Evanston Township High School won’t be playing basketball this winter.

Superintendent Eric Witherspoon announced this morning that the district will follow guidance from Gov. J.B. Pritzker that coronavirus rates are simply too high to permit playing what the state has designated a high-risk sport this winter.

Plans now are to move the basketball season to the spring, in hopes COVID-19 rates will have declined sufficiently by then to permit play.

Witherspoon said there will be major restrictions on basketball practice, similar to those applied to high-risk sports like football last summer.

Some lower-risk sports will be attempted during the winter, Witherspoon said, but “we will follow the strictest rules on safety.”

Marcus Campbell.

Principal Marcus Campbell said the district is working out the logistics to prepare for the start of winter sports and “will be very careful to follow the guidelines very strictly.”

During the school’s E-Town Live broadcast this morning, Witherspoon also said about 1,500 students, 1,200 parents and guardians and 300 staff members had responded to a survey about their experiences with e-learning and that administrators will present a report on the results the school board meeting at 7 p.m. Monday.

The board is also scheduled to hold a public hearing at Monday’s meeting on its 2020 tax levy. The administration is seeking board approval of a 2.99% increase in the levy over last year.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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