District Updates from Dr. Christina Hinds
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Dear Wayland Union Schools Families and District Staff:
As we prepare for spring break, here is information to keep you informed. This update includes:
- General Updates
- Collaboration with ACHD
- Close Contacts with Immunity or Fully Vaccinated
- ACHD Vaccination Clinics at WUHS Aux Gym
- New opportunity for those 16 and up with the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic
- Important dates
- End-of-Year Senior Events
COVID-19 Protocols over Spring Break
School buildings will be closed on Friday, April 2 through Sunday, April 11. With limited staff on campus, our reporting process has changed and will be similar to our process over winter break. A notice will be sent by Thursday with updated procedures.
Extended COVID-19 Learning (ECOL) Plan Reconfirmation Process
The Board of Education Extended COVID-19 Learning (ECOL) Plan Reconfirmation process will continue on a monthly basis by reviewing data provided to us by ACHD, our instructional model, public comment, and participation (attendance) rates. Our ECOL was discussed at the Board Work Session on March 29th with the next ECOL Reconfirmation scheduled for Monday, April 19, 2021 at the Regular Board Meeting. This process will continue for the remainder of the school year as required by the State of Michigan.
Senior End-of-Year Activities
The High School Team has been busy preparing for end of year activities, such as prom, graduation, awards night, senior farewell assembly and more. At this time, the current epidemic orders expire on April 19 and do not address the dates of our end of year activities. We are awaiting guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services regarding our end of year plans; however, we have not yet received any information. Until then, we are remaining cautiously optimistic about end of year plans. As information is available and decisions are made, please watch for updates from the high school.
Spring is here! Thank you for your continued collaboration and support. Our students benefit from our connections and relationships. Together, as Wayland UNION Schools, we will continue to teach, inspire and challenge our children to become caring contributors, lifelong learners, and critical thinkers prepared to embrace all of tomorrow's opportunities. Wishing you a restful and enjoyable spring break.
Dr. Christina Hinds
Collaboration with the Allegan County Health Department (ACHD)
Allegan County Health Department (ACHD) continues to monitor our COVID-19 data. ACHD will send bi-weekly data reports to school district superintendents, which will include county- and school district-level data, and a school-checklist of considerations when determining the appropriate learning modality (in-person and/or remote).
When an individual is confirmed positive for COVID-19 or is identified as a close contact, ACHD (or the individual's resident local health department) determines quarantine dates after investigating the details of the case. Again, quarantine or isolation dates are not determined by the school.
Close Contacts with Immunity or "Fully Vaccinated"
Individuals are considered to have COVID-19 immunity within 90 days from symptom onset or test collection or who are fully vaccinated (see definition below).
When the school is able to confirm the date of confirmed positive COVID-19 test result and the result is within 90 days of symptom onset or test result, the individual does not need to quarantine. If ACHD is unable to confirm the previous positive test result, documentation of a confirmed positive will be requested.
People are considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
If it has been less than 2 weeks since your 1-dose shot, or if you still need to get your second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.
Individuals, who are confirmed as fully vaccinated or consider immune (as defined above),
do not need to quarantine when identified as a close contact.
If you feel you or your student would meet the qualifications to not be quarantined as a direct contact, you are invited to submit the following documentation: confirmed diagnosis of positive COVID test within the last 90 days or vaccination card showing 1 dose of the J & J vaccine or 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Submission of the documentation is voluntary; however, absent the confirming documentation, the staff member or student in question will need to follow all quarantine rules until verification can be completed.
Update: ACHD Vaccination Clinics
The Allegan County Health Department, the Allegan County Emergency Management Services and Wayland Union Schools continue to partner by offering vaccination clinics here on our campus. All clinics are managed and operated by Allegan County. Vaccination clinics have been held each Saturday and will continue through April.
