Welcome Back Updates 2022
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” – William James
Dear North Shore School District 112 Parents & Guardians,
Tomorrow we are set to welcome back our students to our schools! With this letter, I’m sharing some timely updates about “back to school” as part of our overall information campaign to keep you informed.
Police Visits the First Few Days of School
As has been part of our tradition for the past few years, members of our local police departments will be on hand to welcome our students and deliver pencils from tomorrow through September 2. They will visit one or two schools each day during this period.
We anticipate that the first few weeks of school will likely have delays and some missteps. Ideally, we have everything under control, and all routes run smoothly. Still, we are informing you in advance that based upon the national shortage of bus drivers, we anticipate some hiccups. We ask for your patience and understanding. Visit the webpage with transportation questions Transportation Department.
News Media Possible Presence
Our Director of Communications, Mr. Nicholas Glenn, has reached out to local news media outlets asking them to respect the privacy of our students and staff during the opening of the schools. Mr.Glenn has shared that we will not allow media on campus, nor will we permit interviews of students on campus. Media representatives seem to understand our concerns, and we hope they respect our wishes.
Therapy Dog Visits the First Days of School
Each school will have a therapy dog present to provide additional support to staff and students as needed starting tomorrow.
Parent Education - ALICE Training
We proudly announce that one of our parent education opportunities will be focused on ALICE training. Additional information will be shared soon about an October 3, 2022 training event. District 112 has been using ALICE as its threat response protocol for several years.
State Required Active Shooter Drills
District 112 will not conduct state-mandated active shooter drills until after ALICE's October 3 parent training. The drills will not be surprises, all drills will be announced in advance to parents, staff, and students. By law, each school must conduct active shooter training within the first 90 days of the school year. Contact your principal or Dr. Holly Colin with questions about drills.
General Safety & Security Tips
Please remember if you see something, say something, and do something (e.g., if an exterior door is propped open, contact the principal immediately). Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we increase our visitor screening practices. Be sure to familiarize yourself with Text A Tip and Safe 2 Help Illinois in the effort you need to engage with a trained counselor (24/7).
Construction Planning News & Information
Stay up to date with what’s going on with construction planning in District 112. Visit our dedicated webpage https://www.nssd112.org/Page/4139 The latest update was shared via the District 112 Podcast yesterday. We’ll be sharing a short video frequently asked question series as well.
Community Tours of Northwood Middle School
Come and see what a modernized school looks like! With pandemic mitigations lifted, we are now offering guided tours of our beautiful, modernized school. The dates for the events are as follows at Northwood Middle School, 945 North Avenue:
Saturday, September 17, 2022
Tour 1 will run from 9:00-10:00 am
Tour 2 2ill run from 10:00-11:00am
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Tour 1 will run from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Tour 2 2ill run from 7:00-8:00 p.m
We acknowledge that we have been through quite a bit over the past few years; let’s stay united in support of one another, in kindness, respect, civility, understanding, compassion, and a focus on healing and moving forward.
Michael Lubelfeld, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools