Community Collaboration: October 9 Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Community Collaboration: October 9 Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

October 9, 2020

Let’s Stay the Course

As of this week, all of the public schools in Northfield Township have welcomed back students and staff into their buildings for some level of in-person teaching and learning. It has taken strong community collaboration to get to this point. Members of the Glenview Northbrook Coronavirus Response task force have shared information, ideas, and resources — which we have shared with you.

Businesses and other organizations have followed the guidelines for safe operations.

The local school districts have implemented stringent health and safety protocols, and have been consistent and clear in promoting “the three Ws” — wear masks, watch distance, wash hands. Parents have been partners in reinforcing those messages and completing daily health screenings for their children.

The districts track their COVID data. The elementary districts also track data on this dashboard, which currently shows moderate to minimal community transmission. If we can keep those numbers low — if we can all take personal responsibility to wear masks, watch our distance and wash our hands, the critical actions we all need to take to mitigate the spread of coronavirus — we are so hopeful that our schools will remain open and that other restrictions in our community can slowly and safely ease.

Halloween: Happening?

No doubt, Halloween will be different this year. The Village of Glenview and the Village of Northbrook have established guidelines for safe trick or treating on October 31, and other Halloween celebrations.

One of those safe celebrations is Northbrook’s Halloween Spooky Trail, presented by the Village of Northbrook, the Northbrook Arts Commission, the Northbrook Park District, and the Northbrook Library.

Northbrook residents and businesses can decorate their porch, house, front yard, or front window, and sign up to be listed on the Spooky Trail Route and be eligible to win prizes from local businesses.

Then, on Saturday, October 31, residents can drive the Spooky Trail. Start your adventure between 4-6 pm at the Northbrook Library (1201 Cedar Lane) where there will be live music, glow bracelets, and Spooky Trail route maps, along with People’s Choice award ballots. Then drive the trail through Northbrook to see some creative Halloween displays and vote for your favorite. The route ends at the Park District Leisure Center (3323 Walters Avenue) with giveaways, spooky fun, and participant photos ending at 8 pm.

In the spirit of giving, consider a “treat” for those in need.

Donations of non-perishable food items or grocery store gift cards can be dropped off at the Library Parking lot before you start on the Spooky Trail. Donations will help support the Northfield Township Food Pantry.

The Village of Glenview shares a list of Halloween activities here.

Good News Stories

GBS Cross Country Raises Funds for Food Pantry

As they’ve done for over 20 years, the cross country teams at Glenbrook South High School solicited pledges and did a run to raise money for the Northfield Township Food Pantry.  This year the students raised over $7,500, bringing the total raised over the years to more than $70,000.  Under Track & Field/Boys Cross Country Coach Kurt Hasenstein’s leadership, the teens have set a real example of neighbors helping neighbors.