Masks Recommended for ETHS - Feb. 2022 Update
February 22, 2022
Dear Students & Parents/Guardians:
ETHS District 202 continues to consult the guidance from CDC, IDPH, the Evanston Health Department, D65, and the ETHS Medical Advisory Group as we closely monitor local and regional guidance. Due to the lack of clarity and the fluidity about the state mandates, ETHS highly recommends, but does not mandate, wearing masks while indoors for all students and staff as of February 28, 2022.
- We are expecting updates from the CDC, IDPH, ISBE, and the City of Evanston in the coming days. We will consider next steps as details become available.
- ETHS is prepared to make a safe transition as strategies evolve. We will continue to take a cautious and measured approach.
While the pandemic is not over, the decline of COVID cases at the high school and in the community, along with lower transmission rates, support a timeline for a transition.
- As of today, February 22, 94% of ETHS students have submitted proof of vaccination; 95% of ETHS staff have submitted proof of vaccination. The City of Evanston vaccination rate is 96.9 percent for residents 5 years and older (at least one dose) and 86.9 percent of residents are fully vaccinated.
- The COVID positive rate for ETHS as a whole (students and staff) is currently less than one-half of a percent.
- ETHS will also continue other mitigation strategies such as daily cleaning/sanitizing, maximizing air exchange, maintaining off-campus lunch for all students, contact tracing, and limiting capacity at events/performances.
- For ETHS students, we will transition to COVID testing every other week, beginning February 28. Weekly testing will be available for all students and staff who wish to drop in. More information about the COVID testing structure will be provided.
- Health guidance continues to emphasize vaccinations, boosters, and wearing a mask over your nose and mouth to get the highest degree of protection against COVID. ETHS highly values and supports these steps for individuals who are concerned about the mask-recommended phase.
- It remains important to stay at home if you are sick or have symptoms.
We appreciate your cooperation and patience as strategies shift and change. We know that there will be questions and additional details to address at ETHS during this transition phase. We will continue to keep you informed of the latest developments related to COVID response efforts.
Thank you to our students and staff who continue to show so much care and support for everyone in our Wildkit community.