EXCEL AT UNION
April 15, 2021
Dear Union High School Parents, Guardians and Staff:
On April, 2021, we were notified that a student or staff member at Union High School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are following the procedures for a positive test and working with the Kent County Health Department to notify any staff member or students who may be considered close contacts.
The KCHD defines “close contact” as either:
- Being within six feet of a COVID-19 infected person for 15 minutes or more (with or without a mask)
- Having direct contact with infectious secretions from a COVID-19 infected person or a person with any COVID-19 symptom(s) (e.g., being coughed on).
There were no close contacts identified with this case.
The district is required to notify the Kent County Health Department of any positive tests of students or staff. The Grand Rapids Public Schools Health Services staff will conduct contact tracing and may contact you with quarantine instructions if it is determined that you are a close contact.
Under HIPAA Laws, we are required to protect the confidentiality of this individual unless there is a reason to inform you of their identity. We are informing you that we are moving forward under the guidance of the Kent County Health Department and that measures have been taken to protect the wellbeing of staff, students and families.
Please continue to monitor yourself for any new symptoms that may be related to COVID-19. If you notice changes in your health, please contact your medical provider immediately and consider getting tested.
As always, the safety of our staff and students is our first priority. All affected areas are being thoroughly cleaned using district approved disinfectant. If you have questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, please contact me or our school nurse.
Student Daily Health Screener
Each student will need their own form.
Union staff are working hard to ensure that students are meeting and exceeding their goals. As a result, the percentage of students meeting college readiness benchmarks has tripled over the past 5 years. Students are developing the important skills they need to be college and career ready!
The teachers at Union are committed to student success. They go above and beyond to ensure that students’ needs are met, that parents are involved in their child’s education and that students have a positive experience. In a recent survey, 100% of parents said the school provides their child with additional support when needed.
Union High has a diverse student population. There are more than 17 languages spoken and nearly a third of Union households speak a language other than English. Union offers support for bilingual and English language learners through the Newcomers Program, cultural center services, and bilingual staff.
PARENTS AS PARTNERS
Union values parents as partners in their child’s education. Parents are regularly involved as volunteers and participate in many family events throughout the year. According to a recent parent survey, 100% of parents feel welcome at Union.
Staff at Union take a fair, firm, and consistent approach to discipline. In fact, 95% of parents said they see that the school’s rules are consistently enforced for all students. This approach is paired with a program known as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS), which recognizes students for making good choices and showing positive behavior. The result is a safe and secure learning environment.
UNION STUDENTS CAN GET TUITION-FREE COLLEGE!*
Challenge Scholars understands the hard work that goes into reaching college and achieving success once there. In partnership with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, students who start at Union High School in 9th grade and graduate with all four years at Union High are eligible for two years of tuition-free* college at Grand Rapids Community College.
JUST FOLLOW THESE STEPS:
- Students keep their grades at or above a 2.0 GPA
- Students have no 180-day expulsions
START AT WESTWOOD OR HARRISON PARK FOR UP TO
4 YEARS OF TUITION-FREE COLLEGE!*
Starting at Harrison Park or Westwood Middle School in 6th grade and then following with Union High School for four years, students will become eligible for up to four years of tuition-free* college by achieving at least a 2.0 GPA, 95% attendance and no 180-day expulsions.