Significant community spread of COVID-19 will keep Unit 5 students in all-remote learning through the holidays.
Students have been all-remote since Nov. 18, when a brief hybrid/in-person instruction period was paused. At the time, Unit 5 said it hoped to resume hybrid learning Dec. 7.
That's now been canceled.
Instead, students will stay all-remote until at least Jan. 4, after winter break. Unit 5 plans to begin the second half of the school year on a hybrid schedule. That could change to five days a week of in-person learning "based on the numbers of students and local metrics," the district told parents on Tuesday.
McLean County's testing positivity rate is again on the rise, climbing to 11.3%—above the statewide and national averages. Six more deaths were reported Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Bloomington-based District 87 will resume some in-person/hybrid instruction next week. It would stick with that until winter break begins Dec. 21.
In-person students will return to District 87 school buildings the week of Jan. 18. Additionally, District 87 students in grades 7-12 will have the option to return to school twice a week for in-person learning beginning the week of Jan. 18.
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