The Big Red Return Plan Outlines Procedures for Campus Health and Safety
June 24, 2020 – Beaver Dam, Wis. – Wayland Academy announced today an overview of their plan to bring faculty, staff and students back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester.
To safeguard the health of the community, Wayland will modify many of its operations based on public health guidance. This plan, called “The Big Red Return” outlines the school’s approach to dealing with major issues such as instruction, health and safety, housing and dining, and more. Plans are continuing to evolve as decisions are finalized and new information becomes available. As more details are available, this will be communicated on a regular basis. In particular, more information will be coming soon for employees, students and their families.
“The health and safety of everyone in our campus and broader communities will continue to be our top priority as we bring more people back to campus. New health measures are being put in place for everyone on campus, including health screenings, enhanced cleaning protocols, and physical distancing,” noted retiring Head of School Joseph Lennertz. “The persistent uncertainty of the situation is frustrating for all of us. At times we’ve needed to make decisions with incomplete, imprecise and dynamic information. We’ve been fortunate to have an exceptional partnership with the Dodge County Health and Human Services Department, our on-campus nursing staff, and local physician Seth Barudin, M.D. to develop this plan.”
Faculty and staff who need to be on campus to do their jobs will be able to return to their offices and workspaces on August 1, 2020. The plan also includes the opening of some outdoor spaces used by the public as of August 1.
It’s the first return of many Wayland employees since mid-March, when, because of COVID-19, students, faculty and staff were asked to vacate campus and study/attend classes and work from home. Some employees will continue their work virtually throughout the summer and into the fall to minimize the number of people on campus.
Details for the reopening include:
- The Fall 2020 Semester will begin on August 17, 2020 and conclude on November 24, 2020.
- Campus move-in dates will be staggered to accommodate social distancing and announced in the near future. In addition, students will undergo a series of health assessments before arriving on campus as well as during the semester.
- The Office of the Dean of Students in conjunction with the Wayland Health Center and Wayland’s Business Office are implementing community standards and safety measures for campus dining and housing.
- Classes will be offered in various formats, including in-person, hybrid/blended, and online classes. The delivery methods that each class will be offered in is under development and will be finalized by mid-July.
- The occupancy of each classroom will be reduced to allow for social distancing and masks will be required.
- Everyone returning to a campus will be required to adhere to public health practices including wearing masks, hand hygiene, physical distancing and daily symptom assessment.
- Wayland will limit the number of entry and exit points into campus buildings and increase the frequency of cleaning of common and high traffic areas.
- Hand sanitizing stations and check-in/check-out procedures for students, employees, and campus visitors will be followed.
- The Blue Zones walking path on south campus will reopen to the public on August 1, 2020. All members of the public accessing the path will need to follow CDC-recommended best practices and guidelines to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.
As school personnel continue to operate during the pandemic, Wayland’s leadership team is preparing to be nimble in school operations and with regards to all decisions that influence and protect the safety of each member of the community.
“Wayland’s leadership team thoughtfully developed a reopening plan that strives to maintain their campus experience while accounting for a variety of contingencies that all schools considering during this unusual time,” remarked Public Health Officer Abby Sauer. “This approach – to take responsibility, work together and support best practices in order to keep our community safe – is precisely what the Dodge County Human Services and Health Department is encouraging all Dodge County residents, businesses, and schools to do.”
“Students are eager to return to the classroom to learn and our teachers are ready to engage with them in an educational experience unique to Wayland. We will continue to do everything in our power to accommodate students so that they continue with their academic progression with the safety of our faculty, staff, and students as our highest priority,” noted Lennertz. “We also realize that Wayland Academy plays a role in the growth and well-being of our community and want to be sure to do our part as a good citizen.”