E-Learning Fall Update (October 2020)
Dear ETHS students and families:
As the first quarter of the 2020-21 school year wraps up, I want to take this opportunity to highlight where ETHS is with our e-learning plans at this time. ETHS has shared a lot of information since the beginning of the school year and it’s important to provide some key points.
- 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.
Additional details are available in the presentation from the October 12 Board meeting. I also want to reiterate the gratitude and support of the District 202 Board of Education. I am very proud of the way that ETHS District 202 has met the challenges of these unprecedented times. Let’s continue this incredible Wildkit spirit in the coming weeks.
Eric Witherspoon, Ph.D.