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Coronavirus School Operations

Union Public Schools

PLEASE NOTE: The details in this section are subject to change as directives from governing authorities and health officials respond to new information and developing environmental conditions.

Parents and Visitors

No visitors, including parents, will be allowed past the receptionist vestibule while the threat of community spread exists, with some limited exceptions. Exceptions must be granted by the principal or director and may include IEP meetings, limited teacher conferences, etc. The meetings will be scheduled and held in an area near the front entry to limit access to the rest of the building. Parents / guardians will be given the option of holding meetings virtually. It is also possible certain staff members will choose to attend meetings virtually. There will be times when volunteers may be allowed to enter the building, but their access will be limited to areas used by
adults only.

All visitors, including parents, will be required to wear a face covering while in the building. First-day procedures at all school sites will be adjusted, including the limitation on parents walking elementary children to the classroom. 

School Calendar / School Hours

The district calendar and school hours have been amended, which will result in the following changes:

  • The first day of school for students will be Monday, August 24, with all other days remaining the same as previously approved by the School Board. 
  • School start and end times previously approved will be adjusted at all sites on Fridays only. Late Start Fridays will not occur during the 2020-21 school year, and school start and end times will be the same Monday – Friday. The loss of embedded collaboration time for staff is intended to last one year only.
  • If other changes are made, they will be quickly announced to all parents and staff via our typical communication methods (phone, email, the website and social media). 

Transportation

Union plans to resume traditional transportation at the beginning of the new school year. Until the threat of COVID spread is considered minimal, students will be required to wear a face
covering while boarding, riding, and exiting the bus. Only exceptions approved by the principal will be allowed. Alternate transportation may be required if compliance is not possible. Students
in grades 9 through 12 will not be allowed to board a bus without a face covering in place.

Students in grades K-8 may be provided a face covering if they forget to bring one, but there will be a limited number of times a face covering will be provided to students.
If a student fails to have a face covering, he/she may be refused transportation. Whenever possible, the bus windows will be lowered to increase airflow inside the bus. The first two rows
of the bus may be left open for adequate social distancing from the driver.

Please know there may be times when the district is unable to provide bus service for all students due to driver shortages, etc., so routes may be cancelled with little advance notice. In the event routes need to be cancelled, the cancellation of routes will start with grades 10 through 12, then 9th grade, then 8th grade, etc. The cancellation of routes will not impact special education routes unless specifically noted. 

Breakfast and Lunch

Union cafeterias will remain open and provide healthy meals to Union students. Students will be required to wear a face covering on their way to and from the cafeteria. Food offerings may be limited and self-serve options will be eliminated, including salad bars, drink stations (except for water), condiments, etc.

Every effort will be made to allow enough space for social distancing while students eat their meal, including the following options:

  • Placement of physical barriers, i.e. partitions, between students during the time they are eating
  • Spreading tables and chairs out into other common areas such as gyms, lobbies, etc.
  • Allowing students to eat in areas outside of the cafeteria such as a gym, outside courtyard, in a classroom, in the media center, etc.
  • Spacing students in the cafeteria

Union High School will allow all students, grades 10-12, to have open campus options during lunch. Students will be asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer prior to returning to
class. Elementary sites may implement additional policies based on the availability of space and student supervision. 

Athletics, Fine Arts & Other Extracurricular Activities

Depending on the level of community spread, all athletics, electives, and fine arts classes will continue as planned with extra measures taken to ensure the safety of students and staff. There may be limitations placed on the number of events, the number of people allowed to attend an event, limited access to the performing areas, or other safety measures as warranted. 

Extended Day Program & After-School Programming

The district will continue to offer the Extended Day Program (EDP) program to the families of Union students. The district is also working with community partners to offer after-school opportunities for our students.
Please know there is an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 due to an increase in the number of people the students will interact with in the EDP program and during after-school programming. Safety protocols, such as face-coverings, will be required in EDP and after-school programming. 

Return to School / Reentry Plan for Students, Parents & Teachers

Download Plan in English or Spanish for reference. See FAQ / Spanish FAQ

District Announcement

Return to School Plan

View in English or Spanish. The first day of school will be Monday, August 24. Visit our Coronavirus Section for details.

Summer Meals

Union Public Schools will continue to offer FREE drive-thru meal pick-ups at three Union sites through Aug. 13. Details.

District Calendar

Upcoming Events

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Contact Information

Union Public Schools
8506 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133
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Phone: 918-357-4321

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