Return to School Filled with New Experiences for Students, Staff

Masks on the bus and in the schoolhouse. Hand sanitizer and hand washing, often. Dots on the lunchroom chairs students are allowed to sit on, so social distancing can occur.

These are just some of the new routines students and staff returning for the 2020-21 school year in MSD Wayne will soon practice as second nature. The return to school on August 12 marked the beginning of a school year unlike any other in our district’s history. The majority of our students are returning in person, but about 20 percent are opting to learn remotely through our Wayne@Home program. Additionally, students in grades 6-12 are starting the school year in what’s called the hybrid model – students divided into two groups, one of which attends school on Mondays and Tuesdays, the other attending on Wednesdays and Thursdays. On the days students are not in the classroom, they are learning remotely.

“Everyone has put in a tremendous amount of hard work to adjust to the guidelines and mandates that have been put in place by outside agencies,” said MSD Wayne Superintendent Jeff Butts. “We are doing everything possible to give our parents choice in how their students attend school during this pandemic, and to keep our students and staff safe.”

Our reopening plan, along with updated information, can be found here.