Summary and Framework

  • The ETHS reopening plan is based on guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

    • The state’s Restore Illinois document provides overarching guidance and a broad framework for the “reopening” of the state.
    • Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, the reopening plan will continue to evolve and is subject to change as conditions may require.

     

    Framework

    Guiding principles:

    • Maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students and staff;
    • Maintain our commitment to equity;
    • Provide meaningful and engaging academic experiences for all students;
    • Address the social and emotional needs of all students and staff;
    • Provide consistency and stability for all students and staff; and
    • Provide professional development for staff that enhances e-learning.

    Educators have been asked to transform the educational environment. 

    • School will not look or feel the same as before.
    • Every school is different. What works for one may not work another.
    • Flexibility remains essential.
    • ETHS is constantly monitoring local conditions, which at times change daily.

     

     E-learning Fall Update (October 2020)

    • Due to the continued health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Enhanced E-Learning will continue for the remainder of first semester (through December 2020).
    • ETHS will provide at least 30 days of notice if the plans for remote learning and remote work change as conditions may require. 
    • ETHS continues to monitor city, county, and regional metrics which change daily. This includes looking at positivity rates as well as rolling seven-day averages for new cases, including new youth cases. A number of resources, such as the Harvard Global Health Institute, help us gauge next steps based on COVID risk levels. As we have noted, the risks and restrictions for hybrid/in-person do not benefit student learning at this time. Our reopening plan will continue to evolve with this in mind.
    • ETHS maintains a strong commitment to equity in the adaptation and implementation of Enhanced E-learning. The goals of the District 202 Board of Education remain steadfast. 
    • ETHS continues to support the academic and social-emotional wellbeing of our students through a wide range of programs, events, and resources this school year. ETHS provides a full continuum of services for all levels of needs. Details about student services and supports are available on the Reopening Plan website.
    • The continuity and predictability of the schedule and instruction are essential to the success of the Enhanced E-learning at ETHS. 
    • ETHS acknowledges that students, families, and staff are navigating this crisis in different ways. Teachers and staff are commended for their work every day; students are commended for their flexibility and high attendance rates.
    • ETHS remains responsive to the needs of students and families in the areas of technology, materials distribution, and communication.

     

Board of Education Presentation October 12, 2020

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