Township of Union Public Schools

Please Note: 
The following instructional learning plan is a working document. It will be updated as necessary.
 
 
 
Township of Union Preparedness Plan

Township of Union Preparedness Plantitle

District Overview

 
District Overview:
This plan outlines how the Township of Union Public School District will provide meaningful learning experiences through remote learning for all of our students, in the event that conditions related to COVID-19 compel the closing of our schools.
 
The primary function of the Township of Union Public School District is to provide a quality learning experience for our students. During a school closure, the district is preparing to work remotely to maintain our operations as smoothly as possible.
 
Our major priority is to ensure that we continue to provide our students with a excellent education by providing flexible and up-to-date assignments for all students.  Therefore, students were surveyed on their access  to technology and to the Internet. Students that did not have on-line access were provided books, worksheet packets, and activities.  Chrome books were distributed, and Internet options made available.  
 

Remote Learning Expectations

Remote/Online Learning  Expectations Updated 04/05/2020 
 
Students will complete assignments and adhere to all due dates set by the teacher(s), principal, supervisors, directors. Parents and students can communicate with teachers regarding assignments via teacher email, Google Classroom, and/or Classroom Dojo, as provided by students’ teacher(s), school administration, department supervisors, and department director.  
 
Students:
  • Access your lessons and assignments via packets and/or online learning  
  • Complete your lessons activities directed by teacher(s)
  • Contact your teacher(s) via their email address, google classroom, and/or classroom dojo if you have questions or concerns about your remote/online lesson activities. 
Preschool:
  • Teachers will assign activities for daily remote learning. 
  • Teachers will communicate children’s remote learning activities to parents/families via email, real-time access to parents via email, DOJO, RemindApp, and/or ClassTag.                                                        
  • Upon parents/families request, teachers will provide additional learning activities. 
 
Students in Grades K-2:
 
Kindergarten: 
 
20 minutes lessons per day for the following areas: 
ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science, *(grade level teachers can work in collaboration to support students’ learning in these academic areas)*: daily
Library/pleasure reading, Art, Music, World Language, and Physical Education/Health: once a week
 
 
First and Second Grade: 
 
30 minutes lessons per day for the following areas: 
ELA, Math, Social Studies, and Science *(grade level teachers can work in collaboration to support students’ learning in these academic areas)*
Library/pleasure reading, Art, Music, World Language, and Physical Education/Health: once a week
 
Students in Grades 3-12:
 
Students in grades 3-12 will follow an Odd/Even schedule 
Students will have specific subjects on specific days, determined by the day of the week. For these particular grade levels, please check your school’s website for specific  information and clarification. You can also email your teacher if you have any questions.
 
Parents/Families:
  • Support your student(s) with their remote learning lesson activities. 
  • Check-in daily attendance (on school days) to document your child’s attendance (Preschool-12).
  • Communicate your concerns and questions via your child’s building principal, vice principal, supervisors or department directors individual district email address as appropriate.
  • Communicate your concerns and questions pertaining to your students’ remote learning lesson  activities/experiences to the individual teacher(s) via their district email address as appropriate.
  • Check your email, Genesis, the district website, and the particular school website of interest for daily information and updates.
 
K-12 Teaching Staff:
  • Plan and provide remote/distance learning lesson activities for all students on your class roster.
  • Maintain Genesis gradebook to reflect the necessary lesson activities/assignments and attendance.
  • Maintain up-to-date attendance/participation records *check-in with parents/families and appropriate support staff if you have any concerns regarding a student’s attendance.
  • Maintain records and provide teacher video on youtube kids indicating support for students’ learning; as well as support for parents/guardians  
  • IEPs and 504 plans are in followed for student learning (modifications)  
  • Maintain open communication with administration (directors, principals, vice principals and supervisors)
  • Communicate to students and parents/families the platform for student remote learning/lesson activities:  Google Classroom: Teacher Driven, School Dojo: Teacher Driven, Learning Packets: Teacher Driven, Teacher video on YouTube Kids: Teacher Driven/Optional
  • IEPs and 504 plans are in followed for student learning (modifications)  
  • Maintain open communication with building principals, vice principals, supervisors, and directors as appropriate. 
School Administrators, Supervisors, and Department Directors:
  • Monitor daily attendance of building staff (google documentation)
  • Oversee the daily operation of remote/online student lesson activities, and ensure grade levels and subject areas remote learning lesson activities for students and parents/families are available on the district website under District Remote/Online Learning Plan. 
  • Support any option of choice for teachers’ platform of engagement for  remote/online students’ learning lesson activities:  
1. Google Classroom: Teacher/Support Staff Driven 
2. School Dojo: Teacher/Support Staff  Driven
3. Learning Packets: Teacher/Support Staff Driven
4. Teacher videos on YouTube Kids: Teacher/Support Staff Driven (optional)  
  • Provide daily/weekly communication and guidance to staff members
  • Provide your building/department educational staff with: 
    • Remote/Distance Reflection Learning Weekly Logs
  • Maintain open line communication with parents/families
  • Maintain communication with central office administration in support of TUPS remote/distance online learning experiences. 
School Counselors:
  • Counseling Department Letter for district closure
  • Counseling staff will be available daily during the same hours of operation as teaching staff in their building.
  • Counseling staff will communicate with students and families via email and Google platforms, logging notes in Genesis for all contacts
  • Counseling staff will be in communication with their building principal and supervisor related to any needs that arise.

School Nurses/Health Office
  • If you should have any questions or concerns you can email the school nurse in the building your child attends.  Responses will be made to all emails. 
  • You can also email the Director of Health Services (Linda Ionta, lionta@twpunionschools.org) with any questions or concerns. 


Remote Learning Resources (by School)

Remote Learnng Resources (by Department/Subject)

District Technology

Food Services

 
Pomptonian Food Services 
 
Students eligible for Free/Reduced meals attending any Township of Union Public School ... Grab & Go Breakfast & Lunch will be available for pick up Monday - Friday in the following locations:  
Union High School (main entrance),
Jefferson/Central 5 (main entrance), 
Franklin Elementary (playground parking lot) and
Washington Elementary (teacher's parking lot).
 
Families who receive free/reduced meals are encouraged to come to any of the above locations (whichever is most convenient) and pick up breakfast and lunch every school day between 10 am and 12:30 pm.
Please see link to the Pomptonian Plan.

Tips for Preventing the Flu and Viruses

 
We continue to encourage you to utilize all the recommended precautions for preventing the flu and other viruses as per the Township of Union Health Department and school guidelines:

  • Prevent the spread of germs by covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue (then properly disposing of the tissue) or sleeve, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands softly with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers, touching pets, and commonly used surfaces.  Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Review and follow CDC travel advisories
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces and objects.
  • Keep your children home when they are sick.

The following links provide useful, factual information about the current status of COVID-19:

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

COVID-19 RESOURCES:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - cdc.gov
  • New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH)  - nj.gov/health
    • 24-Hour Public Hotline:  1-800-222-1222
  • CDC Coronavirus Guidance in Spanish 
  • CDC Coronavirus Guidance in Chinese