The in-person portion of hybrid education at Evanston Township High School will begin on April 14 instead of the 15th, the school announced this afternoon.

That’s because the SAT college entrance exam will only need one day instead of two. The state is no longer requiring the essay portion of the test, which would have necessitated a second day.

ETHS has been on fully remote learning since the coronavirus pandemic hit one year ago. Under the hybrid plan, some students will both get in-person classes and remote education, while others will remain on fully remote learning. Families could choose which option they preferred. 46% of the high school’s 3,600 students picked the hybrid model.

The “in-person experiences” of various arts, cultural, and enrichment programs on campus will end March 22, after about a month in effect. ETHS says “this end date primarily pertains to Monday Funday activities and Course-Specific Opportunities.” After school activities will continue.

The Safe Center for Online Learning, which started when “in-person experiences” began, will also stay in operation. That on-campus site was originally designed for students who wanted a different environment for e-learning than what they had at home, and will continue that way. The school says that the Center will “offer a quiet space with reliable internet for students during live learning school hours, Tuesday-Friday.”

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Leave a comment

The goal of our comment policy is to make the comments section a vibrant yet civil space. Treat each other with respect — even the people you disagree with. Whenever possible, provide links to credible documentary evidence to back up your factual claims.