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Unit 5 is committed to providing education to students while keeping students and staff safe.  Over the past few weeks, medical professionals have come out to say that schools are not superspreaders when mitigation measures are put into place.  After reviewing this information with the McLean County Health Department we have decided to change how we are making decisions on whether or not in-person learning can occur.  

Unit 5 is shifting our primary focus to what is happening within our school buildings rather than solely on community metrics. We will continue to monitor and report positive COVID cases and those in quarantine in each school. We will also monitor the level of community spread in McLean County,  per IDPH metrics.

Important Dates for families

  • January 5-8 - Students will remain in remote learning to provide a quarantine period for students and staff who are with family or friends over winter break. 

  • January 11 - Students who attend in person on M/Th return to school buildings

  • January 12 - Students who attend in person on T/F return to school buildings

Beginning the week of January 11, Unit 5 will return to hybrid in-person learning.  There may be a temporary pause to in-person instruction if any of the following occur:

  • School building metrics match community metrics when there is substantial community spread, as determined by IDPH

  • If 15% or more of students and staff test positive in a class, grade level, or building

  • Availability of staff and subs impacts the ability to remain open

  • Changes in guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), McLean County Health Department, and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

  • Schools are placed in a Restore Illinois Phase that requires they close

Unit 5 will evaluate if, at some point during the semester, there are grade levels that are able to attend in-person 5 days a week. 

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