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Late start for ETHS classes Thursday; D65 still closed

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Classes at Evanston Township High School will resume Thursday with a later than usual start after being closed for cold weather Wednesday. But elementary and middle schools in District 65 will remain closed.

(Update at 7 p.m.: District 65 communications coordinator Melissa Messinger confirmed that District 65 schools will be closed Thursday.)

According to a notice on its website, the ETHS building will open at 6:30 a.m., first-period classes will begin at 9:40 a.m., and students will be dismissed at 3:35 p.m.

Further, the notice stipulated that “there will be no AM Support on this day. All before-school activities and practices are canceled. After-school activities, practices, meetings, and events will be held as planned.”

As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools were still planning to open as usual on Thursday, although school officials were still monitoring the weather situation.

“In the event there is a change to the status of school for Thursday,” the district stated on its website, “we will contact all families and staff members via phone and email.”

At about the same time on Tuesday, the District 65 administration had advised its parents that its schools would be open on Wednesday, but changed its plans over the dinner hour Tuesday evening and announced it would close its schools on Wednesday.

Update 8:05 p.m.: City offices will be open as usual on Thursday, and Evanston Recreation Centers will hold their regularly scheduled classes and programs.

Extra open gym sessions will be available at recreation centers again Thursday because of the school closings at:

  • Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St., 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Chandler-Newberger Center, 1028 Central St., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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