Covid Updates

Covid-19 Update – April 27, 2021 (All Call sent at 3 pm)

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  On April 27, 2021, the district was provided a report that an elementary student has tested positive for COVID-19.  Based on our contact tracing, no other students or staff are considered close contacts.

This brings the current two-week case count for the elementary school to 1 (one) case.

The current middle/high school case count is 0 (zero) cases.

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 continue through 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 – April 9, 2021 (All Call Sent at 3 pm)

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement. Yesterday afternoon (4/8/2021), the district was provided a report that a middle/high school student has tested positive for COVID-19.  Based on our contract tracing, there are no other students or staff who need to quarantine as school-related close contacts.  As a reminder, close contacts are defined as individuals who were within 6 feet of an infectious person for at least 15 minutes.  The student will continue to follow all necessary health protocols as required by the District and the Department of Health.  The case was also reported to the Department of Health.

This brings the middle/high school two-week case count to 1 (one) case.

The elementary case count for this two week period is 0 (zero) cases.

We need your help to ensure that school remains in-person.  Please continue to be vigilant about community activities, try to social distance, wear a face covering, frequently wash hands, and limit gatherings

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 – 4/6/2021

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement. Last evening (4/5/2021), the district was informed that a middle/high school student tested positive for Covid-19.  During our contract tracing, the district found that no additional students or staff members are considered close contacts.

The student has not been in school and was exposed at home rather than at school.  Because the student has not been in school and was not exposed at school, this case will not count toward the middle/high schools two-week case count.

The two-week case count for the middle/high school is 3 (three) cases.

The two-week elementary case count is 2 (two) cases.

The case counts will be reset when students return to the building.

We need your help to ensure that school remains in-person.  Please continue to be vigilant about community activities, try to social distance, wear a face covering, frequently wash hands, and limit gatherings

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 – 3/30/2021 (All Call Sent at 3:00 pm)

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement. Today, the district was informed that a staff member tested positive for Covid-19.  Any students or staff members who were determined to be close contacts of the 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 staff member and close contacts will continue to follow all necessary health protocols as required by the District and the Department of Health.  The case was also reported to the Department of Health.

The staff member was in both the elementary and the middle/high school so this case will count toward the case count for each building.

The new two-week case count for the middle/high school is 3 (three) cases.

The new two-week elementary case count is 2 (two) for this two-week period.

The current case counts will be reset after the upcoming break.  Both buildings will be reset to zero (0) cases on Tuesday, April 6.  As a reminder, any time the buildings are empty for three consecutive days, the case count is reset.

We need your help to ensure that school remains in-person.  Please continue to be vigilant about community activities, try to social distance, wear a face covering, frequently wash hands, and limit gatherings

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 – 3/29/2021 (All Call Sent at 3:00 pm)

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement. Over the weekend, the district was informed that a middle/high school student tested positive for Covid-19.  During our contract tracing, the district found that no additional students or staff members are considered close contacts.

The student has not been in school and was exposed at home rather than at school.  Because the student has not been in school and was not exposed at school, this case will not count toward the middle/high schools two-week case count.

This current two-week case count for the middle/high school remains at 2 (two) cases.

The elementary case count remains at 1 (one) for this two-week period.

We need your help to ensure that school remains in-person.  Please continue to be vigilant about community activities, try to social distance, wear a face covering, frequently wash hands, and limit gatherings

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 – 3/24/2021 (All Call Sent at 3:00 pm)

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement. Last evening (3/23/2021), the district was informed that a middle/high school student tested positive for Covid-19.  During our contract tracing, the district found that no additional students or staff members are considered close contacts.

The student has not been in school and was exposed at home rather than at school.  The district confirmed with the PA Department of Health today that because the student has not been in school and was not exposed at school, this case will not count toward the middle/high schools two-week case count.

This current two-week case count for the middle/high school remains at 2 (two) cases.

The elementary case count remains at 1 (one) for this two-week period.

We need your help to ensure that school remains in-person.  Please continue to be vigilant about community activities, try to social distance, wear a face covering, frequently wash hands, and limit gatherings

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 – 3/23/2021 (All Call Sent at 3:00 pm)

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement. Last evening (3/22/2021), the district was informed that a middle/high school student tested positive for Covid-19.  During our contract tracing, the district found that no additional students or staff members are considered close contacts.

Today (3/23/2021), the district was provided with a report that a second middle/high school student tested positive for Covid-19.  During our contract tracing, the district found that no additional students or staff members are considered close contacts.

