Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Superintendent Devon Horton announced late Friday that the school plans to go remote for the first day that classes resume on Monday, Jan. 10.

Horton says the move is needed to allow time for additional COVID-19 testing and to process important health-related information.

He says all staff and students will follow the district’s E-Learning Plan on Jan. 10 and resume regular classes on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Horton says the district strongly encourages COVID-19 tests for anyone who is experiencing symptoms of illness, believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or has traveled after Dec. 31.

His message also lists a series of mitigation measures being taken by the schools — including a prohibition on indoor events and gatherings.

And Horton notes that Evanston and Skokie health departments continue to require a 10-day quarantine period after COVID-19 exposure, despite the decision by the federal Centers for Disease Control and the state health department to shorten quarantine periods.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.