COVID-19 & NSSRA

September 8 Update: Session III Programs to Begin in October

Timeline for Session III Programs

  • Monday, September 8: Session III program released
  • Monday, September 14: Registration for Session III begins
  • Friday, September 25: Registration for Session III ends
  • Monday, October 5: Session III begins
  • Saturday, November 7: Session III ends

June 22 Update: In-Person Programs Begin in July

Program Guide Here
In conjunction with ongoing virtual programs, we will be offering in-person programs again beginning Monday, July 20. Session I programs will run for five weeks and be limited to ten individuals per program, including staff. Our Session I Program Guide will be released Monday, June 29. To determine eligibility for programs beginning July 20, a Participant Assessment must be submitted by Monday, June 22, prior to registration for Session I programs beginning on Monday, June 29. Complete the Participant Assessment here.

Below is NSSRA’s timeline for Session I programs:

Monday, June 22: Session I program opportunities released
Monday, June 29: Registration for Session I begins
Friday, July 10: Registration for Session I ends
Monday, July 20: Session I begins
Saturday, August 22: Session I ends

We will continue evaluating in-person program opportunities on a month-to-month basis. Further information about additional session start and end dates through the end of 2020 will be provided in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience as we navigate offering as many services as possible safely.

For more information regarding Session I programs, contact Recreation Manager Dani Kern at dkern@nssra.org.


June 15 Update: Participant Eligibility

As we prepare to return to in-person programming, we have established new eligibility and safety guidelines for staff and participants. Participants interested in registering for in-person programming will be required to complete an assessment to determine eligibility. Once the assessment is submitted, staff will review the assessment, pair it with recent experience with the participant (if any), and call families to ask any additional questions staff may have and ultimately to let them know the outcome.

As always, evaluations of reasonable accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis to ensure that NSSRA has as much information as possible about the specifics of the request being made, and NSSRA retains the right at all times to re-evaluate participation when a situation is creating a direct threat of safety.

To determine eligibility for programs beginning July 20, a Participant Assessment must be submitted by Monday, June 22, prior to registration for Session I programs beginning on Monday, June 29. Complete the Participant Assessment here.


June 11 Update: In-Person Programs Begin Monday, July 20

We are excited to announce that, in conjunction with ongoing virtual programs, we will be offering in-person programs again beginning Monday, July 20! Session I programs will run for five weeks and be limited to ten individuals per program, including staff. Full details regarding our new safety and wellness guidelines, participant eligibility and our registration process will be emailed to families Monday, June 15. Below is NSSRA’s timeline for Session I programs:

  • Monday, June 22: Session I program opportunities released
  • Monday, June 29: Registration for Session I begins
  • Friday, July 10: Registration for Session I ends
  • Monday, July 20: Session I begins
  • Saturday, August 22: Session I ends

Please note: both in-person and virtual programs will follow the same schedule beginning July 20, and all registrations must be completed through WebTrac ​or an online registration form. The current sign-up process on our website for virtual programs will be removed and all programs must be registered for between Monday, June 29 and Friday, July 10 by one of these methods. For a refresher on how to register for programs via WebTrac, click the links below:

We will continue evaluating in-person program opportunities on a month-to-month basis. Information about additional session start and end dates through the end of 2020 will be provided in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience as we navigate offering as many services as possible safely.

For more information regarding Session I programs, contact Recreation Manager Dani Kern at dkern@nssra.org.


June 4 Update: Advertised In-Person Programs for Summer Cancelled

Dear NSSRA Families,

As you know, on Friday, May 29 much of Illinois entered phase 3 of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan. We are working very hard to offer appropriate in-person activities for NSSRA participants as soon as possible, but in light of the ongoing COVID-19 concerns and subsequent safety measures in place to keep our community healthy, we are cancelling all in-person summer programming as previously advertised. These cancellations include NSSRA programs, special events and trips. Specific cancellation details are below.

For the remainder of 2020 we will be evaluating in-person program opportunities on a month-to-month basis, and will provide monthly program information and registration periods in place of seasonal guides and registration periods. Our online virtual programming will continue, and we plan to begin offering small, in-person programs in late July. More information will be released about these opportunities in the next few weeks.

