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07/30/2020
Union-North United School Corporation

Union-North United School Corporation

July 29, 2020

Dear Parents,

On Monday evening, the Board of Trustees adopted the LaVille Re-entry plan, which includes three stages of learning. Stage one will happen during low or no spread of the virus and allows everyone to come back to school, with precautions. During stage two, with moderate spread, a hybrid model approach for students will take place for re-entry. Finally, stage three, during substantial spread, will lead to a virtual version of learning. LaVille will start this school year at stage three.

According to the St. Joseph and Marshall County Health Departments, Covid cases in both counties are still high. Dr. Mark Fox and Dr. Byron Holm, St. Joseph County & Marshall County Health Officers, both expressed great concern about bringing staff and students back in person for our start date on August 12th. The counties have had a surge since the beginning of July, making our area one of Indiana’s hotter spots.

This is not a decision we have made lightly nor is it news we wanted to spring on you at the eleventh hour. I realize it will take planning on your part. My hope is to have a short period of virtual and move onto a hybrid model, but I cannot promise this due to the uncertainty of this virus. While we are in stage 3, our staff will be working to make the virtual classroom mirror the regular classroom as much as possible. Staff will be teaching from their classrooms on their regular schedules. Students will be expected to engage and complete assignments as they would in person.

In order to make virtual classrooms a possibility, each building principal will be sending information about computer pickup times. The principals will also help to answer questions you might have when doing the virtual classroom. We will all continue to plan for your student’s safe return as we look forward to stage two and/or stage one.

Sincerely,
Mitch Mawhorter

07/30/2020
Creating a Virtual Meet the Teacher

Meet Your Bus Driver. Meet your Para.
Meet your Teacher. Meet your School Secretary.

https://youtu.be/ULjctSEM5PE

Hi everybody I went ahead a created a tutorial showing you all how I used various websites to create my Meet the Teacher video! Each of those websites are po...

07/29/2020

Dunes Shore PACE meets at 12:30. Zoom will open at 12:15.

Both the forward and acknowledgments are written by your local school board president, unless of course you work in Port...
07/28/2020

Both the forward and acknowledgments are written by your local school board president, unless of course you work in Portage.

Watch this powder keg. #ticktockhttps://www.southbendtribune.com/news/education/questions-linger-as-south-bend-superinte...
07/28/2020
Questions linger as South Bend superintendent announces new reopening plan

Watch this powder keg. #ticktock

https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/education/questions-linger-as-south-bend-superintendent-announces-new-reopening-plan/article_ef86330c-d0ec-11ea-9acd-5f67dd46d719.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=email&utm_campaign=user-share

SOUTH BEND — South Bend school’s Superintendent Todd Cummings says he'll present a new plan for reopening schools to the board on Monday that'll involve phasing students back into buildings

Virtual Town Hall - Reopening America’s Schools and Campuses Safely and EquitablyToday.  6 PM CENTRALOPEN TO THE PUBLICN...
07/28/2020
Virtual Town Hall - Reopening America’s Schools and Campuses Safely and Equitably · The National Education Association

Virtual Town Hall - Reopening America’s Schools and Campuses Safely and Equitably
Today. 6 PM CENTRAL

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

NEA will host a virtual town hall on Facebook about reopening public schools, campuses, and facilities safely and equitably. Whether students return to school in person, online, or a hybrid of both, we need to come together and make our voices heard so that proper safety materials are supplied, health protocols are put in place, and adequate funding is secured.

We'll discuss the current landscape, answer your questions, and talk about actions we can take to ensure all students receive the high-quality learning opportunities they deserve.

RSVP: https://bit.ly/neaRSVP

Join us for a virtual town hall to discuss how parents, educators, students, and communities can advocate for the safe reopening of public schools, facilities, and campuses. Whether students return to school in person, online, or a hybrid of both, we need to come together and make our voices heard s...

Please find the e-mail address to use to contact the State of Indiana to ask them to waive the requirement to give an ex...
07/28/2020

Please find the e-mail address to use to contact the State of Indiana to ask them to waive the requirement to give an excuse when requesting an absentee ballot.

