ETHS officials say the school will open for hybrid learning after spring break.

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Evanston Township High School officials sent a letter to ETHS families on March 1, saying the high school expects to transition to a hybrid learning model after students return from spring break, April 5. The letter did not promise, however, that hybrid learning would begin on that date.

The letter referred parents to the ETHS website, eths.k12.il.us, where the framework for hybrid instruction has been posted since the beginning of the current school year.

The letter noted that third quarter end on March 12; there is no school on March 15, and fourth quarter begins on March 16; spring break runs March 29-April 1. ETHS spring break is March 29-April 2.

Dr. Witherspoon’s letter said, “The safety and wellbeing of ETHS students and staff continue to be our highest priority. ETHS remains committed to robust remote e-learning instruction for those who prefer to stay with that model.”  It also included the following:

  • “In order to transition to a hybrid learning structure that aligns with our guiding principles, please note the following actions:
  • “The framework for hybrid instruction has been posted on the ETHS Reopening Plan website.
  • “The instructional model for hybrid learning at ETHS is remote in-person instruction.
  • “The Hybrid Selection Form will be distributed on March 2 and must be completed by March 5 at 4:00pm.
  • “The hybrid schedule and a brief video about campus expectations will be linked.

“The ETHS Board of Education will receive an update on ETHS Enhanced E-learning at the March 8 meeting. The transition dates for the ETHS hybrid learning schedule will be announced on March 9. Any remaining Remote Learning Planning Days for the 2020-21 school year will also be announced.”

On Aug. 17, 2020, the RoundTable published a story that, among other things, described the framework for hybrid learning, which ETHS officials say has not changed. The story can be found here.

An excerpt from that article. “The ‘Remote’ Week at ETHS”  is reprinted below:

“The ETHS school week will begin with Wildkit Monday, followed by alternating Orange Days (Tuesday and Thursday) and Blue Days (Wednesday and Friday).

Wildkit Monday will look like this:

  • Asynchronous (not real-time ) learning from 7:15 to 8:25 a.m. and 8:30 to 8:55 a.m.
  • Office hours 9-10:10 a.m.
  • Academic supports 10:15-11:25 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
  • Social-emotional supports 12:40-1:15 p.m. and 1:15-2:25 p.m.
  • Professional development/meeting time 2:30-3:40 p.m.

Orange Tuesday and Orange Thursday will each have five periods with a break:

  • Period 1, 9-10:10 a.m.
  • Period 2, 10:15-11:25 a.m.
  • Period 3, 11:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
  • Break, 12:40-1:15 p.m.
  • Period 4, 1:15-2:25 p.m.
  • Period 5, 2:30-3:40 p.m.

Blue Wednesday and Blue Friday will each have four periods with a break:

  • Period 6, 9-10:10 a.m.
  • Period 7, 10:15-11:25 a.m.
  • Period 8, 11:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
  • Break, 12:40-1:15 p.m.
  • Period 9, 1:15-2:25 p.m.

“Office hours/teacher collaboration, 2:30-3:40 p.m.

“The remote learning model has been improved since “crisis learning” in the spring, the plan said. E-learning at ETHs will include “high academic expectations and requirements for attendance, grading, live synchronous class sessions, and assessments.”

The link to a story on what ETHS has been doing to prepare for hybrid learning can be found here:  https://evanstonroundtable.com/2021/01/15/eths-is-preparing-for-hybrid-learning-before-year-end-officials-hope/

Dr. Witherspoon’s letter also noted that information about spring testing would be communicated later and cautioned that the hybrid schedule will be disrupted by State assessments and Advanced Placement testing.

The letter, sent in English and Spanish, is reprinted below:

Dear Students & Parents/Guardians,

As ETHS works to prepare for the beginning of fourth quarter in March, I am sharing an update about next steps for students and their families. At this time, ETHS expects to transition to a hybrid learning model in April, after spring break. As a reminder:

Third quarter ends March 12, 2021. Fourth quarter begins March 16; there is no school on March 15.

ETHS spring break is March 29-April 2.

The safety and wellbeing of ETHS students and staff continue to be our highest priority. ETHS remains committed to robust remote e-learning instruction for those who prefer to stay with that model. In order to transition to a hybrid learning structure that aligns with our guiding principles, please note the following actions:

The framework for hybrid instruction has been posted on the ETHS Reopening Plan website.

The instructional model for hybrid learning at ETHS is remote in-person instruction.

The Hybrid Selection Form will be distributed on March 2 and must be completed by March 5 at 4:00pm.

The hybrid schedule and a brief video about campus expectations will be linked.

The ETHS Board of Education will receive an update on ETHS Enhanced E-learning at the March 8 meeting.

The transition dates for the ETHS hybrid learning schedule will be announced on March 9.

Any remaining Remote Learning Planning Days for the 2020-21 school year will also be announced.

Testing

Given that the U.S. Department of Education has not waived testing requirements, information will be shared separately about spring testing for ETHS students. Please note that the hybrid schedule will be disrupted by state assessments and Advanced Placement (AP) testing when confirmed. 

Thank you and we look forward to sharing more information in the coming days.

Sincerely,

Eric Witherspoon, Ph.D.

Superintendent


[ASUNTO]:  Actualización del Plan de Reapertura de ETHS a partir del 1 de marzo del 2021

Estimados Estudiantes y Padres/Tutores:

Mientras ETHS trabaja para prepararse para el comienzo del cuarto trimestre en marzo, estoy compartiendo una actualización acerca de los siguientes pasos para los estudiantes y sus familias. En este momento, ETHS espera hacer la transición a un modelo de aprendizaje híbrido en abril, después de las vacaciones de primavera. Como recordatorio: 

El tercer trimestre termina el 12 de marzo del 2021. El cuarto trimestre comienza el 16 de marzo; no hay clases el 15 de marzo. 

Las vacaciones de primavera de ETHS son del 29 de marzo al 2 de abril. 

La seguridad y bienestar de los estudiantes y el personal de ETHS continúan siendo nuestra más alta prioridad. ETHS se mantiene comprometida a una sólida instrucción virtual para aquellos que prefieren seguir con ese modelo. Con el fin de hacer la transición a una estructura de aprendizaje híbrida que se alinee con nuestros principios rectores, guiding principles, tenga en cuenta las siguientes acciones: 

El marco para la instrucción híbrida, framework for hybrid instruction ha sido publicado en la página electrónica del Plan de Reapertura de ETHS. 

El modelo de instrucción para el aprendizaje híbrido en ETHS es de instrucción presencial a distancia. 

El Formulario de Selección de instrucción híbrida será distribuido el 2 de marzo y debe ser completado antes del 5 de marzo a las 4:00 p.m. 

Se vincularán el horario híbrido y un breve video sobre de las expectativas en el campus. 

La Junta de Educación de ETHS recibirá una actualización sobre el Aprendizaje Virtual Mejorado en la reunión del 8 de marzo. 

Las fechas de la transición para el horario de aprendizaje híbrido en ETHS serán anunciadas el 9 de marzo. 

También se anunciarán los días restantes de Planificación del Aprendizaje para el año escolar 2020-21. 

Pruebas

Dado que el Departamento de Educación de los EE.UU. no ha eximido los requisitos de las pruebas, se compartirá información por separado acerca de las pruebas de primavera para los estudiantes de ETHS. Por favor, tome en cuenta que el horario híbrido será interrumpido por las evaluaciones estatales y las pruebas de Nivel Avanzado (AP) cuando se confirmen. 

Gracias, y esperamos compartir más información en los próximos días.

Atentamente,

Eric Witherspoon, Ph.D.

Superintendente