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The mission of the Union School District, in harmony with our community, is to educate and empower students to become continuous learners in an environment which ensures that each student gains knowledge and skills, self-motivation and related positive attitudes necessary to compete equitably with peers locally and globally towards meaningful and productive lives.
The Union School District Board of School Directors’ regular voting meeting on April 16, 2020, beginning at 7:00 PM., will be held virtually.  The meeting will be online only and will be streamed live.

The meeting agenda and online process information will be located on the Union School District's website at https://www.unionsd.net. 

Public comments will be accepted by email prior to Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Noon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Comments must include the sender's name and home address to be included.  All written public comments will be made part of the agenda; however, the School District will redact the sender's personal email address information from the public agenda and minutes.

The following URL is a link to listen to and view the meeting. https://us04web.zoom.us/j/237723955?pwd=T21NdndVRTZVUkQvcnFDeVlaTjUxQT09  This will provide the public with the opportunity to listen to and view the meeting live.  Additionally, the meeting will be recorded and a link to the recording will be placed on the School District’s website under the School Board tab on the School District’s main page to provide the public with additional opportunities to review the meeting.

Good afternoon Parents, Students, and Community Members,

We at Union School District miss our students and hope that we can return to our normal routines and schedules sometime very soon.  However, in the meantime, we are preparing and planning to provide for our students’ educational needs to the best of our ability and given all available resources.  Over the past week, we have provided materials and resources for use within the home to help students stay current with their educational skills.  The same process is planned to continue for students through April 26th.  Starting on April 27th, we will plan to transition our educational program to one which offers new instruction for students for a grade which will make up student scores for the fourth grading period.  We will still plan to have our last student day on June 3rd, as has been on our school calendar this year.

Students who have Internet capabilities will access their education through online means for the 27 instructional days between April 27th and June 3rd.  Each student is expected to log in daily.  Students without Internet capabilities will be provided alternate forms of instructional materials which will cover the same material and topics.  Teachers will have three hours of office time available for communication and questions from students daily.  The available times may vary by individual teacher.  Union School District will also be providing additional educational services for students with specialized learning needs between June 8th and June 19th.  Parents of students who are eligible will receive notice and have the option to opt into such services if so desired.  The mode of instruction may vary depending on whether schools are allowed to reopen or not in the month of June.

We are aware that spring events such as graduation and prom are of high importance to our students and parents.  As of the current date, no decisions have been made to cancel these events, as we do not have guidance from our state government indicating what may be allowed.  Since the state is on a “Stay at Home” order through the month of April, prom is postponed until further notice.  Once we have further guidance on these items, we will share with the community. 
Thank you for your continued patience as we work through these stressful and uncertain times.  Please stay healthy and safe!

Sincerely,



John Kimmel, Superintendent   

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Download this file (Continuity of Education end of year schedule.pdf)Continuity of Education end of year schedule.pdf491 kB04-06-2020 09:33
Download this file (continuity of education plans 3-30-2020.pdf)continuity of education plans 3-30-2020.pdf547 kB04-06-2020 09:37
Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members,

Today, April 1, 2020, Governor Wolf has issued a stay at home order for Pennsylvania until April 30th. The same restrictions now are put in place for the entire state, which were in place for specified counties for the past several days. Only essential employees will be working within school buildings, as has been occurring over the past several weeks, so communication will be best facilitated through email. Food service will remain operational, as it is deemed an essential/ life-sustaining program.

Union School District will be continuing to provide for continuity of education through an enrichment/review platform for the current time period. As developments or changes occur with this process, more information will be provided via the district’s website. We are currently exploring additional educational options as well as participating in newly available grants which may provide for equitable access to online educational resources. As we have no clear direction as to when or if we may return to physical attendance at our buildings, school operations remain in flux and decisions regarding provision of education, how we conclude the school year, district calendar, etc., will be made over the next several weeks. We greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we move forward through such uncertain times. I wish you all well, stay safe, and hopefully we may return to our normal routines sometime in the near future.


Sincerely,

John Kimmel, Superintendent
Union School District
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Download this file (April 1 CoVID19.pdf)April 1 CoVID19.pdf303 kB04-01-2020 19:48
Good afternoon Students, Parents, and Guardians,

I want to personally thank each of you for your understanding and compassion during this current time of uncertainty. As guidance changes regularly from state and federal officials, it often alters how school districts respond and what information we may be able to share. Recently, we were made aware that the original 10 day closure of school districts across Pennsylvania was extended. With this extension, guidance was provided for school districts requiring them to provide for the continuity of education for students to bridge the gap between instructional days for students. Like many other neighboring school districts, Union School District will be working to provide optional enrichment activities and assignments for students to utilize starting on Friday, March 27. These assignments are not mandatory and will not be counted as graded work, but may be utilized as review and enrichment activities during our time of closure.

