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Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Community Members,

On Friday, December 10, 2021, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the masking mandate imposed by State Secretary of Health, Allison Beam was not enacted lawfully and therefore is not able to be
enforced. Therefore, school districts shall revert back to their local health and safety plans for mitigation procedures within their school buildings. Union School District’s Health and Safety Plan states that we shall follow all mandates, orders, and laws but unless mandated, masking of individuals shall remain an individual’s choice. Therefore, starting Monday, December 13, 2021, students, parents, staff members, and visitors may choose whether or not to wear a mask while on school property. The ruling of the State Supreme Court does not however remove the federal mandate for the wearing of masks on school provided transportation such as buses and vans.

I realize the polarized nature of this subject, strong opinions and emotions associated with it, and how many have disagreed over it. Through it all, our community has largely shown a great deal of understanding and the ability to work together through a difficult time. I sincerely thank our community for this understanding and support. Hopefully, we are headed on a path back to some sense of normal life.

Sincerely,


Dr. John Kimmel, Superintendent
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Procedures for Remote Learning/Teaching for USD Quarantined Students

Only students who are quarantined by the USD Nurse will be eligible for synchronous remote learning. (Please reference the flowchart on the USD website under Covid19 Related Information)

                Exception – if an entire school or grade-level is on remote learning

Attendance – students who are on quarantine will be marked with a C19 code and not marked as present even if participating through synchronous remote learning (does not count toward parent excuses nor does it count against perfect attendance)

Procedures for Teachers:

  1. Share a link for only quarantined students who are in your class to participate (please remain current with the shared quarantine list)
  2. A maximum of (5) five days will be given upon a student’s return from quarantine to make up tests, quizzes, labs, etc.
  3. Testing will not be permitted through remote learning and shall be made up upon return to in-person learning
  4. Students are expected to log into your course on time, have on their camera, and be fully participating (Do not spend excessive amounts of time attempting to get remote learners to engage in the class which may detract from the effectiveness of instruction. They are expected to engage and participate as if they were seated in your class.)

Grades K-2 shall continue to provide asynchronous learning for students on quarantine

Elementary Classes to be provided through synchronous learning during quarantine:

  1. 3rd Grade Core Courses
  2. 4th Grade Core Courses
  3. 5th Grade Core Courses

High School Classes to be provided through synchronous learning during quarantine:

  1. Science 8
  2. Physics 1 and 2
  3. Physical Science 
  4. Computer Programming
  5. Honors English 11
  6. Honors English 12
  7. 6th grade core classes
  8. Read 180
  9. American Cultures 1
  10. Government
  11. History in the Headlines
  12. Holocaust 
  13. Social Studies 8
  14. Accounting
  15. Probability and Statistics
  16. Algebra I
  17. Algebra II
  18. PSSA Math 8
  19. Bio 2
  20. American Cultures II
  21. World Studies
  22. Military History 
  23. Psychology
  24. Calculus
  25. Trig/Pre-Calculus
  26. Geometry
  27. Consumer Math
  28. Chemistry 1
  29. Chemistry 2
  30. Honors Chemistry
  31. Science 7

*All other High School Classes have individualized instruction posted on Google Classroom for students to complete during quarantine. Students also have (5) five days to make up work for non-synchronous classes upon their return to in-person instruction. Students can submit work before returning to school if it is posted on Google Classroom.

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With the increasing number of positive Covid 19 cases in Clarion County, we want to encourage parents to keep children home who are exhibiting symptoms. Please reach out to your child's physician for guidance based on his/her symptoms. When the School Nurse is notified of a positive case in the district, we must follow the CDC and the PA Department of Health quarantine guidelines for K-12 Schools. Please see the Flowchart to assist you in understanding this guidance.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

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


If you have any questions, please reach out to the nurse in your child's building.
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Has your child recently received an update on a potential COVID related illness? Please let us know anytime of the day by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
A Message from the School Nurse for the 2021-2022 School Year
 
