Covid Updates

Meal Delivery Update – November 11, 2020

Union Community:

Breakfast and lunch delivery for those who signed up will begin today.  Meals will be delivered between 11 am and 1 pm.  The driver will honk when they arrive, but someone must go out to the van to pick up meals.  Drivers are unable to deliver meals to the door.

If students need to leave class for a few minutes to pick up the meals, they should let their teacher know and then return to class as soon as possible.

If you do not need a meal on a specific day you or the student can let the driver know.

If you did not sign up for meal delivery but would like to, you may sign up using the form at the bottom of this page: https://www.unionareasd.org/for-parents/virtual-learning-november-2020/

Thank you

 

Covid-19 Update – School Closure – November 6, 2020 – 4: 30 pm 

Union Community:

The district has been notified of a few positive staff cases and several probable students in both buildings.  On Monday, November 2, the board of directors amended our closure protocol to require school closures to occur with 2-3 cases while Lawrence County is in the substantial stage.  This closure will occur until Lawrence County has returned to the moderate stage for two consecutive weeks.

On Friday, November 6 at 2:15 pm, the district received word that we have met this threshold in both the elementary and middle/high schools.  As a result, the district will transition to virtual learning.

Monday, November 9 will be an Act 80 day.  Students DO NOT need to log-in to any classes.  Staff will report to prepare for virtual learning.

Tuesday, November 10, all students in grades K-12 will begin with virtual learning that will look very similar to the structure established at the beginning of the school year.

On Monday, additional reminders will be posted on the website, and an all call will be sent with the link.  We will also share information on additional material pickup times for students if needed.

If your child was absent on Friday and did not bring their books and Chromebook home over the weekend, please contact the school on Monday to schedule a time to pick up these materials.

 

 

Covid-19 Update – Student Case – November 6, 2020 – 4:25 pm 

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  On Friday, November 6, 2020, in consultation with the PA Rapid Response Center, a “probable” case was identified in the district.  A probable case indicates the student has exhibited some symptoms associated with the virus (clinical criteria) and has been a “close contact” with a confirmed or probable case of the virus (epidemiologic linkage), but does not have confirmatory laboratory testing.  Using contact tracing guidelines, any students who were determined to be close contacts of the probable case have been notified and been instructed to quarantine.  At this time, if you have not been notified, your students have not been identified as a close contact, and you are not required to take any additional actions.  As a reminder, close contacts are defined as individuals who were within 6 feet of an infectious person for at least 15 minutes.  The students and close contacts will continue to follow all necessary health protocols as required by the District and the Department of Health.

The health and safety of our students and staff are of the greatest importance to us.  As you know, we have increased disinfecting protocols, including disinfecting misting machines with multiple applications to high touch surfaces, which occur several times every day.  As we enter the cold and flu season, please take extra care each day to self-assess your student’s health.  We also greatly appreciate the unwavering efforts of our students and staff toward wearing face coverings and social distancing.  Following these guidelines are greatly reducing the risk of exposure to and contraction of COVID-19 for our students, staff, and families.

As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or have lost their sense of smell and taste.  We will continue to keep you updated when we have positive cases in the district while protecting the privacy of individuals. We appreciate your continued support, and as always, please feel free to contact me or your child’s building principal if you have questions or concerns.  Coming to school is a collective effort from the entire school community, and we will get through this together.

 

Educationally yours,

Michael A. Ross, Ed.D, MBA

Superintendent

 

Covid-19 Update – Staff Member – November 6, 2020 – 4:25 pm

Union Community

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  Today, November 6, 2020 we were informed that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.  This staff member self-reported the situation, and we have been in communication with the PA Department of Health and the Rapid Response Center.  Fortunately, this staff member was already quarantined in advance of the diagnosis.  The staff member was not in close contact with any students or additional staff members, and therefore, no students or staff members were notified directly by the Department of Health or required to quarantine as a result.  As a reminder, close contacts are defined as individuals who were within 6 feet of an infectious person for at least 15 minutes.  The staff member will continue to follow all necessary health protocols as required by the District and the Department of Health.

