Union-Endicott Central School District News Article

June 1 update

It’s hard to believe today is the first day of June, and summer is just around the corner. 

There are several ways district leaders, faculty and staff are preparing for the end of the school year, with moving up ceremonies for students in grades 5 and 8, the June 9 budget vote, and the much-anticipated high school graduation ceremony. 

  • The moving up ceremonies are being scheduled at each building. Please contact the principal for information, as the dates/times vary based on the child’s school and teacher.
  • As mentioned last week, we are planning to have our high school graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 27, 2020. We have submitted our plan to the State, which includes an “in-person” ceremony on the UEHS field. We must wait for state approval of this ceremony, and we have other options available if needed. We are hopeful the students can come together one last time to celebrate this unprecedented school year.
  • On June 1, in Zoom format, U-E will be presenting the annual Meet the Candidates @ 6 p.m., Budget Hearing @ 6:30 p.m. and Board Meeting @ 7 p.m. If you would like to participate, here is the link.
  • All mailing labels for the ballots were provided by Broome County Board of Elections.  If you received a ballot with incorrect information, please contact the county at 607-778-2172 to make corrections. Also, if you live in the UE school district, are an eligible voter, and have not received your ballot, please email Sue Reif at [email protected].

As we prepare for the upcoming school year, we are pleased the 2020-21 school budget stays within the tax levy limit, preserves programs for students, and prevents layoffs for staff. Due to the financial condition of the state, the governor has mentioned the possibility of "taking away" school funding at four different intervals over the next year. We are hopeful the federal government can provide relief to prevent funding deficits. As of today, we have not been notified that funds have been taken away from U-E's current year's budget or from the budget being presented for the 2020-21 school year.  

Here are this week's updates:

MEALS 

New information:

  • The current schedule for grab and go meals will end on June 30, 2020.
  • A new schedule will be developed for summer, July 1-August 31, with updated times and locations.

Ongoing information:

  • The last Rotary delivery for participating families will be on Friday, June 26.
  • In order to reduce exposure, the "grab and go" will be available only on two days: Mondays and Thursdays. Families who participate will get enough food on Monday to last for Tuesday and Wednesday, and enough food on Thursday to last for Friday.
  • The five meal sites include CFJ, JFS, UEHS, New Life Ministries and West Corners Fire Station from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  
  • All children 18 years of age and younger may receive a complimentary breakfast and lunch. 
  • Children do not need to be present to receive the bags, and families may attend any site (including Vestal or Maine-Endwell) to receive the meals. 

EDUCATION

New information: 

  • Due to the pandemic, the speech screenings for incoming kindergartners will be rescheduled in the summer. 
  • The State has recently announced that all summer school and summer programs will be done remotely.
  • Do you have thoughts for the upcoming school year? Our curriculum directors have developed a quick survey to hear your concerns and solutions for fall 2020.  If you would like to participate, click here: https://forms.gle/gJSWUmXJy57ysdaE6

Ongoing information: 

  • School ends for students on Friday, June 12, 2020.
  • The 2020-21 School Calendar is now available on the main page of the website.
  • Do you need tech support for your child's Chromebook? Please call Service Now at 607-766-3800.
  • As per NYS guidance, we will continue to hold CSE/CPSE meetings and provide teletherapy to students in alignment with their IEPs/504s.
  • We continue to update the resource buttons on the COVID-19 web page for elementary, middle and high school students.

COMMUNICATION

New information:

  • Moving up ceremonies for grades 5 and 8 are being scheduled at this time. Please consult your principal for more information.
  • Additional Community Zoom sessions have been scheduled. 

Ongoing information:

  • The District Office receptionist will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thank you in advance for wearing a mask when you come to the District Office.
  • The district is issuing employment certificates/working papers to qualified students during the school closure. Please email or call the high school principal at 607-427-4340 to set up an appointment.
  • Linda Myers, our district's communications coordinator, would like to give our senior class a "shout out" on U-E's Facebook page. If you have a senior who has committed to a college/university, the military, or a job in the workforce, please email Linda at [email protected]. Email a jpg photo of your senior wearing a shirt or holding a sign that shows his/her future plans. Uncertain? No problem! We will recognize ALL students, as long as you send us a photo.  

QUESTIONS

  • Does your child need Wifi access?  You are welcome to use the district office or high school parking lot to access the district's Wifi service. 
  • Do you need support during this crisis? 
    • Community Connection Center 607-757-2637
    • Crisis Intervention Team 607-778-8982
    • Crisis Center- 607-762-2302
    • Greater Binghamton Health Center (GBHC)
    • Community Treatment & Recovery Center (CTRC) at 607.797.0680
    • Lourdes Center for Family Health at 607.584.4465
    • Family & Children's Society Family Mental Health Clinic at 607.729.6206
    • UHS Outpatient Mental Health Clinic for adults at 607.762.2340
    • Call 211, or contact 211.org - an online local resource directory
    • Broome County Department of Social Services at 607-778-8850
    • Family Services Central Intake at 607-778-2635
    • Samaritan Counseling Center in Endicott at 607-754-2660
    • UHS New Horizons Outpatient for substance use assistance at 762-3288
    • NYS mental health resource at www.Headspace.com/NY 
    • Governor Cuomo has enacted a COVID-19 Helpline for those struggling with the emotional impact of the current crisis. Please call 1-844-863-9314, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.   

Have a wonderful week!   

Nicole Wolfe

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