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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.
Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s), Students, and Community Members,

While you are preparing for students to return to school for the Fall Season, it is evident that 2020 is not going to look like our typical return. We have all heard speculation as to how schools are going to operate, restrictions put into place, and rumors as to whether school will be allowed in our buildings. Unfortunately, much of the information circulating is through the use of social media and word of mouth. As most of us understand, these information channels can be very helpful, but are often unreliable and do not always contain the most accurate information. Therefore, I encourage you to seek the most accurate information available directly from the school rather than through other channels as we approach the new school year.

To help provide parents with the opportunity to receive the most accurate information pertaining to the start of school, as well as to ask specific questions related to the needs of their child, Union School District invites you to Parent/Community Night at the football stadium at Union High School on August 12, 2020 at 6 PM. Tables will be set up for parents to ask questions concerning daily operations, transportation, food service, technology, and athletics. If you have concerns about special needs for your child, this will provide you an opportunity to schedule a personal meeting with appropriate school staff to address those concerns.

Union School District plans to operate within the laws, regulations, mandates, and guidelines set forth by the federal and state governments, as well as the department of health. However; we strive to keep daily operations as similar to normal as we are allowed, so that we may provide a positive educational experience for all students. We understand that the highest quality educational experience for students is through face to face interaction between your child and their teacher(s). Therefore, we highly encourage you to send your children to school for physical attendance. If you have concerns about your child’s physical attendance in our buildings, we will accommodate distance learning on your child’s normal school schedule so that they may continue to interact with his/her teacher(s) and classmates while also receiving assistance as if he/she were physically in the classroom.

Thank you for your continued support of our community and school district as we all work together to provide the best educational experience for our students possible during this unique set of circumstances.


Sincerely,

Mr. John Kimmel, Superintendent
Union School District
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July 17, 2020

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Community Members,

As we prepare for students to return to school this August, we all face many challenges which have been presented due to the introduction of CoVID19. It is clear that not all people have the same opinions of the severity of the virus, and its possible effects upon our students and community. However, we realize that due to our current situation, our return to school will look different than it does under normal conditions. As presented last evening at our July Board Meeting, Union School District’s main goal is to provide quality educational services in a manner which is as close to our normal mode of operation as possible, without sacrificing the safety of our students. We plan to follow all mandates, laws, and regulations put upon us as an educationa entity, by our governing institutions. We do not however, plan to impose additional restrictions upon our students and community as we work with students and families to provide the best educational services possible through all allowable means.

Our board of directors approved the initial version of our “Phased School Reopening Health and Safety Plan” which is now posted on the Union School District Website. I realize that the plan may not answer all questions related to how reopening the school may look in August and that it is likely to change several times before our first day of instruction, as new guidance and regulations are presented by our governing agencies. It is meant to be a flexible plan which is able to be adapted to the current conditions at the time in which we reopen for the school year.

Some key questions as well:
  1. Will students need to wear masks in school?
    1. As per order of the governor and secretary of health, students are to wear masks when riding district transportation, during transitions in hallways, and when social distancing is not possible.
  2. Will students attend school every day, on a rotation, or be instructed in the home?
    1. Since Clarion County is currently in the Green Phase, we plan to provide student instruction in our school buildings for all students. If the state moves to a different phase, this is likely to change.
  3. What if my child has medical issues which are of concern?
    1. Please contact either the high school or elementary office to schedule an appointment with your child’s principal to work on an individualized plan to meet your child’s needs
  4. If I am concerned about my child’s health due to attending school with other children, may he/she participate in classes remotely?
    1. USD is currently purchasing equipment through the CARES Grant to allow teachers to stream their lessons to students who must receive instruction within the home. This mode of delivery is preferred to cyber programming, as we have personal contact with you and your child and they still are able to interact with their classmates.
  5. What will the school do if they have a confirmed case of CoVID19?
    1. In following best practices, the school district will consult with the Department of Health in making decisions for the school. Current guidance is for closure of areas in which that individual attended to provide sufficient time for sanitation as well as contact tracing and notification of individuals who have been exposed (defined as exposure of 15 minutes or longer at a distance less than 6 feet).
  6. If my child exhibits symptoms of CoVID19, will they be able to return to school?
    1. As per guidance from the CDC, students and staff who exhibit symptoms of CoVID19 will need to quarantine/not report to school/work for a period of 10 school days or until released by a physician.
  7. Will my child be provided transportation services as they have in the past?
    1. We currently plan to run our buses and vans as we have in the past (in the Green Phase), although students will be mandated as per the order of the governor, to wear a face covering while in transport. I understand that some parents may not agree with this order, however it comes from our governing agencies and therefore must be followed by the school district (not a local decision).
  8. If I choose to sign my child into cyber education rather than using district educational services, how does this impact the district and my community?
    1. Choosing to utilize cyber educational services harms your local school district as well as
      community as the district which is funded through federal, state, and local taxes (property and occupational taxes, etc.) must pay approximately $18,000 per student and $36,000 for each child with an individual education plan. These are funds which are necessary to continue to operate your local school system. Rising costs due to increased cyber enrollment often results in the need to raise local taxes to meet financial obligations.
It is my hope that you are all able to enjoy the remainder of the summer and students are ready to
return to school on August 26 th . Union School District wishes to provide your child with the best educational services within the boundaries of the law while also keeping your child’s experience as close to normal as we can. With your help and support, we hope to make the 2020-2021 school year a positive and productive experience for all. Thank you for your support and partnership with our district as we must work together as
a cohesive community as we return to school.

Sincerely,


John Kimmel, Supt.
Union School District
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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