This brings the current two-week case count for the middle/high school to 2 (two) cases.

The elementary case count remains at 1 (one) for this two-week period.

We need your help to ensure that school remains in-person.  Please continue to be vigilant about community activities, try to social distance, wear a face covering, frequently wash hands, and limit gatherings

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 – 3/21/2021 (All Call Sent at 7:00 pm)

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement. Over the weekend, the district was provided a report that a middle/high school student has tested positive for COVID-19.   Based on the district’s contract tracing, no other students or staff members are considered close contacts of the case.  The student will continue to follow all necessary health protocols as required by the District and the Department of Health.  The case was also reported to the Department of Health.

This brings the current MS/HS case count to 13 (thirteen) for the current two-week period.  As a reminder, all MS/HS students will return to in-person learning tomorrow (Monday, March 22).  Since the building has been closed and students were on virtual learning, the case count will be reset to 0 (zero) for the MS/HS beginning tomorrow.

The elementary case count remains at 1 (one) for this two-week period.

Educationally yours,

Michael A. Ross, Ed.D, MBA

Superintendent


Covid-19 Update –3/19/2021 (All call sent at 3 pm)  

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement. On March 19, 2021, the district was provided a report that 2 middle/high school students have tested positive for COVID-19.

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 the probable case 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 case was also reported to the Department of Health.

This brings the two week case count for the middle/high school to twelve (12).  The middle/high school is scheduled to return to in-person learning on Monday, March 22.  As a reminder, the case count will be reset to 0 (zero) for the middle/high school when students return to the building.

The elementary case count for this two week period is 1 (one) case.  The elementary school remains able to have in-person instruction.

We need your help to ensure that school remains in-person.  Please continue to be vigilant about community activities, try to social distance, wear a face covering, frequently wash hands, and limit gatherings

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 – Probable Student Case – 3/18/2021 (All Call sent at 5 pm)

 

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  We have received notice of a probable student case in the elementary school.  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 confirmed laboratory testing at this time.

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 the probable case for at least 15 minutes.  The student and close contacts will continue to follow all necessary health protocols as required by the District and the Department of Health.  The case was also reported to the Department of Health.

This bring the current two-week case count for the elementary school to 1 (one).  The elementary school will continue to have in-person learning.

An update for the middle/high school was sent out earlier today and can be find directly below this message on this webpage.

 

Educationally yours,

Michael A. Ross, Ed.D, MBA

Superintendent


Covid Update – 3/18/2021 (All call sent at 1:15 pm)

Virtual Learning on Friday, March 19 for MS/HS and Return to In-Person on Monday, March 22 for MS/HS

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  As we informed you last night, yesterday (March 17, 2021) the district received word that four students tested positive for Covid-19.   Last night and today, the district conducted its contract tracing.  Any students who were determined to be close contacts of the cases 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 cases were also reported to the Department of Health.

These new cases bring the two-week case count for the middle/high school to ten (10).  As was mentioned previously, since the district transitioned the middle/high school to virtual learning the two week case count will be reset to zero (0) once students return to the building.

The district is aware of a few students who are awaiting test results.  At this time, the district believes it is best to extend virtual learning for the middle/high school through tomorrow (Friday, March 19) and resume in-person learning for the middle/high school beginning Monday, March 22. 

Once students return to the building, the new two week period begins.  If students returned tomorrow and the students awaiting test results come back positive, those cases would be attributed to the new two-week period.

As a reminder, Lawrence County is currently in the moderate phase.  Per the district’s closure guidelines, 2-4 cases while the county is in the moderate range necessitates a 3-7 day school closure for the impacted building.  If the school building has 5 or more cases during the two-week period, the building would close for two weeks.  Waiting until Monday, March 22 to bring middle/high school students back minimizes the risk of a closure lasting through spring break.

As of right now, the evidence suggests that there isn’t school spread, and these cases have been linked to community activities.  We need your help to ensure that school remains in-person.  Please continue to be vigilant about community activities, try to social distance, wear a face covering, frequently wash hands, and limit gatherings

The elementary school remains at zero (0) cases for the two-week period.  The elementary school will have in-person learning on Friday, March 19. 

 

Educationally yours,

Michael A. Ross, Ed.D, MBA

Superintendent


Covid Update – 3/17/2021 – (All call sent at 9:30 pm)

Union Community:

Between 7 pm and 9 pm this evening, we were informed of four new Covid-19 cases involving middle/high school students.  In order to adequately contact trace individuals who may have been in close contact with these positive cases, it is necessary for the middle/high school to have a virtual learning day tomorrow – Thursday, March 18, 2021.  Students will login to their Google Classrooms as they have done the last few days.

