Wayland Union Schools has a high standard for cleanliness and safety and remain committed to upholding these standards while increasing protocols with intensive cleaning practices. We will provide you with health and safety information here in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Staying healthy at School:
- Our team is following strict cleaning practices daily to sanitize classrooms and commons areas
- Students will be encouraged to wash hands more frequently.
- Classrooms will set up to keep students physically distanced.
- Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in all classrooms, building entrances and throughout different areas of our school buildings to promote good hygiene practices.
- Signage will be placed in our buildings to promote good hygiene, hand-washing practices, directional traffic flow and entry and exit doors.
- Plexiglass barriers will be installed in offices to keep visitors and employees safe in these high-traffic areas.
Health & Safety Information
Wayland Union Schools will abide by the required protocols, and those strongly recommended as possible, in Michigan’s Return to School Roadmap for Phase 4, the phase that our region (Region #3) is in currently.
Face coverings are required for:
- Staff, except during meals
- Students in grades K-12, except during meals.
- All students and staff on buses and in common areas.
- Students will be taught hygiene protocols
- Signage will be placed throughout the buildings to reinforce good hygiene practices
- Students will have their temperature checked upon entering a school bus
- Students who are dropped off to a school building or walk to school will have their temperature checked before entering the building
There will not be any indoor assemblies that bring together students from more than one classroom
- Frequently-touched surfaces cleaned every four hours
- Libraries, Computer Labs, Art rooms, and other hands-on classrooms cleaned after every period
- Student desks must be wiped down after every class period
- Playground structures must continue to undergo normal routine cleaning
Busing and Student Transportation
- Use of hand sanitizer before entering the bus
- Driver, staff and students must wear a face covering during transport to and from school
- Cleaning and disinfecting of transportation vehicles will take place before and after every route
- Will comply with MHSAA Guidelines
- Large-scale indoor spectator events are suspended
- Large-scale outdoor spectator or stadium events are limited to 1000 people (2 spectators per participant, must have ticket for entry)
Allegan County Health Department Resources
COVID-19 Screening and Confirmed Cases
- Teachers and staff must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to school each day.
- Parents and guardians will be asked to screen students in their household for COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to school each day. To learn more about COVID-19 symptoms, see the information from the CDC. Student Health Screener Checklist
- Visitors will not be allowed into the buildings.
- Staff, students, and visitors who test positive for COVID-19, or those who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, must stay at home throughout the infection period and cannot return to campus until they have been cleared by their health professional.
- Students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 at school will be immediately separated from other students and sent home.
- If any student or staff member at a school tests positive for COVID-19, the district will work with the local health department and follow its quarantine guidance and potential closure of a school.
Communicating a Positive COVID-19 Case:
- The district, in collaboration with the Allegan County Health Department, will only communicate confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a school building, student event/activity, or district-sponsored function.
- Notification of confirmed cases will be shared via email to parents and guardians.
- Please see our COVID-19 Dashboard for the latest totals for positive cases and quarantine
- Names of those impacted (whether it is a student, employee, district approved volunteer, or guest/spectator) will not be shared.
- All contact tracing will be handled confidentially by the County Health Department. In an effort to protect student and employee privacy rights, we respectfully encourage all (district) families not to spread rumors or false information. The health and safety of everyone is important and trust that we will work as a community to support each other as we face this pandemic together.
- Remember, if your child is sick, do not send them to school. If you, your student or a member of your family has COVID-19 symptoms, please contact your health professional.
COVID-19 Health and Safety Recommendations:
- Wash your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
- Wear a mask. Cover both your mouth and nose when around others.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces daily.