April 6, 2020 By order of the Governor of the State of New York, school will remain closed until April 29th. Thank you for your cooperation during this period of closure.
April 3, 2020 School lunch and breakfast is going out this morning. Next week, we will make deliveries on Thursday, in observance of Good Friday. Also next week, PK-5 will have additional work mailed home- check your mailboxes by the end of the week. Computers will be delivered next week to those students in grades 6-12 who requested them so that online instruction can begin in earnest the week of 4/13 for those grades. Stay safe and well!
March 27, 2020 School lunch and breakfast went out this morning. Please check your doorsteps if you were not home at time of delivery. Also, MS/HS school instruments that were left behind were also delivered in the hopes that students would want to continue practicing while we are closed. By order of the Governor, the Union Spring Central School District will be closed through April 15, 2020. This is a change in date.
March 20, 2020
Home deliveries of school lunch and breakfast have begun for our students who qualify for our free and reduced lunch program. Please look for the boxes of food at your front door during the morning to early afternoon today. There are perishible items packed in ice!
March 18, 2020
If you are a first responder or an essential healthcare worker, and you need help with childcare so that you may continue to go to work to serve our community during this pandemic, please contact Sheila LaDouce, Principal of Special Programs, at 315-889-4170 and she will work with you to see if we can find a way to help.
March 16, 2020
A reminder that grab-and-go lunches are available at 12pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week at the MS/HS Cafeteria. Home deliveries for those on Free and Reduced Lunch will begin this Friday.
March 14, 2020
Dear Union Springs CSD Community:
By now you are no doubt aware that the world around us is changing rapidly as a result of the Corona Virus. As governments, businesses, sports, and other social groupings curtail events in effort to contain the virus’ spread and reduce the potential for individuals to be exposed, schools have been working diligently with state and local officials to do their part in keeping students and staff safe. Unfortunately, the time has come to close school.
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 through April 13, 2020, the Union Springs Central School District will be closed. We are closing school along with every other school district in the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES. This decision was not made lightly, and we know the impact and hardship this will present for our families and community; however, the risks of this virus to our school and community necessitates closure at this time.
Outlined below is our continuity plan:
Curriculum: On Monday, March 16, 2020, individualized packets of school work and assignments will be mailed out to every student. These assignments have been prepared over the past two weeks by your student’s teacher(s) and are designed to focus on review topics, skill building, and keeping concepts fresh in student’s minds while school is closed. Please look for them in your mailbox in the coming days.
Food Service: We will have a grab and go lunch available at noon each day at the M.S/H.S. for all who need it from Monday 3/16 – Thursday 3/19. At that time, individuals may pick up breakfast for the next morning as well. Starting this coming Friday, we will deliver to the homes of students who qualify for free-and reduced priced meals, their meals for the following week. There will be further communication about the delivery process as we get closer to the end of the week. If you need food assistance during this time period but do not qualify for free and reduced lunch, please reach out to food service at (315) 889-4120 and we will do our best to help.
Outside Groups: Our school buildings and facilities will be closed to all outside groups and individuals during this period of closure; this includes our fitness center. The entire district will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected during this time, and we need to limit individuals in our spaces as we undertake this important work.
Medicine: Your student’s principal and our school nursing staff will be available during the first few days of this week to assist you in picking up any prescription your child may have in school that they might need access to during this closure time period.
Field Trips: All field trips are cancelled; this includes both the senior trip and 8th grade trip to Boston, as well as the theater trip to NYC. Teachers sponsoring these trips will be working with our business office to ensure that refunds are processed, and we will get them out to you in short order. We will do our best to find other ways to celebrate our students and their accomplishments when we return to school.
Support: We understand that this may be a challenging time for our students and some of them may want to speak to a school counselor or require some additional supports to feel successful during this time. We encourage you to reach out to the various schools should this be the case, and our team will do our best to provide the support needed.
We will continue to communicate and provide updates in the days and weeks ahead. The Union Springs Central School District has been in existence to support this community since 1936, and this global pandemic will not stop that from being the case. Our existence is this community and its children, and we are taking this unprecedented action to keep everyone safe. Thank you for your continued support.
Superintendent of Schools
Union Springs Central School District believes that one of the most important ways in which we can help our children perform better in the classroom is to provide them with the nutrition necessary for the healthy growth of their minds and bodies. Therefore, we offer well-balanced healthy meals in our schools every day at a minimal cost.
Keeping Kids Healthy
As we comply with the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, we continue to alter menus so that offerings are lower in sodium content. We have also added items sold ala carte under the Smart Snack Standards. These items are restricted in calories, sugar, fat, and sodium, and they also have higher whole grain content.
A.J. Smith Elementary School (Grades Pre-K-5): $1.75 per meal
Middle & High Schools (Grades 6-12): $1.85 per meal
Reduced: $0.25 per meal
We participate in the National School Breakfast Program.
Breakfast is offered in each school after students arrive
on their regular bus runs – 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the MS/HS
and 8:35 to 8:50 a.m. at A.J. Smith Elementary.
A complete breakfast includes an entree item along with
the choice of fruit or juice and milk. We also offer cold cereals.
Items can still be purchased ala carte.
A.J. Smith Elementary School - $2.35 per meal
Middle & High Schools - $2.45 per meal
Reduced: $0.25 per meal
The district has developed a new policy with regard to students buying or charging lunch. The following procedures shall be in place for the Union Springs Central School District effective July 1, 2017.