The elementary school will continue to remain in-person tomorrow, Thursday, March 18, 2021.

We apologize for the late notice but want to ensure the health and safety of all students.  We will send another update tomorrow with additional information.


Covid-19 Update – Student Case – March 16, 2021 (All call sent at 12 pm)   

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement. On March 16, 2021, the district was provided a report that a middle/high school student has tested positive for COVID-19.  Based on our contract tracing, there are no other students or staff who need to quarantine as school-related close contacts.  As a reminder, close contacts are defined as individuals who were within 6 feet of an infectious person for at least 15 minutes.  The student will continue to follow all necessary health protocols as required by the District and the Department of Health.  The case was also reported to the Department of Health.

This brings the two week case count for the middle/high school to 6 (six).  Since the district already closed the middle/high school building and transitioned to virtual learning for middle/high students as of March 12, 2021, no additional or extended closure will be necessary for the middle/high school.  As a reminder, the middle/high school will be virtual for all middle/high school students on Tuesday, March 16 and Wednesday, March 17.  The case count will be reset when middle/high school students return to the building on Thursday, March 18.

The elementary case count for this two week period is 0 (zero) cases.  The elementary school remains able to have in-person instruction.

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 continue through 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 Case – March 13, 2021 (All Call sent at 12 pm)

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  On March 13, 2021, the district was provided a report that a middle/high school staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.  Based on our contract tracing, there are no other individuals who need to quarantine as close contacts.  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 case was also reported to the Department of Health.

This brings the two week case count for the middle/high school to 5 (five).  Since the district already closed the middle/high school building and transitioned to virtual learning for middle/high students as of March 12, 2021, no additional or extended closure will be necessary for the middle/high school.  As a reminder, the middle/high school will be virtual for all middle/high school students on Tuesday, March 16 and Wednesday, March 17.  The case count will be reset when middle/high school students return to the building on Thursday, March 18.

The elementary case count for this two week period is 0 (zero) cases.  The elementary school remains able to have in-person instruction.

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 continue through 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 – Student Case #2 – March 11, 2021 (All call sent at 2:00 pm)

Middle/High School Closure and Transition to Virtual Learning

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  Around lunchtime on March 11, 2021, the district was provided with a second report that a middle/high school student has tested positive for COVID-19.   This case is separate from the case that was announced earlier today.  

This new case now brings the middle/high school case count to 4 (four).  Per the district’s closure guidelines, 2-4 cases while the county is in the moderate range necessitates a 3-7 day school closure for the impacted building. 

As we mentioned in our other messages, the case count would be reset on Tuesday, March 16 since we have an upcoming long weekend.  The concern is that if the district receives any other positive cases between now and Tuesday, March 16, the middle/high school would need to close for two weeks per the closure guidelines.  

In order to prevent this longer-term closure, the district will close the middle/high school and transition all middle/high school students to virtual learning beginning tomorrow (Friday, March 12).  Please note that this closure only impacts middle/high school students.  Elementary students are permitted to continue attending in-person school. The elementary case count remains at 0 (zero) cases for this two-week period.  

Middle/high school students will remain virtual for Friday, March 12, Tuesday, March 16, and Wednesday, March 17.  (Monday, March 15 is a vacation day.)  Middle/high school students will be permitted to return to in-person learning on Thursday, March 18.  

Middle/high school students will be instructed to take their Chromebooks and other materials home today.  

Beginning tomorrow middle/high school students will login to their Google Meets as they did during virtual instruction.  Tomorrow (Friday, March 12) will remain a half day.  The virtual school day will begin at the normal time and teachers will post the half-day schedule to their Google Classrooms.  

Students in Ms. Kassi and Ms. Magusiak’s classrooms will receive information from them directly about their schedule.  

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.  

Educationally yours,

Michael A. Ross, Ed.D, MBA

Superintendent


Covid-19 Update – Student Case – March 11, 2021 (All Call sent at 10:30 am)

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  On March 11, 2021, the district was provided a report that a middle/high school student has tested positive for COVID-19.   Using contact tracing guidelines, any students who were determined to be close contacts of the 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 case was also reported to the Department of Health.  The case count for this two-week period is 3 (three) at the middle high school. The case count for this two-week period is 0 (zero) at the elementary school.

Any time when there are three consecutive days without students or staff in the building, the case count is reset.  The case count will reset on Tuesday, March 16 since there is a long weekend and three consecutive days without students or staff in the building.

