Evanston Township High School administrators have unveiled their reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year. The ETHS Fall 2020 Reopening Plan can be found on the ETHS website, https://www.eths.k12.il.us/Page/2684.

In announcing the plan, ETHS officials said it “is grounded in the District's equity work and prioritizes the health and safety of all students and staff. ETHS made an important update to the plan after the framework was discussed at the D202 Board meeting on July 13.”

Beginning Aug. 17, all ETHS students will participate in Enhanced E-learning until further notice.

  • ETHS students will attend school every day in a remote learning model, following their daily class period schedule, both synchronous and asynchronous.
  • Enhanced e-learning will include high academic expectations and requirements for attendance, grading, class sessions, and assessments.
  • Efforts to meet social emotional needs of students within academic instruction and curriculum have been further developed.

Enhanced E-learning Guidelines are available online, and ETHS will continue to build details in the coming weeks.

“We want to assure ETHS families that the enhanced e-learning model will look different than e-learning in the spring,” stated a July 17 message to students and families from ETHS Superintendent Eric Witherspoon and ETHS Assistant Superintendent and Principal Marcus Campbell.

ETHS has spent the past several months developing a more robust, sustainable, and engaging learning experience for all students, the statement about the re-opening said, adding that if conditions permit, ETHS is prepared to transition to a hybrid model that includes in-person instruction for students.

The statement also said, “The voices of students, staff, and families continue to be a critical part of the ETHS fluid planning process. An ETHS Task Force and subcommittees with about 100 people (teachers, students, non-instructional staff, and administrators) have worked tirelessly for weeks to develop remote, hybrid, and in-person models.”

Dr. Witherspoon said, “Our work is not done. In light of continually shifting circumstances and guidance, ETHS must remain flexible and responsive.”

As more information is released and guidelines are updated, announcements will be shared via email, website, mobile app, social media, and select virtual events.