The following information was distributed to ETHS students, families, and staff on March 12, 2020.
Dear Evanston Township High School (ETHS) Students & Families,
Based on the rapidly evolving health concerns with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and guidance of the North Cook Intermediate Service Center, ETHS District 202 is transitioning to an e-learning plan through April 12, 2020.
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at ETHS at this time. The district will not shut down, but the building will be closed to students, families, and visitors. Friday, March 13 is a regular school day. Beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, March 13, all practices, events, and activities for students on the ETHS campus are canceled, except post-event season contests.*
Monday, March 16 is a non-attendance day for students. This will be a Staff Institute Day for ETHS staff.
Tuesday, March 17 begins our e-learning days. Students and teachers should check their emails for instructions. Remote learning will continue on school days until spring break.
-- ETHS building/facility --
The ETHS spring break (April 6-10) will take place and the spring break building closure information remains in place. Students will not receive e-learning assignments or homework during the break.
A deep cleaning and disinfecting session will be scheduled during the building closure. The cleaning schedule (dates/times) will be shared with staff via email.
-- ETHS-sponsored practices, events, and activities --
All practices, events, and activities for students on the ETHS campus are canceled, except post-event season contests. Field trips are also canceled.
*The Scholastic Bowl, Speech & Debate, and Boys’ Basketball teams will finish their post-season contests as previously scheduled.
-- Travel and travel advisories --
All spring break travel for ETHS-sponsored trips is canceled. School-sponsored international travel is also canceled through the summer.
ETHS is freezing approvals for any NEW travel requests for students or staff.
-- Testing --
The Illinois State Board of Education is aware of the potential disruption to the spring testing window and is in communication with the U.S. Department of Education on this issue. Additional information on this topic will be provided as it becomes available.
Students should check their school email for a link to the required check-in form as well as any individual updates from teachers regarding expectations. For more information about e-learning days, please visit the ETHS website.
Staff should check their ETHS email for facility updates and details about work hours.
School officials will continue to work with our local health department, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and medical community partners. We will take necessary steps to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of everyone in our community.
ETHS will use the rapid notification system as well as the ETHS website to inform students, staff, and parents/guardians of any additional information. Please do not call the high school.
For updates, check the ETHS website (.eths.k12.il.us/). Any decision to reopen the ETHS building to students, families, and visitors will be made with the guidance from public health officials. We will continue to provide updates as more details develop.
For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus, visit the following websites:
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Illinois Department of Public Health: bit.ly/2QbAOrr
We appreciate your support during this challenging time.
Eric Witherspoon, Ph.D.