1) Only regular meals (those listed on the daily menu) may be charged, excluding ala carte items or additional meals.
2) A student may charge the maximum equivalent of TWO (2) full-priced lunches.
3) Once a student reaches the equivalent cost of two full-priced items, a district-approved alternative meal will be provided to the child until the account is brought up-to-date.
4) The Nutrikids program will be utilized to maintain records for this procedure.
5) The procedure will be communicated t parents and students via district mailings, emals/phone calls to parents, verbal reminders to students (age appropriate).
6) Just a reminder to students on the Free/Reduced Meals program, only one lunch and one breakfast per day are free or reduced. A second lunch, breakfast, or additional items may be purchased at ala carte prices.
7) Free/reduced prices only apply to full meals. If your child only wants milk, they will be charged 60 cents.
My School Bucks:
In addition to purchasing food with cash each day, students can use a pre-pay system called My School Bucks, which eliminates the need for carrying money. The online payment service provides a quick and easy way to add money to your student’s meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check. *Please note, the system DOES NOT disclose whether or not a student receives free or reduced price meals.
Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com to create an account. Upon signing in, parents can see the entire history, including all transactions made by the student. You can also check balances and set up low balances alerts with an online account. For questions about this system, or to find out your child’s balance at any time, call the cafeteria office at (315) 889-4120.
These accounts are pre-pay accounts (debit), not charge accounts. You may add money to your child’s account online anytime at myschoolbucks.com, or you can add money to your child’s account by sending a check to the Union Springs School Lunch Program. Please remember to keep your child's account current.
Due to problems with accumulated charges and lack of payment, we now require that students pay when purchasing food, either with cash or with money already in their My School Bucks account. A STUDENT MAY ONLY CHARGE TWO TIMES AFTER THEY REACH A ZERO BALANCE, and after that, they will be provided with a district approved alternative meal until the account is brought up-to-date.
Free or reduced price meals are available to families who meet certain federal requirements in accordance with the National School Lunch Program, which is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to students. Our district sent letters out to families that qualify in the beginning of the school year. If you have not yet applied for your child to receive free or reduced price meals at school, or your child’s eligibility has change, it is not too late. You may apply at any time during the school year.
Free or reduced price meals are available to eligible children, including:
Children living in households with a gross income that falls within the free or reduced price limits of the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines (refer to the chart in the Downloads section of this page)
Children living in households that receive benefits from SNAP, FDPIR, or TANF
Children living in households with a family member on Medicaid
Children in households participating in WIC (may be eligible)
Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court
Homeless, runaway, and migrant children
Once your children are approved for free or reduced price meals status, they are approved for one free breakfast and one free lunch each day for the remainder of the school year, even if your income increases.
Reduced price meals are $0.25 for breakfast and $0.25 for lunch. The amount each household can save adds up over time. For example:
Breakfast prepared at home:
Cereal w/ Milk = $0.35 to $0.70/day x 5 days = $3.50 to $7.00 per child/week
Reduced price breakfast at school:
At least 3 out of 5 items to make a meal* = $0.25/day x 5 days = $1.25 per child/week
Savings = $2.25 to $5.75 per child/week
Lunch from home:
PB&J Sandwich, Juice Box & Chips = $1.14/day x 5 days = $5.70 per child/week
Reduced price lunch at school:
At least 3 out of 5 items to make a meal* = $0.25/day x 5 days = $1.25 per child/week
Savings = $4.45 per child/week
*At both breakfast and lunch, children must take at least 3 out of 5 menu items to make a meal, and at least 1 item needs to be a fruit or vegetable. Anything outside of these guidelines will be charged a la carte pricing. Children are able to take breakfast meals to their classrooms to finish.
It is important to note that children’s eligibility for free or reduced price meals can change during the school year. Even if they did not qualify at the beginning of the school year, it is possible that they may qualify now. For example, should you become unemployed, have a decrease in household income, or an increase in family size during the school year, your child may become eligible, and you may request and complete an application at that time.
Please also keep in mind that a child’s address will dictate the household (composition) status, and it is possible for one child living with one parent to be eligible for free or reduced price meals while a sibling living with the other parent has to pay for meals.
To apply for free or reduced price meals for your children, you may submit an Eligibility Letter for Free Meals received from the NYS Department of Social Services, OR carefully complete one application for your household and return it to your child’s school. Applications are available to download below, or in the main office of your child's school. You only need to submit one application for all children in your household, but applications need to be submitted every school year, regardless of approval in prior years. If you would like to avoid incurring any meal costs, it is important to submit applications no later than the end of September of each school year.
If you now receive food stamps, and/or Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) for any children, the application must include the children's names, the household food stamp ADC/TANF number and the signature of an adult household member. All children with the same case number may be listed on the same application. Separate applications are required for children with separate case numbers. If you do not list a food stamp, ADC or TANF number for all the children you are applying for, the application must include the names of everyone in the household, the amount of income each household member got last month and where it comes from, and the signature of an adult household member and that adult's social security number. An application, which is not complete, may not be approved.
If you have any questions regarding eligibility for free or reduced price meals, or if you would like help filling out an application, please contact Food Services Manager, Kathy Smith at (315) 889-4120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.