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U5 Back to School

Dear Unit 5 Families,

Thank you for all you are doing to support your children and our students. When COVID hit in March I never would have imagined that it would have impacted communities and school districts in the way that it has. I really appreciate all you have done so far this year to support your children’s education.

When the decision was made to begin the year remotely I said that we would make a decision about the 2nd quarter by October 1st. Since that time, district administration and UFEA leadership have met to discuss the metrics the district will use when making decisions related to COVID moving forward. Additionally, we have shared this plan with the Pandemic Advisory Committee and have made changes based on feedback from this group.

Our goal is to have students return to in-person learning, as long as local metrics allow, while keeping students and staff safe and healthy.

If the metrics remain stable and/or improve we will have students return to school in a hybrid format. We will do so over the course of two weeks so that we can adjust processes, as needed, with fewer students in the buildings.

The following schedule will be used to bring students back to school:

  • Week of October 19th-23rd: PreK, K-2, 6th, and 9th grades

  • Week of October 26th-30th: 3-5, 7-8, and 10-12 grades

Families will have an option to keep their children on full remote or to have them return to school in a hybrid manner. I understand that a change to how instruction is delivered may be uncomfortable for some but believe that the benefit to having students back in-person is worth it. I have recorded a video message that talks through the plan.

Here is link to the message:

Here are links to the plan:

With Unit 5 Pride,
Dr. Kristen Weikle