Reporting Illness or Absences

  • Student absences:

    • Parents/guardians will follow these steps for calling in student absences at (847) 424-7800 in English or Spanish (
      • Students should remain home if they are ill or have any of the below symptoms, and parents/guardians will call in their absence  
      • The following symptoms require absence from in-person classes: active vomiting or diarrhea, fever/chills/generalized body aches, undiagnosed, new, and/or untreated rash or skin condition (i.e. generalized hives, wound with green/yellowish drainage, etc.), doctor's note requiring an individualized plan of care to stay home, any COVID-19 symptoms, if diagnosed with COVID-19, with or without symptoms.

     Students who need to leave ETHS early:

     NOTE:  Students will not be allowed to re-enter ETHS after having left early, and are expected to engage in e-learning as soon as possible that same day. See Isolation Room information for more details.

    Students who have been exposed to COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19:

    • ETHS parents/guardians will report if their student has been exposed to COVID-19 or if their student has tested positive for COVID-19. If student has been exposed to COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19:
      • Keep your student home for 14 days or longer, if medical providers recommend it longer.  Students will have access to remote learning. ETHS requires medical clearance to return to in-person classes.
      • Call the attendance office to report an absence at (847) 424-7800 in English or Spanish. The attendance office will let the health services office, who will then reach out.  
      • Follow up with a medical provider.
      • Parent/guardian to call IDPH Hotline (1-800-889-3931) or Evanston Health Department at 847-448-4311 or 311 for guidance regarding presenting symptoms if testing for COVID-19 is warranted.
    • Please see the Confirmed COVID-19 Procedures for more information.


    As an additional resource, the Illinois Department of Public Health provides COVID-19 Interim Exclusion Guidance.