks before the start of school, we want to reiterate the importance of every family taking full responsibility for quarantining if it is indicated due to exposure to COVID-19 or travel. The success of opening schools and keeping students and staff safe depends on everyone looking out for each other and demonstrating respect and responsibility. Please remember that students who are quarantining at their home while school is in session may participate in learning remotely, assuming their health allows them to do so. If your child must start the school year in quarantine, please notify the school office so that we can coordinate the pick-up of supplies and provide information regarding the first two days of schools. 
 
Start of School Webinars Scheduled
Even after reading our plan, reviewing the posted FAQs, and staying updated with weekly communications, we realize that parents may want more details about school procedures and students' daily schedules. You also may want to ask specific questions of the administration. Therefore NB27 has scheduled four opportunities for parents and staff to attend a Start of School Webinar on Wednesday, August 12 and Thursday, August 13. The Start of School Webinar will be structured with an overview explaining what a student’s school day will be like for both the hybrid and at-home learner, followed by answering questions that may be submitted during the webinar. These webinars will be grade level focused and one for at-home learners. The links to each of these webinars are provided below:
 
NB27 Start of School Webinars
Date Time Topic Zoom Link  Phone In
Wed. August 12 5:00 pm
K-1
In-Person Learner
Webinar
Call:
312-626-6799
Web ID:
869 1120 9665
Password:
541003
Wed. August 12 6:30 pm
2-5
Hybrid Learner
Webinar
Call:
312-626-6799
Web ID:
868 9575 0099
Password:
599866
Thurs. August 13 5:00 pm
6-8
Hybrid Learner
Webinar
Call:
312-626-6799
Web ID:
833 3630 4975
Password:
689957
Thurs. August 13 6:30 pm
K-8
At-Home Learner
Webinar
Call:
312-626-6799
Web ID:
822 2953 9849
Password:
 044954
 
Substitute Teachers and Volunteers Needed
We continue our recruitment of substitute teachers and volunteers for the 2020-2021 school year. Having a stable workforce is essential to the smooth and continuous operation of school.  As you can imagine, the availability of substitute teachers has significantly declined. Additionally, we have increased supervision and safety protocol duties. If you are willing to sub or volunteer, please fill out this Sub/Volunteer Round Up. Please note that all potential substitutes and volunteers will be interviewed and vetted to ensure adherence to our safety and wellness requirements.
 
Please continue to refer to the 2020-2021 School Year tab on the District website for new and evolving information. Thank you, again, for your support during this unprecedented time.
 
Respectfully,
 
David J. Kroeze, PhD
Superintendent of Schools