Posted Date: 06/15/2021
Updated COVID-19 Response Plan Approved
Board members approved an updated ‘Return to School’ Plan for 2021-22, in response to declining Covid-19 infections and a growing number of vaccinated people.
The plan will be reviewed semi-annually while COVID-19 health concerns remain and as required by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). Under the plan, as of now, masks are optional for students and staff. Parents will continue to have the option of in-person or virtual learning for all grades K-12.
Parents, teachers, students, and members of the public are invited to read the updated plan here.
Architect Selected for Phase II Work at Union Innovation Lab
Board members approved the selection of Hollis + Miller for $84,122 for architectural design services related to the second phase of work planned at the Union Innovation Lab at 62nd and Mingo.
Hollis + Miller will assist with programming, design and construction administration of the Innovation Lab’s second phase of work. Improvements will include mechanical systems for dust control, walls and partitions to create instruction and meeting spaces, upgraded lighting and use space for robotics and construction classes.
The proposed budget for the project is $1.5 million.
Union Start/End Times for 2021-2022 Approved
The Board of Education approved changing the start and end times for school back to the same schedule as approved for last fall.
After school closures during the icy weather in February, Union increased the school day at elementary sites by nine minutes to make up for lost instructional time, explained Associate Superintendent Charlie Bushyhead. Secondary times were not affected last spring.
New Start and End Times
Board Approves Several Contracts, Agreements
The Board of Education approved a variety of contracts and agreements as Union Public Schools finishes out this year and prepares for the new one, including the renewal of an agreement with Community Action Project of Tulsa County for early childhood services at the Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center.
The overarching goal of the early childhood program is to provide quality early education services and expand capacity to serve additional eligible low-income children through age four, Principal Alycia Pennington said. The Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center will provide services to 88 qualifying students (or four classrooms with 22 children) who turn three by September 1.
A related agreement approved by the Board also allows the school to serve 102 students (six classrooms with 17 children) who turn three by September 1 as part of a Head Start agreement with CAPTC.
Other routine contracts/agreements approved include: