Posted Date: 01/13/2021
Dear Union Staff:
Yesterday Governor Stitt held a press conference and announced a new school quarantine policy that many found confusing. To increase the number of districts providing in-person learning, he recommended that districts with mask mandates no longer quarantine staff or students exposed to COVID-19 unless they first display symptoms.
Union will not be following that recommendation.
In keeping with CDC guidelines, Union Public Schools will continue quarantining students or staff who have had close contact with a COVID-positive individual for 15 minutes or more. We require masks of all people in our school buildings, yet we cannot guarantee physical distancing in all classroom settings, so we cannot implement a policy that undermines CDC guidelines.
By following CDC protocols, we have enabled students at Union to be in-person as much as possible without compromising student or staff safety. As a result of our strict guidelines, elementary students have only missed 10 days and secondary students only 15 days of the first semester. This has served us well.
Below, please see our Quarantine Protocols that were recently updated to be consistent with CDC guidelines.
Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.
Visit https://www.unionps.org/coronavirus for complete details on Union's plan for keeping schools open. All of these files are updated frequently and subject to change.