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January 21, 2021

Dear Union Springs CSD families:

We learned that five of our students at Union Springs Middle School, 1 student at the High School, 3 middle school staff members, and 1 AJ Smith staff member, are subject to a mandatory quarantine as a result of contact tracing, due to their interactions outside of school with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.  The Cayuga County Department of Health will be supporting these students and staff members in the coming days, and unless these individuals test 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.  Please do not come to school if you are experiencing any symptoms.

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 schools open and our students safe.
                                                                                                        Jarett Powers                                                                                                        

January 15, 2021

Dear Union Springs CSD Families:

This week 5 students tested positive for the corona virus (4 at the HS, and 1 at the Middle School).  Additionally, 13 students were quarantined as a result of their contact with individuals outside of school who tested positive for the Corona virus (3 at the HS, 2 at the Middle School, and 8 at AJ Smith).  The Cayuga County Health Department has cleared our return to in-person instruction for next week.  We will resume in-person instruction on January 20, 2021.  For our secondary students, January 20th is a B-Day.  

I want to thank all of you for your support, help, and cooperation.  These past few weeks have been difficult for so many folks and your efforts to keep our students engaged in their studies has not gone unnoticed.  Please continue to follow public health guidelines in the days and weeks to come.  We know that our return to in-person instruction will mean the return of contact tracing and quarantines; please help us stay open by having your student stay home if they are experiencing any symptoms. We look forward to seeing our students next week! Thank you again! 

Jarett Powers
Superintendent of Schools

Monday, 1/18: Closed - Martin Luther King Day
Tuesday, 1/19: The Union Springs CSD is REMOTE
Wednesday, 1/20: No Pre-K, K-5, 6-12, B Group- In-Person
Thursday, 1/21: Pre-K B Group, K-5, 6-12, A Group
Friday, 1/22: Pre-K B Group, K-5, 6-12 B Group


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

We need substitute cleaners! If you are interested, please contact Valerie Castiglia at or 315-889-4100

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.

Dear AJ Smith Families,

Now that we are a week into a formal digital learning plan, for grades 3-5 only, and everyone has had an opportunity to sign on to their classes, access the assignments, and interact with their teachers, I want to send along some reminders regarding expectations for behavior while learning in a digital landscape.

First, to all of our parents, guardians, families, students and school staff, thank you for all that you are doing. As a parent and your child’s principal, I know and appreciate that this is easy for no one. What you are all doing to ensure that learning continues is impressive and I grow more proud of this community every day.

Your zoom meetings, google meets, google classes and other platforms are to be viewed through the same lens as your classroom at A J Smith. Expectations for student behavior regarding use of technology, both software and hardware, still applies as do expectations regarding how students interact with each other and their teachers. I applaud our students in how they are handling this situation as we all navigate teaching and learning remotely via digital resources. When students sign on to their digital “classrooms” they must treat both the learning environment, as well as those participating in the class with respect. Meaning, profanity, harassment, bullying or other disrespectful behaviors will not be tolerated. Everyone deserves a safe place to attend school, no matter whether that is in the school building or through a device. During this period of remote, digital learning please remember that the code of conduct applies (this document can be found on the school website if you do not have a hardcopy at home)  A few key points from the code of conduct to remember

  1. Students have the right and responsibility:
    • To respect and protect the privacy of others and to have their privacy respected.
    • To respect and protect the integrity, availability, and security of all electronic devices.
    • To respect and practice the principles of the USCSD community.
    • To respect and practice the principles of the global community.
  2. All have a right to learn in a safe, inclusive environment free of emotional, physical, or cyber bullying, harassment or bias.
  3. All have a responsibility to contribute to ensuring the school environment is conducive for learning and is a place that feels safe and respectful for all.  

Students, your teachers and parents/guardians are working beyond anything they have ever done to ensure that you have a safe and consistent way to continue your education during this period of school closure. It is imperative that you show them the respect they deserve by doing your absolute best during this very tumultuous time and refrain from any behaviors that are not condoned at the middle school or school district as a whole. If you need any additional support, please reach out to your teacher, myself, Miss Russell or Mrs. McCadden. We welcome the opportunity to connect with our students and families. Stay safe and healthy. We miss you!


Sheila LaDouce
Principal of Special Programs




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Dr. Jarett S. Powers, Superintendent
239 Cayuga Street
Union Springs, New York 13160
Phone: 315 889-4101
Fax: 315 889-4108

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