[email protected]

Some superintendents haven’t even ordered the PPE supplies they need, but let’s get kids back in school!!https://www.wfy...
07/28/2020
Some Schools In Indiana Are Still Waiting On Critical Supplies They Need To Reopen

Some superintendents haven’t even ordered the PPE supplies they need, but let’s get kids back in school!!

https://www.wfyi.org/news/articles/some-schools-in-indiana-are-still-waiting-on-critical-supplies-they-need-to-reopen?utm_content=buffer9175c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

An increase in COVID-19 cases in Indiana -- and across the U.S. -- is prompting concerns about how safe schools will be as they reopen for the new academic year.

Meanwhile, in Indiana, School Boards are on a dead run to get these schools open.https://www.wctv.tv/2020/07/26/ft-brade...
07/27/2020
Ft. Braden Principal announces another school-connected death, calls for the classrooms to stay closed

Meanwhile, in Indiana, School Boards are on a dead run to get these schools open.

https://www.wctv.tv/2020/07/26/ft-braden-principal-announces-another-school-connected-death-calls-for-the-classrooms-to-stay-closed/?fbclid=IwAR1sK9uYVOjl-FmfEofpf5DwnSIH-0-MlZEcZFAVtirL4hRFu4b9-pRIuGc

A Leon County School Principal is calling for classrooms to remain closed after announcing a second death connected to his school.

Michigan City Area Schools
07/25/2020

Michigan City Area Schools

Thank You to all of our Food Service Heroes for the ways you have helped all of us this summer! We appreciate you! ❤️

Reminder that TODAY is the final day of our summer program food distribution at Barker, Krueger, and Michigan City High School from 3-5pm!

Mad at Board Members yet for asking School Employees to risk their lives to go along with Policy Makers’ partisan games?...
07/24/2020

Mad at Board Members yet for asking School Employees to risk their lives to go along with Policy Makers’ partisan games? How do you feel about State Legislators?

This just in.....a list as long as his arm as to why kids should be in school.  #veryimportantwinninghttps://www.wthr.co...
07/24/2020
Trump says some schools may need to delay reopening in the fall

This just in.....a list as long as his arm as to why kids should be in school. #veryimportantwinning

https://www.wthr.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/us-covid-19-cases-4-million/507-b1da522e-d82e-435a-b48c-c87a79fba4e7?fbclid=IwAR3xI1X2KwxpTWJ85yCktbSprhiavEIJHPswkuSQITEutSh3jc1ii_qtzBM

After previously threatening to withhold funding from schools that did not fully reopen in the fall, President Trump changed course Thursday.

Here's something from our friend in the Indiana House, Jim Lucas.  http://www.therepublic.com/2020/07/23/lucas-other-gov...
07/24/2020
Lucas, other government officials protest mask mandate

Here's something from our friend in the Indiana House, Jim Lucas. http://www.therepublic.com/2020/07/23/lucas-other-government-officials-protest-mask-mandate/?fbclid=IwAR3HVBKviVMqSnp7ZcL7RT1mMZWCOMejuNRds5l_lgexJq4ItoCJuOO4irY

By The Seymour Tribune SEYMOUR -- Indiana District 69 Rep. Jim Lucas took to social media Wednesday afternoon to announce plans to draft legislation that would limit the governor's power in emergency situations. In his post, the Seymour businessman said he feels the executive order signed by Gov. Er...

At least you can take your artifacts with you.
07/23/2020

At least you can take your artifacts with you.

Union Members, be thinking about this (like you're not).  Someone may ask you--How many ADDITIONAL HOURS each day do you...
07/23/2020

Union Members, be thinking about this (like you're not). Someone may ask you--How many ADDITIONAL HOURS each day do you expect to spend on your virtual teaching in addition to the time you'll spend each day doing brick and mortar teaching?

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A very interesting article that is so evidently true. It also exposes why our voucher system exists!
Dunes Shore PACE organizational meeting 2/21 at ISTA Valpo