December 2020 Remote Learning

December 2020 Remote Learning Decision
Posted on 12/01/2020

Woodland Educational Community,


Today I set to write a letter to you all welcoming you back to in person learning on Monday.  But our staff took a turn for the worst this morning as the Covid virus hit us hard. Positive tests in the past few hours have led to 10-staff members to be out because of infection and/or quarantines.  The heath department will be testing some 7-staff members in the next few days because of contacts inside the building. In many regards the Livingston County Health Department considered us lucky that students were not in the building the past few days as that number of quarantined/infected would have doubled or tripled due to contacts the staff members would have had during a regular in person school day.


Our testing center has worked very well, with our nurse Shawna meeting with some 13 Woodland students, staff, and families over the past three days for tests.  Of the 13 tests, 8 of them have come back positive. (Test Accuracy is 95%).  That alarming rate of 62% positive does not bode well for us either (the rate is supposed to be under 10%). 


In discussing with the LCHD and the Board of Education this morning it was decided that going to remote learning is in the best interest of the health and safety of the students, staff, and Woodland community in hopes that the spread diminishes from the Thanksgiving Holiday.


Remote Learning: December 3, 4

Remote Learning: December 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Remote Learning: December 14, 15, 16, 17

Remote Learning ½ Day (11:30 Finished) – Friday, December 18th

Holiday Break: Saturday, December 19 through Sunday, January 3rd

Remote Learning: January 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


In Person Learning Resumes: Monday, January 11, 2021



Woodland Testing Center

The particulars are the following to get a test from us:

  1. You are a Woodland Student / Woodland Parent / Woodland Sibling / Live with a Woodland Student
  2. You have One or More Symptoms of COVID (We are unable to give you a test without symptom(s))
  3. This is by appointment only
  4. You will NOT enter the building to receive the test - you will pull to the front circle and call 815-672-5974 - tell the receptionist you are outside waiting for your test and someone will be out to administer it
  5. Monday through Friday this is offered 9-12PM (On Remote School Days as well) - In 15- Min Intervals.  You will choose a time slot – and then we will contact you with a specific time to come (remember we have to work around Shawna’s schedule for meetings so your time may be an hour before or after the time you requested).
  6. We will do our best to get you the day and time in which you requested, but having no knowledge of how many or need per day we may have to work around schedules
  7. Please Bring Your Own Pen to Sign Form/Waiver – you will remain in your car for the whole experience


In order to request a test – please complete the form below:


As always, I wish the very best for health for every one of you and your families. 

Take care of yourself and your families,


Dr. Ryan McGuckin


Woodland CUSD #5 
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