UNION, NJ – Union schools do not intend to close due to fear of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) unless advised to do so by state officials, said school Superintendent Gregory Tatum in a letter to parents Tuesday morning.

In the letter Tatum said Union’s school administrative team met to develop a plan in the event schools will need to close.  “We will continue to stay abreast of all communication and guidance from county and state departments of education, the CDC and our local health department.”  In the event schools need to close, the letter continued, “it is the directive from the state department of education that districts plan to provide students instruction at home.”

Tatum said if it becomes necessary to close schools, the district will utilize many of the online platforms already in place, such as Apex, iReady, Ed Connect, Razz Kids and Google Classroom, to provide instruction via the internet.  He added there will be paper learning packets available for pick up for students without internet access. “Teachers and related service providers will supply activities to parents to work on with their students at home.”

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Tatum said additional measures were being taken to disinfect schools to prevent the spread of the virus.  He said custodial staff in each building will continue to use the electronic handheld sprayer with disinfectant and sanitizing tablets to disinfect the schools regularly, paying close attention to touch surfaces such as, tables, desks, doorknobs and light switches.

As plans develop, more detailed information will be provided, said Tatum in the letter. Additionally, the district’s food service provider, Pomptonian, has also shared a plan to provide meals to eligible students during potential school closings.

The complete letter is below:

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

The Township of Union Schools’ Administration Team met to develop a plan in the event schools will need to close due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). At this time, the district does not intend to close schools unless advised to do so by state officials. We will continue to stay abreast of all communication and guidance from county and state departments of education, the CDC and our local health department. We will update our community as information becomes available.

In the meantime, please be assured that additional measure to keep our schools disinfected to prevent the spread of the coronavirus have been taken. For one, custodial staff in each building will continue to use the electronic handheld sprayer with disinfectant and sanitizing tablets to disinfect the schools regularly; paying close attention to touch surfaces such as, tables, desks, doorknobs and light switches.

In the event schools need to close, it is the directive from the state department of education that districts plan to provide students instruction at home. If warranted, there may exist the need to close schools for two days for additional cleaning and in preparation for providing students with instruction at home. The district will utilize many of the online platforms that we already have in place, such as, Apex, iReady, Ed Connect, Razz Kids and Google Classroom, to provide instruction via the internet. Likewise, we will have paper learning packets available for pick up for students without internet access. Teachers and related service providers will supply activities to parents to work on with their students at home. As this plan develops more detailed information will be provided.

Additionally, the district’s food service provider, Pomptonian, has also shared a plan to provide meals to eligible students during potential school closings.

As the district is provided with updated information and directives from the state department, all parents will be updated accordingly.

Sincerely,

Gregory Tatum

Superintendent