• Please contact your child's bilingual teacher or contact Veronica Gott at vgott@district31.net if you need help translating daily learning plans to Spanish, Korean, or Mongolian. 

    New Information Updated (6/23/20)

    State-Wide Information

    On April 17, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker extended the statewide stay-at-home order, and ordered all Illinois school buildings remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. 

     

    On June 23, ISBE released ISBE Phase 4 Guidance for Schools, which will guide the District as we prepare for the fall.

    Phase 4 allows for in-person learning with safety precautions, which will allow students to return to school. If Illinois returns to Phase 3 or lower, the District will revert to E-learning.

    You can access the latest ISBE news and information by visiting their website at https://www.isbe.net/coronavirus

    The ISBE encouraged all schools that had the ability to implement E-learning activities to do so during the mandated closure. HOWEVER, to ensure equity across all districts, the ISBE has indicated that schools cannot count “E-learning Days” held from March 17, 2020 through March 30, 2020 as student attendance days, or count student work completed during these days towards a student’s grades.

    The state will support districts -- including districts 27, 28, 30, 31, 34 and 225 -- in their efforts to continue to provide meals to qualified students. 

    District 31 Information

    Although we all fervently wish for a typical start of the school year, the reality is that school, even if open, will need to look different until we reach Phase 5 in the Restore Illinois plan. With that in mind, our administrative team is working on several different models for the fall.  

    Our first model supports our ultimate goal of returning every student to the classroom in the fall utilizing recommended safety measures. This model would allow everyone to return to school, although the school environment and programming could look different than what kids and parents are used to.  

    Our second model develops a more robust e-learning system.  We anticipate this model to be utilized if conditions require schools to be completely closed once again for safety.  

    Our third model would look at a hybrid system of school attendance and remote learning if it is not feasible to safely have all of our students in school at one time. A goal of this plan would be to minimize health risks. This may include changes to attendance patterns and daily schedules.

    Tuesday, June 23, we shared draft fall plans with two advisory groups of staff and parents (before the ISBE guidance was released). Our conversations focussed extensively on what it would look like to return to in-person learning. The ISBE guidance we have received further supports the District's draft plans.

     

    Utilizing the feedback from the advisory committee, we will review the draft models at the Board of Education meeting on June 25.  In addition, we will continue communication with our District 31 community and plan for some virtual Town Hall type meetings in early July to allow for community comments and questions.

    Of course, when it is safe to do so, a full return to “normal” will be celebrated.  In the meantime, your administrative team is working on the plans above as swiftly as possible, while still awaiting anticipated guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education. We know our families need these plans as quickly as possible to help plan for the fall and support student transitions.  We appreciate your partnership and patience as we thoughtfully develop workable models to best meet the needs of all in our community.

    During this time, we reflect on all the ways that our community continues to support each other.  We appreciate your kind words and grace and flexibility during this difficult time. If anyone in our school community needs meals or support, we invite you to reach out using the email community31@district31.net or contact your principal or social workers and we will do our best to assist you in finding the support you need. 

    E-Learning Specifics

    • E-learning opportunities began Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and ran through June 4, 2020.  
    • Every day by 9 a.m., students and parents received emails from principals and staff outlining the E-learning expectations for the day.
    • Teachers offered virtual “office hours” to answer questions and offer support to students and parents.  
    • By 3 p.m.,  students filled out the attendance form that was included in the daily emails.
    • Materials focused on practice, extension and enrichment.
    • E-learning required students to participate in approximately five hours of educational opportunities. A breakdown of expectations is posted below.

     

    Winkelman:

    • 75 minutes ELA
    • 75 Minutes Math
    • 60 Social Studies/Science
    • 35 PE
    • 40 Specials
    • 15 SEL

    Total:  300 minutes or 5 hours




    Field:

    • 35 Math Strategies/Guided Study/Reading Intervention/ Arts Plus, Spanish
    • 60 ELA
    • 60 Math
    • 40 Social Studies
    • 40 Science
    • 35 PE
    • Band Assigned not to exceed 30 min a day or two hours a week

    Total:  300 minutes or 5 hours

    *Individualized IEP, 504 and EL services/ materials will be provided based on individual need through the E-learning structure. 

    *We recognize that students complete work at different rates.

     

    Building Community

    Although we are advocating social distancing, we would love to continue to build community...even if it is remote! Please continue to share photos of what you are up to on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WestNorthfieldD31/. We have been adding photos daily that are sent to us from students.  We encourage you to use the hashtag, #community31 for any pictures showcasing our wonderful District 31 community during this time.

    Supporting Local Businesses

    The Northbrook and Glenview Chambers of Commerce are developing promotions to encourage community members to shop at local businesses whenever possible. 

    The Glenview Chamber created this list of businesses that are open and offer services for our socially distanced world. The Chamber has deemed Thursday as "Takeout Glenview Night," to encourage you to order out or buy a gift card to use any night. 

