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About 50% of Unit 5 employees have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine so far. 

Speaking to the school board Wednesday night, Superintendent Kristen Weikle said staff vaccinations are “one more step to help us in the return to have more of our students return to in-person learning.”

Weikle said the district has been working with the McLean County Health Department (MCHD) to hold clinics exclusively for Unit 5 employees; 200 district employees received a shot last week, with 200 more scheduled for Thursday. 

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Flat funding for Illinois schools is effectively a cut. That's Unit 5 Superintendent Kristen Weikle's thought on Gov. JB Pritzker's budget proposal.

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UPDATED 4:45 P.M. | Unit 5 plans to phase in more classroom days for its pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students who have been learning in a hybrid format.

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Unit 5 schools will receive $1 million in free COVID-19 testing. It's a joint donation from electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian and testing company Reditus Laboratories.

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The Unit 5 school district said it is seeking guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education before deciding whether to require vaccinations for staff and students.

The Unit 5 school voted Wednesday night to formally dismiss a teacher charged with sexually abusing his students. Those charges were later dropped.

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UPDATED 5:35 p.m. | Unit 5 schools will move to all-remote learning starting next Wednesday because of rising coronavirus infection numbers.

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Bloomington-Normal schools need substitute teachers—and they need them bad.

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Unit 5 schools have resumed part-time classroom instruction at a time in the pandemic that is not really a low-risk period. Cold and flu season is coming. Neighboring states are contributing to a rise in coronavirus infections in Illinois and recent record high daily numbers of new positive tests.

Some say the surge might even be worse than the peak in July. But Unit 5 Superintendent Kristen Weikle said she's not unduly worried about Bloomington-Normal schools.

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Education has been deeply impacted by both the COVID-19 pandemic and rising pressure to end racism. 

Local education administrators detailed how they’re responding to the concurrent issues during a virtual Bloomington-Normal NAACP town hall Thursday night.

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Unit 5 Superintendent Kristen Weikle announced Wednesday night a planned return to in-person learning, saying the district hopes to bring students back to the classroom beginning in October “assuming that the metrics are such that we’ll be able to do so.”

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Wednesday's Unit 5 school board meeting got off to an emotional start when some parents expressed their frustration with remote learning. 

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At Wednesday night’s school board meeting, Unit 5 officials appeared to brace for a barrage of public comment.

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Unit 5 families will have about a week to decide whether to send their kids to school or learn from home this fall, under the district’s COVID-19 reopening plan released Monday.