Please note: Appointments for the Allegan County Clinics, even those held at WUS, will be scheduled through the ACHD COVID-19 Sign-Up Form. If you have not completed the vaccination sign-up form AND you would like the vaccine, please complete the sign-up form. The ACHD is scheduling based on priority groups established by the State of Michigan. If you have additional questions, please visit the Allegan County Health Department COVID-19 website at: http://cms.allegancounty.org/sites/Office/Health/SitePages/COVID19.aspx
Here are the links to the sign-up form as well as a sign-up form FAQ:
Allegan County Vaccination Sign-up Form:
As a reminder:
Although housed on our campus, the clinics are managed completely by Allegan County.
ACHD will contact those who have submitted the sign-up form by order of receipt AND by priority group.
West Michigan Vaccine Clinic - Expanding availability to those 16 & up
Yesterday, the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic, DeVos Place, has announced their ability to offer the vaccine to anyone 16 years or older. The following was taken from the West Michigan Vaccine website:
"Kent County, Spectrum Health and Mercy Health, in collaboration with Vaccinate West Michigan, have come together to create and operate a COVID-19 vaccination clinic that allows large numbers of people to be vaccinated at one central location. The West Michigan Vaccine Clinic is currently operating out of DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Avenue in Grand Rapids.
The clinic is offering vaccines by appointment only based on individual eligibility and vaccine availability. While this is a large-scale facility, current vaccine supply does not allow for full use of this capacity right now. The goal is that as more vaccine becomes available, more people will be scheduled for appointments at this location."
For additional information and to schedule an appointment, please click here: https://www.spectrumhealth.org/covid19/covid-19-vaccine
Friday, April 2 - Friday, April 10:
- Spring Break
- Classes resume Monday, April 12
Senior End-of-Year Events
- Please see article below
Thursday, May 27:
- Wayland Union High School Graduation Ceremony
- Limited attendees based on epidemic orders, please watch for updates from WUHS
Monday, May 31:
- No school - Memorial Day
Friday, June 4:
- End of 3rd trimester
- Last half day of school
Senior End-of-Year Events
We are optimistically planning for our end-of-year Senior events! Currently, school districts are awaiting guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) regarding end of year activities. Additionally, these events will be subject to any revised epidemic orders after April 19. As it stands right now and dependent gathering limitations, Seniors would be granted two (2) tickets per event and four (4) for Graduation. We will keep you posted as plans move forward. Note: Tickets are not yet available. Please watch for updates after spring break.
Here's a brief overview of the Senior End-of-Year Events:
Seniors Last Day of School - Friday, May 21, 2021
Prom - Friday, May 21, 2021
The location has been changed based on limited capacity with New Vintage Place. The new location is the Star of Saugatuck.
Due to the venue’s capacity limits, there will be three shifts.
This will be a ticketed event.
Senior Academic and Athletic Awards Night - Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Our Senior Academic and Athletic Awards Night will be held in the Fine Arts Center beginning at 6:00 p.m.
This event will be a ticketed event with only those students being presented awards receiving an invite along with their parents.
This event will be live streamed as well for all of our students and the greater community.
Added to this evening's festivities will be the Alumni Hall of Fame Celebration.
This event will also be live streamed for the greater community.
Senior Farewell Assembly - Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Our Senior Farewell Assembly will be held in the Fine Arts Center and will be “live streamed” to the student body.
The Assembly will begin at 2:03 p.m.
The high school will run an assembly schedule with students remaining in their 6th period class with all seniors reporting to the Fine Arts Center.
The Speakers for the event will be on stage while the rest of the Senior Class will be in the auditorium socially distanced and able to view the program live.
Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony - Thursday, May 27, 2021
The Class of 2021 Senior Commencement Ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. in our High School Athletic Stadium.
This will be a ticketed event for our Seniors.
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved into the High School.
Updates will also be provided as guidance is received from the Allegan County Health Department (ACHD) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Details of each event will be communicated by Mr. Tom Cutler, Wayland Union Schools High School Principal, as plans are finalized.