May 22, 2020

As we near the end of the school year, I am reminded of the unique and unusual circumstances we continue to find ourselves in. We know that so much of what we are focused on right now, will never take the place of the way it used to be. However, we move forward, and we do that together.

I am always grateful for the patience, flexibility and resilience of our students, staff and families, but it’s especially apparent now more than ever. Our students and staff have graciously altered their lives in so many ways, and have done so to help save the lives of others. From collecting items for the food pantry to delivering supplies to hospital workers, this is the Glenbrook way and I am so proud to be among these school communities.

Summer school follow-up
All summer school classes are being taught via an E-Learning format in accordance with Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) guidelines and will run June 15 - July 2 and July 6 - 23. Students in summer school will be required to attend designated but limited online synchronous sessions along with participating in asynchronous learning activities. Summer school courses will adhere to required attendance and standard grading procedures that were in effect previous to the Spring 2020 E-Learning period.

Teachers and instructional supervisors have worked to evaluate which courses will be able to effectively be delivered in this type of learning environment and in compliance with current safety measures. Several courses were cancelled as a result, with those families being notified earlier this week. Registration remains open, however some courses are at their full capacity at this time. Please consult the summer school course list and frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the district website for additional details, daily schedule, course availability and registration information. 

Meal service for families in need
We are committed to ensuring that our students continue to receive meals during the extended school closure, therefore meal service will continue through the summer months. To support our families, Quest Food Management Services will offer free breakfast and lunch to our students, including incoming freshmen, who are approved for free or reduced benefits from the student financial assistance program. 

Please note, there will be no meal service on Monday, May 25, due to the Memorial Day holiday. On Wednesday, May 27, students will receive (4) breakfasts and (4) lunches between the hours of 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

After next week, and for the remainder of the summer, eligible students may pick up pre-packaged meals from the main entrance of GBS every Monday and Wednesday between 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Board of Education
This past Monday, May 18, we conducted the regular Board of Education meeting virtually 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 June 22 and will continue to follow a virtual format. We also anticipate the need to host a special meeting on June 8, for the purposes of discussing potential options for the start of the school year. This will also be a virtual public meeting.

Next Steps
Our leadership teams are working everyday to outline what the start of the 2020-21 school year might look like.  We know that our options will include that all virtual, all in-person, or a combination of the two. Of course while we all want to be back to face-to-face classroom instruction, our first priority is and remains the safety of our students and staff. To that end, we continue to follow the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

In the coming week, all parents, students and staff will receive a survey seeking feedback on your experiences during this exceptional time period. Your input is important to us as we make decisions in regard to the start of the 2020-21 school year this fall.

We know that the past few months have been challenging. Our students, staff, and families continue to be in our thoughts as we collectively navigate this experience. We are grateful for the support we have given each other, and we know that we will get through this together.

LINK: Community Collaboration Letter