Wayland Academy Students Returning This Weekend

(Beaver Dam) Wayland Academy will be welcoming students back to campus this weekend and will offer both in-person and virtual learning. The newly hired Head of School Jason Warnick shared his plans for the upcoming semester during a business conference call hosted by the Beaver Dam Chamber of Commerce. Warnick, who assumed the position last month, says students will be returning to Wayland Saturday in a staggered approach.

He says campus move-in dates will be in three waves to accommodate social distancing with day students registering on Saturday. Classes at Wayland Academy will be taught by a hybrid model of both in-person instruction and online. Warnick says several classrooms have been retrofitted with high-definition cameras and microphones to allow for seamless virtual teaching.

In close collaboration with the county health department, Warnick says they have implemented three safety phases that will determine how restrictive or unrestrictive campus activity will be based on local coronavirus numbers.

The first phase is Red which entails the highest restrictions where students will have to stay on campus with very little visitors permitted.

The second phase is Yellow, which could include some on and off campus activity with looser guidelines.

The last phase is Green where all restrictions would be lifted. Warnick says, while hopeful, the Green phase will likely not happen during the first semester. He says if there are 14-days of low infection rates and positive trends, Wayland would lessen their restrictions but noted all decisions would be made with guidance from their health team and medical advisor.

Warnick adds that each person who comes to campus will go through a visitor center and will be screened prior to entry. More information can be found on Wayland Academy’s website: www.wayland.org