To prepare in providing resources and materials for use over the next two weeks, teachers may be in contact with you to inquire as to the availability of an electronic device capable of accessing the Internet within your home. Parents/students who do not have access, may contact the office of their child’s school building to request printed materials which can be picked up from the school at designated times. We thank you for your consideration and assistance in this matter and we hope that we will all be able to return to our normally scheduled routines in the very near future.

Sincerely,

John Kimmel, Supt.
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Download this file (continuity of education.pdf)continuity of education.pdf1666 kB03-25-2020 12:49
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

On Friday, March 13, 2020 Governor Wolf announced that all school districts across the commonwealth would be closed for a period of no less than 10 school days. Currently, we are operating under the assumption that school will resume on March 30, 2020, although there is speculation that the closure may last for a longer duration of time. The purpose of this communication is to provide some clarity to current processes within the district, as current functions are very limited.

Some parents have asked if Union School District will be providing distance education during the closure period. Guidance from PDE, local leaders, and our legal representatives have advised against utilizing distance education as a method of educating our students during this time. This is because most local school districts do not have sufficient infrastructure and resources to offer the same quality of education in the home as they do within our buildings.

Most people are asking if we will need to make-up the days missed due to closure. We are still awaiting guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If we experience an extended closure, schools will apply for a 180 day 990/900 hour exemption from the state, but yet no guidance has been given in relation to making days if able.

Union School District has decided to provide meals to students in need during the closure. Currently, we have meal drive-thru service set up for Thursday March 19, 2020 at 2:30 and Tuesday March 24, 2020 at the same time. Delivery service will be provided only for students who do not have adequate transportation to pick up meals directly from Union High School.

Building access has been closed for the duration of this shutdown to all people other than those deemed essential employees. To facilitate social distancing to the greatest degree possible, only essential functions which must occur on-site will done within district buildings. Otherwise, all buildings are closed for deep cleaning by our custodial staff.

All schools are still awaiting guidance from PDE in relation to PSSA and Keystone Exams. No information has yet been released on this subject.

All extracurricular activities have been suspended until such time that alternate guidance has been provided from the state.

If schools are to make up days missed for the current 10 day closure, our tentative last day of school for students would be June 15, 2020.

As more information is released from our state and area leaders it will be shared via our website. Thank you for your time, as I know our current situation is unique and stressful for everyone. If you have any questions or concerns which need to be addressed during this time of closure, the best form of communication will be through email which is listed on our district’s website, as some personnel may be working from an alternate site than the school building. We wish you all well and please stay healthy! 

Sincerely,




John Kimmel
Superintendent
Union School District
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Download this file (USDCovidInfo.pdf)USDCovidInfo.pdf207 kB03-17-2020 11:56
The March Board Meeting is cancelled and will be rescheduled with the April 16th board meeting at 7:00PM.
All attendees at School Sponsored Dances will arrive and exit through the choral room lobby doors.  Upon arrival, all guests will proceed through the metal detector using the normal morning arrival procedures. Students and guests are to limit items they are bringing to the dance, i.e. wallet, cell phone, small purse, keys would be acceptable to bring. If guests exit the area for any reason, they will not be permitted re-entry to the school.
Union School District is conducting a survey to determine the number of children eligible to enter kindergarten at the Sligo Elementary School for the 2020-2021 school year.

To enroll in kindergarten, a child must be 5 years of age on or before July 2, 2020. For a child to enter first grade, he/she must be 6 years of age before the first day of
September.
A Parent Orientation meeting will be held on March 24, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. for parents and guardians at the Sligo Elementary School. The session will be an exchange of information between school and home. Parents will have an opportunity to meet the principal, school nurse, kindergarten teachers, school psychologist, food service director, and transportation director. Parents may also schedule an appointment for the screening process which will occur on Thursday, April 16, 2020 and Friday, April 17, 2020.

Remember, if your son/daughter is now in kindergarten, you need not register him/her for first grade.
All Immunizations must be up to date.
If you have any questions or are in need of a survey form, please contact Union School District Enrollment Office at (814)473-3121 ext. 1161.

Please see the attached forms below.
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Download this file (Kindergarten Survey.pdf)Kindergarten Survey.pdf212 kB01-13-2020 14:12
Download this file (Required Immunizations.pdf)Required Immunizations.pdf301 kB01-13-2020 14:11
Download this file (Union School District Kindergarten Survey.pdf)Union School District Kindergarten Survey.pdf287 kB01-13-2020 14:11

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