McLean County

Unit District No. 5

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  • SCHOOL HOURS - 2021-2022

    Elementary: 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    High Schools:  8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Junior High:  8:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

    Early Childhood:  7:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - AM CLASS

    Early Childhood: 11:45 am - 2:15 pm - PM CLASS



    Wednesday, Sept. 29, is a late start day for most Unit 5 students. Classes will begin one hour later than usual. Elementary classes will start at 8:45 am, high school students will start at 9:30 am, and junior high students start at 9:45 am. Students should be at their designated bus stop one hour later than their regularly scheduled pickup time. Early childhood students will NOT have school that day. Late Starts allow time for Unit 5 staff members to meet for professional development and collaboration, which will improve classroom instruction and enhance opportunities for students.
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  • BACK TO SCHOOL INFO 2021-2022

    Provided is a link to the 2021-22 School Year Plan. This information is intended to keep the Unit 5 community informed and reflects the most recent changes in guidance by the CDC, IDPH, ISBE. Please know, these plans are subject to change as the situation evolves. We greatly appreciate your flexibility, patience, and support as we work to ensure the health and education of the entire Unit 5 earning community. It is important to note, Unit 5 will begin the year by following the governor's mandate requiring universal indoor mask wearing for all individuals in the school setting, regardless of vaccination status. All school settings include hallways, classrooms, indoor recreation/athletics, and/or school buses. The District will analyze local data, collaborate with health officials, evaluate our situation, and adapt as necessary. As guidance changes and local health metrics evolve, the District will remain focused on transitioning to a pre-pandemic learning environment. Unit 5 will share COVID-related data on its dashboard. This information will be updated weekly on Fridays when school is in session.

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    McLean County Unit District No. 5 has partnered with the University of Illinois to voluntarily test students, teachers, and staff members for the COVID-19 infection using a non-invasive, saliva-based test. Unit 5 is participating in this program as an added layer of safety for students and staff members. Parents must give consent for their child to participate. CLICK HERE for more information.

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    On May 19, 2021, the Illinois State Board of Education unanimously adopted a Resolution Supporting In-Person Learning. 
    Unit 5 is planning to have all students in person five days a week, with regular school hours, for the 2021-2022 school year.
    Exceptions may be made for 1) Students who are not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and are under a quarantine order by a local public health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health, or 2) students who may be eligible pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/14-13.01
    If you feel your child may be eligible under option 2 please complete this form and return it ASAP.
    Here is a link to the form.
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  • NO SCHOOL - SEPT. 24

    There will be no school Friday, Sept. 24, due to a Institute Day. Enjoy the long weekend.
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    There is a new mandate for a 9th grade dental exam.  

      • All Illinois children in kindergarten, Grade 2, Grade 6, and Grade 9 are required to have an oral health examination. 
      • Examinations must be performed by a licensed dentist, and he/she must sign the Proof of School Dental Examination form. 
      • Each child is required to present proof of examination by a dentist prior to May 15 of the school year. 
     • School dental examinations must have been completed within the 18 months prior to the May 15 deadline.
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