As you are aware, travel bans are in place in some areas and schools have temporarily closed across the country. We are optimistic that UA will not have to take these measures, but should the virus continue to spread, we are formulating our plan in anticipation of all possibilities.
At the time of this writing, Union County, where our students primarily live, has not reported any positive cases. However, we feel it is imperative to keep our communication open with our families about situations that could arise and how we are preparing should it become a local concern.
Please see the updates/announcements below:
- Union Academy’s plan at this time is to be in session on Monday, March 16.
- To help limit exposure, UA will be closed to volunteers and visitors (including lunch).
- We will still offer catered lunch; however, students will pick up their lunches and eat in the classroom. Please send lunches that do not require a microwave.
- All after school events, performances, meetings, and clubs are cancelled/postponed until further notice.
- The NCHSAA announced yesterday they have suspended athletic events through April 6. This includes practices, conditioning, and games.
- Afterschool will operate on its normal schedule.
First and foremost, please keep your children home if they are sick. This is the most important request we have to keep the UA community healthy. Do not send them to school or other public places while they exhibit symptoms similar to those of the Coronavirus or the flu. While we understand missing work is inconvenient, it is of utmost importance to keep your children home and stop the spread of germs.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Health officials have asked that if you have these symptoms you call your primary health provider and stay home except to get medical care. Avoid public areas such as work and school.
Health officials recommend treating COVID-19 prevention the same as the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick and do not return to school until you are fever-free without the aid of fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Wash clothing, lunch boxes, and bookbags frequently to disinfect any items your child brings back and forth to school.
Our school nurses are not expected to screen students or staff to identify cases of COVID-19, nor are they able to test for the disease. If a community has suspected cases of COVID-19, local health officials will help identify those individuals and initiate next steps.
Should an outbreak occur in our area and we need to close school for days or weeks, we will institute our remote learning plan so we can continue educating our students. We will communicate with you how those lessons will be delivered to your children if they are at home for an extended period of time. If school is closed, children should stay home and not be out in the community. Please begin thinking about childcare should school need to close.
To help us better prepare for remote learning, please complete the Internet and Device Availability Survey. Complete one for EACH of your UA students.
If we do experience COVID-19 cases locally, we will take our direction from the CDC, Union County Health Department, and other local health officials regarding a potential school closing.
We are continuing to clean doorknobs, desks, and other surfaces at UA. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us keep our students healthy.
For accurate and up-to-date information visit the websites below:
We are UA!
Shannen Bretz, Principal K-4
Emily McGinnis, Principal 5-8
Jim Zorn, Principal 9-12