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Eight new cases of COVID-19 variant reported in Cook County

District 153 set in motion a weekly testing of students against the COVID-19 disease.

Superintendent Scott McAlister said nearly all of the 700 students and staff at Willow, Churchill and James Hart Schools will be tested using the SHIELD test developed by the University of Illinois. Parents have the option of opting out of testing for their child.

The district was part of a pilot program this summer to help SHIELD administrators “try and work out some of the kinks with a limited number students and adults,” the superintendent told school board members Aug. 31. During the pilot program . . .

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Summer events

Saturday, July 2

  • Roots + Fire Water grand opening, 11 a.m. at 1941 Ridge Road in Homewood.

Monday, July 4

  • Flossmoor Volunteer Fire Department kids parade, starting at 10 a.m. at Parker Junior High, ending in downtown Flossmoor.
  • Homewood 4th of July parade, staring at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church parking lot, 17951 Dixie Highway, south to Ridge Road, then east to Izaak Walton Nature Preserve, where there will be a community picnic.

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