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Aug. 3 Board of Education Special Meeting, Reopening Updates, Park District Program, and Parent Resources

July 31, 2020

Dear District 31 Community,

I would like to thank all of those that completed the re-registration form. While we are not yet at 100% participation, we will have data together for the Monday Board of Education Meeting. 

At the Board of Education special meeting scheduled Monday, August 3, the Board is set to approve a Return to School Plan and discuss whether or not District 31 will be able to begin in-person learning in August based on the re-opening dashboard metrics. We will also continue to closely monitor the rapidly evolving status of the pandemic as we get closer to the start of school.  

The Board of Education open session will begin at 8:30 p.m. The only items on this special agenda are related to the opening of school in the fall. Please note time change. The Board of Education will convene at 8 p.m. for a closed session meeting but information related to the opening of school will be presented publicly during the open session which begins at 8:30 p.m.  Information about this special board meeting can be found on our District 31 website.  The link for public viewing of the meeting will also be emailed out on Monday in a reminder email.  We welcome all members of our community to view this meeting or submit public comments.  However, we will now longer be publicly reading anonymous comments submitted for public comment.

Please find below information about a new Park District program designed to help our families, a list of helpful resources put together by the SEL Task Force, and the Reopening Dashboard. No updates have been made to the dashboard at this time. 

As always, I thank you for your support and partnership, and trust during these incredibly challenging times!


Dr. Erin K. Murphy

Northbrook Park District Program Assists Families with Students in Hybrid In-Person Learning
The Northbrook Park District, in partnership with District 31, is excited to announce a new program to assist families who have children attending school in a hybrid learning model. The attached information is for the new Park District program Community TIES - Together In Educational Support.

As District 31 finalizes plans for in-person learning, review the attached information and register for the lottery before Friday, August 7, 2020. Families will be notified of enrollment status no later than August 12.

Priority registration for this program will be in the following order:
    1. Northbrook Park District residents and full-time teachers at Districts 27, 28,
        30, and 31.
    2. Non-resident families who attend Northbrook schools.

All participants wishing to re-enroll in Community TIES will be required to complete their registration on-line.

  • Visit the Community TIES page and watch the registration tutorial here<>. Additional information including program logistics are provided on this page.
  • Register at on-line by clicking here<>.
  • Choose the days your child will attend Community TIES based on their virtual learning schedule.
    • You are responsible for choosing an accurate schedule for your child. A child who is not registered on any given day will not be admitted to the program that day.
  • When you register, you will be required to pay your first month of registered tuition. Your lottery entry will not be complete unless payment is made.
  • If your registration is confirmed after the lottery (no later than August 12), automatic payments will be withdrawn based on the monthly payment plan printed on your receipt.

Questions can be directed to Nancy Eschker, Recreation Supervisor for the Northbrook Park District, at (847) 291-2995 or

Parents and Staff Resources 

The SEL task force is committed to providing parents, students and staff continued support this summer and throughout the year.  Here are some resources that the SEL Task Force would like to share with you

Building Resilience During a Pandemic
Wednesday, August 12 at 6 p.m. 

Please join us for a virtual live presentation on resilience by Dr. Doug Bolton . View the presentation flyer

Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
This short video and list of recommendations takes into account the developmental needs of children. View the video.

PBS: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
PBS Kids’ recommendations for speaking to young children about COVID-19, social distancing, and hygiene, with links to relevant episodes of PBS shows. View recommendations

Understanding the Anger Mountain 

Wednesday, August 12 at 7 p.m.

Kelli Hunt & Sheena Watterson discuss the different stages of emotional escalation, also known as the anger mountain, and ways to identify each stage, as well as de-escalation strategies to support our children in these various stages. Prevention is key!  This training will focus on prevention while providing participants with techniques to help diffuse moments of crisis. We will also discuss how adult responses can affect children’s behavior, and strategies that can be used in the moment. This one hour presentation will be followed by a Q & A session.

Register here. You must register to attend the live webinar. 

Teaching Tolerance: Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus
While written back in February for teachers to address stereotypes, xenophobia, and racism in connection with COVID-19, this article can provide educators and families with ways to speak against ongoing racism that young people may be hearing or experiencing. View article

Livongo Offering Free Tool to Address Members’ COVID-19 Behavioral Health Needs

 Livongo, a BCBSIL strategic business partner that provides diabetes and hypertension programs for ASO clients, is offering a COVID-19-specific version of its myStrength digital behavioral health self-service tool to our members and their family and friends during the pandemic. This tool will be FREE to our members and any visitor accessing resources through our state COVID-19 microsites ( until the end of July.

This tool includes 25+ education modules about mental health and evidence-based coping skills. Topics range from loneliness to managing time at home with children. In total, users can expect a variety of material, presented in short, 2-3-minute lessons and engage on their own schedule.

How do our members access the tool and sign up?
Users will be able to access the tool from a link located on our COVID-19 microsites. They can create an account by entering their first name, DOB, email address, and ZIP code.

Reopening Dashboard Update
District 31 will reopen school for all students five days a week IF we are able to ensure all elements on our newly developed “dashboard” are green.  All of these items are necessary for school to start. The dashboard will continue to be updated as progress is made.
re opening dashboard