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November 21, 2020
Dear Union Springs CSD families:
This afternoon we learned that one of our teachers at AJ Smith, is subject to a mandatory quarantine as a result of contact tracing, due to their interactions outside of school with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.  The Cayuga County Department of Health will be supporting this teacher in the coming days, and unless this individual tests positive themselves, the Cayuga County Health Department protocol states that additional contract tracing at school is not necessary at this time.
The Cayuga County Health Department determines if contact tracing, and/or quarantining is warranted.  Our district’s obligation to our school community is to support contact tracing by providing information if requested by the health department.
I share this information in an effort to be transparent regarding COVID-19 and its impact on our schools. We will continue to clean and disinfect our buildings, and encourage all of our students to continue to wear face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained. 
If you have any questions regarding our COVID-19 procedures, please check our website under the Reopening Plans and Updates & COVID Protocol Information header. Thank you for your continued support as we work to keep our school open and our students safe.
 
Sincerely,
                                                  Jarett Powers                                                 




Date: November 21, 2020
 
Subject: COVID-19 Positive Test Results
 
Dear Union Springs Central School District Community:
 
The Union Springs Central School District received notification on November 21, 2020 of a positive COVID-19 test result for three students in remote learning and for one student at the high school. As a result, the individuals who tested positive have been placed in mandatory isolation by the Cayuga County Health Department (CCHD).  The remote students are not, and have not been, in regular attendance to school. The high school student’s last date of attendance was November 16, 2020. 
 
Additionally, we received word this morning that one of our middle school students has been placed in quarantine
due to their interactions outside of school with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.  The Cayuga County Department of Health will be supporting this student in the coming days, and unless this individual tests positive themselves, the Cayuga County Health Department protocol states that additional contract tracing at school is not necessary at this time.
 
The CCHD will work with the school to investigate the situation and determine who may have had contact with the confirmed positive cases. The school district is assisting the health department in the contact tracing process by providing the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any person who may have had contact. Based on this information, it will be determined as to which individuals need to be placed in to mandatory quarantine. The Cayuga County Health Department will communicate with those individuals directly. Union Springs Central School District will continue to communicate with state and local health departments.

 
Symptoms of COVID-19 include one or more of the following below:
  • fever or chills
  • scratchy or sore throat
  • headache
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • muscle or body aches
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, stay home from work or school and contact your healthcare provider.  Please be safe during the Thanksgiving Holiday break. 

Sincerely, 
Jarett Powers 
Superintendent 
   
                                                 


Date: November 19, 2020
 
Subject: COVID-19 Positive Test Result
 
Dear Union Springs Central School District Community:
 
The Union Springs Central School District received notification on November 19, 2020, of a positive COVID-19 test result for a teacher at the Union Springs Middle School. As a result, the individual who tested positive has been placed in mandatory isolation by the Cayuga County Health Department (CCHD).  The teacher was last in attendance on November 13, 2020.
 
The CCHD will work with the school to investigate the situation and determine who may have had contact with the confirmed positive case. The school district is assisting the health department in the contact tracing process by providing the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any person who may have had contact. Based on this information, it will be determined as to which individuals need to be placed in to mandatory quarantine. The Cayuga County Health Department will communicate with those individuals directly. Union Springs Central School District will continue to communicate with state and local health departments.
 
Symptoms of COVID-19 include one or more of the following below:
 
 
  • fever or chills
  • scratchy or sore throat
  • headache
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • muscle or body aches
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea
 
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, stay home from work or school and contact your healthcare provider.  

Sincerely, 
Jarett Powers
Superintendent of Schools



November 18, 2020
Dear Union Springs CSD Families:
Today we learned that one of our students at the high school and three of our remote students (one at the elementary, middle, and high school) are subject to a mandatory quarantine as a result of contact tracing, due to their interactions outside of school with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.  The Cayuga County Department of Health will be supporting these students in the coming days, and unless these individuals tests positive themselves, the Cayuga County Health Department protocol states that additional contact tracing at school is not necessary at this time.

The Cayuga County Health Department determines if contact tracing, and/or quarantining is warranted.  Our district’s obligation to our school community is to support contact tracing by providing information if requested by the health department.

I share this information in an effort to be transparent regarding COVID-19 and its impact on our schools. We will continue to clean and disinfect our buildings, and encourage all of our students to continue to wear face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained. 

If you have any questions regarding our COVID-19 procedures, please check our website under the Reopening Plans and Updates & COVID Protocol Information header. Thank you for your continued support as we work to keep our school open and our students safe.
 
