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Union Public Schools release 2020-21 school plan

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Posted at 2:55 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 15:02:42-04

Union Public Schools released their plan for the 2020-21 school year.

According to an official press release, 67 percent of parents said they preferred their child attends school in person at Union as long as safety measures are in place. The other 31.4 percent of parents said they preferred distance learning.

Two Learning Options

Union parents will pick one of two options: in-person learning or virtual learning at home.

In-person learning (K-12th)
• Teachers will provide face-to-face instruction
• Students will attend class in-person five days a week.
• Schools will be open during regular instructional hours.
• In the event school is cancelled for any period of time, students will be provided instruction through our distance learning plan.
• Specific safety measures are described on P. 8 of this document.

Virtual learning from home
Elementary Schools (PK-5)

  • Learning at home
  • A Union teacher will deliver all instruction remotely and provide support utilizing the Seesaw educational software.
  • A Union teacher will use Union curricular materials and Oklahoma Academic Standards while maintaining the continuity of learning.
  • Virtual learning is a minimum of a one-semester commitment. Once a student begins virtual learning, he/she will remain in virtual learning for the semester. Students will check out the following at each grade level:
    • Pre-K – a device will be provided
    • Kindergarten – 2nd grade – iPad
    • 3rd – 5th grade – laptop

Secondary Students (Grades 6-12)

  • Learning at home
  • Students will receive instruction and coursework through one of our contracted virtual programming and curriculum offerings supported by Union teachers.
  • This program will ensure a student has the credits they need for graduation; however, some class choices may be limited.
  • In-person participation in extracurricular activities (fine arts and athletics) may be available by request. Transportation will not be provided for extracurricular activities.
  • Virtual learning is a minimum of a one-semester commitment. Once a student begins virtual learning, he/she will remain in virtual learning for the semester.
  • The virtual program does not meet NCAA clearinghouse requirements
  • Students will check out a laptop.

Once an option is picked, the student is committed to that option for an entire semester.

Parents must reply with their decision by Monday, July 27 at 5 p.m. Officials said if they do not hear from a parent, the default position will be traditional in-person learning.

How do I select in-person or virtual learning?

In-person learning: No action is required to select in-person learning as it is the default. Student's will automatically be enrolled into in-person learning.

Virtual at home learning: Parents will have to complete this form to request virtual learning for their student.

Should school get cancelled for a certain amount of time, officials said students will receive instruction through their distance learning plan.

First Day of School

The first day of school is moved to Monday, August 24, according to an official release. Moving the first day of school changed the last day of the 2020-21 school year to, May 25, 2021.

Officials said this change will allow them more time to make adjustments. There will no longer being any "Late Start Fridays" for the 2020-21 school year to allow school start times to remain consistent for the entire year.

Students in grades 6-9 have had their start/end time changed slightly. To review your student's start/end time, click here.

Officials said the new plans can change due to the advice from governing health officials.

To view the entire Union Public Schools 2020-21 suggested plan, click here.

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