It’s already that time of year where summer comes to an end, teachers prepare for the upcoming school year, and students head back to class.
Schools throughout the Wayne-Westland Community School District (WWCSD) had Open House before the last weekend of the month. Students along with their parents attended to figure out their schedules, meet the teachers, and find their lockers.
For some students, with virtual learning last year, it was their first time stepping foot into the schools.
The first day of school was Monday, August 30th.
The elementary students had a half-day of school, while the middle and high school students had a full day of school.
Last school year, due to COVID-19, Wayne Memorial did virtual classes until March 1st. Then the school switched to two hybrid groups, group A and group B. Group A did in-person classes on Monday and Tuesday. Group B did in-person classes on Thursday and Friday. Wednesday was full remote for the entire school.
This year, students are returning to school in-person five days a week with the exception of the students who chose the Wayne-Westland Virtual Academy. Those students will complete their schooling remotely.
On Friday, August 27th, The Wayne County Health Department issued a new public health order mandating all local schools and daycare providers to require face masks to be worn by students, faculty, staff and visitors in school and during school-sponsored indoor events.
The order took effect immediately, just in time for the first day of school.
Masks also continue to be required for students, staff, and drivers while using WWCSD transportation services, such as school buses. This is due to the federal mandate and CDC’s requirement for face masks on public transportation.
With the start of a brand new school year, after everything the students and staff experienced last year with COVID and online learning, there is much anticipation and excitement to see what this in-person year has in store.