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D161 considering COVID-19 vaccine requirement for staff, though exemptions would remain

Flossmoor School District 161 is considering implementing a vaccine requirement for its unvaccinated staff members that would only allow for medical or religious exemptions.

“I would recommend it,” Superintendent Dana Smith said Monday, Sept. 13, when presenting the item for discussion during a special meeting of the board of education.

Smith said there are a number of risks associated with not implementing a vaccine requirement for staff. A big question is whether District 161 could handle an outbreak among teachers because there is a substitute shortage at the moment. He also noted the medical costs of COVID-19 care could . . .

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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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