The Waterford School District COVID-19 Dashboard will continue to be the main hub of information for the community. All data and important information regarding COVID-19 will be posted here on a regular basis.
Within 24 hours of being notified of a School Associated Case by Oakland County Health Division, this dashboard will be updated to include new and cumulative COVID-19 case counts. Individuals identified as Close Contacts of School Associated Cases will be notified separately and directly, by either WSD or the Oakland County Health Division.
2021-2022 COVID Protocols (8.30.2021)
Per the OCHD Mask Order, masks are required for all students and staff pre-k through post-secondary education indoors. Visitors must also wear masks. This includes athletics and school events.
Mask use is required by the CDC on public transportation, including school buses, per Federal Order (set to expire September 13).
Vaccinations are not required for staff or students. The CDC, MDHHS, and OCHD recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible individuals. Visit the OCHD Vaccination Hub for more information.
Screening & Testing
WSD is not requiring COVID-19 screening or testing. It is recommended that symptomatic individuals voluntarily test.
Physical distancing is not required but will be practiced when possible.
Ventilation systems in our buildings will continue to operate to original design specifications using MRV-13 filters. On school buses, windows may be opened slightly when safe and practicable.
Staying Home When Sick
Staff and families are expected to use good judgment, stay home when they are sick, and report absences according to our attendance policies.
OCHD strongly recommends individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 take a PCR test. An individual can return to school with a clear alternative diagnosis (positive strep, ear infection) and after 24 hours fever-free.
If an individual does not get tested for COVID-19 they must exclude from school and quarantine for 10 days.
If an individual does test positive they need to isolate for 10 days and can return after being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. A negative test result is not required once all criteria are met.
Identifying Close Contacts & Contact Tracing
WSD will identify close contacts following the new OCHD guidance. The OCHD will perform all contact tracing. (Monitoring symptoms of those that have tested positive or are identified as close contacts.)
Close contacts are identified as individuals within 6 feet of a COVID-positive person for 15 minutes or more. Not all close contacts must quarantine according to the OCHD Quarantine Guidance.
Quarantine from classroom/lunchroom/bus exposure:
Individuals within 3 feet of the COVID-positive case, regardless of mask use Individuals between 3 and 6 feet where both are not properly masked
Quarantined individuals must quarantine for 10 days from last date of exposure as long as they do not develop symptoms. Quarantine time maybe shortened if a PCR test on the 7th day from exposure has a negative result.
Individuals fully vaccinated (14 days past second dose) or those that have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days and are not showing symptoms are exempt from quarantine.
Those quarantined due to exposure in the home may have a longer quarantine period. If the individual cannot isolate from the COVID-positive person they must quarantine for that person’s 10 contagious days and then their 10 quarantine days.
Students and staff that test positive for COVID-19 must isolate for at least 10 days after symptoms began and 24 hours after no fever without fever-reducing medications and symptoms have improved.
At this time, the MDHHS requires school districts to continue to report school-associated cases of COVID-19 within 24 hours after being notified by the local health department. Please visit the 2021-2022 WSD COVID-19 Dashboard for regularly updated information.
Notification will be similar to last year, WSD will directly notify close contacts that they must quarantine due to close contact. A building letter will be sent out building-wide after a positive case is reported.
Cleaning & Disinfection
Standard daily cleaning protocols will be followed using products approved by the CDC to be effective against the COVID-19 virus.
Desks and other students working areas will to be at least 3 feet apart when possible. WSD will allow normal flow of traffic between classes, use of lockers, and unrestricted recesses.
At this time, visitors will not be allowed in classrooms. It is encouraged that those visiting our offices schedule an appointment when possible.
Large Indoor Gatherings
All assemblies and large gatherings will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Buses and lunchrooms (elementary & middle school) will maintain seating charts.
Important COVID-19 Information & Links
OCHD COVID FAQ
Back to School COVID Protocols Infographic
8.26.2021 - COVID-19 Action Plan Response Flowchart
8.24.2021 - OCHD Mask Order
8.20.2021 - OCHD Quarantine Recommendations
8.13.2021 MDHHS Update on School Guidance
8.10.2021 MDHHS When to Wear a Face Mask
8.2.2021 MDHHS Recommendations for Safer School Operations During COVID-19
COVID-19 Oakland County Dashboard
COVID-19 Michigan Dashboard
COVID-19 Informational Archive 2020-21
Frequently Asked Questions:
- If you need help with your WSD issued device, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are not receiving emails, please update your contact information in the MiSTAR parent portal, it sends daily updates to Blackboard. Parent Portal link
Important Information and Links
End of Year ECOL Report
WSD What to do - COVID-19 Flowchart
OCHD Quarantine Recommendation - May 27, 2021
Extended Continuity of Learning Plan: Mid-Year Update 2021
Oakland County Health Division - Quarantine & Isolation Guide (3.19.21)
Pause to Save Lifes - November 15, 2020
COL Reconfirmation – Nov. 2020
Board Approved COVID-19 Preparedness & Response Plan
Full Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan
COVID-19 Symptoms List
Should I Report to School?
What Happens When COVID-19 Symptoms Occur at School
Student-Staff Screen Checklist
Close Contact Quarantine Guide (Updated 4.7.21)
Health Screening Agreement
Instructions on how to complete Health Screening Agreement in MiStar Parent Portal
Close Contact Quarantine Guidelines
Symptomatic Student - Parent Letter
Mask Practice for Children
5.6.2021 - Updated COVID-19 Action Response Plan Flowchart
9.17.2020 - Elementary Laptop Pick-up
9.16.2020 - Secondary Laptop Pick-up
9.3.2020 - Updated COVID-19 Action Response Plan Flowchart - Spanish
8.13.2020 - Frequently Asked Questions
8.13.2020 - Remote vs. Virtual Learning
8.12.2020 - Child Care Options While Remote
8.12.2020 - OSTC Modified Block Schedule
Return to Learning FAQ
Return to Learning, Student Support Services FAQ
Remote to In-Person Instruction
Should I Report to School
Close Contact Quarantine Guide
Modified Remote Schedule - All Levels
Elementary Remote Sample Schedule
Mason MS Remote Sample Schedule
Pierce MS Remote Sample Schedule
Kettering/Mott HS Remote Sample Schedule
Durant HS Remote Sample Schedule
Secondary Sample Class Period
In-Person Instruction FAQ
In-Person Instruction FAQ (Spanish)
Board Meetings & Informational Videos
8.10.2020 - COVID-19 Updated Board Presentation
8.10.2020 School Board Meeting, Part I
8.10.2020 School Board Meeting, Part II
8.6.2020 - Full Board Meeting & COVID-19 Presentation
7.27.2020 FB Live Townhall
WSD Parent Letters
8.11.2020 - WSD Remote Start - Final Selection
8.11.2020 - Parent Letter Spanish
8.11.2020 - WSD Remote Start - Final Selection (Spanish)
8.7.2020 - Exploring a Remote Learning Start
8.4.2020 - Parent Selection Survey (Spanish)
7.29.2020 - Update for Families - Mask & Block Scheduling
7.23.2020 - Parent Selection Survey
7.10.2020 - Back to School: Phases and Protocol
WSD Lunch Distribution Information
Free & Reduced FAQ
How to Apply
Free & Reduced Application
WSD Food & Nutrition Services