Almost 150 children received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine Friday, November 12, during a vaccination clinic held on campus. The school partnered with the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide pediatric doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 5-11, as well as booster doses of Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for faculty and staff. The clinic was open to NSCD students and their families, even if siblings attend school elsewhere. 
A second vaccination clinic will be held Friday, December 3, three weeks after the first dose, as recommended by the manufacturer. Both clinics are free and run by trained providers. 
The school will continue to conduct saliva screenings weekly for those not fully vaccinated. In addition, there may be a few times when everyone in the school community will be tested for extra peace of mind—such as after holiday travel. 
“We are very excited to offer this opportunity to our students and families,” said Head of School Tom Flemma. “The availability of vaccines for children 5-11 is a hopeful sign, especially as the weather turns colder. We continue to creep closer to normal, but most of our mitigation strategies will continue—including wearing masks for the time being—to protect the students and staff at school.“

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North Shore Country Day’s annual 10-minute play festival “Take 10” returned to the stage on April 13. For the first time in three years, students performed their original plays in front of a live audience with performances in the NSCD Auditorium.

All seven plays were written, produced and directed by students in the upper school directing class. Some were based on personal experience, observations and media events, while others stemmed from pure creativity. Once the scripts were finalized, the student directors held auditions, cast the roles and ran their own rehearsals.

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