Vaccination bright spot: Cristo Rey High School
CPS announced last week that 53% of its high schoolers and about a third of elementary school students are now vaccinated, an improvement over fall figures.
But at least one school, a Catholic high school in Pilsen, has achieved 100% vaccination.
- Officials at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School say all of their 545 students are vaccinated except two with medical exemptions.
- For comparison, nearby Benito Juarez High School has a 65% vaccination rate for its 1,680 students.
How: The all-Latino high school made COVID vaccinations mandatory.
Between the lines: Cristo Rey students do work-study programs with corporations all over Chicago as part of their education.
- "So we felt like it was important both for the in-person learning experience, as well as to be good stewards with our corporate partners, [to require vaccination], just knowing that we'd be sending students back into the downtown office spaces," principal Lucas Schroeder tells Axios.
The key: Getting buy-in required, "conversations … some education and partnering with St. Anthony's Hospital to run several vaccination clinics over the summer on site at our school," Schroeder said.
Advice to other schools: "It takes a lot of patience … and to listen to the families and to hear their concerns," Schroeder said. "I think that at the end, we all want the same thing."
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