MONROE — Union Academy Charter School is allowing students the option to return to campus for four hours a day, from 8 a.m. to noon.
Union Academy announced its new plan for students’ return earlier this month.
The option is available to students in grades 6 through 12 who are on the hybrid plan.
They have the option of “remaining in remote learning, attending live instruction in a classroom or studying under supervision in an overflow space,” according to a document sent from the school to the Enquirer-Journal. “More than 20% of students at UA in each division have been in remote learning throughout this school year. The level of remote learning is expected to continue throughout this fall semester.”
UA students in kindergarten through fourth grade have been going to school from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. since Oct. 12 in accordance with state guidelines and the Governor’s consent.
The school announced: “... In classrooms where there are no open seats per the 6 feet restrictions, these ‘overflow’ students will be seated in available classrooms or other spaces such as the cafeteria and media center. These students wear masks at all times and will be socially distanced and supervised as they complete their assignments.”
UA Headmaster John Marshall and the nursing staff have continuous communication with the Union County Public Health Department “regarding cases and possible exposure.”
“We are following the state’s guidelines and protocols for in-person instruction by safely distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands. Additionally, we are screening all staff and students, limiting interactions between classrooms and ending the school day at noon for grades 6-12,” part of the statement reads.
According to the charter school’s COVID Dashboard, there are six current active cases of the virus. Three cases are among students in grades kindergarten through fourth; one student is on the hybrid plan; one student is in remote learning and one case is a staff member.
Since Aug. 1, there have been 27 total cases with most coming from the kindergarten through fourth grade levels, which is eight cases. There was an equal number of six students in the hybrid option and remote learning option who tested positive. Seven staff members have tested positive since August.
The dashboard shows the cumulative number of negative tests, too, which is 187; however, there is a note that “102 negative tests were a result of testing made available to all staff in August.”