UNION, NJ – Union’s superintendent of schools will recommend to the Board of Education at their next meeting to conclude the school year on Thursday, June 18, four days ahead of schedule by using the four remaining snow days.

In a letter to the community on Friday, Superintendent Gregory Tatum said he will make the recommendation at the Board’s May 19 meeting.

In the letter Tatum also said remote learning will continue for the remainder of the school year and the following grading procedures will become effective immediately:  All students in grades K-8 will be assessed on either meeting grade level standards or needing improvement. The final grade for the year will be the accumulated grade attained during marking periods one through three. In grades 9-12, all final exams are cancelled. The fourth marking period grades will therefore be the average of all work completed. Final grades will be the accumulation of all four marking periods and midterm exams.

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Tatum added the district will await guidelines from the state and CDC in order to structure schools to comply with their recommendations. “Currently, committees are being formed to assist in facilitating the closing out procedures for this school year and plans for reopening when the governor permits,” he said.

Lastly, Tatum said, “as plans are developed to celebrate our students, who would’ve otherwise had promotional ceremonies, I ask that students and parents await further details, we will update you when plans are finalized.”