Health & Safety Protocols

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. 

Safety Protocols Video August 2020

Health & Safety Information

Wayland Union Schools will abide by the required protocols set forth in the State of Michigan Guidelines for Operating Schools Safely.

SAFETY PROTOCOLS and SCHOOL OPERATIONS:

Arrival/Dismissal Procedures
 

  • Student temperature checks will be optional at the bus and at the building entrance (due to limited time at entrances and the importance of home screening)

  • Hand sanitizing stations

  • Directional signals for crowd control

COVID-19 Quarantine Procedures

 

  • Designated COVID-19 Contact Person in each building
  • COVID-19 procedures continue
  • Contact tracing conducted for direct school contacts
    • Anyone within 6 ft for more than 15 minutes over a 24 hour period, at school, will be identified as a school direct contact
    • Confirmed positive cases and direct contacts are required to stay home in isolation as directed by their local health department
    • At this time, per CDC and ACHD guidelines, vaccinated staff members must continue to quarantine if identified as a direct contact with a confirmed positive case
    • Building and District Communications continue

COVID-19 Screening Process

For students :

  • Screen at home daily prior to boarding the bus or coming to school, including daily temperature checks
  • Optional temperature checks upon entry to school

For staff :

  • Screen at home daily and/or complete daily screener available through District Google form

Common Areas

 

  • Elementary playgrounds divided by cohorts
  • Face masks required at all times indoors, except meals and/or medical exemption

Custodial Services/Cleaning

 

  • Classroom cleaning will occur during prep periods
  • Deep cleaning will occur each evening
  • Additional deep cleaning when positive case(s) occur
  • Cleaning supplies available in each classroom

Food Service

 

  • Grab & Go Breakfast in classrooms (elementary) and in cafeteria (secondary)
  • Supervised lunch in the cafeteria
  • Procedures to facilitate a controlled flow to reduce crowding
  • Cafeteria tables sanitized between lunch periods
  • Elementary: Students seated, in the cafeteria with their classroom/cohort
  • Secondary: Students seated in the cafeteria
  • Food Service Staff will continue to wear face masks, use barriers, wear gloves, and wash hands often

Instruction: Elementary (Classrooms and learning spaces)

 

  • Face masks required for all students and staff, at all times indoors, except meals and/or with approved medical exemption
  • Face masks worn as specified by CDC: multiple-layer mask covering nose and mouth at all times, except meals and/or with approved medical exemption
  • "Mask breaks" only allowable with medical documentation
  • Hand washing/Hand sanitizing routines with reinforced practices
  • Cleaning supplies and/or sanitizing wipes available in each classroom
  • Seating charts
  • Social distancing, to extent feasible, within each classroom and learning space
  • Students remain with learning cohorts all day unless receiving intervention or IEP services
  • Specials: Students transition to specials classroom with cleaning between students/cohorts (All elementary buildings) 
  • Our elementary schools will continue to utilize Google Classroom for all content across all grade levels. This is a proactive measure to be utilized by students and staff when students and/or teachers are sick and/or working remotely in the event of illness or quarantine

Instruction: Secondary (Classrooms and learning spaces)

 

  • Face masks required for all students and staff, at all times indoors, except meals and/or with approved medically exemption
  • Face masks worn as specified by CDC: multiple-layer mask covering nose and mouth at all times, except meals and/or with approved medical exemption.
  • "Mask breaks" only allowable with medical documentation
  • Signs to reinforce hand washing techniques
  • Seating charts 
  • Social distancing, as feasible within each classroom and learning space
  • Cleaning supplies and/or sanitizing wipes available in each classroom
  • WUMS and WUHS will continue to utilize Google Classroom for all content across all grade levels. This is a proactive measure to be utilized by students and staff when students and/or teachers are sick and/or working remotely in the event of illness or quarantine

Overarching Mitigation Measures (Safety Protocols) in All Environments

 

  • Social distancing, to the extent possible, in each setting 
  • Face masks required, by all staff and students, at all times indoors, except during meals or with approved medical exemption.
  • Face masks worn as specified by CDC: multiple-layer mask covering nose and mouth at all times, except meals and/or with approved medical exemption
  • Face masks must be worn properly according to CDC recommendations. Double-to-triple layer gaiters are permitted; however, face masks with ventilation (or vents) are not.
  • Face masks available to staff members in the main office, as requested
  • Parents who believe their child may be eligible for a face mask exemption, should complete and submit the following form to their child’s building principal:

https://waylandunion.org/downloads/covid-19/mask_exemption_wayland_union_schools.pdf .

Transportation

 

  • Optional student temperature checks upon boarding the bus, due to time constraints and validity when standing in the cold
  • Face masks required, at all times, by students and drivers, unless approved with a medical exemption 
  • Seating chart for contact tracing
  • Family members/households seated together

Athletics:
 

Visitors
 

  • Limited to essential tasks with principal pre-approval

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) System

 

  • All filters are changed regularly according to manufacturer specifications
  • Water Fountains, Filling Stations and Testing
  • Water fountains will remain closed
  • Water filling stations available
  • Water tested in October/November 2020. Determined to be clean and safe for drinking.

Allegan County Health Department Resources & MDHHS Orders



PDF DocumentMDHHS Epidemic Order March 2, 2021

PDF DocumentMDHHS Epidemic Order January 22, 2021

PDF DocumentMDHHS Epidemic Order January 13, 2021

PDF DocumentCOVID 19 Return to School Toolkit ACHD 12-14-2020

PDF DocumentGatherings and Face Masks Order 12-7-2020

PDF DocumentPause to Save Lives Extension 12-7-2020

PDF DocumentNews Release: Self Reporting Forms 11-12-2020

PDF DocumentGatherings and Mask Order 10-29-2020

PDF DocumentSchool Handout Set, Updated 7-29-2020

PDF DocumentCOVID-19 Return to School Toolkit_07272020

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.