Superintendent Update

District Updates from Dr. Christina Hinds

Friday, December 18, 2020

Happy Holidays!

Dear Wayland Union Schools Families and District Staff:

As we enter into winter break, this update contains important information for you now and as we prepare to return to school on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I report that my child tested positive over winter break (Parents)?


Voicemail: (269) 792-2181 extension 3010

How do I report that I have tested positive over winter break (WUS Staff)?


Voicemail: (269) 792-2181 extension 3010

High School Schedule?

Today, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced that high school students and staff may return to in-person instruction on Monday, January 4.

We will welcome Wayland Union High School students back to school Monday, January 4 (Group A) and Tuesday, January 5 (Group B).

How will this updated epidemic order impact athletics?

Please watch for updates, on Facebook and Twitter, from Athletic Director, Mr. Matt Moffett, as we await news from the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA).

K-8 Instructional Schedule?

Students in grades K-8 will resume the Enhanced Hybrid schedule on Monday, January 4, 2021: Group A Mondays/Thursdays; Group B Tuesdays/Fridays; and All remote Wednesdays.

When will we change from an Enhanced Hybrid to Super Hybrid schedule?

We will continue following the Enhanced Hybrid Model until the Allegan County Health Department moves Wayland Union Schools into Risk Category C for three consecutive weeks. At the beginning of the fourth week (at Risk Category C), we will transition into the "Super Hybrid Model," which is a full return four days per week: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wednesdays will remain a virtual day.

In summary...

Hoping each of you have a wonderful break. It has been a unique start to our school year. We have been faced with situations which we never dreamed. We experienced many firsts... social distancing, wearing masks, and ever-changing press conferences. Yet, we continued (and continue) to take care of our students, each other, and ourselves. It is in caring, for ourselves and for each other, that we will see our way through this... even stronger than we were before. Our community has rallied together. Our school-related COVID-19 cases have decreased. Let us continue with personal responsibility persevering through this TOGETHER as Wayland UNION Schools.

Wishing you all the best during the holidays. Wishing you a winter break filled with all which brings you peace, comfort, and joy.

In partnership,

Dr. Christina Hinds

Reporting Positive COVID-19 Cases over Winter Break

All school districts are required to report all COVID-19-school-related positive cases to the health department within 24 hours of notification. Please continue to report positive and/or presumed positive cases throughout winter break.

District Staff and Parents:

Please use the following email and phone number for COVID-19 notifications during break:


Voicemail: (269) 792-2181 extension 3010

How will I know if I am a direct contact to someone who has tested positive?

Although the buildings are closed, we will continue to notify anyone (students and/or staff) who is determined to be a direct contact; however, districtwide notification of cases will be held until Sunday, January 3, 2021. Individual cases will be reported within 24 hours through our district website.

When will the district report positive cases over break?

A summary of cases will be listed in a district communication on Sunday, January 3, which will look similar to our communication after Thanksgiving Break. This communication will be sent through Infinite Campus/email.

How Cognitive Distortions Undermine Well-Being

As 2020 comes to a close, please take a few minutes to review, "How Cognitive Distortions Undermine Well-Being." This article reminds us of the traps which move us farther away from wellness and importance of self-care. During this winter break, please take the time to rest and regroup. It has been a challenging year. Please take care of YOU and those closest to you.

Here's the link:

Reference: Mielke, C., Educational Leadership, December 2020/January 2021, Volume 78, Number 4, Mental Health for Educators, Pages 16-20

Congratulations on your retirement, Ms. Donaldson!

January ECOL Reconfirmation

In January, the Board of Education will discuss our ECOL plan at the Regular Board Meeting on Monday, January 11; however, the ECOL reconfirmation meeting will occur during the Board Work Session on Monday, January 25, 2021. The process will review public comment(s); our instructional model; and student attendance/participation.

Please note: Per the MDHHS Epidemic Order, our Regular Board Meeting on Monday, January 11, will be held virtually. Please see our district website for the link.

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Happy Holidays from Wayland Union Schools!

Holiday Greetings 2020

Superintendent Hinds, Assistant Superintendent Fulk, & Assistant Superintendent Velie deliver treats to district staff on Thursday, December 17, 2020

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