Frequently Asked Questions About the Big Red Return
Wayland Academy is taking measures to maximize the on-campus and in-person experience for students, while also building in the flexibility to adjust our plans, if necessary, to accommodate new information about COVID-19, testing, vaccines, and other factors. While it is impossible to eliminate all risks, we are working diligently to reduce risks by taking reasonable and thoughtful precautions. These measures will include adjustments to our school calendar, new health protocols, reduced density in the classrooms and residential spaces, changes to our dining procedures, the ability to switch between in-person and online learning seamlessly as needed, and more. This page contains information about Wayland’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Academy’s efforts to plan for a safe and thoughtful return to our campus for the second semester of the 2020-2021 academic year.
Wayland Academy continues to follow the guidance of local, state, and federal governments, as well as public health agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Yes. On December 9, 2020, Wayland’s Leadership team announced updates to The Big Red Return, Wayland Academy’s plans for a safe return to in-person operations on campus for January 2021. The Academy’s continuation of in-person operations continue to hinge on the entire community observing a wide range of public health measures to ensure everyone’s health and safety, including physical distancing, face coverings, frequent hand washing, personal health monitoring, and COVID-19 screening.
The Academy's COVID-19 Response Task Force made up of key representatives of every aspect of our programs and operations has evaluated the current situation and considered the performance during the first semester to develop and implement return plans that maximize safety while also ensuring that quality teaching, learning, and personal growth can continue to take place at Wayland.
The COVID-19 Response Task Force is continuously making necessary changes to physical spaces on campus to promote a healthy environment. As long as infection rates remain at lower levels and state and local guidelines permit, classes will be conducted in a manner that prioritizes in-person instruction and also allows for full remote participation for those who cannot be present.
Classes will be online January 4 through January 19. This will be true for those on campus and off. In-person classes (with Hybrid access) will begin January 20.
All boarding students will need to arrive on January 9 in order to safely quarantine in their own dorms and dorm rooms.
The entire school community must have a negative COVID test result within 5 days prior to their return to campus.
Wayland Academy administration has implemented a color-leveled communication system to quickly and efficiently communicate the on-campus risk level for COVID-19. Each time the Head of School or Director of Health Services identifies a change to the risk benchmarks, students, faculty and staff will receive internal communication and parents will receive an email.
Unlike the return to campus in August, the return wll not be staggered in January.
Notable Change: All boarding students will need to arrive on January 9 in order to safely quarantine in their own dorms and dorm rooms. Unlike fall, we will not do a staggered return at this time.
Students unable to arrive on January 9, will need to coordinate arrivals with Dean of Students Phil Tallman, C.A.A., and entry will begin with quarantine in the Glen and Ella Dye dorms. Space is limited so coordination for arrival after January 9 is critical.
Boarding students must have a NEGATIVE COVID test result within 5 days prior to arrival on campus (whether arriving via public or non-public transportation)
Boarding students must quarantine prior to their return to campus (10-14 days).
Remember this means avoiding gatherings, parties, public places, public transportation, etc. For the health and safety of our entire Wayland Community and surrounding communities, the more you can stay home the better. If you do need to go out, remember to mask up, observe physical distance and wash/sanitize hands frequently. It is especially important that you avoid any possible exposure after getting tested and prior to your return to campus.
As an additional precaution: We will require a quarantine period for all students upon return to campus with testing on or after day 6 following arrival.
Notable Change: If the protocols below are followed, you may participate in afterschool sports and activities.
Day students must have a NEGATIVE COVID test result within 5 days prior to returning to campus for in-person learning.
Social contract signed by student and parent will still be required.
Wayland remains committed to carefully monitoring and responding to new information about COVID-19 and its impacts. In developing the various return and continuity scenarios, it is understood that our plans must be flexible and include contingencies for changing conditions over time. We are prepared to deviate from outlined plans in order to take swift actions to keep our community safe.
Everyone on campus will be expected to adhere to four important aspects of public health: use of face coverings, frequent hand washing, physical distancing, and personal health monitoring.
Face coverings: Everyone must wear a face covering in buildings, where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed, and in public settings.
Frequent hand washing: In addition to encouraging our community members to wash their hands frequently, hand sanitizer stations will be installed throughout campus, along with reminders to avoid touching one’s face after touching surfaces.
Physical distancing: Reminders will be affixed on floors and walls of campus buildings to ensure that everyone remains at a safe distance from others when on-campus operations resume. Classrooms and other common spaces will have similar distancing requirements. We are reimagining Assembly, Chapel, and mealtimes to ensure the safety of the community.
Personal health monitoring: Students and other community members will be monitored and self-report for fever as well as other COVID-19 symptoms daily, and, if warranted, seek medical care through their primary care physician or the Health Center.
Wayland will follow the guidance and restrictions put in place by local, state and federal governments. We also will continue to follow and comply with guidance issued by public health agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Classrooms are being re-organized and rearranged to support physical distancing. We are spacing out and removing furniture, assigning seats, and adjusting the number of students to the size of the classroom to allow for lower classroom density and increased ventilation.
Students unable to arrive on January 9, 2021 will need to coordinate arrivals with Dean of Students Phil Tallman, C.A.A., and entry will begin with quarantine in the Glen and Ella Dye dorms. Space is limited so coordination for arrival after January 9 is critical.
We have adjusted our school year calendar to minimize the number of times that we have students leaving and returning to campus. We have the same number of school days as we have had in the past but we have structured the year to limit travel.
We do not anticipate a reduction in the 2020-21 published tuition rates due to COVID-19. While we acknowledge that the requisite changes and program modifications will impact the student experience, the Academy’s expenses also have increased considerably. In the event that a student is prevented from attending school in-person for an extended period of time due to travel or health restrictions, we may provide a modest refund based on actual savings experienced by the School.
We anticipate that day students will be able to attend classes on campus when Wayland is in session. If, however, the level or spread of COVID-19 increases, we may require day students to participate in classes online for a period of time.
At this time, day students should plan to leave campus following their last commitment. Extra help sessions can take place via Microsoft Teams which will be set up with teachers. We will re-evaluate this restriction as the year progresses.
If students have a fever or are symptomatic, parents should follow the Academy’s health procedures (stay home, call the registrar to report the absence, call your primary care physician for guidance and clearance to return to campus).
Day students will be screened at the Visitor Center when they arrive on campus. All students, including day students, will commit to following a range of health and hygiene precautions to limit exposure and keep our community safe.
Students will not be permitted to have routine social overnights. If you volunteer as a host family, you may be called upon to house your host boarding student during a period of quarantine, isolation, or campus closure.
Due to the overall uncertainty, we encourage you to purchase a one-way, open-ended, and/or flexible airline ticket. If you must purchase a round-trip ticket, or require a tentative date, please book your return ticket for the evening of May 21.
We know that travel restrictions, limited flights, and visa issues present uncertainty for our international students. Rest assured that we will hold your place at Wayland. Campus is equipped with technology that will allow you to participate in classes and most community activities remotely/online until you arrive.
Please keep Dean of Students Phil Tallman, C.A.A., apprised of your travel plans.
The CDC and Wisconsin guidelines for all gatherings will be followed. As of now, and to limit exposure to our students, all large campus events have been cancelled. However in some cases we have held virtual events in their place. We'll continue to update the campus community as plans unfold.
Generally, in an effort to maintain a healthy campus, we are trying to limit campus visitors and campus departures. We know, however, that boarding students and parents will need to be able to visit with each other periodically. We have a policy for parent campus visits, home visits, family emergencies, medical appointments, etc. We will continue to revise that policy over time as public health guidance evolves.