UNION, NJ – In a message to high school students and parents, Union High School Interim Principal Mark Hoyt said while he understands and agrees with the governor’s decision to close schools for the remainder of the school year, it complicates the schooling process as the district begins to conclude the current school year and prepare for the next one.

Hoyt said the district is in the process of forming advisory committees that will decide, in conjunction with the central office and state and local health departments, how to accommodate students and staff in retrieving belongings from the school and the return of instructional materials and Chromebooks.

Hoyt asked students to continue to participate in the distance learning protocols and take an active role in their education. “Reach out to your teachers, counselors, case managers and administrators should you have any issues, questions, or concerns,” said Hoyt.  “Please know that we will all continue to be here for you.”

For the parents and students of the Class of 2020, Hoyt said they are continuing to work on contingency plans for a graduation ceremony and senior prom.  He said more information from the Governor is expected in the coming weeks regarding what types of ceremonies and events will be permitted. “The Senior Class Advisors and administration are working tirelessly to plan events that recognize your amazing accomplishments and celebrate your completion of your Township of Union Public Schools education.”