Message from our Head of School
Dear current and prospective WCA families,
WCA has a long-standing tradition of sticking together and persevering when times become tough. That tradition continues as we face the current pandemic with resolve and determination. In the spring, when stay-at-home orders were enacted, the WCA community joined together and committed to continuing the education of our children. Within 24 hours we had a plan in place, and by Tuesday of the next week all of our students were online and learning live. Our teachers were incredible and the students were resilient! We finished the year strong. While it was not what any one of us would have chosen, we were committed to doing our best. At the end of the school year we were able to look back and confidently say, "Mission accomplished."
This year, as we begin the year under new circumstances —with more knowledge and continued determination— we look forward to yet again accomplishing our mission. While we do not know what this year will bring, we know that we serve a God who does; and we will continue to rely on Him for wisdom to make decisions and perseverance to meet each challenge head on. We are thankful that our hope is in Him and not in the things of this world. It is because of this hope that we can live without fear of the future.
In Christ alone and for His glory,
Head of School
2020/2021 Reopening Plans
After much thought, prayer, and research, WCA has made the decision to reopen for in-person instruction for the 20/21 school year. Class sizes will be limited, students will learn in "pods" and some things will feel very different; however, we will also be able to experience education in new and exciting ways as well, like outdoor classrooms! You can read through the plan we submitted to the state for more specific details, or you can check back here very soon (mid August) for our completed Return to School Plan and FAQ's.
Reopening Task Force
Chair: Julie Balk - Clinical Research Coordinator (University of Michigan)
Chris Smith - M.D. (2020 University of Michigan “Hospitalist of the Year”)
John Lennon - Emergency Room, R.N.
Jennifer Rich - Psychologist
Samm Pryce - Naturopathic Doctor
Ernie Bowman - Upper School Faculty, Pastor
Kristi Landrum - Lower School Faculty
Chris Sumner - Virologist and Ph.D. Candidate (University of Michigan)
Phase 4 and 5: In-person instruction with virtual options (Current Plan)
- Students will be meeting in-person, 5 days a week.
- Class sizes will be limited to encourage physical distancing.
- Precautions will be implemented to protect in-person learning bases on the phase we are in.
- Virtual options will be provided for students who choose to stay at home or are required to for a period of time. Students will be required to attend class virtually unless they are ill.
- Decisions will be made with the guidance of local and state officials.
Phase 3: Virtual instruction
- Students will attend school virtually and live.
- Attendance is required unless the student is ill.
- Technology will be distributed to meet student needs.