July 2021 Update: Public Health Guidance for 2021-22 School Year
Dear ETHS students, families, and staff:
As ETHS continues to prepare for full, in-person instruction in the 2021-22 school year, we are providing an update about the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated guidance for schools and what it means for our school community. The following IDPH and ISBE guidance is in effect at ETHS beginning Monday, July 19. This means that extracurricular and sports practices, rehearsals, and camps will also follow this guidance.
- Students and staff who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask indoors at school.
- Students and staff who are not fully vaccinated must wear a mask indoors at school.
- Fully vaccinated students and staff may choose to wear a mask if they wish.
- All persons regardless of vaccination status are required to wear a mask on public transportation and school-related vehicles.
The guidance also says that schools should maintain three feet of physical distance between students within classrooms wherever possible, combined with indoor mask wearing for individuals who are not vaccinated. Since ETHS maintained its protocols for the entirety of summer school, this part of the guidance will be implemented in August for the new school year.
Please note that COVID screening and pre-certification will not be required to enter the ETHS building. Individuals will not need to scan in at the entrances or on campus. However, by entering ETHS you will be providing assurance that you are symptom- free.
Additional details will be provided in the coming weeks as ETHS shares back-to-school information, as well as mitigation efforts that are comprehensive and responsive. We will continue to work closely with our state and local public health agencies to closely monitor the most up-to-date guidance for schools.
In the meantime, eligible students ages 12 and up should get vaccinated as soon as possible to be able to obtain proper documentation to attend ETHS without wearing a mask. Vaccination continues to be the most safe and effective way to protect ourselves and each other from COVID-19 and its variants. We strongly encourage families to make vaccination appointments for students who have not yet received them. Opportunities are available through the City of Evanston, Village of Skokie, and Cook County. You may also check with your local pharmacy or healthcare provider.
We hope you enjoy the remaining weeks of summer. Our continued thanks for your patience and understanding.
Eric Witherspoon, Ph.D.