Evanston Township High School is telling students and their parents or guardians to be “accurate and honest” in the COVID screening questionnaires they fill out every day … or else.

The warning comes one week after some of the high school’s 3,700 students returned to in-person classes following more than a year of coronavirus-related remote learning. Other students continue to e-learn from home.

In a message on the school’s website, District 202 Superintendent Eric Witherspoon and ETHS principal Marcus Campbell say honesty is critical on the self-evaluation medical forms that are required before a student can attend each day.

The administrators say that anyone who does not tell the truth on the screening questionnaires will be considered “non-compliant with district practices and procedures relevant to public health and the pandemic.”

Violators will be placed back on fully remote learning for the rest of the school year, receive a social work referral “as needed,” and a “restorative conference” with the dean “to discuss the impact of their decision and how to repair harm done to the school community.”

The message does not say if any violations have been discovered at ETHS or perhaps if such things have happened in other districts.

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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