Welcome back! We are really looking forward to welcoming our students back to Union School District for the 2021-2022 School Year. We hope everyone had a wonderful summer break!
Below are some guidelines from the School Nurse’s Office for the upcoming school year. There have been some changes in guidance from the Department of Health since last school year. Covid-19 continues to be in the forefront of health concerns. We are committed to having another safe and healthy school year and we continue to ask for your help in making it a success!
Asthma and Seasonal Allergies:  Students with asthma and/or seasonal allergies are encouraged to see their primary care physician or allergist to receive optimum treatment, so as to decrease confusion of symptoms of Covid-19. Please provide physician documentation of normal baseline for students with allergies and asthma. Please note, per the PA Department of Health, ** we are unable to administer nebulizer treatments inside of the school building during the pandemic. Please be sure your child has their Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) for any asthma treatments during the school day. **
Face Masks:  After review of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and PA Department of Health recommendations on mask use, Union School District will not require the use of face masks in the school buildings by students, staff, or visitors. However, if you or your child feel more comfortable with wearing a mask, it is optional. Optional face mask use also applies to staff and visitors. We understand that there are different views on the use of face masks in the community, and we want to assure you that families should feel comfortable in making the choice that is best for their family. Union School District remains committed to keeping our students and staff healthy and safe. If face mask guidance changes from the State level, families will be notified via the One Call system.
Masks on School Buses: Per the current PDE order, face masks are required to be worn on school buses by all students and drivers. If this order changes prior to the start of the school year, families will be notified of any changes in guidance. 

Please follow the link for guidance of the proper use of face masks, “How to Safely Wear and Take Off a Face Covering,” on our website. It is important when removing your mask to avoid touching the outside to prevent germ transmission. After removing masks, please either wash  your hands or use hand sanitizer. We would also like to remind parents to wash face masks daily to prevent the spread of germs. 
Covid 19 Vaccine: It is also important to note that Union School District cannot administer vaccinations, mandate vaccinations, or inquire who has or has not been vaccinated.
Student Personal Supplies: If you would like to send your child to school with their own tissues, hand sanitizer (made of at least 60% alcohol), and/or gloves, you are welcome to do so! MUST BE LATEX-FREE GLOVES (ex. Powder-Free Nitrile or Vinyl are acceptable).
 
The School Nurse’s Office remains a “HOT SPOT” for any potential Covid-19 cases. Therefore, we are trying to limit non-emergent visits to the Nurse’s Office in effort to mitigate the potential spread of Covid-19 in our community. This year, we are again permitting and encouraging students to carry their own contact solution, cough drops, and lip balm (roll on or Chapstick type only). Student’s own supplies are not permitted to be shared with other students. 
The following are a few of the CDC Guidelines which Union School District will follow as it pertains to School Health. Parents will be asked to complete a health screening for their children each morning prior to leaving the home. Please follow the “Parent Screening Tool” guidelines. If your child has symptoms, please keep them home from school and follow the recommendations. 

Please do not send your child to school if you have given him/her Tylenol or Motrin to reduce a fever of 100.4 or greater. 

If a student is sent home for school due to symptoms of Covid-19, the student will be isolated in a quarantine room until parent or designated person is able to pick the student up. It is very important to keep the school updated on any changes to phone numbers or alternate contact information. We are asking that you have someone who is able to pick up your child immediately to avoid any potential spread to students and staff. Once you pick them up, please take them directly home. Contact primary care physician for instruction. Students will be required to have a negative Covid PCR test or an excuse from the student’s primary care physician. Follow the same guidelines for return to school that are listed on the “Parent Screening Tool”. Please keep in mind that guidance from the CDC and PA Department of Health may change based on current research and evolving Covid-19 variants. Union School District continues to closely follow their guidance and will update families if any changes occur.
 
If you have any questions, please reach out to the nurse in your child’s building.

