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Neil Milbert, Freelance Reporter
2:51 pm CDT March 17, 2020

A rundown on what Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South will be doing when school is closed due to the coronavirus was presented to the District 225 Board of Education at its Monday, March 16 meeting.

“We’re going word-for-word from the governor’s guidelines,” Superintendent Dr. Charles Johns told the board. “We are assessing day-to-day. We will start electronic learning classes on March 31 if necessary.”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has designated Tuesday, March 17, through Monday, March 30 as “Act of God Days” and teachers are not allowed to start assigning work to students until after that time frame. These “Act of God Days” do not have to be made up.

Thereafter, in anticipation that the state’s schools will remain closed indefinitely, GBN and GBS are planning to follow the Illinois State Board of Education’s electronic-learning template.

“In all of our minds, we’re thinking longer term,” said Dr. Roseanne Williamson, assistant superintendent for education services. “We’ve gotten agreements from all of the unions. Everyone is in agreement.

“We will be communicating with parents and teachers very soon.”

Director of Technical Services Dr. R.J. Gravel said four technology staff members are working from home to make preparations for the electronic classes.

Williamson said Comcast and Xfinity are making free Wi-Fi available. In order to obtain the free service, users must show proof and verify that the services are being used for classroom purposes.

According to Williamson, one of the problems the school administrators are working on is: “How do we synchronize class meeting times?”

Students who are on the free meal plan will continue to be served on a “grab-and-go” basis but during the coronavirus closure any student who expresses a need also can take advantage of the program.

Monday and Wednesday are pick- up days, and each day, students will be given a two-day supply of food.

GBS Principal Dr. Lauren Fagel said families in need also are being urged to take advantage of the services provided by the Northfield Township Food Pantry.