March 27 Community Health Update

March 27 Community Health Update
Posted on 03/27/2020
Coronavirus-19 updates

Message from Superintendent Larry A. Hewitt

 

I hope this message finds your family well. We are ending this unusual spring break on Monday, when we will resume e-Learning for our students. The lessons, activities, and units of instruction that were designed for the regular, in-person school experience, continue to be modified, rewritten, and reworked.  


As e-Learning continues throughout the Governor’s Stay-at-Home order, which is currently in place until April 7, teachers require collaborative time. To continue this immense endeavor in a way that creates high-quality learning experiences that are coordinated across classrooms and schools, e-Learning days next week will be Monday through Thursday, and Friday will be a teacher workday. e-Learning will resume Monday,  April 6 through Wednesday, April 8 with a teacher workday Thursday, April 9 before the Easter holiday weekend.


We will continue to evaluate our e-Learning schedule if school closures continue, and make adjustments, as needed.  


The message from Gov. Pritzker this week emphasizes the importance of social distancing and staying at home as much as possible. Please be mindful of these directives as we work together to overcome this pandemic.


Please keep reading for an update on community information and resources, important information from Glenbrook Hospital, and ways to donate or volunteer for our community.


--Dr. Larry A. Hewitt, Superintendent of Schools






Glenview Northbrook COVID-19 Task Force
Updates about any changes in school schedules mandated by the state will be first sent to all parents via email and then posted on this website.

 

 

The Glenview/Northbrook COVID-19 Task Force continues to meet regularly to share information and resources and coordinate responses. Our collaborative efforts have resulted in governing bodies donating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Northshore Universal Healthcare. Our community members are also invited to donate (see below). We also encourage citizens to visit our website for information from our agencies, and to check official sources about the spread of COVID-19:

 

 

Our facilities remain closed or have limited access. Check the websites of individual agencies to learn how to access services by phone or online. 

 

Information from the Northshore University Healthcare System

Jesse Peterson Hall, president of Glenbrook Hospital, explained that the NorthShore hospitals, including Glenbrook Hospital, are structurally reorganizing to create capacity for an influx of patients. He shared important information for our community:  


Essential Elements of Infection Prevention and Control measures for COVID-19 

  • Regular and diligent hand hygiene before and after:  
    • Touching your face, 
    • Blowing your nose, 
    • Coughing or sneezing, 
    • Going to the bathroom, and 
    • Eating or preparing food. 
  • Vigilant social distancing:
    • Maintain a distance of 6 feet from each other whenever possible
    • Limit the number of individuals involved in in-person conversations. 
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve. 
  • Stay home if you are sick. 

If You’re Sick

If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, do not visit your doctor or the hospital until instructed to do so. You can get help either by calling the community health hotline at 847-432-5849, or scheduling an E-Visit at northshoreconnect.org or on the NorthShoreConnect mobile app. After you login, click the COVID-19 E-visit button. Based on your symptoms, you will be told if you need to be tested and will be given instructions on where to go for your test. 

Donations

NorthShore is accepting financial, critical supply and other donations. Visit their website for information on how to donate. 

“STAY AT HOME” ORDERS: PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS, IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

The Governor’s “Stay-at-Home” orders are designed to slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19; social distancing is the most effective solution. As part of the Governor’s orders, all playgrounds in Illinois are closed at this time. 

 

It’s important to get out and get exercise and fresh air -- but you must do so without gathering in groups, large or small. Whenever you are out, wherever you are, maintain six feet between yourself and others. To be successful, we also need our youth to follow these guidelines. Please reinforce the following with your children: 

 

Honor Physical Distancing by:  Don’t Violate Physical Distancing by:

  • Using walking paths

  • Enjoying walks through your neighborhood

  • Going for a bike ride
  • Playing group games on courts or fields that require contact or close proximity (e.g., basketball) 

  • Congregating in groups in public parks, playgrounds, or sidewalks)

  • Hosting gatherings or parties in your house 

Do not allow children to play together in homes, backyards or on sidewalks unless they maintain the six-foot recommended distance. As you continue to hear from the experts, keeping our distance from each other is the critical element slowing the spread of this virus. Our community must come together (virtually!) to honor physical distancing.

 

 

Help the Food Pantry

The Northfield Township Food Pantry continues to welcome donations and volunteers: 


 

 

Support Local Businesses

The Northbrook and Glenview Chambers of Commerce continue to encourage community members to shop at local businesses whenever possible. 


Glenview Northbrook COVID-19 Task Force signatures