Union-Endicott Central School District News Article

Schools to remain closed the rest of the year

Union-Endicott Community,

This morning, Governor Cuomo announced that schools would be closed “for the remainder of this academic school year.” Our teachers will continue to provide remote instruction, with an official ending date to be announced in the near future. In addition, the Governor mentioned a “summer school decision will be made by the end of May.” For U-E, this would include the regional summer school for high school students who may need course credit, and the summer enrichment program for all students.
 
As per state and local guidance, we are working on options for year-end celebrations, prom, and graduation; and we are developing reopening plans for the time when students are able to return to school. In the fall, it is our intention that the vast majority of our students will move to the next grade level, with very few exceptions. When we return to school, we will look at opportunities for additional curriculum review. I realize this is an extremely emotional time and a great disappointment to many of us who wanted to end the school year together, but we will be here to support our community during this difficult time.  We are U-E… Tiger Tough and Tiger Strong!

Below are the fourth quarter learning/grading plans for elementary and secondary students. These plans are meant to reduce stress for students, parents and teachers, as the workload has been reduced to a few major concepts, with the understanding that teachers should not feel the need to cover everything they would have taught in their classroom. We believe that no student should fail school due to remote learning during a pandemic, and these plans do not have an adverse impact on students’ grades.  

Here are additional updates:
MEALS  
New information:
• No new information at this time. 

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:
• The fourth quarter grading plans:
   Elementary Remote Learning Plan - 4th quarter
   Secondary Remote Learning Plan - 4th quarter 
• The New York State Education Department has announced the NYS August Regents exams have been canceled for this year. 

Ongoing information:  
• As per NYS guidance, we will continue to hold CSE/CPSE meetings and provide teletherapy to students in alignment with their IEPs/504s.
• The June Regents exams have been canceled for this year. Please visit the New York State Education Department's website for additional information. Click here
• We continue to update the resource buttons on the COVID-19 web page for elementary, middle and high school students.

COMMUNICATION
New information:
• The NYS 2020 Spring State Championship events have been canceled.

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? 
o Community Connection Center 607-757-2637
o Crisis Intervention Team 607-778-8982
o Crisis Center- 607-762-2302
o Greater Binghamton Health Center (GBHC)
o Community Treatment & Recovery Center (CTRC) at 607.797.0680
o Lourdes Center for Family Health at 607.584.4465
o Family & Children's Society Family Mental Health Clinic at 607.729.6206
o UHS Outpatient Mental Health Clinic for adults at 607.762.2340
o Call 211, or contact 211.org - an online local resource directory
o Broome County Department of Social Services at 607-778-8850
o Family Services Central Intake at 607-778-2635
o Samaritan Counseling Center in Endicott at 607-754-2660
o UHS New Horizons Outpatient for substance use assistance at 762-3288
o NYS mental health resource at www.Headspace.com/NY
o 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.

Sincerely,
Nicole Wolfe

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