Covid-19 Response

Over the last few months, we have learned a tremendous amount—about ourselves and what we value most; about our school community and its resilience; about our state, nation and world.

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 much is changing and 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.

Guiding Principles

PRIORITY #1

Prioritizing student, faculty, staff and family health, safety and wellbeing.

PRIORITY #2

Delivering a powerful, connected learning experience for students with a strong preference for face-to-face learning.

PRIORITY #3

Shaping our policies and practices based on data, research and up-to-date guidance from local, state and national agencies, with medical experts.

PRIORITY #4

Providing consistency and predictability for students, faculty, staff and families. 

COVID-19 Resources & Updates

The health, safety and well-being of the NSCD community is our top priority. 

We are constantly monitoring information from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). We will continue to communicate via email and catalog those 2020-2021 emails here. This is a challenging time. Please protect yourself and your family by following these guildelines:

  • 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 with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough
  • Practice social distancing
  • Following guidance from public health officials
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath please call your healthcare provider before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken prior to your office visit.

Jamie Valker
School Nurse
Jamie is available to speak with students and parents Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 
via jvalker@nscds.org or 847.441.3333. 

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