Our Summer 2020 Program Guide has been updated (view here) with program cancellations. Please note: refunds for summer programs and special events will be processed as household credits. If you would like a monetary refund, please contact NSSRA Registrar Jeanne Cook at jcook@nssra.org.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate offering as many services as possible safely.

Summer 2020 Cancellations (As of June 4)

  • All summer programs and special events as advertised in the Summer 2020 Program Guide
  • Camp Duncan Trip
  • Camp Wigwam Trip
  • Gator Bocce
  • Gator Bowling
  • Gator Golf
  • Gator Softball
  • Campyardigans: Weeks 4 – 5
    • Virtual camp will be available for weeks 4 – 5 as is currently scheduled for weeks 1 – 3
  • Post Camp
    • Virtual option may be available, NSSRA will communicate further plans by Monday, June 22.

For more information regarding virtual camp, please contact Recreation Manager Blair Hill at bhill@nssra.org.


May 8 Update: Camp Changes
In addition to the start of NSSRA’s summer program season being delayed to Monday, July 6, changes have also been made to the camps listed below. Our Summer 2020 Program Guide has been updated (view here).

NSSED/NSSRA Summer Program

  • Greenbriar Site – Cancelled/Virtual Option Available
  • Township 113 at Deerfield High School Site – TBD
  • Transition Site – Cancelled/Virtual Option Available
  • District 225 at Glenbrook North High School Site – TBD

Campyardigans

  • Weeks 1 – 3 – Cancelled/Virtual Option Available
  • Weeks 4 – 5 – TBD

District 34: Backpack Bandicoots

  • Cancelled/Virtual Option Available

Lake Forest Rec Program

  • Cancelled/Virtual Option Available

Post Camp

  • Running at this time

Earlier today (Friday, May 8) virtual camp and registration information was sent to participants and families who registered for camp in 2019 or 2020. If you did not register for camp one of the last two summers but would like information about virtual camp, email Recreation Manager Blair Hill at bhill@nssra.org.

Please note: refunds for cancelled camps will be processed. If you paid by credit card, your card will be refunded within the next two weeks. If you paid by cash or check a check will be mailed to you by Friday, June 19. Please contact Jeanne Cook at registration@nssra.org for questions regarding refunds.

Finally, participants and families registered for Camp Duncan and Camp Wigwam will be notified of any potential changes by the end of June.


April 29 Update: Summer Program Season Delayed

In light of Governor Pritzker’s extended stay at home order, the start of NSSRA’s summer program season is delayed to Monday, July 6. These program delays apply to NSSRA programs and the ELA Program. Our Summer 2020 Program Guide has been updated (view here) with program adjustments and cancellations. Updates regarding camps will be communicated the week of Monday, May 4. Please note: payments for summer programs are not required at this time and will not be processed. Any payments provided will be held until a later date.

In the meantime, we are excited to announce that we will have expanded virtual program offerings beginning this coming Monday (including weekend and evening options) and we hope you’ll join us on Zoom until we can be together in person again. Look for an email update coming later this week with sign up options for virtual programs.

With questions, please reach out to us at registration@nssra.org.


April 9 Update: 2020 Spring Program Changes

As of Thursday, April 9, NSSRA spring programs and special events are cancelled. At this time, Gator Softball, Gator Golf and Gator Tennis programs scheduled after Friday, June 1 are running. Credits from Spring programming may be applied to Summer registrations.

For more information or with questions, contact NSSRA Registrar Jeanne Cook at jcook@nssra.org.

Current Status of NSSRA Events through June
Shining Stars Awards & Recognition Banquet (RESCHEDULED)
Originally Friday, April 24, 2020, now rescheduled to Friday, October 30, 2020

Spring Formal (CANCELLED)
Friday, May 1

Winnetka Ice Shows(CANCELLED)
Friday, May 1 & Saturday, May 2
Cancelled per Winnetka Park District

Northbrook-On-Ice (CANCELLED)
Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10
Cancelled per Northbrook Park District

ELA Fun Run (VIRTUAL)
Friday, May 15
Cancelled per Deerfield Park District (all parks and facilities closed through May)

Special Olympics Illinois State Summer Games (CANCELLED)
Friday, June 12 – Sunday, June 14
Cancelled per Special Olympics Illinois

We will communicate further updates as we have them. With questions or for more information, please contact Recreation Manager Blair Hill at bhill@nssra.org.


