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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.
Mary Sweeney, BSN, RN, CSN Megan Corle, LPN
Certified School Nurse Sligo Elementary School
814-473-3121 Ext. 3
Return to School FAQs
What will the school day look like for my child?
The school day will be as close to a regular day as possible. At the High School students will move to all classes and at the Elementary students will remain in their homeroom and teachers will come to them.
Will my child be required to wear a mask?
Yes, but only in areas that cannot be socially distanced. Examples of when your child would need to wear a mask would be morning and afternoon transportation on the school bus and in hallways at the High School.
Will my child wear a mask the entire school day?
No, when students are in areas that are able to be socially distanced, they can take their mask off.
Do I need to buy masks for my child?
No, the school will provide 2 masks for each student. Masks must/should be washed between each daily use.
I do not want my child to wear a mask, what do I do?
Any individualized personal needs should be addressed and discussed with your child’s building principal. Contact the respective school office to schedule an appointment with the principal.
What do I need to do if an immediate family member or my child contracts the CoVid virus?
Notification should be made to the School District immediately so that contact tracing can begin and individuals can be notified that they have been exposed to the virus.
What will happen if a student or staff member is infected with the CoVid virus?
Immediately upon notification of an infected student or staff member, the school will be in contact with the PA Department of Health and they will determine the school’s course of action.
Can school be closed if there is a confirmed positive case of CoVid in the School District?
Each situation will be evaluated and the best course of action will be taken with guidance from the health care professionals. Should the school building be closed, distance learning will begin immediately with all students using the online platforms of the District.
How will I know if there is a positive CoVid case and school is moved to distance learning?
The School District will maintain active communication with parents and students at all times through the School Social Media sites, the School Website, personal communications, and mass communication. Due to HIPAA laws, individual names will not be released.
I do not have internet access at my home, how can my child do distance learning?
Contact your building principal so that arrangements can be for your child.
I do not want to send my child to school for fear they will bring the virus home. What are my options?
Union School District can provide multiple options to you and your child. Can and make an appointment to speak with your child’s building principal to make the necessary arrangements.
How will parent meetings take place with the CoVid restrictions that are inplace?
Telephone conferences and Google Meet Meetings will be highly recommended and encouraged in lieu of face to face meetings.
The inside maximum number of people in one area is 25. How is school able to be held?
All Pennsylvania schools do not fall under these guidelines. All schools must follow the school guidelines set forth by the PA Department of Education.
Will Fall sports be held?
Union School District will comply and follow all regulations set forth by the PA Department of Education and PIAA. When we are given more information, we will pass that information to players and family members.
Will my child still receive a hot lunch?
Yes. At the Elementary students will receive their lunch and then eat in their classrooms, at the High School students will receive their lunch and then eat in the cafeteria which has been outfitted with plexiglass barriers to maintain social distancing.
Will my child have gym and music classes?
Students will still participate in physical education classes as well as all music classes. Instructors have adapted lessons and classrooms to CoVid safety protocols.
What if my child becomes ill during the school day?
The School District Nurse and Nurse Assistant are ready to attend to all situations that may occur during the school day. If a student shows any symptoms of CoVid during the day, they will be sent home immediately. Parents should provide two emergency contact numbers in case you cannot be reached to pick up your child from school.
If the county is moved to the yellow or red phase, will school be held?
School will be held without interruption if the county is moved to either the yellow or red phase. Schooling during these phases will be determined based upon current data and recommendations. Distance learning platforms with no on site instruction will be in place if in-person education is not feasible.
At the end of last year, school work could be done on my child’s own time frame. Will that be the same this year?
No. Last year the PA Department of Education waived the required number of hours required for a complete school year. At this time, those hours have not been waived. Through distance learning platforms, all classes will be live streamed and students will be expected to be present virtually throughout the school day.
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!
Dr. John Kimmel, Superintendent