Welcome WWCS Families!




We hope that you have been able to spend quality time with your family over the last few weeks.  As you are all aware, the district has been working diligently to provide the best possible education for a wide spectrum of families in our district. Student and staff safety is our number one priority which inherently affects the health and safety of our entire community.

The district is planning various options for the fall. Unfortunately, this pandemic evolves very quickly which does not allow us to settle on one plan at this time. We will continue to work throughout the remaining summer to adapt to the changing circumstances related to the pandemic. Below you will find the scenario plans that will be presented to our Board of Education for consideration. 

The district has been monitoring and planning and will continue to adapt strategies throughout the coming month. We know you may have questions and that information is developing rapidly.  Please watch our Return to Learn Updates page as we will be frequently updating this content as we have new information. 


Return to Learn Planning Committee


  • Transportation: Rhonda Lyons

  • Food Service: JoAnn Gross

  • Technology: Seth Wenzel

  • Curriculum and Instruction: Jen Curry, Kate Brohl (K-5), Sheri Grove (6-12)

  • Special Education: Charley Hallman

  • Operations: Tony Spisak

  • Communications: Jenny Johnson and Cheryl Watson

  • Childcare: Maria Mitter

  • Wellness: Amanda Dybus & John Besek 


WWCS Distance Learning Schedules

External LinkWWCS Distance Learning Schedules
**This schedule represents a basic framework. Your child’s classroom teacher will communicate their specific classroom schedule once school begins.**





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August 31, 2020
WWCS Food Distribution Dates and Times


The attached flyer contains all of the WWCS Food Distribution Dates and Times for all WWCS schools. Once distribution starts at your school, distribution will recur weekly on the same day of the week and time as listed on the flyer for your school until we resume in person learning. 

August 20, 2020
WWCS Covid Preparedness and Response Plan


Governor Whitmer’s ​​Executive Order 2020-142​ “provides a structure to support all schools inMichigan as they plan for a return of pre-K-12 education in the fall. Under the order, schooldistricts must adopt a COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan laying out how they willcope with the disease across the various phases of the ​Michigan Safe Start Plan​. In turn, theaccompanying Michigan Return to School Roadmap offers a guide to the types of safetyprotocols appropriate during each phase. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution: What works inLansing may not work in Sault Sainte Marie. Districts will retain the flexibility to tailor theirinstruction to their particular needs and to the disease conditions present in their regions.”

PDF DocumentWWCS Covid Preparedness and Response Plan

August 18, 2020
Letter to WWCS Families


Dear Wayne-Westland Families,

Last week we announced the District would begin the school year with Distance Learning through at least October 23, 2020. Today we are sharing samples of what the distance learning school day will look like for elementary, middle and high school. Click to view the Wayne-Westland Distance Learning schedules. These schedules represent a basic framework. Your child’s classroom teacher will communicate their specific classroom schedule once school begins. Current pending legislation also states specific guidelines for attendance and benchmark assessments. In addition, the district calendar, code of conduct and grading policies will be followed.

Future communications will be emailed to you and additional information will be posted on our website including:

  • Breakfast and lunch services
  • Learning material distribution information
  • Classroom assignments and student class schedules
  • Back to school packets and parent handbooks
  • Updates on Fall athletic events and activities


There will be three community meetings for families with students who receive special education services on August 19 at different times to accommodate your schedule. We will answer some of the questions that have been submitted by the community during these meetings. Please use the Zoom links to join us.

Our District 2020-21 calendar and schedule will remain the same as if we were teaching and learning together in person.

Please check your contact information on your child’s profile in the Parent Portal so that we can reach out to you as needed to provide you with updates.

If you have any questions regarding our Distance Learning Plan, please email info@wwcsd.net. The District will put all updates on our Return to Learn website and FAQ.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through these new and changing times together. Thank you for your continued commitment to the Wayne-Westland CommUNITY and for serving as a partner in your child’s education.


John Dignan

2020-2021 WWCS Return Plan Scenarios

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The phase the state of Michigan is in, as determined by Governor Whitmer’s MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap, will determine what plan WWCS will follow.

PDF DocumentWWCS Return to Learn Plan


Plan 1 Face to Face Instruction All students at a school building Phase 5 & 6

Buildings allowed to reopen at full capacity

  • Students attend school on campus
  • Preventative hygiene policies and physical distancing guidelines
  • Enhanced daily cleaning measures and protocols
  • Remote learning options available to students who need it
  • Social-emotional support available
  • Transportation available
  • Breakfast and lunch available K-12
  • IEP & 504 programs and services provided as outlined in the student’s plan

Plan 2 Hybrid Instruction In School and at home learning combined Phase 4

Buildings allowed to reopen at partial capacity

  • Combination of face-to-face and remote learning
  • Optimizes limited in-person instruction with remote learning
  • Access to remote instruction and resources ensured for all
  • Staggered schedules to limit student exposure
  • Social-emotional support available
  • Enhanced cleaning measures with deep cleaning once a week
  • Transportation available
  • Food service K-12
  • IEP goals addressed in person as well as remotely

Plan 3 Virtual Instruction All students at home learning Phase 1 - 3

Buildings are not allowed to open or there is an Intermittent Closure

  • Remote learning delivery of instruction
  • Access to remote instruction and resources ensured for all
  • IEP goals addressed remotely
  • Remote social-emotional check-ins
  • Food service K-12


Wayne-Westland Community Schools will continue to work closely with the Michigan Department of Education, state and county health officials. The details of this document are subject to change as directives are provided by the Michigan Department of Education.

Reminder: The District offers Wayne-Westland Online Learning School (formerly Great Futures Online School) for K-12 students. This option has been available to students in grades 9-12. This year, the program has expanded to include students in all grades (K-12). Please visit our Wayne-Westland Online Learning page for more information.


Slide Presentations and Videos


Special Back To School Message from State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice

Technology Department Community Presentation - August 24, 2020

Special Education Town Hall Presentation on August 19, 2020

Presentation : Special Education Town Hall Meeting August 19th, 2020

PDF DocumentPresentation : Special Education Town Hall Meeting August 19th, 2020

Return To Learn Presentation by Superintendent Dignan - August 12, 2020

Presentation to the Board of Education on August 10, 2020

Board of Education Meeting Superintendent's Recommendation August 10, 2020

PDF DocumentBoard of Education Meeting Superintendent's Recommendation August 10, 2020


Board of Education Study Session Presentation on August 3, 2020

Return to Learn Special Education Presentation

Return to Learn Presentation to the Board of Education- July 23, 2020

State of Michigan & Other Resources