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November 17, 2020


Please see below for translations of this message in Arabic, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

We would like to give you an update on the “Adaptive Pause” that we began last week. Adaptive Pause is a strategy that allows school districts to take action to help make sure that our staff and students remain safe. Adaptive Pause essentially moves students and staff back to a full remote teaching model until it is safe to attend school. Currently, numbers of positive COVID-19 cases continue to be at a substantial level, meaning that districts must consider remote teaching only. We know that this is frustrating for our families. While we believe that students need to be in school, we are committed to making decisions that are in the best interest of our students’ education and safety.

Within the next couple of weeks, we will be initiating a “dashboard” on the Skokie 73.5 website, allowing us to share with you the most recent information regarding the COVID-19 incidence metrics in our district’s community. We have been asked to wait until the new Director is on board at the Skokie Department of Health, to make a final decision on the suggested return to school parameters. Before bringing either staff or students back into our buildings, we will be taking guidance from not only the Skokie Department of Health, but also the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and our 73.5 Board of Education. Our target date for considering any on-site teaching and learning would be January 19, 2021.  

We will be providing more information about the board approved “Phase 1” of bringing our students back, within the next two weeks.

We know that this is a very challenging time for all families. We will do our best to keep you updated


November 8, 2020


Please see below for translations of this message in Arabic, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

In an abundance of caution, Skokie School District 73.5 has determined that it is in the best interest of students and staff to enter into an "adaptive pause" beginning Tuesday, November 10th. Students who have been receiving on-site learning will transition to remote learning. All teachers and assistants will provide remote instruction from home. Buildings will be closed to the public, and the District office will remain open with limited on-site staff.

We have closely followed the metrics over the past several weeks. As we all know, new cases continue to rise. Due to the fact that the Skokie Department of Health has been experiencing challenges with posting the most recent data, we had to rely on alternative sources of data. 

  • The Cook County Region 10 data indicated a most recent positivity rate of 9.3%.
  • This rate has been consistently over 8% for the last few days.
  • The COVID Dashboard by zip code is at 8.33%.
  • Weekly new case counts are at 403 per 100,000, with "substantial" being anything over 100 per 100,000.  
  • As was stated in our Back to School plan, when data reaches "substantial,” districts may consider moving to total remote learning.

We will continue to work closely with the Skokie Department of Health for both current and future guidance. We will also be posting updates on our website regarding timing for staff and student return.

The District will be considering Back to School options at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, November 10th. Timing for these plans may be affected by this adaptive pause. 

This is a challenging time for our community, and together we will get through this.  

Please be safe!


November 7, 2020


Thank you for your work with your students at home during remote learning over the past three months. We know this has not been easy, and we are grateful for your support and flexibility.

We have just received the translated copies of the Return To School Plan to help our families better understand what the district has proposed. Thank you so much for your patience; this took longer than expected because of the document’s length.

We realize there are many concerns related to the Return to School Plan. Additional conversations regarding the plan will occur at our next Board of Education meeting Tuesday, November 10th. As we strive to foster care, awareness, and responsible decision-making within our community, Skokie School District 73.5 continues to seek opportunities to hear your voice in our planning. We encourage everyone to view our upcoming Board of Education meeting via the live stream on our website. 

We recognize what a stressful time this is for all students, families, and staff. We appreciate your continued partnership. 


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