Evanston Township High School, which has been on remote learning since last March, says its calendar for the 2021-22 school year has been “prepared with the intent for an in-person learning model.”

There is still a chance that ETHS (District 202) will go to a hybrid plan (part in-person, part-remote) before the current school year ends, but at this point there is no target date due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. ETHS students have had online learning since COVID-19 hit the area.

Evanston/Skokie District 65, the elementary and middle school feeder system for ETHS, began its hybrid system today.

Yesterday, ETHS started a number of “in-person experiences,” for students, a variety of voluntary arts, sports, and academic enrichment activities on campus. There is also a supervised “safe center” at the school, where students can work on their online classes if they feel more comfortable away from home.

ETHS will present a webinar at 630pm next Wednesday with more information on those activities, and how they are designed to improve student emotional well-being during these difficult times. You can find out how to access the webinar by checking the ETHS website.

Also on the website, the 2021-22 academic calendar. The group called the “Coalition to Reopen Evanston Schools” recently issued a series of questions to the district, including “What assurances can you give that Evanston Township High School will provide in-person learning in the 2021-22 academic year?”

The calendar is not an assurance, but it is the hoped-for goal. However, the district says “updates will be shared with students and parents” as well as on the ETHS website, so there is always the chance things could change along with the virus before August 17, the first day of school, 2021-22.

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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