District 153 and teachers union agree on vaccine mandate

September 01, 2021 - 21:38
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The District 153 school board approved a memorandum of understanding with the Homewood Education Association at a special board meeting Tuesday calling for all staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

The district and teachers union had been in discussions over the summer months and reached agreement on mandatory vaccinations for HEA members. For those with medical and religious exemptions, COVID-19 testing will be required each week.

9/1/2021 | What You Need to Know Today

August 31, 2021 - 23:13
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SHIELD TEST UPDATE - According to Chronicle reporting from Tuesday night's meeting of the Homewood SD153 school board, a lack of SHIELD computer equipment at James Hart School meant not all students who opted into SHIELD testing for COVID were tested on Tuesday. The district plans to test the remainder of Hart students next Tuesday. Testing today is for students at Churchill School, and students at Willow School on Thursday.

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra to require proof of vaccination for concertgoers and staff

August 31, 2021 - 22:38
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Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra announced Tuesday it will be requiring proof of vaccination for entry into all its upcoming indoor concerts and events.

The decision comes on the heels of the dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases as the Delta variant spreads throughout the United States. The vaccination policy will be in full effect beginning with the "Classical Evolve" composer competition event on Sept. 22.

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