REVISED SPORTS SCHEDULES
On January 27, 2021, the IHSA revised the sports schedules for winter, spring, and summer sports. Students wishing to participate in a spring or summer sport must register for those sports in order to receive communication updates from the coaches about contact days (see below), pre-season meetings, and schedules for the first week of the season.
COVID SAFETY & TRAVEL GUIDELINES
ETHS will continue to follow all of the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines which can be found in our Safety Guidelines for Athletics. The most important reminders are to always wear your mask, bring a water bottle, and self-certify before leaving your house to come to ETHS.
Travel: Please be aware of ETHS’ out-of-state travel restrictions as they have recently been modified. The Cook County Department of Public Health recently updated its travel guidance to align with the Chicago Emergency Travel Order. The current guidelines do not require domestic travelers from Yellow states to undergo a quarantine or testing. For ETHS, travelers to Orange states must wait three (3) days AFTER their return to Illinois and then receive a COVID-19 test and have a negative test result OR quarantine for 10 days OR be fully vaccinated, as defined as two weeks after the 2nd dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or two weeks after one dose of a single-dose vaccine and not have symptoms and maintain strict masking and social distancing.
Communication: In order to effectively mitigate transmissions of COVID-19 it is essential to communicate with ETHS immediately if you test positive for COVID-19 or come into close contact with someone that tests positive for COVID-19. Please use this protocol we developed in conjunction with the City of Evanston Health Department as a guide on when to act on information about a possible exposure case AND what questions need to be answered to expedite an investigation by the City of Evanston Health Department.
CLUB SPORTS PARTICIPATION
For students participating in Football, Boys Soccer, and Girls Volleyball, the IHSA is now allowing athletes in those sports to participate in their club sport at the same time as the high school season. This will also be allowed for "summer" sports after June 4th. This has never been allowed by the IHSA for many reasons, most notably that it can cause overuse injuries and lead to burnout for the student-athlete. It can also create conflicts between the club team and the high school team. While ETHS will support this IHSA allowance, coaches will continue to follow their expectations for mandatory attendance at practices and contests. Any absence from either may result in your suspension from the next contest or whatever consequence the coach for that sport has in place. This information is being shared ahead of the season so you can make the best decision for you and plan accordingly.
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS & SUPPORTS
Student grades will continue to be checked through weekly grade reports every Friday just like the regular season. If students are earning a C- or lower in two or more classes, an email will be sent to them and parent/guardians. Students will need to get support in each of those classes the following week from their teacher in AM support or department study centers or they will not be able to participate in contact days. Academics will always come before athletics.
SPECTATORS & VIDEO STREAMING
The IDPH is now allowing spectator attendance at OUTDOOR events to reach 25% of the facility capacity. This means that we will be allowing spectators at all outside athletic facilities provided they follow the three Wildkit W’s: 1) wear a mask, 2) watch their social distance of 6 feet and 3) wash their hands frequently. This is also true for away contests in the CSL although some schools may have different protocols which your coach will inform you about prior to the competition. For events that we anticipate a crowd exceeding the 25% capacity, we will require spectators to secure a ticket in advance through our GoFan ticket source which will be operational 48 hours before game time. For indoor events, we are only able to allow spectators in Beardsley Gym, the Gymnastics Center and the Burton Aquatic Center following these spectator guidelines for indoor contests. Coaches of indoor sports will share details with their students and parents about how they will manage their spectator pass list for their home events.
The past few months we have upgraded many of our facilities with high tech cameras that can capture our live sports contests. Our AV Department has also been hard at work trying to provide LIVE streams to home athletic contests in facilities that are not equipped with those cameras. While we will continue to do our best to provide LIVE streams, technical difficulties and staff conflicts will occur that may not always allow us to stream every event. In general, here are the links you will use to access the streams for the following facilities:
- Beardsley Gym & Murney Lazier Field - NFHS Network (there is a monthly fee that gives you access to all contests streamed through the NFHS network which is helpful for many away contests as well); please note: the current camera at Lazier Field is having technical issues and may not be available
- G220 & G230 and possibly other venues - ETHS YouTube Channel
- Gymnastics Center and Burton Aquatic Center and possibly other venues - ETHS Eduvision
All students must register to participate in sports. Detailed information on how to register for sports is available on our website. You can also register directly for your sport(s) at https://myeths.eths.k12.il.us/Login/. We are now able to conduct ImPACT baseline tests remotely and the head coach for each sport will be sharing more information with you on how to do that before the start of the season (this is for freshman, juniors and new athletes only). The most pressing matter at this time for many students and families looking to participate in sports is ensuring that their most recent doctor’s health physical is submitted to our Nurse to be able to register for a sport. In an effort to not overwhelm our Nurse’s Office, we are asking that only students looking to start their spring or summer sport submit their doctor’s physical ASAP (INDICATE ON YOUR SUBMISSION THAT IT IS FOR SPORTS). Here is all of the information you need to know about physical exam requirements:
- A complete physical by a licensed healthcare provider (MD, DO, APN or PA) is only valid for 395 days (one year plus 30 days).
- The student’s physical exam completed on the State of Illinois Child Health Certificate form should always be submitted right after the exam so the student-athlete remains eligible for participation in sports. Please bring the form to the annual physical.
- Allow 5 days for doctor’s physicals to be processed by the Nurse’s Office.
- Secured drop boxes for medical health forms are located at Entrances 1, 2 and 3 (INDICATE ON YOUR SUBMISSION THAT IT IS FOR SPORTS).
- Physicals may also be faxed to the Nurses’ Office to 847-424-7254 or scanned (camera photographs are not valid) and emailed as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org (INDICATE ON YOUR SUBMISSION THAT IT IS FOR SPORTS and copy email@example.com on your email).
- The ETHS Health Center is available for sports physicals by appointment (847-424-7265).