Health Protocols 2021-22

  • Masking and Distancing

    On August 4, 2021 Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced masks are required for students, teachers, and staff at pre-kindergarten-12th grade schools. The public health guidance from the CDC and IDPH had also previously recommended universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.

    The mask requirement is inclusive of youth sports and activities, with masks required for all indoor extracurriculars and sports. In line with CDC guidance, masks are not required for activities outdoors where transmission risks and rates are lower.

    The CDC recommends at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, but not if this would be a barrier to in-person learning. Effective August 16, instructional and other spaces will return to full capacity, with 3 feet of physical distance whenever possible. Physical distancing will not be possible in all spaces in the ETHS building or campus. This is one of the reasons why vaccination is strongly encouraged for all students and staff.

    Vaccination

    Vaccination is strongly encouraged; however, it is not required. As ETHS returns to typical operations, unvaccinated individuals are not protected. Once a person is vaccinated, they have the highest level of protection.

    During the summer of 2021, ETHS requested proof of COVID vaccination for all students enrolled during the 2021-22 school year. For more information, visit the Proof of COVID Vaccination page.

    Quarantine

    • If an individual is fully vaccinated and has no COVID symptoms, quarantine is not required, but it is recommended to monitor for COVID symptoms for 14 days after known exposure (regardless of whether they have symptoms).
      • Fully vaccinated is defined as 2 weeks or more after receiving the second dose in a 2-dose series or 2 weeks or more after receiving a single-dose vaccine.
    • If an individual is vaccinated and has COVID symptoms, they will quarantine for 10 days from the start of symptoms and get tested.
    • If an individual is not vaccinated, they should quarantine, whether or not they have symptoms, if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID. The Evanston Health Department will work in collaboration with ETHS on the release date for the quarantine period.