Posted Date: 08/05/2022
The Board of Education will consider approval of a revised Revised Safe Return & Continuity Of Services Plan for the 2022-2023 school year when it meets for its next regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, August 8. View the proposed plan. Public comments may be sent to [email protected].
Message from Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler
Dear Union Parents and Guardians:
As we prepare for the 2022-23 school year, Oklahoma is once again seeing a surge in Covid numbers. While we can’t always foresee what’s going to happen with this unpredictable disease, we do know that it’s wise to start the school year with a plan in place in the event we experience a resurgence.
Over the last two years, we have all had to deal with an unprecedented level of change.
I continue to be extremely proud of the way that students, families, teachers, and staff have adapted quickly. I am grateful to the Union community for making health and safety a priority, as we work diligently to minimize disruptions.
In spite of the challenges presented by COVID-19, Union had a terrific school year in 2021-22. We will continue to monitor our community numbers and adjust, as necessary, using guidance from the Tulsa Health Department to inform our decisions. Our goal is always to provide the safest learning environment possible for our students and staff. At the same time, we acknowledge that there is no plan that completely eliminates risk.
By adhering to health and safety guidelines, we were able to continue school largely uninterrupted during the past year. Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff continues to be our #1 priority. Given the recent rise in Covid infections in the Tulsa area, we strongly recommend students and staff consider wearing a mask if they are in a highly populated public area, especially when it’s difficult to ensure adequate social distancing. Also, we highly recommend that parents consider vaccinating children against COVID, as it has proven to be effective in guarding against infection.
Union Public Schools will continue to follow the guidance and expertise of state and local officials in order to protect our students and staff. This document provides detail on the safety measures planned for the 2022–2023 school year. We encourage you to check our website for updates, as this is where you will always find the latest information at www.unionps.org/coronavirus.
I deeply appreciate your support! We will continue to do everything in our power to keep our students and staff safe and keep education on track.
Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D., Superintendent