April 2 Update: Expanded Virtual Program & Connection Opportunities now live for the week of Monday, April 6. Click here for details.

2020 Summer Program Registration Updates & Changes
In light of ongoing changes due to COVID-19, we are consistently evaluating program plans for summer and making modifications based on best available information. We have updated our program guide mailing and registration timeline for Summer 2020, as follows below:

Summer Program Guides Mailed & Posted Online:
Monday, April 20
Originally Monday, April 13

Registration Begins:
Monday, May 4 at 9:00 am
Originally Monday, April 20

Registration Deadline:
Friday, May 15 at 5:00 pm
No change

Regular Program Dates:
Monday, June 15 – Saturday, August 8
No change

For more information or with questions, contact NSSRA Registrar Jeanne Cook at jcook@nssra.org.

Current Status of NSSRA Events through June
Shining Stars Awards & Recognition Banquet (RESCHEDULED)
Originally Friday, April 24, 2020, now rescheduled to Friday, October 30, 2020

Spring Formal (CANCELLED)
Friday, May 1

Winnetka Ice Shows (POSTPONED)
Friday, May 1 & Saturday, May 2
Postponed (dates TBD) per Winnetka Park District

Northbrook-On-Ice (CANCELLED)
Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10
Cancelled per Northbrook Park District

ELA Fun Run (TBD)
Friday, May 15

Special Olympics Illinois State Summer Games (CANCELLED)
Friday, June 12 – Sunday, June 14
Cancelled per Special Olympics Illinois

We will communicate further updates as we have them. With questions or for more information, please contact Recreation Manager Blair Hill at bhill@nssra.org.


March 16 Update: NSSRA has been monitoring reports and recommendations from our local, state and national health agencies regarding COVID-19 (commonly known as Coronavirus) and continues to take proactive action to prepare for the well-being of our participants.

Based on guidance put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health and in light of the declaration of a national emergency, in the best interest of the health of our community we are suspending all programs until further notice. NSSRA’s offices in Northbrook will also continue to be closed to the public.

The Shining Stars Awards & Recognition Banquet originally planned for Friday, April 24 is rescheduled for Friday, October 30. We will communicate details in the coming weeks.

Refunds will be issued when programs are rescheduled. If you would like a refund sooner, contact the office at (847) 509-9400 or registration@nssra.org. NSSRA full-time staff will be monitoring voicemail and email and will respond in a timely fashion. We will be further communicating with NSSRA part-time staff in the coming days.

We will be providing ongoing updates. With questions or concerns, please contact NSSRA at (847) 509-9400 or info@nssra.org.


On March 20, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a statewide “Stay At Home” order that takes effect on Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 pm through April 7. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the order.

Governor Pritzker stated that throughout the duration of this order, citizens can leave their homes to visit the grocery store, pharmacy, or medical facilities, all of which will remain open. Citizens can also pick up food from carry-out restaurants, get gas, and go outside to exercise or to walk the dog as long as they continue to practice social distancing.

In accordance with this order, NSSRA and all of our partner park district facilities will be closed through April 7. Many of our partners’ public spaces, trails and parks remain open, but check each district’s website for details. For a list of our partners and links to their websites, click here.

Please follow all CDC guidelines when visiting public outdoor spaces – keep social distance of at least 6 feet, do not participate in group activities and wash your hands both before and after visiting for at least 20 seconds.

For virtual program opportunities, stay connected with our social media and look for announcements coming soon.

For additional details from the national and state levels:

CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC): www.cdc.gov, @CDCgov

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH: www.dph.illinois.gov, 24/7 Hotline: 1-800-889-3931

Illinois Department of Public Health has created a hotline for Coronavirus information: The Illinois Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline and email address provides consistent information, answer questions, share facts about symptoms, and provides up-to-date information from the CDC. Call 1-800-889-3931 anytime or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV.


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