District Updates

March 20 | 10:00 am | Middle School Schoolwork & Supplies Pickup set for March 23

UMS teachers will be at school Monday, March 23 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm to give packets of schoolwork to students who do not plan to access their work online. Teachers will also be handing out school supplies to those who need them.

This pickup will be done like the car rider line, so we ask that no one park and get out of their vehicle. Employees will hand out materials with minimal contact.

Additional pickup times will be announced soon for those who cannot make it to the scheduled UES and UMS times.

March 19 | 2:30 pm | Elementary Report Card & Supplies Pickup set for March 20

Please make plans to come by UES tomorrow from 5:00 to 6:30 pm and pick up report cards and school supplies. This pickup will be done like the car rider line, so we ask that no one park and get out of their vehicle. Employees will hand out materials with minimal contact.

Additional pickup times will be announced soon for UMS and UHS, and for UES parents who cannot make it tomorrow.

March 19 | 12:00 pm | School Closure Extended Through April 17

  • Pursuant to the order of Governor Tate Reeves, UPSD will be closed through at least April 17. This includes all athletic and other activities or meetings.
  • Grab and Go lunch and breakfast will continue to be served Monday-Friday each week from 10:30-12:00 at the locations previously communicated unless instructed to discontinue by government recommendation in the interest of public health.
  • Report cards will be mailed or included in packets of material available for pick up.
  • Opportunities for learning and enrichment will be available, however they are not required. Teachers will be making materials and videos available through a variety of means very soon. We will have additional opportunities available here on the district website.
  • All dual credit classes in session at UHS will continue online and must be completed. Most colleges and universities have gone to fully online instruction anyway.
  • Students should check their school email often for communication from their teachers. Teachers will communicate learning opportunities through email, Google Classroom, Remind, and School Status. It’s important to take advantage of those opportunities to keep the learning going through the closure.
  • The State Board of Education has suspended accountability requirements and testing as a result of the closure.
  • The State Board of Education voted to grant waivers to the 180 day school year requirement as a result of the closure.
  • We will communicate more information as we have it.

March 18 | 3:00 pm | Five Locations for Free Lunch Delivery

Beginning tomorrow, March 19, UPSD will deliver lunch at five locations throughout the district. Delivery stops are brief, so please arrive on time to ensure you receive a meal. Regular pickup is still available at UHS from 10:30-12:00.

Meals are free to ALL children ages 0-18, even if they aren't UPSD students, and adult meals are available for $3.50. Children must be present to receive a meal.

Delivery Locations and Times

  1. 10:30- North Street Apartments & County Line Baptist Church
  2. 11:00- Evans Tabernacle
  3. 11:15- Emmanuel Baptist Church
  4. 11:30-Neshoba Baptist Church

March 18 | 8:00 am | COVID-19 Outbreak School Closure Extended

The Union Public School District will remain closed through at least Friday, March 27, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. This decision was reached after weighing a variety of factors related to the health and safety of UPSD students and staff, and the community as a whole. The district is prepared to offer remote learning opportunities for students beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020. More information on that will be made available to families later this week.

March 16 | 1:15 pm | UPSD Serving Free Lunch to All Children

The Union Public School District will be serving GRAB AND GO meals (lunch + breakfast snack for the next day) at Union High School beginning Tuesday, March 17, until further notice.

These meals are FREE for anyone 18 years old and younger (including infants and toddlers). Children do NOT have to be UPSD students and no ID is required, but children must be present to receive a meal.

Pickup time is 10:30-12:00. It will be drive-through style in front of the high school, like the car rider line. Adult meals will be offered for $3.50 (cash only).

March 14 | 2:00 pm | COVID-19 Outbreak Extends Spring Break

Governor Tate Reeves has declared a state of emergency related to COVID-19 and has asked all schools to close for a period of at least one week. Therefore, UPSD will be closed March 16-20, 2020. Staff will report Monday at normal time. An email to staff with directions for Monday will be sent tomorrow. More information for students and parents will be shared Monday.

March 12 | 2:00 pm | UPSD Monitoring COVID-19 Outbreak

We are aware that the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) announced yesterday (Wednesday, March 11) the state’s first presumptive case of COVID-19 in Forrest County. The patient is currently under voluntary isolation in his home.

We are receiving updates from local and state health authorities, including the Mississippi Department of Education, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Department of Homeland Security. We will keep you posted as we receive additional information. We will post new information using our Facebook page and the One Call Now communication system which sends notices to parents via text.

The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We will follow the guidance issued by governing and health authorities related to COVID-19 in regard to any needed closures or other precautionary steps. We are preparing multiple plans of action so we are ready to respond however necessary.

Here is information from the CDC regarding everyday actions to help reduce the spread of germs that you can talk about with your children:

  • Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick.
  • Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.
  • Discuss any new actions that may be taken at school to help protect children and school staff. (for example, increased hand-washing)
  • Get children into a hand-washing habit. Teach them to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.