The following Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan (ECOL) is not meant to replace the original Walled Lake Return to Learn Plan which was collaboratively developed during the summer of 2020. Instead, this is meant to be a focused outline of additional considerations in important areas of the plan as required in the updated Return to Learn legislation passed on August 20, 2020. Updates for the 2022-2023 school year comply with the U.S. Department of Education requirements for receiving funding through the American Rescue Plan. This plan shall be reviewed every six months per the USDOE guidelines.
Extended COVID-19 Learning Plan
COVID-19 Policy Update - August 2022
We look forward to in-person instruction and in-person events as we start the 2022-23 school year. We will continue to work with the Oakland County Health Division on their recommendations for schools and evaluate their continued guidance.
The District will not be requiring universal masking in our school buildings and offices. Individual decisions related to continued masking in our school buildings and offices will be left to the discretion of students, families, and staff members. It should be noted that any bullying, harassment, or discrimination related to a student’s masking choices will not be tolerated. Any individuals engaging in such acts will be subject to the Code of Conduct.
Following guidance from the Oakland County Health Division, individuals that test positive for COVID-19 are required to stay home and isolate a minimum of 5 full days, with symptom onset date or test date, if asymptomatic, being Day 0. If, after 5 full days have passed, the individual has been fever free for over 24 hours and any other symptoms they have had are improving, the individual can resume normal activities provided a mask is worn through Day 10.
Personal or household contacts are not required to quarantine, however it is recommended and encouraged, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask and monitor for symptoms for 10 days. Test 3-7 days after exposure or if symptoms develop, and avoid unmasked activities or activities with higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals.
All other contacts are not required to quarantine, however it is recommended and encouraged to monitor for symptoms for 10 days, test if symptoms develop, and consider wearing a mask around others for 10 days after exposure. At a minimum, wear a mask in settings with higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals.
Symptomatic students/staff will continue to be required to meet one of the following prior to returning to school/work:
Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test.
Provide documentation from a physician indicating a clear alternative diagnosis.
Exclude from school for minimum of 5 days, mask for 10 days – must be fever free for over 24 hours, with other symptoms improving, prior to returning.
Students and staff members who tested positive for COVID-19 and return on Days 6-10, are required to wear a mask around others in accordance with Oakland County Health Division Guidance.