Glenbrook High School District 225 will be making a transition to a full Adaptive Pause beginning Wednesday, November 18. This means that all classes will move to e-learning beginning this Wednesday. Unless there is a significant improvement in conditions in the short term, this Adaptive Pause will run through Monday, January 18 (the Martin Luther King Day holiday). Students are expected to return to hybrid instruction on Tuesday, January 19, the first day of the second semester. This transition to a full Adaptive Pause will provide a natural quarantine period for staff and students after the Thanksgiving and winter breaks, reducing the probability that the virus will be brought into our schools.
COVID-19 cases have risen at a significant rate and are continuing to grow. Our district’s two primary indicators to inform a move to an Adaptive Pause have been at the “Substantial” level for two consecutive weeks in the two geographic areas that we closely monitor, North Cook County and Glenbrook zip codes. In addition, the Chief Medical Officer of the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) has told our township superintendents that schools should “strongly consider remote learning given the presence of sustained community transmission.” As we head into the Thanksgiving and winter holiday season, we know that people’s travel and groupings will likely exacerbate current risk levels. Both the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the CCDPH have asked the public to limit unnecessary travel.
A review of options for ongoing extracurricular and athletic programs is underway and will be shared soon. This review includes a careful evaluation of IDPH, CCDPH, and Illinois High School Association recommendations, along with the current community conditions and holiday considerations noted above. Each program is different and is being assessed on a case-by-case basis.
While the decision to pause in-person instruction is difficult, we believe that it will create a safer environment for all and help put us in position to return to the hybrid model in the second semester. Please continue to do your part by practicing the 3 Ws: wear a mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands frequently.
We know that students may have questions specific to their own sports, activities, or clubs. They will receive detailed information about any changes in a separate email from their coaches or sponsors.
Dr. Charles Johns
Superintendent of Schools