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Additionally, PDE has partnered in recent weeks with the statewide leads for the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) to offer communities with limited internet access use of instructional programming that is being broadcast by all of Pennsylvania’s PBS affiliates. Each PBS affiliate is providing instructional blocks of programming targeted to different grade spans, varying by region, and began March 30: https://www.learningathomepa.org

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   

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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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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