Summary and Framework
- 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.
- 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 Winter Update (December 2020)
On December 2, 2020, ETHS shared an update about plans for the third quarter and some steps to prepare for the second semester.
- As ETHS continues to prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff, Enhanced E-Learning will continue into the third quarter. Third quarter will begin with remote learning after winter break, on January 4, 2021.
- While ETHS is planning for remote learning and work at this point, we continue to monitor the guidance of the Illinois Department of Public Health and other infectious disease experts. This guidance is considered in particular as it relates to teen populations and our high school of more than 4,000 students and staff.
- If conditions permit, ETHS plans to transition to a hybrid model by the fourth quarter. While metrics are a factor, there is not a specific “formula” for making a transition during second semester. The mitigation efforts in the state/region and the guidance of the Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health are also among the factors.
- The goal, as always, is to return to ETHS in-person with a regular, predictable schedule while minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. ETHS evaluates on a regular basis how and when to bring back students and staff in a hybrid environment that aligns with our guiding principles.
- The fluid nature of the pandemic, especially during the winter months, requires continued flexibility with planning at ETHS. Planning is not contingent on an ideal set of circumstances, but rather is adapted to the current conditions.
- Any plans for a transition to a hybrid model during second semester will be communicated at least 30 days in advance. ETHS is committed to preparing students and staff for what to expect in a hybrid environment. A shorter timeline may apply to updates or changes to extracurricular activities.
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.