April 17, 2020

This afternoon, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced an official order that all schools remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year to slow the spread of COVID-19. With that, the Glenbrooks will continue with our E-Learning format through the end of the school year. In addition, we will continue to work through additional potential implications of this announcement and will continue to communicate updates and decisions regularly with families.

E-Learning Changes
On Tuesday, our students took a break from E-Learning as our staff reviewed feedback and reflected on the previous weeks of implementation. Since we launched E-Learning on March 31, the district has utilized input from students and staff to make improvements to procedures such as attendance, grading, and synchronous sessions. Our goal is that these, and any additional changes, enhance the format and help strengthen the well-being of students and staff. 

A significant portion of the feedback indicated that there is a great deal of stress and anxiety amongst our students and staff as they work to ensure quality learning takes place. It was clear that we needed to respond in a way that reduces pressure on students and staff, and helps to improve wellness. 

Given that schools have been granted additional flexibility from the Illinois State Board of Education, we are planning to alter the E-Learning schedule for the remainder of the school year. Starting April 20, the school week will be changed to a four-day week, with Wednesdays being held as Remote Learning Planning Days for teachers. Students will not be required to engage in E-Learning on Wednesdays, and the schedule will provide two days of each B/A and Blue/Gold on Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday. Teachers will not be available to assist students on Remote Learning Planning Days; however, instructional assistants will be available. Finally, while final exams are listed on the calendar, we are still discussing if final exams will take place.

Upcoming Events
We plan to do everything possible to celebrate the class of 2020 in a manner that honors important milestones and promotes safety. It is our goal to rethink or reschedule Prom, Graduation and Honors and Awards rather than cancel them entirely. Each school has a group of student leaders working with the administration to help shape and inform the plans for these events, while in compliance with state-issued orders.

Tonight, both high schools will light their stadiums from 8 - 9 p.m. as a tribute to the students who have missed their athletic seasons, clubs and activities. All 12 schools in the Central Suburban League (CSL) are participating in this recognition event. We ask students and families to honor the rules established in both villages that prohibits congregating in groups. We hope to use this evening to recognize our students in the safest manner possible.

Board of Education
This past Monday, April 13, we conducted our first virtual regular Board of Education meeting to address the essential business of the district. As always, we continue to provide agendas, supporting documents and minutes to the public on our Board Meeting webpage. The next regular meeting is scheduled for April 27 and will follow a virtual format.

In just one month, so much has changed in the lives of each and every one of us. As we remain closed, the impact on our school community continues to grow and affect our families in various ways. As leaders, we are working hard to balance the basic needs of health, safety and wellness, with our desire to continue to provide meaningful learning experiences for students.