ETHS Visitor Guidelines

  • Evanston Township High School (ETHS) encourages parents/guardians and community members to visit the high school and believes that there are many potential benefits which can result from increased interaction with the public. At the same time, the high school has a legitimate interest in avoiding disruption to the educational process, protecting the safety and welfare of the students and staff, and protecting the district’s facilities and equipment from misuse or vandalism. The following guidelines are required for visitors.

    General Requirements for Visitors:

    • A visitor is defined as any person seeking to enter a school building who is not an employee of the school district or a student currently enrolled in that building.

    • All visitors must enter through either Entrance #1 (Dodge Avenue), or Entrance #2 (Wildkit Drive) and obtain a visitor pass from the Safety Office upon entering the building. A valid, government-issued photo ID is required. Visitor passes must be displayed in a clearly visible location and worn at all times. View the Campus Map (Floor 1) for door locations.

    • Visitors should schedule an appointment with the person(s) they wish to see in advance. At the discretion of the administration, such prior authorization may be waived. Visitors wishing to conference with teachers or administrators during the course of the school day must make arrangements in advance.

    • Students attending ETHS may not bring guests to school.

    • Off-campus students must get prior approval from their designated contact person at ETHS before they come to the ETHS campus. The contact person will notify the Safety Office of the student’s name, date and time of visit, and where in the building the student will be. Students not following this procedure are subject to trespassing sanctions.

    • ETHS reserves the right to deny any individual the right to visit.

    • Visits may be prohibited at certain times, such as the first and last weeks of school, immediately before or after vacations or other breaks and while standardized testing or other student assessments are being conducted.

    • All school visitors must comply at all times with Board of Education policies, administrative rules and school regulations.

    • Convicted child sex offenders are not permitted on the campus unless certain conditions exist and they have received prior approval from school officials.

    Exceptions to Visitor Requirements. Parents/guardians or Evanston community members who have been invited to visit ETHS as part of a scheduled open house, special event, scheduled performance by a class, team or group, or other adult participants in organized and school-approved activities during off-school hours, are exempt from all but Convicted Child Sex Offender requirements.

    Classrooms and other instructional areas are the most vulnerable to disruption. Therefore, access to classrooms or other instructional areas of the school may be restricted upon the recommendation of the teacher or as otherwise deemed necessary by the administration.

    The administration has the authority to exclude from the school premises any person who disrupts or who appears likely to become a disruption to the educational program. Any such individual shall be directed to leave the school premises immediately and law enforcement authorities shall be called if necessary.