Wayland Middle School will hold Pearl Harbor Day Program
Students and staff of Wayland Middle School will hold a Pearl Harbor Day program at the Wayland Union Fine Arts Center on Friday, December 5, 2014 to remember the events of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941.
Veterans are invited to attend a tea with middle school students at 1:00pm. The program begins at 1:30pm. The public is invited to attend the program.
Walgreens, FamilyWize & Wayland Union Schools Encourage Preventive Measures To Protect Against Influenza
Flu Shot Vaccines Provided by Walgreens At Wayland Fire Station on
Saturday, December 6, 2014
FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, dedicated to building strong communities through better health, along with Walgreens and Wayland Union Schools, are working together to help provide flu shots for uninsured and underinsured residents, and encouraging preventive measures heading into the winter months and typical peak of flu season.
On Saturday, December 6th at the Wayland Fire Station (160 W. Superior Street in Wayland) from 9:30am-12:30pm, free flu shots will be available for those who are uninsured or underinsured and are age 7 or older. The vaccine is provided by Walgreens as part of a nationwide program that helps to make flu shots available to those without health insurance coverage and unable to afford a flu shot.
Flu vaccines are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
“At FamilyWize we believe that stronger, healthier and happier people make healthier and better communities,” said Dan Barnes, CEO of FamilyWize. “The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but there are also good health habits that can often help stop the spread of germs.”
FamilyWize offers the following advice to help prevent the flu:
1. Clean Your Hands: Wash your hands as often and thorough as possible with soap and water. If soap is not available use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
2. Stay Home: Whenever possible, stay home when you are sick. Avoid school, work, and even errands. Experts recommend you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.
3. Avoid Close Contact: Do your best to avoid close contact with people who are sick. You should also avoid close contact with others when you are sick.
4. Avoid Touching Your Eyes, Nose or Mouth: Viruses are often spread after a person touches something that is contaminated with the virus and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth. This is why it is also important to cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
5. Keep Your Surroundings Clean: Clean and disinfect that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
"Every year, thousands of children miss valuable school days because of the influenza virus. Influenza also causes more hospitalizations than any other vaccine-preventable disease,” said Angela Smith, School Nurse at Wayland Union Schools. “Prevention plays a crucial role in reducing the spread of illness and flu. Preventative measures that result in even a modest reduction in the spread of influenza have shown to have a significant impact on school absenteeism. The single best way to protect your children and family against seasonal flu and its potential complications is to get a seasonal flu vaccine each year. "
Flu activity commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February, but seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. The CDC recommends getting the shot or spray as soon as the vaccine becomes available in your neighborhood (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2014-2015.htm).
About FamilyWize Community Service Partnership
The FamilyWize Community Service Partnership was established in 2005 to help all people get the medicine they need. The FamilyWize prescription savings card is the only program of its kind to pass through 100 percent of its savings directly to cardholders. The card is accepted at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide, including CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kmart, Target and Walmart. For more information, to get a free prescription card or download the free FamilyWize mobile app visit www.FamilyWize.org.
WUHS Pride Program Rewards Good Behavior
Students at Wayland Union High School can have the opportunity to win big prizes in their “Pride” positive behavior program. Throughout the year, students are given pride tickets for positive behaviors. They can receive them for a variety of reasons. Staff members are ready to hand out these tickets whenever they see a student demonstrating a good behavior-helping other students, being respectful, showing leadership, etc.
Each trimester the school holds a large assembly where drawings are held for pride ticket holders. Today, Assistant Principal, Mike Omness presented Senior Austin Page with a crisp $100 dollar bill (shown in attached photo). Other winners during the drawing were Hanna Wykoski (11th) and Kayd Hulst (9th) who won $10 dollar Itunes gift cards! Ethan Pawoloski won skittles and M & M's!
The school also kicked off its Pride Time program. This is a dedicated block of time every Thursday, beginning with the 2nd trimester, where every student is assigned a PRIDE teacher. Classes consist of roughly 20 students with each class having almost an even mix of freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. A teacher will maintain that group of students until graduation with the hope that every student will have a staff member that they can have a strong relationship with. Also, PRIDE time will be utilized to help provide academic support as well as grade monitoring and goal setting.
Important Safety Information
From the desk of Superintendent, Norman Taylor...
November 17, 2014
Dear Parents/Guardians, Staff, Students, and Community Members,
As you may be aware, there have been several threats against schools or individuals in West Michigan recently. Although no threats have been made against Wayland Union Schools, it is possible on any given day that a threat or an emergency situation could arise. Please know that the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. We will treat any threat or emergency situation seriously and respond according to established protocols, based on the circumstances of each situation, in cooperation with area law enforcement, EMS, and local fire departments.
All schools in Allegan County have established Emergency Management Plans to address safety and security concerns that may develop. These may include medical emergencies, student welfare issues, facility emergencies, or acts of crime or violence.
Our schools and district have procedures in place to work through various emergency scenarios and we have periodic drills to practice some of these situations. Most of you are familiar with our annual drills such as fire, lockdown / shelter in place, and tornado drills, plus our school bus evacuation drills. To quickly address medical emergencies, each school, under the direction of our school nurse and security officer, has a Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) complete with first aid kits and AEDs. These trained teams also hold periodic drills to practice different medical emergencies to keep students safe until EMS arrives.
We will share information on any emergency situation as it becomes available. We will also provide updated information as the situation warrants in conjunction with safety and security considerations, and in cooperation with emergency response groups and law enforcement. After last spring’s incident at Dorr Elementary, we debriefed that event and modified our Crisis Communications Plan of internal and external communications to better address the needs of everyone wanting up-to-the-minute information as we work through a critical situation.
Generally, information will be communicated to parents of students involved in a situation at a particular school(s) via our Infinite Campus (IC) Emergency Messenger system (similar to our snow day school closing notices). Again, please make sure your desired contact information (phone, email, and/or text) is accurate in our Infinite Campus Parent Portal system (for assistance email
). We will also place information on our district website at www.wayland.k12.mi.us and our Facebook page, plus provide information internally to our administration & staff, and to various area media outlets. Please keep in mind that it is easy for rumors to develop or inaccurate information to spread quickly, so please rely on official school communications.
Your cooperation is important in any emergency situation, for both the safety of our students and staff, and to allow emergency responders to do the jobs they are trained to perform. Please consider the following points that will help us keep your child(ren) safe:
- Please do not telephone the school. Telephone lines may be needed for emergency communications.
- Please do not go to the school or any evacuation site until notified to do so. Emergency responders and law enforcement officers need to secure the situation first and be able to access the site of the emergency.
- In the event of a serious situation, students will be kept at school, or may be evacuated to an alternate site if necessary. Once parents are notified by the school, they may pick up their child; however, only a parent, guardian, or an adult that has been previously identified on your child’s registration form as an emergency contact, will be permitted to pick up a student. Please make sure this information is current on your child’s registration form.
- If students are kept at school or evacuated to an alternate site, we will also communicate that information through our IC Emergency Messenger system and the other forms of communication listed above.
- Impress upon your children the need for them to follow the directions of any school personnel, law enforcement, or other emergency responders.
- Please – it is critical that students and parents refrain from cell phone use during emergency situations. A sudden surge in cell phone activity could impede our ability to effectively communicate needed information. Again, students should pay attention to the directions of school personnel.
Every situation is unique and our response may be different in different situations. We will do everything within our power and abilities to keep your child(ren) safe and secure. Our Emergency Response Plans, training, and drills help us stay prepared for potential emergency situations and can alleviate concerns during an emergency.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
Norman L. Taylor, Superintendent