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March 3, 2020
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We are closely monitoring the situation involving the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and are working with county, state and federal health authorities. As information is available or changes, we will post information here and include it in Glenbard News, our e-newsletter. For information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and other important information from Glenbard please subscribe to Glenbard News here.

Posted 3/12/20 at 6:23 p.m.
Glenbard District 87 COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts

Dear Glenbard District 87 Community,

Currently, there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Glenbard District 87.

Even so, with the number of cases across the state and region increasing and as a result of our communications and coordination with the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD), Glenbard District 87 is taking proactive measures to help to reduce the spread of illness throughout our community.

Although we are not closing school at this time, Glenbard District 87 is implementing the following measures until further notice:

  • Large gatherings that include visitors from outside the school who are not our students, are suspended. This includes performances.
  • All domestic trips are suspended
  • All school trips are suspended (including Community-Based Instruction in Special Education)
  • All field trips are suspended
  • All outside speakers are suspended (including Glenbard Parent Series)
  • All facility rentals are suspended
  • Athletic practices without spectators that have less than 250 participants may continue as planned.
  • Competitions will be suspended.
  • In-person parent/guardian meetings with school personnel will be replaced with phone calls (includes I.E.P. and 504 meetings).
  • Any visitor to the school must be pre-approved.

We will evaluate whether or not these performances and events can be rescheduled at a later time.  Please be diligent about checking websites and calendars for the status of specific events.

If we do have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Glenbard District 87, we will close school for 24 hours. At that point, the DCHD would help us assess the situation, evaluate our cleaning and disinfection practices, and reduce the risk and vulnerability to students. We would then work on a plan to move forward. Until then, school will remain open and we will continue our cleaning and disinfection practices as directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We will revisit these protocols as necessary.

If it is necessary to close school, Glenbard will move to an E-Learning model. All Glenbard students and teachers have iPads and access to Schoology, a learning management system. More information is available here and in Espanol, Gujarati and Urdu

As we receive new information, we will send it to you as soon as we can. Check our website, where we post all messages that we issue and other resources and monitor future Glenbard News updates. Click here to sign up for Glenbard News. 

These are unprecedented times. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation together.

Thank you,
David F. Larson, Ed.D.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs posted 3/10/20
While there have been no reported cases in DuPage County, we continue to collaborate with the DuPage County Health Department and follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Illinois Department of Public Health. The situation with COVID-19 is fluid, and as it evolves, there are many questions. We would like to share with you the CDC’s responses to frequently asked questions. Review the FAQs here and share the link with your friends and family so they have the facts.

The health and safety of our students and staff is our No. 1 priority. We follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations to prevent any infection of a respiratory virus, including:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Note: The Illinois Department of Public Health does not recommend:

  • The use of masks or gloves
  • Cancelling mass gatherings
  • Cancelling classes

Health officials say it’s not too late to get a flu shot and they encourage people to do so. Preventing the spread of flu will help prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.

Helpful resources:

DuPage County Health Department Stop the Spread of Germs

Clean Your Hands

2019 n-CoV What the Public Should Do

Health Department Tips Regarding Clean Your Hands

Wash your hands with soap and water when visibly soiled. If soap and water is not available, use alcohol-based handrub (wipes or gel). See example here

 How to wash your hands with soap and water:

  • Use soap and warm, running water
  • Keep fingers pointing down
  • Rub hands vigorously for 20 seconds. Wash all surfaces:

         o   Backs of hands
         o   Wrists
         o   Between fingers
         o   Tips of fingers
         o   Thumbs
         o   Under fingernails

  • Dry vigorously with paper or clean cloth towel
  • Turn off faucet with towel and open door with towel

How to clean your hands with an alcohol-based handrub (if soap and water unavailable):

  • Apply a dime-sized amount of handrub gel to the palm of one hand or use an alcohol-based handrub wipe.
  • Rub hands together covering all surfaces of hands and fingers until handrub is absorbed.

How it works:

  • Acts quickly to kill microorganisms
  • Reduces bacterial counts on hands

Source:  DuPage County Health Department

There are currently no cases of coronavirus in our buildings and no recommendations to cancel classes or activities. We are in conversations with the DuPage Regional Office of Education and Illinois State Department of Education and awaiting further guidance should an extended closure of school be required.

Regarding cleaning in our buildings, current guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health states, “At this time, no special sanitizing processes beyond routine cleaning are necessary or recommended to slow the spread of respiratory illness.” We follow standard processes for routine cleaning and disinfecting.

The CDC has issued travel health alert warning notices for Italy, China, South Korea and Iran, encouraging people to avoid nonessential travel to these locations. Health officials recommend that any student returning from mainland China, Italy, South Korea or Iran should not attend school for 14 days after the return date. Family members of these students should not go to work if they also visited mainland China, Italy, South Korea or Iran.

While it is natural to feel apprehensive when facing a challenge like this one, it is important to be well informed and remain calm. Information about the coronavirus is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, as well as the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

If you have questions about coronavirus, call the Illinois Coronavirus hotline 800-889-3931 or send an email to [email protected]