Sincerely,
                                                           Jarett Powers                                                         
Superintendent




Date: November 18, 2020
 
Subject: COVID-19 Positive Test Result
 
Dear Union Springs Central School District Community:
 
The Union Springs Central School District received notification on November 18, 2020 of a positive COVID-19 test result for a student at The Union Springs Middle School. As a result, the individual who tested positive has been placed in mandatory isolation by the Cayuga County Health Department (CCHD).  The student was last in attendance on November 16, 2020.
 
The CCHD will work with the school to investigate the situation and determine who may have had contact with the confirmed positive case. The school district is assisting the health department in the contact tracing process by providing the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any person who may have had contact. Based on this information, it will be determined as to which individuals need to be placed in to mandatory quarantine. The Cayuga County Health Department will communicate with those individuals directly. Union Springs Central School District will continue to communicate with state and local health departments.
 
Symptoms of COVID-19 include one or more of the following below:
 
 
  • fever or chills
  • scratchy or sore throat
  • headache
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • muscle or body aches
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea
 
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, stay home from work or school and contact your healthcare provider. 
 
Sincerely, 
Jarett Powers
Superintendent of Schools 
 
          
                                                  

 

Monday, 11/16: Pre-K (A Group), K-5 (All Students), 6-12 (B Group)

Tuesday, 11/17: Pre-K (A Group), K-5 (All Students), 6-12 (A Group)

Wednesday, 11/18: No Pre-K, K-5 (All Students), 6-12 (B Group)


Thursday, 11/19: Pre- K (B Group), K-5 (All Students), 6-12 (A Group) 

Friday, 11/20: Pre- K (B Group), K-5 (All Students), 6-12 (B Group) 

 

FOOD SERVICES UPDATE
 
Meals for all Union Springs CSD students will be free throughout the 20-21 school year after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that schools can continue their free summer meals program. That means children attending Union Springs CSD will continue to have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The move was made possible by Federal funds.

In addition to free breakfast and lunch for students in attendance at AJ Smith Elementary, Union Springs Middle School, and Union Springs High School, breakfast and lunch meals will be available to any remote learning student in the Union Springs Central School District who wants it.  This includes our students in grades 6-12 who attend school in person every other day.


To schedule meals, please contact Kathy Smith, the district Food Services Director at 315-889-4120
 


MS/HS A/B DAY MONTHLY CALENDAR

To view our full MS/HS A/B Day Monthly Calendar, please click here!

 

We need substitute teachers. If you are interested in becoming one to support students, please contact Valerie Castiglia at vcastiglia@unionspringscsd.org or 315-889-4100. Thank you!

At this time, any new elementary entrants to our district will be assigned to remote learning until space opens for additional in-person classroom instruction. The secondary grades have very few in-person spaces available, and new entrants may be assigned to remote learning as well. We have tried our best to meet everyone's requests for both in-person and remote learning, but we simply do not have the flexibility to keep up with an influx of new students who are now requesting in-person instruction.

October 1, 2020: The New York State Department of Health has released its updated Pre-K-12 COVID-19 Toolkit. To access this resource, please click here!
 
Date: April 6, 2020

Mr. Gaffney has been working on a PE page. The purpose of this page is to keep students active and involved during this time. Please visit: https://sites.google.com/unionspringscsd.org/peonlineunionspring/home.





Date: 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.

Sincerely,
Jarett Powers
Superintendent of Schools



Date: March 9, 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The Union Springs Central School District is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus and is taking preventative measures to help control its potential spread in our region.  The safety of our students is our number one priority and we are actively working with state and local agencies to have the most current information regarding this virus and steps we can take to mitigate student exposure.  We have hired on substitute cleaning staff and are adding additional cleaning and disinfecting procedures to our daily maintenance schedule. 

Like the flu or common cold, symptoms of the coronavirus can include fever, cough, trouble breathing and shortness of breath. There are no current vaccines to protect against the virus, however there are preventative measures students, staff and family members can take to help minimize its potential spread. These include:
 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Stay home when you are sick;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash;
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
 
While the district hopes the virus doesn’t make its way to our region, we are aware of the potential risks, will continue to monitor the situation, and will take the necessary preventative steps to ensure the safety and health of our students. We are continuously evaluating planned field trips and other extra-curricular activities during this time.  We will be in touch regarding the plans for these events as the situation warrants.  We thank you for your cooperation and patience as we navigate through this virus and its potential disruption to our educational environment.

Sincerely, ­­
 
Jarett S. Powers, Ed.D.
 
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