Covid-19 Information

Over the past year, we have learned a tremendous amount about ourselves and what we value most; about our school community and its resilience.

This plan is the result of months of work across all divisions and departments of the school, is guided by recommendations from medical professionals and governmental agencies, and reflects the guiding principles. Our plan also reflects that things will continue to change. Therefore, we have incorporated maximum flexibility to transition seamlessly to alternate models should the need arise. That could mean a shift to remote learning at a moment’s notice or it could mean expanding the in-person school day should it become practicable.

Saliva Screening Results

Collection Date: June 3, 2021

Total Samples: 316

Referred for a
Diagnostic Test: 0 

See our COVID-19 Dashboard for more information.

NSCD COVID-19 Dashboard


Guiding Principles


Prioritize the health safety, and wellbeing of our students, their families, faculty, and staff.


Deliver a powerful, connected learning experience for students with a strong preference for in-person learning.


Shape our policies and practices based on data, research and current guidance from local, state and national agencies, with medical experts.


Provide consistency and predictability for students and their families, faculty, and staff.

COVID-19 Resources & Updates

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

We are constantly monitoring information from the IDPH, the CDC, and the WHO. 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:

  • Wear a mask in public
  • 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

Jamie Valker | School Nurse

7:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. 

Direct: 847.441.3333

FAQS and COVID-19 Information

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

Clark McKown, Ph.D.  P ’21
President and Founder, xSEL Labs
Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences, Rush University Medical Center

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