Evanston Township High School officials announced today that they’re “exploring the potential need” to offer off-site, computer-based learning options “for an extended period of time” in response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

The message to students, families and staff said district administrators are taking concerns about the illness very seriously and “are committed to continuing to work together to support the well-being of our students, staff and school community.”

The new announcement from the school came as state officials repored six new cases of the coronavirus in Illinois, raising the total number to 25. The vast majority of the cases identified so far have been in the City of Chicago or elsewhere in Cook County. So far no cases have been identified as involving Evanston residents.

On Monday ETHS issued a message saying that the school is routinely cleaning and disinfecting all frequently-touched surfaces and that the school has an e-learning plan in place to prepare for continuity of instruction and minimize disruptions if public health officials notify the school that more action is required.

The school is scheduled to be closed for Spring Break from Monday, April 6, through Friday, April 10, and most of the building will be closed for facilities work from Saturday, April 4 through Thursday, April 9.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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