Evanston Township High School will begin the third quarter in January on remote learning, continuing what has been in effect since school began in August.

In a statement on the ETHS website, District 202 Superintendent Eric Witherspoon said with the coronavirus pandemic still impacting the community, “ETHS continues to prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff.”

However, Witherspoon said if virus conditions allow, “ETHS plans to transition to a hybrid model by the fourth quarter.” Under a hybrid system, some of the students are in school, while the rest learn remotely. The in-school and remote-learning groups alternate, so all students receive the same amount of in-class instruction.

Witherspoon said any plans to go to the hybrid model will be communicated at least 30 days in advance. He said “The goal, as always, is to return to ETHS in-person with a regular, predictable schedule while minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

Witherspoon and ETHS principal Marcus Campbell will discuss these issues during this Friday’s edition of “E-Town Live,’ on the District’s YouTube channel at 8 a.m.

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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