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National School Custodian Day, Updated Travel Guidance, School Exclusion Update, Family Movie Night, School Lunch Update, Strategic Plan Highlights, 225 Message, Directory Spot, TrueNorth, Parent Education, Medical Form Reminders, and More

October 1, 2021

Dear District 31 Families,

Happy first day of October!  This week we turn the spotlight on our custodial staff in honor of National School Custodian Day on October 2. Our custodians work behind the scenes to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff. The past two years, this wonderful custodial team has played an integral role in keeping our schools open. Thank you PTO for spearheading the initiative to honor all employees in District 31. And thank you to our custodial staff for providing safe and clean campuses for our students and staff! 

Updated Travel Guidance
The Cook County Department of Public Health confirmed this afternoon that they are aligned with joint guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education, which states “The CDC’s guidance for schools is that in-person learning is a priority. Thus, school-aged children who are not fully vaccinated and must travel do not need to stay home and self-quarantine after travel; they should continue to attend school in-person.”  Please see below for the most up-to-date information about travel (accurate as of 4:30 p.m. on October 1, 2021).

Unvaccinated student

  • Can return to school immediately but should get tested 3-5 days after travel.  Please note that a parent is welcome to contact their school nurse about doing an in-school test with Bianex Now.
  • Self monitor health for a full 14 days after arrival in Suburban Cook County.

Unvaccinated adult

  • Should get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel

International traveler

  • Must have negative test results prior to travel to U.S.
  • Should get tested 3-5 days after travel
  • Self monitor health for a full 14 days after arrival in Suburban Cook County

Vaccinated traveler

  • Self monitor health for a full 14 days after arrival in Suburban Cook County

School Exclusion Update from IDPH
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has made changes to their COVID-19 Exclusion from School guidance. As such, we have a few changes to our current return to school policy. The most notable change being that a doctor’s note alone cannot clear a student without a negative PCR COVID-19 test (antigen or rapid are not allowed for this purpose).  View District 31’s updated Quarantine Information here

PTO Family Movie Night
The early bird discounted rate has been extended through today (Friday, October 1) for Family Movie Night registration. Please register and learn more here.

School Lunch Update
Quest food service is ready to begin serving free daily lunches for all students starting on Monday, October 4.  However, the free weekly breakfasts are on hold while we await further guidance from the federal program administrators and building principals will share details once it is approved..  If you missed the information about this program, please review the message sent out earlier this week.  

Strategic Plan Highlights
Last week we began sharing the first of our five goals to help us meet the mission and vision of District 31. This week we will share the second goal of our strategic plan about a supportive learning environment. District 31 will foster a healthy climate & culture that creates an environment where rigorous, relevant, engaging & equitable learning experiences meet the needs of all learners. In order to meet that goal, the strategic plan includes three strategies.  

  • We will implement specific district-wide structures, processes, monitoring tools, & expectations for student goal setting.
  • We will create innovative opportunities for student-centered learning that ensures engagement & agency (student voice and choice) through exploration of their passions & interactions with problem-based, real-world applications.
  • And we will foster a sense of belonging to address diversity, equity & inclusion across all settings. 

Message from District 225 to Glenview/Northbrook Families
To help support the safety and security of all of our students and visitors, middle school/elementary students must be accompanied by a parent when attending District 225 home athletic events.  We would expect that parents remain at the game to help supervise their children.  Students will not be able to enter the event without a parent or guardian.

PTO Directory Spot
The PTO's updated Directory Spot will be available soon! Directory Spot is an app you can download on your tablet or smartphone that includes contact information for all district families (names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails). Directory Spot can also be accessed from your computer at Access to Directory Spot is an exclusive benefit of PTO membership.  

New Users: You will receive an email with directions on how to access the Directory Spot app. The email will come directly from Directory Spot, so please check your spam folders.

Current Users: There is no additional action you need to take to view the updated data. Simply log in as you have before and the new data will be available to view.  

If you do not want your information published in the Directory or have any questions about your PTO membership or Directory Spot, please email Whitney at

TrueNorth Educational Cooperative 804
District 31 is proud to be a member of TrueNorth Educational Cooperative 804, formerly NSSED, or Northern Suburban Special Education District. As a member, District 31 shares resources with 17 other school districts in our region to better help provide every student the opportunity to learn and reach their full potential. Through TrueNorth, our students can access academic and behavior support, and our staff can engage in high quality professional learning that impacts student growth. Visit to learn more about the cooperative and watch an introduction video.

Connect 31 Parent Education Opportunities
This week, Erin Kranz, an instructional coach at True North, shares an Inclusion Practices video on the services offered at District 31. View the helpful video here to learn what District 31 offers our students.

Please find the corrected date for the English Learner Strategies Parent Education Presentation below. Learn more about the education series and find other helpful resources at

English Learner Strategies with Sandra Luna 
Tuesday, November 16 at 6 p.m. 

Medical Form Reminder
If you have not already, please turn in all medical forms as soon as possible. Students who have not turned in all required health records by the end of the school day on Friday, October 15 may not return to school beginning Monday, October 18 until all required forms have been received by the school nurse. Required forms are listed here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Winkelman School Nurse Tania Gastelum at

COVID-19 Update
View the latest District 31 COVID-19 information here.  The health and safety dashboard is updated every Monday.

Curriculum and Instruction Update
As the new Science Coordinator, Concetta Caringella’s main goal is to make science as engaging as possible for students. To do this, she is using TCi (K-5)/IQWST (6-8) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as a foundation for the curriculum, while also bringing in evidence-based instructional strategies, multicultural/diverse texts and videos, and as many hands-on experiences as possible. Most recently, 5th graders transformed into scientists and dissected owl pellets!

Important Dates and Upcoming Events
PTO Presents Family Movie Night
Friday, October 8 at 6 p.m.
Outdoor at Field

PTO Book Fair
October 12 - 26

Ed Foundation Meeting
October 12 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom

Parent Education Opportunity - English Learner Strategies with Sandra Luna 
Saturday, October 16 at 6 p.m. 

Parent Education Opportunity - Social Emotional Learning with Doug Bolton
Tuesday, October 26 and Tuesday, April 26 at 6 p.m.

Community News and  Events
Glenview Blocktoberfest
Saturday, October 2
Featuring live music, food and family entertainment.  

Northbrook Public Library Seeking New Board Member
Learn more and apply online by Friday, October 8 at

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Dr. Erin K. Murphy 
Superintendent of Schools