Posted Date: 07/14/2020
The Board of Education Monday night approved the Return to School/Re-Entry Plan for 2020-21 as recommended by Union’s District Re-Entry Task Force.
You may view the reentry plan here: English Version / Spanish Version. PLEASE NOTE: The details in this plan are subject to change as directives from governing authorities and health officials respond to new information and developing environmental conditions. Under this plan, school will now start Monday, August 24; this is the only major change to the calendar at this time. Masks will be also required.
Message from the Superintendent
Dear Union Parents:
In the last four months, we have all had to deal with an unprecedented level of change. First, I would like to thank you for your patience. I know it has not been easy for students, parents and teachers as we adjusted to Distance Learning and an end to the school year that none of us would ever have predicted. In true Union style, everyone adapted quickly to the new Covid-19 reality, and I am proud of the outpouring of support we received from teachers, parents and our community partners. We have a wonderful support system and we are grateful.
As we move forward in preparation for the 2020-21 school year, I know Union parents and students want to know their learning options and the safety measures that will be in place. Students and staff will be required to wear a face covering at all times while in a school building or in a school vehicle unless they are alone in the room or vehicle. (Face coverings do not include bandanas or scarves).
Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff continues to be our #1 priority. Union Public Schools will continue to follow the guidance and expertise of state and local officials in order to protect our students and staff. This document provides detail on the safety measures in place; however, I want you to be prepared for changes, as the situation will continue to be fluid. We encourage you to check our website weekly for updates, as this is where you will always find the latest information at www.unionps.org/coronavirus.
In our recent survey of parents, 67 percent of parents said they prefer their child attends school in person with safety measures in place to protect them. The remaining 31.4 percent said they would prefer a virtual or distance learning option. (About 2,600 parents responded in all, representing approximately 25 percent of our student population).
As a result, parents will be asked to choose between one of two learning options for their student:
We need your reply no later than Monday, July 27, 2020 by 5 p.m. Traditional in-person learning is the default position, so if we don’t hear from parents, our assumption will be that your child has opted for traditional school. (See the instructions on P. 7 of the download above for how to enroll in the virtual option on Infinite Campus).
A couple of important things . . . Once you select a learning option, your student will be committed to that option, either virtual or in-person, for the entire semester. In the event school is cancelled for any period of time, students will be provided instruction through our distance learning plan. (Please see Union’s Learning Options on P. 5).
The first day of school has changed to Monday, August 24. This will provide us with more time to make adjustments. Also, we have suspended “Late Start Fridays” for the 2020-21 school year, so school start times will be consistent for the school year. Please check the website to see if your school start/end time has changed. Some slight adjustments were made for students in grades 6-9.
I know you will have many questions. Please read the document here English Version / Spanish Version for details and check our website for updates. I deeply appreciate your support as we move forward to ensure our students get the education they deserve in the safest way possible.
Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D., Superintendent
In the video, which was streamed online, you can view discussion of the subject at the Board meeting.
(You may wish to fast forward the video 15 minutes when the meeting and sound begin.)
Union, Jenks school districts offer options for at-school, at-home learning in fall semester
Union schools will offer both in-person and online “pathways” for students to return to classes next month as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the school board decided Monday night.
Union students will have to commit to one choice or the other for the entire semester, although schools will be ready to switch entirely to distance learning if the outbreak gets worse, the board decided.
Parents will need to decide by 5 p.m. July 27, a week later than Union administrators recommended. An earlier deadline would not have given parents enough time to weigh the options, board members said.
“There’s a lot of information to be considered,” said board member Stacey Roemerman.
Changing that deadline, however, prompted the board to postpone the start of school for a week to give teachers enough time to finalize plans for classes.
The school year will start Aug. 24 and end May 25, the board decided. See Tulsa World story.
Local School Districts Release Plans For Fall Reopening
As the start of the school year gets closer, school districts are trying to nail down their final reopening plans.
Union Public Schools is meeting Monday night to present options to parents. The district said students and staff will have to wear masks in school buildings and on busses. See Channel 6 story/video