Union-Endicott Central School District News Article

June 8 update

Union-Endicott Community,

On behalf of the school district, I would like to acknowledge the peaceful protests taking place across the nation. These protests are a powerful reminder of the important work we have to do as a society to create a better and more inclusive world for all children and families. Our district’s first priority is to keep students safe, both physically and emotionally. If students were attending school, our faculty and staff would be engaging in conversations to help them process the events occurring, but we realize the current circumstances are challenging for parents who are working and supporting children at home. I have included a list of resources we have compiled to help you and support you in talking with your children about protests, racism and violence. However, if your child needs additional assistance and would like someone to talk to, please contact your child’s teacher, principal or email me directly at [email protected]. In addition, we are planning community zoom sessions focused on the topic of racial justice. Please feel free to join these conversations!

            Talking to Kids About Fear and Violence 

            Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event 

            Talking to Your Children About Racism

            Strategies for Supporting Students During Times of Stress

Here are this week's updates, including an important technology update under the education heading. 

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 and Saturday.
  • 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: 

  • Union-Endicott parents and guardians of K-11 students: To close the 2019-2020 School Year, we need to verify that your student has their district-issued Chromebook and charger.  You will receive an email invitation from Shannon Gillette, the district tech director, requesting that you “accept our invitation to use FamilyID to register” your student (one invitation and registration per student) for Chromebook Verification. If you did not accept a district-issued Chromebook, you can indicate this on the form.  Please follow the email directions to complete the registration.  If you do not receive an email, please check your SPAM or JUNK email folders.  If you cannot find it there, please contact Shannon Gillette at [email protected] for assistance.   Note: This fall, you will receive another invitation to again register that you have the Chromebook and charger before the 2020-2021 school year starts.    
  • The State has announced all summer school and summer programs will be done remotely.  Therefore, we are in the process of preparing remote summer learning opportunities.

Ongoing information: 

  • School ends for students on Friday, June 12, 2020.
  • Due to the pandemic, the speech screenings for incoming kindergartners will be rescheduled in the summer. 
  • The 2020-21 School Calendar is now available on the main page of the website.
  • 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
  • Do you need tech support for your child's Chromebook? Please call Service Now at 607-766-3800.
  • 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:

  • Additional Community Zoom sessions have been scheduled. Click here.

Ongoing information:

  • Moving up ceremonies for grades 5 and 8 are being scheduled at this time. Please consult your principal for more 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.   

Sincerely,

Nicole Wolfe

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