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District 153 and teachers union agree on vaccine mandate

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.

Superintendent Scott McAlister said the district reached its agreement just as Gov. J.B. Pritzker called for vaccines for everyone in public and private schools and universities. The announcement came Aug. 26 . . .

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