Union School Corporation

COVID-19

Update: 5/8/2020

After meeting with local superintendents and the Randolph County Health Department this week, we are ready to make an announcement about prom and graduation.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to have a prom this year. This was a very difficult decision to make as we know how valuable these milestones are to students. In the end, we felt our students’ health was of the utmost importance.

We are rescheduling graduation for Friday, July 17 at 7:00 in the Union High School gym. Due to the fluid situation that COVID-19 has placed us in, we will need to wait until closer to the date of graduation to provide pertinent details about this ceremony. There is a very good chance that this ceremony may be different from years past in order to adhere to the state and county’s social distancing measures. This may include less speakers, limited attendance, etc. as of right now, we plan on having an in-person graduation ceremony with some live streaming options. Those details will be released once we feel firm plans can be set.

On Thursday, May 14th, Union volunteers will be distributing yard signs to our graduating seniors. We will also be displaying yard signs in the front of the school corporation to celebrate our seniors’ accomplishments.

We know these changes are not ideal but we feel this is a valuable alternative to having a virtual graduation ceremony. As always...stay safe and stay healthy. 
 
Update: 4/2/2020
In light of the State of Indiana’s decision to close schools for the remainder of the year, Union has decided to expand from our original distance learning plan through the end of what would have been this school year. Union will continue with our home meal deliveries to K-12 students on Thursdays through May 21. On Thursday, April 9, along with our meal deliveries, Union will deliver classwork for students just like we did prior to spring break. The work that will be delivered will be enough work to extend us through the rest of the school year. When Union delivers food on Thursday, May 14, we will also need to pick up your child’s completed work so teachers can review the materials. This pick-up will be for all of the work sent home since our school has been closed.
 
In order to check in on our students, we will be setting up a schedule for video conferencing.
Elementary students will video conference on the following days/times:

On Mondays our schedule will be as follows:
Kindergarten from 10-11
1st grade from 11-12
2nd grade from 12-1.
On Wednesdays, the following schedule will be used:
3rd grade 10-11
4th grade 11-12
5th grade 12-1
6th grade 1-2.

This will continue through Wednesday, May 20.

Junior/Senior High Students will video conference on the following dates/times:

April 6, 20, May 4, and 18
1st Period 9:00-9:30
2nd Period 9:30-10:00
3rd Period 10:00-10:30
4th Period 10:30-11:00

April 13, 27, & May 11
5th Period 9:00-9:30
6th Period 9:30-10:00
7th Period 10:00-10:30.

A link to these video conferences will be posted on D2L, (learning.k12.com) which is the typical ELearning platform we use. We also encourage our students to check D2L and/or email weekly as teachers may be trying to connect with you.

We will be working on a plan to discuss how funds raised for the 6th grade class trip will be used in the future for those students. We will also be working on plans to have a prom and graduation later in the calendar year, once the timing is appropriate. We will share that information as it becomes available.

Seniors...after I get some clarifying answers to some of my questions, we'll reach out to you as a group to share details about credits and qualifying for graduation.

For now, stay safe and stay healthy. We’re here to help. If you need us just reach out. 
 
Update: 3/24/2020
Starting this Thursday, Union will be initiating a weekly home delivery of lunch and breakfast that will replace our grab and go lunch option in the front parking lot. Our plan is to gather our bus drivers and run routes just like we did when passing out our distance learning packets. We anticipate these routes to begin between 10:00 and 10:30 and may last up to 2 hours to complete. We will only be running these routes on Thursdays but will be delivering 5 days worth of food or 10 meals in total, per person who is 18 and under in your home. Our secretaries have compiled a list of family members that meet the age requirement for each household in our district of students currently attending the brick and mortar school. This does include students who live out of district. Our volunteers will be ringing your doorbell or knocking on your door and dropping off the food on your door step to help continue our efforts of social distancing. It is important that you get the food and place in a refrigerator in a timely manner since these are perishable items. For those of you who are not interested in receiving such food items, please visit our school website (www.usc.k12.in.us) and fill out the survey attached at the top of the main page. This survey is only for individuals who do not want the food. If you’re wanting to receive the food there’s nothing you must do at this time except wait for the delivery. A sample picture of what the food bags will look like can be seen on our Facebook post.
 
Many of you have been asking how we will be handling the extension of our distance learning days. We plan on releasing those details to you in the next few weeks. Since students were given materials that would last until April 10, I would anticipate releasing more information to you early in the week of April 6.
 
Due to Governor Holcomb’s stay at home mandate, the school building is operating with very minimal staff. In an effort to be more efficient with our communication, I’m asking that you email our faculty and or staff if you have questions rather than calling in to the offices.
 
Update: 3/23/2020 
Please complete the technology survey at usc.k12.in.us/survey.aspx.
 
We are planning on delivering meals Thursday, March 26th. If you would like to opt-out please let us know at usc.k12.in.us/lunch.aspx  
 
Update: 3/19/2020
For those of you who did not view Governor Holcomb's press conference:

All schools will be closed until May 1, 2020 but this could be extended to the end of the semester.

All Indiana student assessments(IREAD-3, ILEARN, ISTEP-10, etc.) for 2020 have been cancelled.

The Indiana Department of Education will be sending out new guidelines and information pertaining to seniors and graduation requirements. This information will be relayed to parents from the district upon receiving it.

Union will be continuing to follow our original plan that would provide education until April 13. Now that the Governor is extending school closures until May 1, we will expand that plan to address the educational needs of our students to fit that new time frame. Union administrators will be meeting early next week to complete this long-term plan. We will communicate that plan to you as soon as it is ready. I would anticipate our school delivering more resources and assignments to families in a similar fashion to how we did earlier this week.

In the meantime, care for your families, practice social distancing, stay safe, and stay healthy.
 
  
3/13/2020 
Union School Corporation will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 and students will return no sooner than April 13, 2020. All Co-Curricular and Extra-Curricular activities, including practices, are cancelled through at least Monday, April 13, 2020. Union Students will participate in E-Learning days on the following dates:

Wednesday, March 18
Friday, March 20
Monday, April 6
Wednesday, April 8
Friday, April 10