April 10, 2020

For many of our families who will be celebrating holidays over the next few days, I wish you a peaceful and restful time together. While these are not ideal circumstances we find ourselves in, we can lean on each other and know that we will get through this. Throughout this crisis, I have been amazed by the strong sense of community spirit and support for our health workers and first responders. It is heartwarming to see signs of support for those who are risking their well being for others.

It is understandable to look far down the calendar to anticipate the future. Unfortunately, there is such limited information that it is too early to make decisions at this time. Our leadership teams are working hard to anticipate future needs and develop potential scenarios, such as an extension of “stay home” and the planning for when we are able to return. We understand that there are upcoming events that are treasured by our students, staff, and families. We will continue to make these difficult decisions with health and safety as our top priority.

We also wish to thank the students and staff who provided feedback via the E-Learning Survey distributed last week, and to the parents who have reached out to provide insights via email and through the appropriate staff members. We plan to review this data during our first Remote Learning Planning Day on Tuesday, April 14.  This will be a non-instructional day for students, as teachers will be preparing for future instruction.

Also based on feedback and more relaxed guidelines from the state, we have changed our attendance procedures as outlined in an email communication earlier this week. Not only will students receive a daily email by 9 a.m. with an attendance link, we have also placed this same link in various places on the E-Learning website.

Finally, the linked Community Letter provides additional information from our municipal and community partners. We continue to be grateful for the collaborative efforts taking place between our various organizations, feeder school districts, area high schools and Glenbrook staff. We really are all in this together, and through this challenge, we can take comfort in the fact that we are collaborating more closely than ever.