Please contact your child's bilingual teacher or contact Veronica Gott at email@example.com if you need help translating daily learning plans to Spanish, Korean, or Mongolian.
New Information Updated (3/31/20)
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a statewide “Stay at Home” order that took effect on Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m. and will run through April 30. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the order.
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
Right now schools are closed through April 30.
The state designated March 17-30 as Act of God Days. The current guidance is that these days will NOT have to be made up at the end of the school year. The Illinois State Board of Education is encouraging all districts that are able to provide educational opportunities. However, their guidance is that attendance doesn’t count and work completed--or not completed--can not negatively impact a child’s grade or academic standing. Thus, the teachers focused on practice, enrichment and extension.
Teachers and administrators have been working hard to prepare remote learning opportunities, recognizing that families and students have diverse needs during this challenging time. We are most enthused by opportunities to connect with our students via video conferencing. We will continue remote learning during these school closures, using newly released information from the Illinois State Board of Education as a guide.
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. We thank the staff members who prepared and manned the distribution of K-2 iPads today. If anyone in our school community needs meals or support, we invite you to reach out using the email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your principal or social workers and we will do our best to assist you in finding the support you need. We look forward to the day that we can connect again in person.
- E-learning opportunities began Tuesday, March 17.
- Every day by 9 a.m., students and parents will receive emails from principals and staff outlining the E-learning expectations for the day.
- Teachers will offer virtual “office hours” to answer questions and offer support to students and parents. The office hours for all staff are as follows:
- 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
- 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
- By 3 p.m., we ask every student to fill out the attendance form that will be included in the daily emails.
- Materials will focus on practice, extension and enrichment.
- E-learning requires students to participate in approximately five hours of educational opportunities. A breakdown of expectations is posted below.
- There was no E-learning during spring break (March 23-27)
- 75 minutes ELA
- 75 Minutes Math
- 60 Social Studies/Science
- 35 PE
- 40 Specials
- 15 SEL
Total: 300 minutes or 5 hours
- 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.
Although we are advocating social distancing (just a reminder to avoid playdates, parks, or teen hangout times), we would love to use spring break to build community...even if it is remote! Here are some fun ideas to keep engaged over spring break:
Record yourself reading a story and send it to email@example.com. We will post videos on our website to create a library that can be used daily for storytime.
Take a walk. While we are advocating social distancing, we do hope families add taking a walk to their schedule (as long as it is permissible).
Use technology to create a virtual book club (download an ebook from the Northbrook or Glenview Library), virtually tour a museum together (museums around the world are offering virtual tours), or watch a movie and discuss it with friends over video chat.
Write letters or color pictures and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send them all to a nursing home.
Find new recipes to try with your family. We would love to see pictures!
Consider making blankets for the Linus project, which provides cozy blankets for kids in need. Blankets can be crochet, knit, fleece tied, etc. Links are posted below to order materials. If you would like your child to participate, but you do not have a kit, let your school principal know and we will work to get a kit sent to you. A blanket drop-off will be arranged once school resumes. Please note--they accept blankets of all types. The kits below are examples of easy to make fleece blankets but feel free to be creative with the resources in your home. Once again, we would love to see pictures we can share of students with finished quilts.
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 email@example.com
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- 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.
- 847-832-2201 (number will be monitored)
- Principal Dr. Erica Berger (email@example.com)
- Assistant Principal Nino Alvarez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 847-313-4452 (number will be monitored)
- Principal Dr. April Miller (email@example.com)
- Special Education
- Business Services
- Assistant Superintendent Cathy Lauria (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- District 31 Support
- 847-313-4417 (number will be monitored)
- Superintendent Dr. Erin Murphy (email@example.com)
District 31 is partnering with our food service provider, Quest, to provide free breakfast and/or lunch opportunities as needed to support our families. Please click here for information about meal distribution including meals over spring break. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Program Information.
- The Northfield Township and Maine Township food pantries are up and plan to remain 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.
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.
Community leaders from Glenview and Northbrook met Wednesday, March 4, to share resources and information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).