The health and safety of our students and staff are of the greatest importance to us.  As you know, we have increased disinfecting protocols, including disinfecting misting machines with multiple applications to high touch surfaces, which occur several times every day.  As we enter the cold and flu season, please take extra care each day to self-assess your student’s health.  We also greatly appreciate the unwavering efforts of our students and staff toward wearing face coverings and social distancing.  Following these guidelines are greatly reducing the risk of exposure to and contraction of COVID-19 for our students, staff, and families.

As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or have lost their sense of smell and taste.  We will continue to keep you updated when we have positive cases in the district while protecting the privacy of individuals. We appreciate your continued support, and as always, please feel free to contact me or your child’s building principal if you have questions or concerns.  Coming to school is a collective effort from the entire school community, and we will get through this together.

Educationally yours,

 

Michael A. Ross, Ed.D, MBA

Superintendent

 

 

Covid-19 Update – November 6, 2020 – 11:00 am 

Union Community

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  On Thursday, November 5, 2020, the nursing staff and district administrators, in consultation with the PA Department of Health and CDC guidelines, determined that a student was “probable” for COVID-19.   A probable case indicates the student has exhibited some symptoms associated with the virus (clinical criteria) and has been a “close contact” with a confirmed or probable case of the virus (epidemiologic linkage), but does not have confirmatory laboratory testing.  Using contact tracing guidelines, any students who were determined to be close contacts of the probable case have been notified and been instructed to quarantine.  At this time, if you have not been notified, your students have not been identified as a close contact, and you are not required to take any additional actions.  As a reminder, close contacts are defined as individuals who were within 6 feet of an infectious person for at least 15 minutes.  The students and close contacts will continue to follow all necessary health protocols as required by the District and the Department of Health.

The health and safety of our students and staff are of the greatest importance to us.  As you know, we have increased disinfecting protocols, including disinfecting misting machines with multiple applications to high touch surfaces, which occur several times every day.  As we enter the cold and flu season, please take extra care each day to self-assess your student’s health.  We also greatly appreciate the unwavering efforts of our students and staff toward wearing face coverings and social distancing.  Following these guidelines are greatly reducing the risk of exposure to and contraction of COVID-19 for our students, staff, and families.

As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or have lost their sense of smell and taste.  We will continue to keep you updated when we have positive cases in the district while protecting the privacy of individuals. We appreciate your continued support, and as always, please feel free to contact me or your child’s building principal if you have questions or concerns.  Coming to school is a collective effort from the entire school community, and we will get through this together.

 

Educationally yours,

Michael A. Ross, Ed.D, MBA

Superintendent

 

 

Covid-19 Update – November 3, 2020

Union Community

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  Today, November 3, 2020 we were informed that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.  This staff member self-reported the situation, and we have been in communication with the PA Department of Health and the Rapid Response Center.  Fortunately, this staff member reported off work at the initial signs of symptoms, and we initiated a self-quarantine in advance of the diagnosis.  Because of these actions, the staff member was not in close contact with any students, and therefore, no students were notified directly by the Department of Health or required to quarantine as a result.  As a reminder, close contacts are defined as individuals who were within 6 feet of an infectious person for at least 15 minutes.  The staff member will continue to follow all necessary health protocols as required by the District and the Department of Health.  

The health and safety of our students and staff are of the greatest importance to us.  As you know, we have increased disinfecting protocols, including disinfecting misting machines with multiple applications to high touch surfaces, which occur several times every day.  As we enter the cold and flu season, please take extra care each day to self-assess your student’s health.  We also greatly appreciate the unwavering efforts of our students and staff toward wearing face coverings and social distancing.  Following these guidelines are greatly reducing the risk of exposure to and contraction of COVID-19 for our students, staff, and families.  

As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or has lost their sense of smell and taste.  We will continue to keep you updated when we have positive cases in the district while protecting the privacy of individuals. We appreciate your continued support, and as always, please feel free to contact me or your child’s building principal if you have questions or concerns.  Coming to school is a collective effort from the entire school community, and we will get through this together. 

Educationally yours,

 

Michael A. Ross, Ed.D, MBA
Superintendent

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