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The District 65 School Board has approved a 2021 Summer Student-Learning Proposal that will include a variety of programs serving 1,500 students. That is nearly three times the number served in the prior two years.

The summer learning plan offers an “array of learning programs,” said Stacy Beardsley, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. “We’re very excited about the opportunities we’re bringing forward this year. We are essentially moving from offering just over 500 seats last year and fewer the year before to 1,500 seats. We have an opportunity to serve our students that are currently in kindergarten through seventh grade.”

COVID-19 by the Numbers: We are checking in with many sources to keep you updated on COVID-19 cases and vaccine information.

  • Eighteen new cases were reported yesterday in Evanston; the seven-day average is 13.
  • Northwestern University reported 45 new cases for the seven days ending April 7.
  • In sad news, there was one fatality reported yesterday, the first fatality since March 4. Evanston has now lost 115 residents to the pandemic.
  • Our City’s positive test rate for the past seven days is 1.2%; in suburban Cook County it is 5.7%, and in Illinois it is 4.2%. 
  • The number of cases per 100,000 population over the past seven days is 120 in Evanston, 157 in suburban Cook County, and 165 in Illinois.
  • Illinois received 1.1 million doses and used 788,800 doses of the vaccine in the past seven days. Illinois has used 78% of the 8.6 million doses received to date.
  • About 2.6 million or 20.2% of total Illinois residents are fully vaccinated, including 367,050 in the past seven days.

Variants – The Illinois Department of Public Health now reports 704 cases of more infectious COVID-19 variants including 552 cases of variant B.1.1.7 (UK), 93 cases of P.1 (Brazil), and 50 cases of B.1.427/429 (California). 

Evanston Vax Facts: Some 51% of Evanston residents 16 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 24% of residents 16 and older are fully vaccinated. The proportion of Evanston seniors vaccinated is higher; 93% of residents 65 and older have received at least one dose and 65% are fully vaccinated.   

The City of Evanston administered 740 doses of the vaccine this week. The City is now vaccinating Phase 1B and 1B+ individuals. More details are available on the City’s Vaccine Dashboard.

Beginning Monday, April 12, everyone 16 and older will be eligible for vaccination in the State of Illinois.

Dear Gabby: Can I Snoop On my Children? I am embarrassed to say that I am a snoop. I try and respect my children’s privacy but frankly, I mostly fail. Now, because of COVID, I have older kids in the house, kids who are basically adults. But I still get itchy fingers to “clean up” in their room. Or “look for” something I can’t seem to find. I wanna know what is going on with them. Is that so bad?

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Like Golf? Like Trees? Like Birds? Head to Canal Shores, Evanston’s Community Golf Course. Canal Shores is not just for golf. It is 82 acres of green space, only about half of which is allocated to golf. The rest is occupied by habitats attractive to migrating birds. On April 17, Canal Shores and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District are partnering to plant sapling trees along the North Shore Channel. The kickoff volunteer planting event will be held at Canal Shores from 9:30 a.m. to noon, and volunteers are welcome most Saturday mornings thereafter.

City Manager Announces Key Staff Appointments. City Manager Erika Storlie has announced the appointment of three City staff to key senior leadership positions at the City of Evanston.

City Council Approves Energy Agreement with MC Squared. The Evanston City Council has approved a 30-month agreement with Chicago-based MC Squared Energy Services, LLC as part of the City’s community choice electricity aggregation program, providing a pathway to achieving its renewable energy and carbon neutrality goals.

For a list of upcoming events and meetings, please check the RoundTable Calendar.

Around the Web

Homebound Chicagoans Have Been Stuck Inside For More Than A Year – And City’s Vaccination Program Still Hasn’t Responded To Them.

How worried should you be about coronavirus variants? A virologist explains his concerns.

Some summer festivals will happen this year, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says.

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