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Wayne-Westland schools to go virtual as district struggles with staffing, transportation, attendance

Posted at 4:31 PM, Jan 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-08 16:31:56-05

(WXYZ) — In a letter to families, Wayne-Westland community schools said they will move to remote learning for the week of January 10 for all PreK-12 grade students.

The district superintendent says the decision comes as the district struggles with staffing shortages, transportation, and overall student absentee rates.

"As required by the Michigan Department of Education, school districts must have a 75 percent daily pupil attendance threshold to be counted as a day of instruction," Superintendent John Dignan said in the letter. "By offering remote learning, it gives students who are in quarantine or without transportation the opportunity to log into their classes to continue to receive instruction from their teachers."

Each school will reach out to families to share more information about Chromebook distribution, class schedules, and logging into their virtual classrooms the superintendent says.

All school buildings will remain open and all high school athletic events will run as scheduled.

The Champions Before and After School program will also still operate each day next week but will be located at Stevenson Middle School, 38501 Palmer, Westland 48185, for students currently enrolled in the program.

Schedule:

  • January 10-14, 2022 : All PreK-12 grade students remote instruction
  • January 12-14, 2022 : Full day of remote instruction for grades 6-12
  • January 14, 2022 : ½ day of instruction for elementary students
  • January 17, 2022 : No School - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 18, 2022 : In-person learning resumes for all PreK-12 grade students
  • January 19-21, 2022 : Full day of in-person instruction for elementary students
  • January 19, 2022 : ½ day of instruction for high school students Final exams
  • January 20, 2022 : ½ day of instruction for middle and high school students Final exams
  • January 21, 2022 : ½ day of instruction for middle and high school students Final exams. Full day of instruction for K-5.