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If in-person school is called off Wednesday or Thursday, students in Evanston/Skokie District 65 will not be getting a free pass for sled riding.

In a website message to the community, superintendent Devon Horton says “our team is currently monitoring the forecast and the prediction of inclement weather ” over the next two days.

As of now, he says, it looks like Evanston can expect several inches of snow, but less than is anticipated south of Chicago. But weather can always change.

Horton says if in-person school has to be cancelled, “it’s likely that E-Learning will be held instead.”

E-Learning days, Horton notes, do not have to be made up at the end of the year. He adds that it’s important that children bring their computers home every day, should E-Learning be implemented.

There is also the possibility of a two-hour late start for in-person school, if conditions are snowy early in the morning, but then improve.

The superintendent says that “As a public school district, it remains our goal to safely keep buildings open daily for in-person learning,” however, there may be rare instances where it is necessary to “close and/or pivot to E-Learning.”

Any decision to close/go to E-Learning or to open late will be communicated to families through a variety of methods, such as phone, e-mail, text, and the district’s website.

The decision will be made no later than 5 am.

Horton says to plan on school being open unless there is official notification from the district.

In other words, no news is good news, but snow news is bad news.

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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