Union Public Schools believes it is important for every student to be successful in an educational enviroment that fosters academics, healthy living, leadership, team building, community spirit, and strong morals and character.
Union Student Safety Helpline: 918-461-HELP (918-461-4357)
The goal of the Union Student Assistance Program is to assist in developing a safe, disciplined, and drug-free environment. The following objectives have been established to help achieve this goal:
The district's character education program includes six character qualities taught and reinforced during the year. Each site develops its own program around these character qualities.
Drug-Free Youth (D-FY)
This organization involves students in grades 7-12 who have made a commitment to be drug-free. To join, each student must take an initial drug test, and submit to random testing. This student organization is extremely active and focuses on influencing others, especially younger students.
Student athletes and Spirit Club members enter into a year-long, twenty-four seven contract which involves drug testing, counseling classes, community service, and accountability.
School Resource Officers
The SRO program involves officers assigned to the school district from the Tulsa County Sheriff's Department. Officers work directly with students, parents, teachers, and staff in assisting with education, prevention, intervention and officer friendly projects.
This program targets students in grades 3-5 at some of our elementary schools. The program provides drug and violence education and prevention with a focus on refusal skills, including positive and practical options.
Crisis and Intervention Counseling
Crisis counseling is provided for situations with individuals or groups.
Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation
This is mostly an elementary program where students learn through peer mediation how to better solve their own conflicts and how to assist others.
At-Risk Referral Program
Forms are provided that assist in reporting and helping students in the areas of: tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, violence, homicidal threats, and general at-risk behaviors.
Speak Out Program
This is a collaborative program between Union, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Department, and local prisons. Students visit and tour prisons, hearing from prisoners who speak with students about the consequences of making improper choices and the importance of making positive ones.
Tobacco Prevention/Cessation Program
This program is designed for students who have been suspended for violating the district's tobacco use policy for suspension reduction or for prevention purposes. The class is conducted before or after school hours.
This program allows D-FY and other students to serve as positive role models with younger students. Older students work directly with these students through assemblies, skits, and direct involvement with them in the cafeteria, on the playground, and in their classrooms. The purpose of the program is to influence younger children to make right choices.
The district sponsors weekly support groups for grades 6-12. These are groups in which students can discuss areas of concern in an environment of support and acceptance.
Parent/Student Involvement Programs
Two programs in substance abuse and anger management are designed for prevention and intervention purposes. The student and accompanying parent and/or guardian attend these after-school two-hour sessions to gain assistance and information in the areas of drug use and violence. These programs can serve as alternatives to suspension.
Red Ribbon Week (Held in October)
Program involves grades K-8 through activities, assemblies, speakers, and a variety of ways to reinforce the message of remaining drug free. This is organized as a fun activity where parents, students, and teachers work together.
Community Partnership Programs
The district works together with other schools, churches, businesses, clubs, organizations, and parents to assist with our Student Assistance Programs.
School Prevention/Intervention Counselors
These full time counselors works directly with 7-12th grade at-risk students to assist them with programs that help them to make right choices and be successful.
Assemblies and Presentations
These work in helping us to accomplish our stated goals for the district.
A safe and secure school environment is essential to the learning process. An important ingredient in achieving safe and secure schools remains alert eyes and ears. Safety is achieved when an atmosphere exists in which students are comfortable talking with adults about their concerns.
One such tool available for students is the Union Student Safety Help Line that is accessible twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week to anyone who wants to report a concern. The caller may leave a message so his or her call can be returned, or they may choose not to be contacted. You can also call COPES if this is a mental health emergency.
Union Student Safety HelpLine