Covid-19 Information

School will look much more normal this year as we peel back many of the protocols we employed in earlier stages of the pandemic.

The virus is still with us and we are all learning to live with it in different ways, but at school we are confident it will occupy less and less of our time and bandwidth, allowing us to keep our focus where it should be: teaching, learning and community. 

We have learned a tremendous amount over the last two-plus years about managing health and safety at school and our success on that front continues to inform our policies and procedures. (For those of you who are new to the NSCD community, you can find our documentation and two previous “back-to-school” plans below. These will give you a sense of how we have managed COVID-19 to date). 

The usual caveat pertains: if the local health situation changes, we will adapt to reflect the guidance we receive from our Medical Advisory Team. Flexibility and responsiveness will remain hallmarks of our approach for the 2022-2023 school year and beyond.

The school will continue to follow COVID-19 guidance for schools from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has also been adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH).

COVID-19 Protocols and Guidelines

What you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19

The health, safety and wellbeing of the NSCD community is our top priority. 

We are constantly monitoring information from the the Centers for Disease Control, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Cook County Department of Public Health. We will continue to communicate updates to the NSCD community via email. This is a challenging time; please protect yourself and your family by following these guidelines:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth 
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with your sleeve, or using a disposable tissue and then wash your hands afterward
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick
  • Practice social distancing
  • Following guidance from public health officials
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, call your healthcare provider

If you have any questions about COVID-19 policies and protocols, please send an email to the NSCD COVID-19 Response team at

Medical Advisory Team

Seamus Collins, MPH P ’31 ’34
Vice-President of Operations, Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

Jeff Foreman, MD ’80
Chair of the Board of Trustees, NSCD
Internal Medicine Specialist

Mark Haupt, MD P ’28, ’30
Pediatric Pulmonologist
Chief Medical Officer, Ariel Precision Medicine

Melissa Howard, JD  P ’27 ’30
Civil Rights Attorney, U.S. Department of Education

Mike Howard, MD  P ’27 ’30
Plastic Surgeon

Chethra Muthiah, MD  P ’29, ’32
Infectious Disease Specialist

Judith Nerad, MD  P ’19, ’22
Infectious Disease Specialist
Hospice and Palliative Care Physician

Richard Phillips, MD, MBA  P ’25, ’28, ’32
Emergency Medicine Specialist
Medical Director, AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Glen Oaks

Jessica Rappaport, MD P '26, '28
Concierge Pediatrician
Rappaport Pediatrics, S.C. Winnetka