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The $3.2B Emergency Broadband Benefit program provides a discount of up to a $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for qualifying households on qualifying Tribal lands. The benefit also provides up to a $100 per household discount toward a one-time purchase of a computer, laptop, or tablet if the household contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase through a participating broadband provider.

A household is eligible if one member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid or the FCC’s Lifeline program;
  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income through job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

Emergency Broadband Benefit enrollment will begin (opened) on May 12, 2021. Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail-in application. Additional information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit is available at www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, or by calling 833-511-0311 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. any day of the week.

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A Message from the School Nurse

Welcome back! We are really looking forward to welcoming our students back to classes this week. In moving forward reopening our schools will require everyone’s cooperation. Everyone is “essential” in this next step! Therefore, we are asking for your assistance in helping to keep our students and staff stay healthy and safe this school year.

Below are some guidelines from the School Nurse’s Office for the 2020-2021 School Year.

Asthma and Seasonal Allergies: Students with asthma and/or seasonal allergies are encouraged to see their primary care physician or allergist to receive optimum treatment, so as to decrease confusion of symptoms of Covid-19. Please provide physician documentation of normal baseline for students with allergies and asthma. Please note, ** we are unable to administer nebulizer treatments inside of the school building during the pandemic. Please be sure your child has their Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) for any asthma treatments during the school day. **

Masks: Wearing a face mask is a big change for all of us! Please write your child’s name in permanent marker somewhere on the mask. You will find some helpful information regarding, “How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Face Covering,” on our website. It is important when removing your mask to avoid touching the outside to prevent germ transmission. After removing masks, please either wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. We would also like to remind parents to wash face masks daily to prevent the spread of germs.

Student Personal Supplies: If you would like to send your child to school with their own tissues, hand sanitizer (made of at least 60% alcohol), and/or gloves, you are welcome to do so! MUST BE LATEX-FREE GLOVES (ex. Powder-Free Nitrile or Vinyl are acceptable).

The School Nurse’s Office will be a “HOT SPOT” for any potential Covid-19 cases. Therefore, we are trying to limit non-emergent visits to the Nurse’s Office in effort to mitigate the potential spread of Covid-19 in our community. This year, we are permitting and encouraging students to carry their own contact solution, cough drops, and lip balm (roll on or Chapstick type only). Student’s own supplies are not permitted to be shared with other students.

The following are a few of the CDC Guidelines which Union School District will follow as it pertains to School Health.

Parents will be asked to complete a health screening for their children each morning prior to leaving the home. Please follow the “Parent Screening Tool” guidelines. If your child has symptoms, please keep them home from school and follow the recommendations.

Please do not send your child to school if you have given him/her Tylenol or Motrin to reduce a fever of 100.4 or greater.

Union School District follows the CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines. Since guidelines may change, based on current data, please check our website frequently for the latest information.

If a student is sent home for school due to symptoms of Covid-19, the student will be isolated in a quarantine room until parent or designated person is able to pick the student up. It is very important to keep the school updated on any changes to phone numbers or alternate contact information. We are asking that you have someone who is able to pick up your child immediately to avoid any potential spread to students and staff. Siblings/close contacts will also be dismissed home at that time. Once you pick them up, please take them directly home. Contact primary care physician for instruction. Follow the same guidelines for return to school that are listed on the “Parent Screening Tool”.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the nurse in your child’s building.

Sincerely,

Mary Sweeney, BSN, RN, CSN                         Megan Corle, LPN

Certified School Nurse                                     Sligo Elementary School

Union School District                                       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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814-473-3121 Ext. 3                                        

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