Evanston schools report record number of COVID-19 cases

Students leaving King Arts School in Fall 2021. (Photo by Bessie Mbadugha)

For the week ending Friday, January 14, Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Evanston Township High School District 202 reported a combined 593 new positive cases of COVID-19 among students. This number represents about 5.5% of the total of 10,802 students enrolled in both districts.

ETHS alone recorded 311 new positive students during the week, while District 65 saw 288 students test positive over the same period. 105 employees also tested positive between the two districts.

While transmission of the virus is high throughout the community, the worst outbreaks in District 65 are currently concentrated in Chute and Haven High Schools and Oakton, Walker, Washington and Willard Elementary Schools. District 65 began second semester classes with a remote learning day on Monday, January 10, but all buildings reopened for in-person instruction on January 11. ETHS students returned to the classroom January 10 for the first time since December 16, when the district announced an “adaptive pause” to face-to-face learning due to COVID-19 case rates.

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