Unit 5 continues to closely monitor and plan for the rapidly changing Coronavirus/COVID-19 health issue in Illinois and the US. As of today there are NO CASES OF COVID-19 in McLean County, and NO cases under investigation.  Because this could change, we are reaching out to update our Unit 5 community. 

    It is important to note, that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) does not recommend closing schools at this time.

    We are asking parents to partner with Unit 5 schools in encouraging everyone to practice everyday measures to decrease the spread of germs:

    • Stay home when you are sick.  CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) except to get medical care.  This is also a Unit 5 Policy.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
    • Avoid close contact with sick people.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • CALL YOUR DOCTOR for advice if your child has symptoms of COVID-19, especially if your child has a chronic illness.


    Listed below are the actions Unit 5 is taking to decrease the spread of all germs in our schools:

    1. Frequent communication with the McLean County Health Department to remain updated on COVID-19 in McLean County.
    2. Monitoring daily absences in each of our 24 schools to note trends and increases.
    3. Handwashing education in Pre-K through 12th grade. Here are some tips for you to review with your family, as well https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/hand-sanitizer-factsheet.pdf
    4. Controlling the spread of germs at school may include having students who become ill wear a mask until parents can pick them up.
    5. Excellent environmental cleaning measures.
    6. Exploring e-learning options, per the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), should the recommendation be made from our local health officials to close schools. 
    7. We understand that Spring Break is right around the corner and several of our families and staff members may be traveling. Per the ISBE, districts cannot exclude or deny enrollment or education to students who are residents of the district due to travel destinations. Decisions to quarantine students must be made by state or local public health officials. Unit 5 will work with these local and state health officials should there be a need to consider any type of student or staff exclusion or school closure.

    Below is an excerpt from all Unit 5 handbooks as a reminder to parents:

    Communicable Diseases (from the Unit 5 handbook)

    For everyone’s protection, sick children must be at home, not at school. When reporting the student’s absence, please report the reason for the child’s absence. The school needs to be informed of any student having a special health problem or communicable disease. Children with the following conditions should not be in school: 

    • A fever within the last 24 hours of 100° F or higher WITHOUT the use of fever-reducing medication
    • Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours 
    • A frequent or disruptive cough or other signs of an acute respiratory infection
    • Any contagious illness such as “strep throat” that requires antibiotic therapy. Once a student has been fever free without use of fever-reducing medications and on antibiotics for at least 24 hours, he/she may return to school. 
    • Any undiagnosed skin rash. A student with a rash may attend school upon presenting a physician’s note stating the rash is not contagious. 
    • Pronounced lethargy or fatigue that interferes with participation in learning activities.

    Unit 5 will continue to plan and prepare for the COVID-19 disease progressions, and will work to keep our Unit 5 families updated as to CDC’s recommendations for our community.