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Bus Guidelines

Union is pleased to provide the Union Public Schools Bus Rider’s Guidelines found in the Elementary Handbook for students and parents. This handbook contains information about bus service, student behavior, safety and disciplinary guidelines, and other pertinent information. Although it is not possible to include all policies, practices and procedures concerning school transportation, this handbook does provide as much information as necessary to give you and your children a better understanding of the district’s bus service and the importance of bus rider safety and good behavior.

You should be pleased to know that school buses are still one of the safest forms of transportation. Despite this, there are steps that can be taken to make the ride to and from school even safer.

It is the district’s goal to provide the safest transportation possible.  One way we attempt to reach this goal is by providing training for our drivers, including initial training for new drivers and continuing in-service training.

All school bus drivers in the state of Oklahoma must be certified to drive by the State Department of Education. To obtain this certification, a driver must attend a 25- hour training course and successfully complete all written and driving examinations. The Union district also provides additional training of up to 40 hours each year.

Even though we emphasize bus safety and careful driving to our drivers, they cannot consistently drive the bus safely without the cooperation of the students. Bus safety is not just the driver’s responsibility but also the responsibility of all students who ride the bus as well.  Distractions such as student misbehavior can divert the driver’s attention from the road and jeopardize the safety of all passengers.

We will be counting on your help to instruct your child and reinforce the need to follow the bus driver’s directions and obey bus rules.

We hope you will find this handbook informative, and we wish your child a safe, happy and educational year.

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District Announcement

Happy Holidays

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.

Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.

During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.

May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.  Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.  During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.  May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Administrative Changes Announced

Scott Pennington named director of new Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning Department;   Clayton Hucke named interim 7th Grade Principal

Dear Union Parents and Guardians: 

I am excited to announce that Mr. Scott Pennington, principal at the Union 6th & 7th Grade Center, has been asked to lead a new department within Teaching and Learning entitled Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning. As you know, we are in the second year of our five-year district strategic plan. One of the elements of this plan is Union’s Learning Model that focuses on literacy, cognitive capacity, engagement, and social and emotional learning.

As we continuously evaluate our data, and hear from teachers and our site leaders, there continues to be a dominant narrative that more must be done to address the social and emotional development of our students. Collectively speaking, our teachers continue to do amazing work in providing dynamic learning experiences for our students. It is now time for us to articulate a tiered approach to addressing unwanted student behaviors and student trauma – at all grade levels – while also fostering greater hope and confidence in our students’ lives. The idea is that we will be more proactive in our efforts, providing counseling and guidance to address the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students. I firmly believe this will make a positive difference in our students’ lives and in the learning culture of our buildings.

Mr. Pennington’s work as a special education teacher, assistant principal, and principal make him uniquely qualified to lead in this new position. In addition to this change, I am also pleased to announce that Mr. Clay Hucke, assistant principal at Union High School, has been asked to serve as an interim principal at the Sixth & Seventh Grade Center. Mr. Hucke has done an outstanding job at the high school and he looks forward to serving the students, staff, and parents at this site.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Pennington and Mr. Hucke. These moves will become effective January 1, 2020.

Respectfully,

Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Union Public Schools

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Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
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