Step 2: Prepare for the First Day of School

  • First Day Schedule. Students report by grade level on opening day, August 21. Please review the information and first day bell schedules provided at the link below.

    Student Handbook. The Pilot: Student & Family Handbook summarizes school rules, policies, procedures and expectations. At the beginning of the school year, The Pilot is made available to students and parents/guardians. It is the student’s responsibility to become aware of its contents and new information. 

    For 2019-20, students and families are encouraged to review updated information about:

    • Absence reporting and the steps for notifying the school about a full day absence, leaving early, or arriving late* - page 3, 12
    • Cell phones and electronic device expectations - pages 4, 34
    • Dress code - page 27
    • PE locks, lockers, and locker room guidelines - pages 6, 21
    • Textbook return fees - page 5

    *As a reminder, check attendance information regularly in Home Access Center (HAC) and be familiar with the Tardy and No Credit (NC) policies to avoid issues as the school year progresses. Students should bring in documentation to Deans’ Office in order for absences to not count toward NCs.

    School Meal Payment Options. Visit the web page below to learn more about school meal payment options, including adding money to your student’s meal account before the first day of school. 

    Breakfast and lunch menus are available on the Nutrition Services page of the website.  A new MealViewer app is also available to view menus on any computer or mobile device for dietary information and updates in real-time as menu changes are made. This tool provides students and parents/guardians with nutritional information, allergens, favorite foods, school announcements and special menu item information.

    School Supply List. Families are encouraged to review this list each year and replenish any required school supplies, as needed. Teachers will inform students during the first few days of class if additional supplies are required. Students will receive textbooks for all courses in which they are registered.

    Parking & Transportation. The Parking & Transportation page below has information about student drop off/pick up, as well as biking and public transportation. Note: ETHS does not use a yellow bus service. Students take CTA or PACE buses to school.

    Please remember that traffic will be heavier than normal on opening day. Students should be prepared to arrive at least 20 minutes early on the first day of school. Refer to the first day schedule for grade level start times. Expect traffic congestion and delays around the grade level start times.

    Student ID Cards. Students receive new ID cards on the first day of school during their first period class (Summer School ID cards are not valid for the regular school year). Students can use either their printed ID card or the virtual “myID” on their mobile device for entering the building, accessing building spaces, paying for their school meals, and gaining access to certain school events, such as dances. Visit the web page below to learn more about IDs.

    Chromebook Extended Warranty Coverage (optional; recommended). All ETHS-issued Chromebooks come with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty with limited coverage. To cover other kinds of damage, parents/guardians can purchase optional Chromebook extended warranties that must be renewed every year. All one-year policies need to be renewed on or before August 16, 2019, to maintain coverage without interruption. Families that purchased the four-year warranty do not need to renew. This policy was made available for the first time for the Class of 2021. Please review the web page below for more information and payment options.