District 65 offices at the JEH Education Center.

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 is cancelling a half-day of teacher professional development on Wednesday afternoon, and will instead have a full instructional day for students.

Normally, the half-day development sessions occur one afternoon per month, with students in class during the morning, and then dismissed at noon.

But Superintendent Devon Horton says that with so many in-person days lost to COVID-related “adaptive pauses” at some schools, plus starting the new term remotely Monday instead of in-person and the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the development seminar is canceled “to provide increased continuity in learning” for students.

Horton says the district is working with childcare providers and afterschool partners to try to help parents “navigate this change.”

Horton says “we know this may be difficult for some and truly appreciate your continued flexibility in support of our students.”

After starting school remotely on Monday, in-person classes resume for District 65 students on Tuesday.

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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