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Personal/Social Support

Talk to your counselorSchool Counselors provide emotional and social support to all students, specifically in areas of:

  • Goal Setting
  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  •  Peer Mediation
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Coping Strategies
     

School counselors do not provide therapy or long-term counseling in schools. However, they are prepared to recognize and respond to mental health needs and to assist students and families seeking resources. Students in need of therapy or long-term counseling may be referred to outside agencies. Family & Children’s Services and CREOKS may be available to provide services on site to students who qualify.

Suicide

If you or someone you know are feeling depressed, hopeless or are having suicidal thoughts it is important to share those feelings with a counselor, administrator or other adult immediately. Reports can be made in person or by using Safe Schools Alert. 

COPES (918-744-4800) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) are also available 24 hours a day in the event that you or a friend need assistance during a time that school is not in session. If someone’s life is in imminent danger, please call 911.

Warning signs of depression/suicidal ideation:
 
•    Withdrawing from friends and family
•    Loss of interest in activities
•    Sudden mood swings
•    Loss of energy
•    Eating/Sleeping too much or too little
•    Change in academic/work performance
•    Change in hygiene/appearance 
•    Statements such as, “Nobody cares about me” or “I can’t take it anymore.”
•    Aggressive behavior 
•    Use of drugs/alcohol

Teen Pregnancy/Parenthood

Counselors are here to support students who have or are expecting a child. Sharing this information will enable counselors to assist students academically in addition to providing community resources, such as the (link to) Parents as Teachers Program.

Intervention/Prevention Programs

Anger Management and Substance Abuse programs are held once a week in an effort to prevent and/or intervene when students are not making healthy choices. Sessions last an hour and a half and students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Classes are optional, however, successful completion of these programs may result in a reduced suspension. 

Confidentiality

All students have the right to privacy and confidentiality when speaking with their school counselor. However, confidentiality may be broken if safety is a concern for the student. Exceptions to confidentiality are as follows:
•    Student is a danger to self or others
•    Student has been harmed or is in fear of being harmed
•    Court ordered disclosure 

Coronavirus Updates

Free Drive-Thru Meals for Children

Union Schools is offering FREE drive-thru meal pick-ups at three locations. Details

Last Day of School is May 22

Friday, May 22 will be the last day of school for the 2019-20 year. Additional time will be added to the school day for students in grades 6-8 beginning Monday, March 23, and continue through the end of the school year.

“Due to two days of school that were cancelled due to inclement weather, the district calendar had to be adjusted to meet the minimum state requirement of 1,080 hours of instruction,” Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler said. “We wanted to adjust the calendar so students don’t have to come back after Memorial Day.

Modifications to the school schedule will be made as follows:

  1. Add one day at the end of the year, with Friday, May 22, being the last day of school;
  2. Elementary schools:  No change to the schedule. They have enough school hours to meet the required 1,080 hours.
  3. 6th & 7th Grade Center:  4 minutes added to the end of the school day effective Monday, March 23 (the day after spring break). 
  4. 8th Grade Center:  2 minutes added to the end of each day after March 23.
  5. Union High School Freshman Academy:  No change to current times.
  6. Union High School:  Friday, April 10 will be a “virtual day,” with students working on assignments from home.  

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Contact Information

Union Public Schools
8506 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
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