News from District 153

An e-newsletter for our community: Nov. 19, 2021

**REMINDER: NO SCHOOL NOV. 22-26**

For parent-teacher conferences and Thanksgiving holiday.
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Districts 153 & 161 Join Forces to Encourage Student Vaccinations

As you know, all children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to receive Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.


Vaccines are safe for children five years and older. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the safest and best way to protect children and adults, to keep our schools operating safely in person, and to help young people get back to the things that make them happy and healthy.


Importantly, vaccines also prevent students from having to quarantine at home when they come in contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. This means vaccinated students can remain in school where they get the best instruction, and parents and guardians won't have to scramble to find child care for a lengthy quarantine period.


For these reasons, Districts 153 and 161 are strongly encouraging our families to get their students vaccinated by the time we return from Winter Break.

Free COVID-19 Testing on Nov. 23

Need some peace of mind before gathering with family and friends for that piece of pie? SHIELD Illinois is offering free community-wide COVID-19 testing prior to the Thanksgiving holiday on Tuesday, Nov.23rd. Results back in 24 hours. Use agency code “df5brbrj” and register for an appointment here.
Nov. 23 COVID testing registration

Homewood School District 153

Homewood School District 153 is the proud home of the James Hart Panthers, Churchill Bulldogs and Willow Wildcats.