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Employee Assistance

Union Public Schools recognizes that personal problems can and do interfere with an employee's ability to perform on the job. Emotional problems and mental illnesses, family or marital stress, physical ailments, abuse of alcohol or other drugs, the death of a loved one and many other problems can make work difficult.

To help employees perform at their best, Union offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Synergy Wellbeing, The EAP may be reached by telephone at 1-888-529-1156 or through their website at www.synergytulsa.com. The EAP provides confidential assessment, referral and help solving problems at no cost to employees whose personal problems interfere with job performance.

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Definition of an EAP

The most widely accepted definition of an EAP was developed by the Employee Assistance Professionals Association. That definition reads:

An EAP is a worksite-based program designed to assist in the identification and resolution of productivity problems associated with employees impaired by personal concerns, including, but not limited to: health, marital, family, financial, alcohol, drug, legal, emotional stress, or other personal concerns that may adversely affect employee job performance.

The definition goes on to include the elements of an EAP, which include confidential, appropriate and timely problem-assessment services and referral and follow-up services to health care providers when appropriate.
 

Help For a Variety of Problems

EAP professionals are trained to assist employees with almost any issue or problem that may arise. Some of the more common concerns brought to an EAP include:

  • Emotional problems
  • Family or marital difficulties
  • An alcohol or other drug problem
  • Legal or financial difficulties
  • Issues surrounding work relationships
  • Difficulties managing stress
  • Problems related to depression, grief or loss

Accessing the EAP

Employees can be referred to the EAP in one of three ways: by themselves (self-referral); by a friend, co-worker or family member (peer referral); or by a supervisor.

A supervisor may recommend an employee contact the EAP for assistance when productivity drops below expectations; however, following through with a supervisory referral does not exempt an employee from disciplinary action related to poor job performance. It is an employee's responsibility to meet the job performance expectations of his or her position.

About Costs

It costs nothing to contact the EAP, whether by phone or in person. If an EAP staff member decides you might benefit from the services of an outside provider, such as a treatment agency that provides family counseling, the cost related to these services may be covered by your health insurance plan. The cost of services not included in your plan will be your responsibility, in which case the EAP staff person will work with you to select quality, affordable services.

About Confidentiality

The services you receive from the EAP are protected by both state and federal laws concerning confidentiality. Your request for assistance and any information that may be shared is between you and the EAP staff person. In general, information from the EAP may be released only with your written permission.

Participation

Participation in the EAP will not jeopardize your job. In fact, any assistance you receive in correcting a job performance problem may be looked upon as favorable. However, your participation in the EAP will not protect you from disciplinary action if you are referred to the program because of substandard job performance.

To learn more about your EAP or to speak with an EAP staff person, telephone 1-888-529-1156.

District Announcement

Happy Holidays

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.

Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.

During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.

May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Wishing you Joy and Peace at the Holidays and throughout the New Year.  Union Public Schools will be closed for winter break December 23-January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020.  During the winter break, Union offices will be closed December 24-January 2, 2020.  May Joy and Peace be yours throughout the New Year.

Administrative Changes Announced

Scott Pennington named director of new Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning Department;   Clayton Hucke named interim 7th Grade Principal

Dear Union Parents and Guardians: 

I am excited to announce that Mr. Scott Pennington, principal at the Union 6th & 7th Grade Center, has been asked to lead a new department within Teaching and Learning entitled Hope – Guidance – Social and Emotional Learning. As you know, we are in the second year of our five-year district strategic plan. One of the elements of this plan is Union’s Learning Model that focuses on literacy, cognitive capacity, engagement, and social and emotional learning.

As we continuously evaluate our data, and hear from teachers and our site leaders, there continues to be a dominant narrative that more must be done to address the social and emotional development of our students. Collectively speaking, our teachers continue to do amazing work in providing dynamic learning experiences for our students. It is now time for us to articulate a tiered approach to addressing unwanted student behaviors and student trauma – at all grade levels – while also fostering greater hope and confidence in our students’ lives. The idea is that we will be more proactive in our efforts, providing counseling and guidance to address the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students. I firmly believe this will make a positive difference in our students’ lives and in the learning culture of our buildings.

Mr. Pennington’s work as a special education teacher, assistant principal, and principal make him uniquely qualified to lead in this new position. In addition to this change, I am also pleased to announce that Mr. Clay Hucke, assistant principal at Union High School, has been asked to serve as an interim principal at the Sixth & Seventh Grade Center. Mr. Hucke has done an outstanding job at the high school and he looks forward to serving the students, staff, and parents at this site.

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Pennington and Mr. Hucke. These moves will become effective January 1, 2020.

Respectfully,

Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Union Public Schools

Board of Education Considers Policy Changes

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions, which may be viewed here. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to [email protected].

The Board of Education on first reading Monday, November 11, considered various board policy revisions. The Board will consider final approval at its next meeting, Monday, December 9. The Board will consider comments from the public. Please send comments to board@unionps.org.

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