Union-Endicott Central School District News Article

May 18 update

Union-Endicott Community,

This year’s school budget vote will be held on June 9 via absentee ballot ONLY. District residents who are registered voters will be mailed absentee ballots with postage-paid, return envelopes by the end of May. Each ballot should be completed and mailed back individually, in the return envelope, to the district office by 5 p.m. on June 9. If you have a qualified voter in the household and do not receive the absentee ballot by the end of May, please contact Sue Reif, District Clerk, at [email protected]. A qualified voter is a citizen of the United States, 18 years of age, and has resided in the District for a period of 30 days prior to June 9, 2020. In addition, if you reside in Endicott, do not work for the U-E school district, and would like to help count ballots on June 9 at 4:30 p.m., please contact Sue Reif at the email address above.

Our team has been working on options for year-end celebrations such as moving up ceremonies, senior night, graduation, athletic spring senior night, and other events that typically happen in June. In addition, we are developing a schedule for students to get their belongings when the instructional year has finished. We are still waiting to hear on the official date for the last day of school, and we hope to have more information coming soon! Thank you for your patience as we work on ending the school year in a way that respects social distancing practices while bringing students and staff together to say good-bye before the start of summer.

Here are this week's updates:

MEALS 

New information:

  • Thank you to Fidelis Care for the generous donation of gift cards to BOCES Rock on Café. These Walmart gift cards will assist many of the families in our community!   
  • A shout out to the U-E faculty and staff members, Endicott families and local organizations in our community who have donated to Endicott Rotary to support Friday food boxes.  Your donations provide food to 77 families each week.  Thank you for your kindness and support!

Ongoing information: 

  • The meals provided on Thursdays (for Thursday and Friday) will now include a Saturday breakfast and lunch. 
  • 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: 

  • There will be no instruction provided on Monday, May 25, as it’s a legal holiday. Happy Memorial Day!
  • The 2020-21 School Calendar is now available on the main page of the website.

Ongoing information: 

  • Do you need tech support for your child's Chromebook? Please call Service Now at 607-766-3800.
  • The fourth quarter grading plans are now available. If you have not received a copy, please contact your building principal.
  • The New York State Education Department has announced the NYS August Regents exams have been canceled for this year.
  • 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:

  • The District Office receptionist will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m.  – 1 p.m. (with the exception of legal holidays) starting Monday, May 18. The front doors of the building will be open during that time, with a safety glass partition provided for your protection. Thank you in advance for wearing a mask when you come to the District Office.
  • The athletic director, Ryan Hallenbeck, is developing an online fall sports interest form. This usually takes place in May, in the form of meetings with coaches to see who is interested in participating in fall sports. Once the online link is ready, I will notify parents and athletes of the location to complete the form.
  • Additional Community Zoom sessions have been scheduled.  

Ongoing information:

  • We have posted scholarship information on our website. Go to high school - guidance - scholarships to find the applications and information.
  • 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, and stay safe!

Nicole Wolfe

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