     The Northbrook Chamber has also created a list of restaurants offering take-out, curbside and delivery service.  The Chamber is working on sharing updated information through the Northbrook Shopping Elf Facebook page and the Live Shop Dine Northbrook mobile text program. 

    Support During School Closures

    • Technology Support: 
      • Call 847-313-4490.  Leave a message with your name, student name, problem with technology device and a contact number. This line is monitored and phone calls will be returned.
      • Email e-techsupport@district31.net 
      • District 31 has a limited number of iPads available for K-2 families and a limited number of cellular “hot spot” devices for internet that can be checked out.  If you are in need, please contact Dave Del Boccio (ddelboccio@district31.net).  
      • Comcast is offering two months of free Internet service to low income families.  Click here for more information.
      • If a school issued device breaks or stops working, please contact tech support via “Tech Support Desk” options below.
    • Educational Supports or General Questions
      • An administrator will be in our buildings each day from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. in case a student or family member needs to enter the building to gather materials or if anyone needs support.  We encourage families to call or email prior to arriving at the school buildings. The administrative team and office staff will primarily be working remotely.
      • The District and school website are being updated to include any needed information about school closures and news.
      • Teaching staff will be monitoring their email to field questions from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Winkelman 
        • 847-832-2201 (number will be monitored)
        • Principal Dr. Erica Berger (eberger@district31.net)
        • Assistant Principal Nino Alvarez (nalvarez@district31.net)
    • Field
        • 847-313-4452 (number will be monitored)
        •  Principal Dr. April Miller (amiller@district31.net)
    • District 31 Support
      • 847-313-4417 (number will be monitored)
      • Superintendent Dr. Erin Murphy (emurphy@district31.net)

    Other Assistance

    District 31 is partnering with our food service provider, Quest, to provide free breakfast and/or lunch opportunities as needed to support our families. Because we want to make sure Quest prepares the appropriate amount of meals, we ask you to sign up using this form. If you have questions please contact Assistant Superintendent Cathy Lauria at clauria@district31.net. View Program Information. 

    • The Northfield Township and Maine Township food pantries are open.
      • Northfield Township Food Pantry, 2550 Waukegan Rd., Suite 100, Glenview, IL 60025, 847-724-8300
      • Maine Township Food Pantry, 1700 Ballard Rd, Park Ridge, IL 60068-1006, 847-297-2510
      • Please contact the food pantries directly if you are unable to come in and need food or if you have any other questions. 
      • If you would like to support the food pantries, please donate. Learn how you can donate and what food items are needed at https://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/locations/northfield-township/and https://mainetown.com/departments/food-pantry/.  
    • Our social workers are available to offer any needed support.
    • Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic    
    • Homeless Families can request help from the North Cook Intermediate Service Center. (NCISC) Learn more at https://www.ncisc.org/Page/1049. NCISC is also looking for donations. Please consider donating at https://www.ncisc.org/Page/2154.
    • Community & Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA)'s Family Support and Community Engagement, otherwise known as FsACE, provides a range of services and case management to help stabilize and support individuals and families residing in Suburban Cook County. Learn more at www.cedaorg.net. 

    Glenview Northbrook Coronavirus Task Force 

    In March, 2020 District 31 joined other public entities in Glenview and Northbrook in the Glenview/Northbrook Coronavirus Response. We are working collaboratively and proactively to share timely, accurate information. District 31 remains committed to providing a safe environment for students and staff. 

    As leaders in Glenview and Northbrook, together, we are strongly committed to protecting the health and well-being of all our community members. We have formed the Glenview-Northbrook Coronavirus Task Force, made up of representatives from the municipalities, schools, township, park districts and libraries in our communities. Members come together regularly to share information and resources about the novel coronavirus, and the illness that it causes, COVID-19. The entities will take consistent and coordinated action whenever possible.

    We also are committed to providing accurate, timely and valuable information. To that end, expect to receive a joint weekly message each Friday for as long as there is concern about the novel coronavirus. A newly created web page (http://www.glenviewnorthbrookcoronavirus.info) will provide vetted information to help Glenview and Northbrook community members understand the facts and get answers to frequently asked questions. We will continue to update the page as necessary with more specific guidance in the event of confirmed cases in Northfield Township, and any protocols that our organizations and our communities as a whole will follow as a result. 

    We follow the guidance of the Cook County Department of Health, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the novel coronavirus

    Here are a few details we would like to highlight at this time: 

    • The CDC’s Travel Health Notices page.
    • We encourage you to practice healthy habits to reduce the spread of germs, including: 
      • Stay home if you are sick, and keep sick children home.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
      • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol content and is not expired.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
      • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
      • Do not share eating utensils or drinking containers.

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    Community leaders from Glenview and Northbrook met Wednesday, March 4,  to share resources and information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

     

    Additional Resources 

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