In less than a month, Evanston Township High School will welcome students back to full-time in-person instruction. All students will be asked to provide proof of vaccination by Aug. 5 to allow time for processing before the opening of school on Aug. 16. Staff are asked to submit proof of vaccination by Aug. 2.
A letter emailed on July 21 to ETHS students and guardians, from Assistant Superintendent/Principal Marcus Campbell states, “Providing proof of vaccination is voluntary. However, students and staff who have not provided proof will be considered unvaccinated for contact tracing purposes and they will be required to wear a mask at all times while inside the building.”
Masking is optional for those who have submitted a Proof of Covid Vaccination Form for Students. The form can be completed at any time once an individual is fully vaccinated, even after the Aug. 5 deadline. An individual is not fully vaccinated until two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or two weeks after a single dose vaccine, the time it takes for the body to build immunity against the virus that causes COVID-19.
There are several ways for students or guardians to submit proof of vaccination, and help is available for anyone who needs assistance.
The steps to submit a student’s vaccination documentation are listed in the email to students and guardians, and on the ETHS website. A secure and straightforward way for current students to submit the proof of vaccination form is to log into their ETHS student email account and upload the image of their vaccine card.
Incoming freshman or transfer students who have not yet logged in with their school email can refer to the Welcome to IIT document for instructions.
In an interview with the RoundTable, Student Tech Support Coordinator Dora Bollinger, the parent of two recent ETHS graduates, said she understands the importance of being able to access help with technology, especially for new and transfer students.
“Students can get any help they might need in terms of getting their username and to set up a password…We can set up their network login. They can also check their HAC [Home Access Center] account…
“We’re here to offer support from 7:30 a.m.,” said Bollinger, who oversees an area at ETHS called the ChromeZone Student Tech Support Center.
As key contacts for the ChromeZone, Bollinger and Director of Instructional Technology David Chan check their email even after they go home each day.
“Parents can also call me, or I can call them for whatever support they need. We try to make the email we send out as simple as possible…But our new freshmen or our transfer students might not know their username or their password.”
Bollinger said that many of the calls she receives are from parents of freshmen, who are new to the school.
“And some parents of sophomores have not been in the building either, because their students were freshmen last year [during the pandemic].
“A few students have called. Sometimes it’s just that they forget their password,” Bollinger said.
She encouraged students to advocate for themselves by contacting her at 847-424-7357 or email@example.com
Other ways to submit proof of vaccination are to fax an image of the vaccination card to ETHS at 847-424-7254, or to mail a copy of the card to ETHS Health Services. Finally, a copy of the vaccination card can be dropped in locked boxes located at Entrance 1 (off Dodge Ave.), Entrance 2 or Entrance 3 (rear of the building off Wildkit Drive); Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As ETHS transitions back to normalcy, a fully vaccinated school community will help support in-person instruction and activities. The school’s 65-acre campus will officially spring back to life on opening day with a schoolwide picnic.