Summer Updates June 2021
Dear Students & Parents/Guardians:
As we look ahead to the remaining weeks of summer school, ETHS is also excited as we continue to plan for the transition to the 2021-22 school year. ETHS students and staff will return fully, in-person every school day after a year like no other. This means that our work will look different as we implement structural changes while focusing on student care and wellbeing.
ETHS is returning to a space that rehumanizes our school community. Throughout the 2021-22 school year, ETHS will work to build relationships and a sense of belonging. We will create community in the classroom even before teaching academic content begins. These efforts will be embedded throughout the year in the curriculum and how we engage with students and each other.
Back-to-school details will be provided by the end of July. In the meantime, please note several reminders.
Health & safety guidance for the summer
ETHS is not requiring staff or students to provide their vaccination status and we will maintain our current health protocols for the summer. All summer school students and staff, and those in the school building should self-certify each school day and wear a mask. Health guidance will be updated as we transition to full in-person instruction in the fall as we continue to be guided by IDPH, CDC and ISBE.
Free meals through next school year
This spring, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a broad range of flexibilities to allow school meal programs to return to serving healthy meals in fall 2021. As a result, ETHS will be able to continue to provide safe, healthy meals free of charge to all students through June 30, 2022. Please be aware that meal waiver applications will still be sent to families this summer to ensure that eligible families will receive a reduction in school fees.
Child Tax Credit
The Child Tax Credit has been expanded to $3,000 per child 6-17 years old and $3,600 per child under 6. All working families will get the full credit if they meet the income requirements. The IRS has launched a simplified online tool that allows families to sign up for the Child Tax Credit. More information is available online at ChildTaxCredit.gov.
ETHS is here for you
In humanizing our return, we want you to know that we will be here for you as part of our ETHS community. Just as there have been struggles during the past year, the upcoming school year will present its own challenges. And we will work through them together with empathy and understanding.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Marcus Campbell, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent & Principal