Sincerely,
Mary Sweeney, BSN, RN, CSN                         Megan Corle, LPN
Certified School Nurse                                     Sligo Elementary School
Union High School
A Message from the School Nurse for the 2021-2022 School Year

Welcome back! We are really looking forward to welcoming our students back to Union School
District for the 2021-2022 School Year. We hope everyone had a wonderful summer break!
Below are some guidelines from the School Nurse’s Office for the upcoming school year. There
have been some changes in guidance from the Department of Health since last school year.
Covid-19 continues to be in the forefront of health concerns. We are committed to having
another safe and healthy school year and we continue to ask for your help in making it a success!
Asthma and Seasonal Allergies:  Students with asthma and/or seasonal allergies are encouraged
to see their primary care physician or allergist to receive optimum treatment, so as to decrease
confusion of symptoms of Covid-19. Please provide physician documentation of normal
baseline for students with allergies and asthma. Please note, per the PA Department of Health, **
we are unable to administer nebulizer treatments inside of the school building during the
pandemic. Please be sure your child has their Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) for any asthma
treatments during the school day. **
Face Masks:  After review of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and PA
Department of Health recommendations on mask use, Union School District will not require the
use of face masks in the school buildings by students, staff, or visitors. However, if you or your
child feel more comfortable with wearing a mask, it is optional. Optional face mask use also
applies to staff and visitors. We understand that there are different views on the use of face
masks in the community, and we want to assure you that families should feel comfortable in
making the choice that is best for their family. Union School District remains committed to
keeping our students and staff healthy and safe. If face mask guidance changes from the State
level, families will be notified via the One Call system.
Masks on School Buses: Per the current PDE order, face masks are required to be worn on
school buses by all students and drivers. If this order changes prior to the start of the school
year, families will be notified of any changes in guidance.
Please follow the link for guidance of the proper use of face masks, “How to Safely Wear and
Take Off a Face Covering,” on our website. It is important when removing your mask to avoid
touching the outside to prevent germ transmission. After removing masks, please either wash

your hands or use hand sanitizer. We would also like to remind parents to wash face masks
daily to prevent the spread of germs.

Covid 19 Vaccine: It is also important to note that Union School District cannot administer
vaccinations, mandate vaccinations, or inquire who has or has not been vaccinated.

Student Personal Supplies: If you would like to send your child to school with their own
tissues, hand sanitizer (made of at least 60% alcohol), and/or gloves, you are welcome to do
so! MUST BE LATEX-FREE GLOVES (ex. Powder-Free Nitrile or Vinyl are acceptable).

The School Nurse’s Office remains a “HOT SPOT” for any potential Covid-19 cases. Therefore,
we are trying to limit non-emergent visits to the Nurse’s Office in effort to mitigate the potential
spread of Covid-19 in our community. This year, we are again permitting and encouraging
students to carry their own contact solution, cough drops, and lip balm (roll on or Chapstick type
only). Student’s own supplies are not permitted to be shared with other students.

The following are a few of the CDC Guidelines which Union School District will follow as it
pertains to School Health.
Parents will be asked to complete a health screening for their children each morning prior to
leaving the home. Please follow the “Parent Screening Tool” guidelines. If your child has
symptoms, please keep them home from school and follow the recommendations.
Please do not send your child to school if you have given him/her Tylenol or Motrin to reduce a
fever of 100.4 or greater.
If a student is sent home for school due to symptoms of Covid-19, the student will be isolated in
a quarantine room until parent or designated person is able to pick the student up. It is very
important to keep the school updated on any changes to phone numbers or alternate contact
information. We are asking that you have someone who is able to pick up your child
immediately to avoid any potential spread to students and staff. Once you pick them up, please
take them directly home. Contact primary care physician for instruction. Students will be
required to have a negative Covid PCR test or an excuse from the student’s primary care
physician. Follow the same guidelines for return to school that are listed on the “Parent
Screening Tool”.
Please keep in mind that guidance from the CDC and PA Department of Health may change
based on current research and evolving Covid-19 variants. Union School District continues to
closely follow their guidance and will update families if any changes occur.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the nurse in your child’s building.
Sincerely,
Mary Sweeney, BSN, RN, CSN                         Megan Corle, LPN
Certified School Nurse                                     Sligo Elementary School
Union High School
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Download this file (Parent Screening Tool MS 080821.pdf)Parent Screening Tool MS 080821.pdf114 kB08-09-2021 08:49

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