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District 153 first district to begin SHIELD testing for COVID

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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