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Message to Families

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Dr HartzlerToday, the Oklahoma State Department of Education made the decision that Oklahoma students will not return to the classroom for the remainder of the current school year, as our state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19. While all Union school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the school year, the state has recommended that learning continue for our students.

As a result, Union is developing a plan to ensure your student will continue to have opportunities to learn and grow academically. We want to keep your student engaged as much as possible so they do not experience learning loss during this period. These lessons and activities will look different by grade level, as students and families have varying levels of access to technology and other resources. We will be working with teachers next week to ensure they are ready to transition into remote learning beginning April 6.  Next week we will also be sharing with parents the format - by grade spans - what our continuous learning plans will look like. Just know that while it will not be a perfect solution, we are going to fully utilize all available resources to do the best that we can.

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While many questions remain, we will share what we know today so that you can begin to prepare accordingly for your family. We fully understand the strain this places on working parents; however, we also understand this recommendation is in the best interest of everyone’s health, which is our greatest priority as a district.

Today’s decision also means that all extracurricular activities and special events will be canceled. We have already made the difficult decision to cancel prom at Union High School. This will be disappointing for many, but given the CDC’s recommendation on keeping crowd sizes down, we do not have a choice at this time. High School graduation remains an open question for now, as we wait to see what things look like in the next 30 days. We are looking at various scenarios in the event we need to make adjustments, but our desire is to hold commencement exercises in some format.

体育投注注册Other key things to know:

  • School buildings will remain closed. If your student has personal items at school, we will provide instructions on how to claim belongings at a later date. If there are emergency items such as medications, please email your student’s principal. 
  • The State Board of Education will not require districts to make up days missed due to the Coronavirus episode.
  • Ensuring that all eligible seniors graduate is one of our top priorities. We are in the process of determining how work completed during this “down” period will be graded and credits assigned. Please know that we are consulting with area and state colleges to ensure we are consistent with their requirements. We will also continue to support students’ transition from high school into college or vocational training. 
  • Student access to technology: In the event the district is able to provide digital devices to more students in grades K-8, more information will be provided at a later date.
  • 3rd Grade Reading:  Promotion decisions for 3rd Grade students will be made according to data collected prior to March 16, 2020. As always, we will work closely with parents when making the decision to promote or hold back a student.
  • Pre-K enrollment: We are revising the online application process so parents will not be required to present documents in person at Union’s Enrollment Center. Deadlines for application will be extended.
  • Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs): Teachers will make arrangements for IEP meetings to take place with parents by phone or videoconference to ensure your child’s progress.
  • Union’s Extended Day Program will be applying credits to accounts with payments for the school closing time period. If you requested a refund for spring break camp, we will issue those refunds once school business operations resume.
  • Union will continue to provide FREE drive-thru meal pick-ups for children at three locations. The hours for pick-up are from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on weekdays at these locations: Ellen Ochoa Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, and at Union's 6/7th Grade Center. Two meals, breakfast and lunch, will be available for FREE drive-through pick up for any children.

We will continue to provide updates about our district’s response to COVID-19 on our district website at http://www.tobinseats.com/Coronavirus体育投注注册. In addition to the website, we will continue to provide updates via phone, email, Facebook and Twitter.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]体育投注注册. We will respond just as quickly as possible.

I know it will be sad and disappointing for students to learn that school as they know it will not resume this year. Please give them a safe place to express their feelings. For our seniors and their parents, we know it is an especially difficult time. This is an unfair situation, but it in no way diminishes their achievement. We will do our best to celebrate and congratulate them in special and unique ways.

体育投注注册Making these decisions has been extremely difficult, but it is simply the right thing to do for our students, staff and community, given these extraordinary circumstances. More information will be forthcoming next week regarding remote learning.

Sincerely,

Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.
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Drive-Thru

Beginning Monday, March 23rd, Union Public Schools will be offering FREE drive-thru meal pick-ups at three locations. 

体育投注注册The hours for pick up will be from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. week days at:

  • Ellen Ochoa Elementary, 12000 E. 31st Street – East-side drop-off loop
  • 6th/7th Grade Center, 10100 E. 61st Street – West Side drop-off loop
  • Jefferson Elementary, 8418 S. 107th E. Ave. – South side drop-off loop

Two meals, breakfast and lunch, will be available for FREE drive-through pick up for any children.

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A partir del lunes 23 de marzo, las Escuelas Públicas de la Unión ofrecerán recogidas GRATUITAS de comida para llevar en auto en tres ubicaciones.

体育投注注册El horario de recogida será de 9:30 a.m. a 11:30 a.m. de lunes a viernes en:

  • La Primaria Ellen Ochoa, 12000 E. 31st Street - Bucle de bajada del lado este
  • Centro de 6º / 7º grado, 10100 E. 61st Street – Bucle de entrada de lado oeste
  • La Primaria de Jefferson , 8418 S. 107th E. Ave. - Bucle de bajada del lado sur

Dos comidas, desayuno y almuerzo, estarán disponibles para recoger en coche para cualquier estudiante.

Be Safe; Stay at Home

At Union Public Schools, the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. 

体育投注注册As a school district, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Tulsa Health Department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

体育投注注册There is also some helpful information on the Tulsa Health Department website that can be useful in avoiding the spread of this and other illnesses at . More information is also available on the Center for Disease control website at . 

Practice Good Habits

We encourage everyone to practice good habits, including:

  • Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
  • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm. 
  • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • If children are feeling sick, please keep them home. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others.
  • The CDC recommends children avoid playdates with neighboring kids.

Wash Your Hands

Washing Your Hands

Handwashing can help prevent illness. 体育投注注册It involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of illness so you can stay healthy. 

How Can You Help Protect Yourself?

  • Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
  • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm. 
  • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others. 

Frequently Asked Questions

体育投注注册Union has created a FAQ Sheet that may answer some of your questions.

What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus,  by the World Health Organization, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. 

How does the virus spread?

At this time, the Tulsa County Health Department says it is unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. Person-to-person spreading has been identified in the United States. In general, coronaviruses spread through: 

  • Coughing or sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching a surface with virus, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. 

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