April 3, 2020

As we wrap up our first week of E-Learning, I want to share that I have never been so proud of our students and staff who entered into this endeavor with an open mind and an open heart. In the face of a challenge, we step up, and this was witnessed on many fronts throughout the week.

We are continuing to update our E-Learning materials and recently posted a new resource for parents page. We encourage frequent visits to this website throughout the month of April. In addition, we are currently collecting feedback from students and staff on the experience of the first week and will be reviewing it during our planning day on April 14.

Staying Connected 
Our GBS student council prepared myriad resources to share with their fellow Titans, including online exercise classes, recipes, podcasts, service opportunities, and TV/music recommendations. At GBN, spirit doesn’t stop – it goes virtual – as the Student Association continues to declare Spartans of the Week and post at-home activities on Instagram. 

Musical
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancelation of the Glenbrook Musical “Cinderella,” which was scheduled to open on April 30. With Governor Pritzker’s Stay at Home order extended through April 30, it quickly became clear that it would be impossible to move forward with this performance. We know the annual musical is something our students, staff, and community take great pride in; however, our shared goal is always safety, which could not be any more important at this moment. 

We know there are a lot of questions surrounding other major upcoming events such as prom and graduation. We understand the desire to know as far in advance as possible the status of events and are working to balance that need with our continued hope to maintain events if at all possible and safe to do so. If and when any decisions are made in terms of events, we will notify all parents, students, and staff via email.

SAT/ACT/Tests
With the extension of the school closures, the U.S. Department of Education has allowed Illinois to waive all state-required assessments for the remainder of the school year. Standardized testing including the SAT, PSAT and PSAT 9 that were scheduled for April 14, have all been canceled. At this time, the state is considering opportunities for juniors to take a free SAT next fall. We will keep you posted on any developments.  

Food Service for Families In Need
During this difficult time, while schools are closed, the district is offering meals for any student, regardless of income, who is in need. We have partnered with our food service provider, Quest, and are grateful to be able to provide additional relief. To notify the district of an intent to pick up meals, please fill out this form to assist us in allocating resources. Meal pick up is at the front of Glenbrook South High School on Mondays and Wednesdays between 7:00 am and 12:00 pm.

Technology Support
Due to diminished demand for technology support, we will be reducing our on-site services to Monday and Wednesday from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm.  We can facilitate support by appointment outside of those times via the tech hotline.

Summer School
Our school district’s leadership team is continuing to evaluate all upcoming activities and programs on a daily basis. At this time we have decided to delay sending summer school invoices, in the case that summer school is not able to begin as currently scheduled.  Given the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, we are waiting to consider any potential changes to our summer programs until May.

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.