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Return to Learn School Portal 2021-22

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Dr. Stiles Simmons
The Westwood Safe Return to Learn Plan

So far this school year, we had no spread of the virus in our classrooms, thanks to the school community's commitment to following the safety protocols implemented across the district. Recently, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has updated its procedures for schools to help protect students, teachers, staff and maintain in-person learning. Therefore, to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our school buildings, the Westwood Community School District will implement the prevention strategies listed below.

Prevention Strategies: The most effective way to prevent transmission within school buildings, reduce disruptions to in-person learning and help protect people who are not fully vaccinated is to layer multiple prevention strategies recommended by MDHHS. All prevention strategies provide some level of protection, and multiple strategies implemented at the same time provide the greatest level of protection. 


The key strategies to be implemented by the WCSD to keep schools safer are as follows:  

        1. Consistent and correct mask use 
     1. Universal indoor masking for all educators, staff, students, and visitors to schools,
         regardless of vaccination status is required, when students are present. Mask
         wearing is recommended for staff and visitors when students are not present.
             2. Students and staff will be expected to wear masks properly. 
             3. The universal mask-wearing requirement does not apply to children under 2 years of
                 age, and exceptions will be made for those who cannot safely wear a mask because
                 of a disability or a qualifying medical condition.
            4. The CDC's and MDHHS order requires all persons – regardless of vaccination status –
                to wear masks on public transportation, including school buses. 
2. Physical distancing: The school district will require schools to maintain at least three
    feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, combined with indoor
    mask wearing by students, teachers, and staff, regardless of vaccination status. When
    it is not possible to maintain a three-foot physical distance, it is essential to use other
    prevention strategies, such as indoor masking, cohorting, and improved ventilation to
    help reduce transmission risk.


        3. Ventilation
    1. The school district will strongly encourage improved ventilation by opening multiple
        doors and windows, using child-safe fans to increase the effectiveness of open
        windows, and making improvements to the air filtration systems. 
    2. Avoiding crowded and/or poorly ventilated indoor activities by engaging in outdoor
        activities when possible academic learning, Gym class, Band class, lunch,
        and/or athletic practices. 
    3. Open or crack windows in buses and other forms of transportation to improve
        air circulation if doing so does not pose a safety risk. 
        4. Handwashing and respiratory etiquette: The school district will promote proper
            handwashing methods and teach proper coughing and sneezing etiquette. In addition,
            hand sanitizer will be made available to students and staff.
        5. Symptom Monitoring, getting tested and Staying home when sick
1. Staff and Students (regardless of vaccination status) must monitor for COVID-19
    symptoms - temperature greater than 100.4, loss of smell or taste, new or
    worsening cough, shortness of breath, onset of chills and muscle aches - should
    get tested for COVID-19 if they become symptomatic, and if they test positive
    do not report to school and follow the District’s self-quarantine procedures.  The
    list above does not include all COVID-19 symptoms; please refer to the CDC's
    website for a complete list.
2. Staff and students who test negative may return to school once their
    symptoms have improved and they have gone 24 hours without ingesting fever
    reducing medication
6. Self-quarantine procedures: Staff or Students who test positive for COVID-19 must
    self-quarantine for ten days.  However, if the individual is experiencing COVID-19
    symptoms after 10 days they must continue to quarantine until they are completely
    free of COVID-19 symptoms.  Any staff or students identified as being a *close
    contact of a positive COVID-19 case must self-quarantine for 10 days; they must
    continue to quarantine until they are completely free of COVID-19 symptoms.
7. Contact tracing in combination with quarantine: The school district will collaborate
     with the local health department to complete any COVID-19 case investigation.
8. Cleaning and disinfection: The school district will continue to implement enhanced
    cleaning and disinfection  practices. We will employ additional custodial staff to ensure
    that common areas and high touch points are properly disinfected daily. Also, we will
    provide disinfectant wipes to each school building for every classroom.

*Close contact is defined as being within 3 feet of a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes. Students and staff who are fully vaccinated, or who engage in consistent mask wearing, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past three months will not be considered a close contact.

Please understand that our Safe Return to School Plan is flexible and contingent upon COVID-19 trends and the rates in our community. We will continue to work with our local health department and the MDHHS to determine the best safety protocols for our district, and more specifically, this plan will be revisited at the end of each month.

The following factors will be considered when consulting with the Wayne County Health Department to determine if changes to the Safe Return to School Plan are needed:

    • Level of community transmission of COVID-19.
    • COVID-19 vaccination rates in the community and among students, teachers, and staff.
    • COVID-19 outbreaks or increasing trends in the school or surrounding community.
    • Ages of children served in the school and risk associated with school, extracurricular and social activities.

Thank you again for your commitment to our schools and for serving as a partner in your child's education. We are committed to ensuring your child's social, emotional, and academic success and look forward to seeing you on the first day of school, August 30, 2021. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the plan, please get in touch with Superintendent Dr. Stiles Simmons at 313-565-3864 or via email at [email protected]

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