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More suburban schools close as COVID-19 surge hits teachers. At one district, more than 500 employees are out sick.

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At Laurel Hill Elementary School in Hanover Park, music teacher Lynne Schefke,who normally works at Huff Elementary School in Elgin, high-fives student Angel Herrera in a dual language kindergarten classroom while working as a substitute on Jan. 4, 2022. A surge of COVID-19 cases forced Elgin-based Unit School District 46 to close five of its 57 schools because of staffing shortages, including Huff Elementary. (Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune)

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