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 continue through 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 – Probable Student Case (Update 1 of 2) – March 9, 2021 (All-call sent at 3 pm)

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  We have identified a probable student case in the middle/high school on March 9, 2021.  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 confirmed laboratory testing at this time.

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 the probable case 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 case was also reported to the Department of Health.  This brings the current two-week case count for the middle/high school to 1 (one).    The current elementary case count is 0 (zero) cases.  Any time there are three consecutive days when students are not in the building, the case count is reset. The case count will reset on Tuesday, March 16 since there is a long weekend and three consecutive days without students or staff in the building.

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 – Probable Staff Case (Update 2 of 2)– March 9, 2021 (All Call sent at 3 pm)

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  We have identified a probable staff case in the middle/high school on March 9, 2021.  A probable case indicates the staff member 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 confirmed laboratory testing at this time.

Using contact tracing guidelines, any individuals 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 the probable case for at least 15 minutes.  The case was also reported to the Department of Health.  This brings the current two-week case count for the middle/high school to 2 (two).    The current elementary case count is 0 (zero) cases.  Any time there are three consecutive days when students are not in the building, the case count is reset. The case count will reset on Tuesday, March 16 since there is a long weekend and three consecutive days without students or staff in the building.

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 – Student Case – February 27, 2021 (Posted 3/2/2021 at 9 am)

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  On February 27, 2021, the district was provided a report that a middle/high school student has tested positive for COVID-19.   Using contact tracing guidelines, any students who were determined to be close contacts of the 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 case was also reported to the Department of Health.  The case count for the two-week period was 2 students at the middle high school.

Since the district did not have any students in the building yesterday, Monday, March 1, we are able to reset our case count and begin a new two-week window.  Any time there are three consecutive days when students are not in the building, the case count is reset.  This means that as of Tuesday, March 2, the middle/high school case count was reset to 0 cases.  The elementary case count remains at 0 cases.

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 continue through 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 – Student Case – February 24, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  On February 24, 2021, the district was provided a report that a middle/high school student has tested positive for COVID-19.  The student has not been in school since the end of last week.  Using contact tracing guidelines, any students who were determined to be close contacts of the 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 case was also reported to the Department of Health.  The current case count for the middle/high school is at 1 (one) case for this two-week period.  The current case count for the elementary school is at 0 (zero) for this two-week period.

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 continue through 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 Case (1 of 2) – February 16, 2021 – 6:00 pm

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  Today, February 16, 2021, we were informed that a middle/high school staff member tested positive for COVID-19, but exhibited symptoms on February 11, 2021.  This staff member self-reported the situation, and we have been in communication with the PA Department of Health.  Using contact tracing guidelines, any students or staff who were determined to be close contacts of the positive 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 staff member and close contacts will continue to follow all necessary health protocols as required by the District and the Department of Health.  Since the development of the symptoms occurred last week and before the four-day break, this case does not count toward the school’s two-week window.  The current middle/high school case count is zero cases for this two-week period.

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 Case (2 of 2) – February 16, 2021 – 6:00 pm 

Union Community

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  Today, February 16, 2021, we were informed that a middle/high school 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.  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.  Because the timing of the symptoms and diagnosis, this staff member will not count toward the school’s current two-week window.  The current middle/high school case count is zero cases for this two-week period.  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 – Student Probable Case – February 16, 2021 – 6:00 pm 

Union Community

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  In consultation with the PA Department of Health, we have identified a probable case in the middle/high school.  The student first exhibited symptoms on Friday, February 12, 2021, but the student has been on synchronous instruction, so no additional students or staff members are required to quarantine. Because the identification occurred prior to the four-day break, this case does not count toward the school’s current two-week window.  The current middle/high school case count is zero cases for this two-week period.  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 at this time.

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 – Student Case –February 10, 2021 – 3:00 pm

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  On Wednesday, February 10, 2021, the district was provided a report that a student has tested positive for COVID-19.  The student has not been in the building for several days.  As a result, no other students are considered close contacts or will need to quarantine.  The case has been reported to the PA 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 continue through 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 – Student Case – February 9, 2021 – 2:30 pm

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, the district was provided a report that a student has tested positive for COVID-19.  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 case was also reported to 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 continue through 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 – Student Case – February 5, 2021 – 8:00 am 

Union Community:

This is Dr. Ross, Superintendent of the Union Area School District, with an important announcement.  On Thursday, February 4, 2021, the district was provided a report that a student has tested positive for COVID-19.  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 case was also reported to 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 continue through 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 – 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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