Earlier this week, Region 10 moved into Phase 4 due to decreasing COVID-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations. This is exciting news for the District! Beginning tomorrow, The Grove will offer 45-minute guided tours of the recently renovated Interpretive Center. You’ll see the new turtle exhibit, learn about Robert Kennicott, say hello to the animals in the science room and more. Take your picture with our giant ground sloth skeleton and 10-foot Alaskan brown bear. Pick up a souvenir or two during your visit. Guided tours are available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents are $2 per person and nonresidents are $5 per person. Children 2 and under are free. Advance registration is required online. Space is limited to 25 patrons per tour. Please wear your mask and practice social distancing at all times.
In addition to the tours at The Grove, we want to share a few more district updates now that we’re in Phase 4. To keep you and our staff safe, please remember to wear your mask at all times unless otherwise indicated and practice social distancing when possible.
Recreation Programs In-person programs have resumed throughout the District. Our programs can have up to 50 participants (or 50% room capacity, whichever is less), or will be subject to the All Sports Policy. Outdoor and virtual programming will continue to be offered.
Rentals The Grove Redfield Estate, Lakeview Room and Schram Memorial Chapel can currently host event reservations for up to 50 people. We are booking current and future events. Future events will be subject to mitigation measures and state restrictions at the time of the event. Tours are available at each facility by appointment.
We will continue to keep you updated if the situation evolves or changes. As a friendly reminder, please stay up-to-date with the latest information on our website and @Facebook. We have a dedicated web page with all things “COVID-19” pertaining to the District.
Spend Time with the People You Love This Valentine’s Day! Our event calendar is full this month with a variety of events for you and your family. We’re especially excited about our upcoming Valentine’s events and activities. We have outdoor and indoor events as well as pre-made activity boxes for you to pick up and enjoy at home.
To learn more about each and to register, click on the image below. Wishing you and your families a Happy Valentine’s Day!
Community Collaboration: February 5 Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Forward to Phase 4
With sustained reduction in COVID-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations, Region 10 (suburban Cook County) moved to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan on February 2. That move allows easing of restrictions on retail, indoor dining and meetings, as well as other establishments, programs and events.
The organizations that are part of the Glenview Northbrook Coronavirus Task Force are eager to safely increase their services and availability to the public in accordance with these guidelines. Our objective is to do so in a way that protects our community and allows those rates to continue their decline. We remain concerned about cases of COVID-19 in our community -- and the great losses because of the ongoing pandemic. We will continue to promote the steps that have proven effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19:
· Wear a mask
· Wash your hands
· Watch your distance
Safe Super Bowl Celebrations
On Super Bowl Sunday, whether you are rooting for the Chiefs or the Buccaneers on the field or The Weeknd on stage at halftime, we encourage you to enjoy the game safely. While the Phase 4 guidelines allow for gatherings with limited capacity, please remember that even gatherings in homes should include distancing and masking. Double dipping chips and salsa, or sharing any communal food, is definitely not on the safety menu!
The safest bet is to keep your party small (ideally with only members of your household or small “bubble”). It will be a big win for all of us to take the steps that will help us continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
If you are in one of those eligible categories, be patient! While the vaccine supply statewide, and especially in north Cook County, is very limited at this time, the supply will increase in the coming weeks.
Register for Vaccine Notifications
We encourage all community members to register with the Cook County COVID-19 Community Vaccination Program. You can search for appointments if you are eligible or receive a notification when you are eligible. If you need help with the online registration, please contact the Northbrook Public Library Reference Department (847-272-4873 or email@example.com) or the Glenview Public Library Reference Desk (847-729-7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated their FAQs about the vaccine to include this information:
Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have gotten 2 doses of the vaccine?
Yes. Not enough information is currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide in real-world conditions before making that decision. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision. We also don’t yet know whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine will prevent you from spreading the virus that causes COVID-19 to other people, even if you don’t get sick yourself.
While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic.
To protect yourself and others, follow these recommendations:
Wear a mask over your nose and mouth
Stay at least 6 feet away from others
Avoid poorly ventilated spaces
Wash your hands often
Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.
Community Education Opportunity: COVID-19 Vaccine Questions Answered
Jeff Thiel, Assistant Vice President, Pharmacy at NorthShore University HealthSystem will provide an overview of the vaccine including the status of the rollout at NorthShore and how appointments will be managed when vaccines become available. He will discuss the effectiveness of the vaccine, differences between the approved vaccines, and the known side effects. More importantly, he will answer your questions. This program is in partnership with the Glenview Public Library and Northbrook Public Library
Protect Yourself and Your Community with the COVID-19 Vaccine West Northfield School District 31 recently hosted a Parent Education Series with Dr. TeKippe, a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist for Advocate Health Care, titled “Protect Yourself and Your Community with the COVID-19 Vaccine”. In this informational session, Dr. TeKippe answered questions and provided clear, complete, and accurate messages about COVID-19 vaccines. The presentation is available to view here.
Good News Stories
A snowman on Dewes Street in Glenview has the right message!
District 30 Students are Creating Valentines for Vets
District 30 first-grade teacher Sharon Latek has created an opportunity for our students to contribute Valentines to our Veteran neighbors in the Glen.
Students are currently creating Valentines for Veterans during indoor recess or at home. Teachers can leave completed cards or letters in their front offices before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 11. The cards will be dropped off for veterans in the Glen and seniors who have no family in the community on Friday, February 12.
Please see the linked flyerwith instructions on how your students can contribute.
Wescott School second-graders have been creating Valentines for their senior citizen pen pals at Covenant Living. This student is in Xenia Stamoudis’ class.
West Northfield School District 31 celebrates as teachers and staff members continue getting their COVID-19 vaccines. West Northfield School District 31 recently hosted a Parent Education Series with Dr. TeKippe, a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist for Advocate Health Care, titled “Protect Yourself and Your Community with the COVID-19 Vaccine”. In this informational session, Dr. TeKippe answered questions and provided clear, complete, and accurate messages about COVID-19 vaccines. The presentation is available to view here.
Students Working Together To Get GBN Field Ready For Sports
Glenbrook North High School student athletes came together in an untraditional after school sports practice. About 100 football and soccer athletes helped clear the snow off of the William Lutz Stadium. The snow was placed on the field’s rim and hauled away using equipment by staff members. Having the snow cleared off the turf field will allow the teams to start hosting outdoor practices.
High School Sports Are Back
Glenbrook South High School hosted its first boys basketball game following the announcement from the Illinois High School Association to allow sports to resume on Wednesday, February 3. Although no spectators were at the game Wednesday night, GBS is allowed to have up to 50 spectators with masks. They need to be at least 30 feet away from the playing area and maintain a six feet distance. People who are unable to make upcoming games can live stream the event.
GBS beat Hersey High School Wednesday night with a score of 69-49.
Village of Northbrook Snowman Contest
Residents throughout Northbrook participated in the Village’s first-ever Snowman Contest! With over 60 submissions, we are blown away by all of the creativity and smiles this event inspired. Three winners (pictured) were selected by voters in the community, though every snow creation is a winner in our book for bringing joy to Northbrook!
The Northbrook Public Library recently received top honors in terms of its return on investment to the community. Each year Library Journal spotlights the best libraries across America, and this year, the library placed first in the state and second in the country within its budget category ($5M–$9.9M). Learn more.
More fun in the snow! Northbrook District 27 students have enjoyed playing in the snow this past week!