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Safety & Security Dept.

Union Public Schools believes in the importance of keeping students safe and secure, whether they are in a classroom, an extracurricular activity, or even traveling between school and home – this is not just important it is a priority.

Union has in place an initiative to manage and consolidate the Union School district’s security and prevention services providing the opportunity to explicitly address security, orderliness, and caring in our schools.

Utilizing the principles of progressive collaborative community engagement, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and peace building, Union is creating the necessary processes and providing the technical assistance to bring together Union stakeholders, to support them in assessing their needs, and strengthen their capacity to leverage all available resources to develop and sustain peaceable schools.

In fact, Union wants its students to be safe even when they are at home, providing programs on fire safety, bad weather, and avoiding illegal drugs and alcohol. Each year, administrators review emergency procedures, security concerns and safety precautions for its students, families, and staff.

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Coordinator as well as 10 full-time Security Officers at the secondary schools and 25 part-time officers for athletic and special events.  One Broken Arrow School Resource Officer was on call daily in addition to six off-duty Tulsa Police Department officers on a rotating schedule, allowing one to patrol the district each day.  Emergency Procedure posters were updated and distributed to all schools.  Two security officers attended Incident Command Training to learn how to function in an emergency until emergency responders arrive.

District employees completed more than 5,000 assigned training courses and more than 1,300 unassigned safety courses on their own for a training completion rate of 95%.  The Security Coordinator met with students at elementary sites weekly and performed routine safety walks at all sites, with follow ups including the site administrator.

Safety

Union Public Schools believes in the importance of keeping students safe and secure, whether they are in a classroom, an extracurricular activity, or even traveling between school and home – this is not just important it is a priority.

Union has in place an initiative to manage and consolidate the Union School district’s security and prevention services providing the opportunity to explicitly address security, orderliness, and caring in our schools.

Utilizing the principles of progressive collaborative community engagement, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and peace building, Union is creating the necessary processes and providing the technical assistance to bring together Union stakeholders, to support them in assessing their needs, and strengthen their capacity to leverage all available resources to develop and sustain peaceable schools.

In fact, Union wants its students to be safe even when they are at home, providing programs on fire safety, bad weather, and avoiding illegal drugs and alcohol. Each year, administrators review emergency procedures, security concerns and safety precautions for its students, families, and staff.

Security

Union Public Schools is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for students, staff and visitors. In an effort to accomplish this goal the district provides a comprehensive security program.

Goals

The Union Security Department is honored to serve our students, staff, parents and community members. Our goal is to help create a safe learning environment for our students and staff and help ensure the safety of our students, staff, parents and community members at district events.

Personnel

Our department is comprised of one director of security, one district security coordinator, one secretary, 11 full-time school security officers (SSO), one Broken Arrow police officer (SRO), six part-time police officers, and 30 provisional security officers that work events for the district. Each officer has 20 hours training per year.

Contact

Ty Wardlow
Ty Wardlow
Director of Safety & Security / 
918-357-7418

Deana Wood
Secretary to Director of Safety & Security

Safe Schools Alert - Phone: 918-505-9802 / Text: Text to 918-505-9802
Suicide Prevention - 918-744-4800

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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8506 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
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