Evanston Township High School is suspending all indoor and outdoor extracurricular activities, as part of the statewide effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

In a statement released this morning, District 202 Superintendent Eric Witherspoon said in light of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s order returning the state to Tier 3 coronavirus regulations, “The Illinois State Board of Education confirmed that the more restrictive Tier 3 mitigation strategies suspend all indoor group sporting and recreational activities, including youth and adult recreational sports.”

Witherspoon said consistent with the Governor’s order, ETHS is suspending all extracurriculars, including athletics, fine arts, and student activities beginning today. ETHS, Witherspoon said, “is also suspending all outdoor activities as an additional measure to help accomplish the goal of containing the spread of COVID.”

With ETHS on remote learning, there have not been many in-person activities. However, there have been some, such as a socially-distanced outdoor “Bachtoberfest” performance by the band’s percussion section.

Witherspoon said, “We understand that this is a disappointing transition for many students who participate in sports, clubs, rehearsals, and other activities. Students will still be able to participate in online virtual experiences in athletics and activities.”

The superintendent said Gov. Pritzker has not specified how long the Tier 3 mitigation will last, but the school will let students and teachers know if the status of in-person activities changes.

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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