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Coronavirus Safety

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.

Interruptions at School

In the event of a large outbreak of COVID-19 or a high risk of community spread at one or more schools, Union will activate distance learning for all students who select “In-Person Learning.”

Union will work with the Tulsa Health Department and other health officials in determining the level of risk. Union will also publish by site the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 when we are made aware of the diagnosis. Please know the district’s ability to conduct contact tracing and notify all parties may be limited and delayed, depending on a number of factors. We will honor FERPA (student confidentiality) and HIPAA (medical confidentiality), but will do our best to notify students and families on a timely basis in the event there is an exposure to COVID-19 at school.

Also, there may be a need to make changes to procedures as things progress. Our policies and procedures are designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19. However, there is no way to completely eliminate the potential risk of spread. The district will closely follow CDC guidelines and the advice of other health officials in an effort to adhere to those guidelines. 

Health Monitoring of Your Student

It is important that all families partner with the district in monitoring the health of students and families. Students with a fever or other prominent COVID-19 symptoms (dry cough, shortness of breath, congestion, runny nose, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, body aches, chills, etc.) should not be sent to school until they are fever-free (without medication) for 24 hours. Once school resumes, temperature checks will not be conducted by school personnel on students or staff prior to entry on buses or in school buildings.

Families are expected to monitor the health of their children. Parents or guardians will need to notify the school if their child is symptomatic or has had possible exposure to COVID-19. If anyone in your household has had a possible exposure to COVID-19 and is being testing, please quarantine your student until test results are received.

New Quarantine Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new quarantine guidelines. Union Public Schools will utilize these guidelines for all student and staff quarantines beginning in January 2021. Please read the following information carefully. 

There are two new timelines for quarantine if students have been in close contact with a COVID-positive individual and are not showing any symptoms. Your school principal will discuss these options with you if it is determined your student was in close contact.

Timeline 1 - No COVID Test:

The general quarantine period has decreased from 14 days to 10 days. Students who have been in close contact with a positive case can return to school on day 11 if they are not showing any symptoms. 

Timeline 2 - Test to Possibly Shorten Quarantine Duration:

The earliest a student can be tested is on Day 5 of the quarantine.

  1. The test may be a rapid test OR a PCR test.
  2. If the test result is negative, they may return to school on Day 8 of the quarantine if they are not showing any symptoms.
  3. Students must present a copy of their test results prior returning to school.

Timeline 3 – Student tested positive for COVID:

They can return to school if:

  1. It has been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and;
  2. At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medications; and
  3. Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving **Loss of taste and or smell may persist after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation

Timeline 4 – Student has symptoms for COVID:

The student can return to school with release from doctor stating symptoms are not COVID related or with a negative COVID test. Student must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications. Students must present a copy of their test results or doctor’s release prior returning to school.

A student does not need to quarantine if they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days. Proof of a positive test must be submitted to school. If the positive test occurred beyond 90 days from the date of close contact, the student must quarantine using one of the options listed above. 

See Union’s Covid Decision Tree for Students

View full quarantine details from the CDC website

If a student or staff member is waiting on COVID-19 test results, should they attend school?

No. Heath officials recommend the person being tested and their household contacts should quarantine at home and away from others and monitor their health. Any student or staff member experiencing COVID symptoms should stay home. 

Symptoms of COVID 19 include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Safety Strategies

To minimize the spread of COVID-19, Union is prioritizing the following the safety strategies:

Facial Coverings

Until the threat of COVID-19 spread is considered minimal, students and staff will be required to wear a face covering at all times while in a school building or vehicle UNLESS they are alone in the room or vehicle. The only other exception is while eating a meal, but staff are expected to physically distance when their face covering is not on. Students may have situations where they are allowed to remove their face covering due to an activity and the ability to physically distance. Face coverings must cover the mouth and nose or encapsulate the mouth and nose. Acceptable styles are cloth masks, surgical-style masks, or the “beekeeper”-style shield that covers the face and neck. As of 8/20/20, gaiter-style neck/face coverings are allowed. 

Face coverings cannot violate district Board Policy 5060 regarding appropriate dress/student attire.


Physical Distancing

Students will be physically distanced from one another as much as possible.  Although a six-foot minimum distance is not likely to be achieved given the size limitations in some classrooms, individual schools will consider the following changes (when possible): Block scheduling, limited locker use, one-way hallways, physical markers, or any other needed strategies to help maintain social distancing.   

Elementary Cohorts

Elementary school sites will prioritize keeping students together in cohorts to limit the spread of COVID-19. Recess and outside time will continue to be available to students, but an effort will be made to limit recess to individual classroom cohorts. 


Elementary school sites will prioritize keeping students together in cohorts to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Recess and outside time will continue to be available to students, but an effort will be made to limit recess to individual classroom cohorts.  

In cooperation with local health officials, a decision may be made to cease “In-Person Learning” for a period of time. In these instances, students would transition to “Distance Learning” led by their regular classroom teacher.

Please note:  Distance Learning is not the same as Virtual Learning. (The Virtual option takes place entirely at home for an entire semester). Distance Learning will be put in place for those students choosing “In-Person Learning” only when there is a need to close school buildings. There will likely not be much advance notice in the event we need to move to Distance Learning due to circumstances beyond our control. Again, our #1 priority is keeping students and staff safe in the event of an outbreak.  


District Protocol – Cleaning, Disinfection and Ventilation

The following actions will be taken by Union to reduce the chance of COVID spread:

  • Each classroom will be provided an adequate supply of hand sanitizer, spray disinfectant, towels, and disinfectant wipes
  • Adequate provision of hand washing stations, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes in common areas
  • A much higher percentage of outside air is being introduced into the ventilation system and circulating fans are running longer where possible
  • Restriction of non-essential visitors
  • Requirement of face coverings when in the presence of others
  • Placement of clear plastic barriers at key locations
  • Purchase and placement of additional ionizing machines for more thorough disinfecting and other cleaning materials Increase the outside air circulating in buildings through HVAC damper controls, open windows and/or doors 
  • Limitations placed on the use of school facilities when school is in session, including before and after school programs and practice
  • Increased communication to students and staff promoting behaviors that reduce spread, such as social distancing, frequent hand washing, and the use of face coverings
  • Areas may be shut down for additional cleaning if conditions warrant it

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

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