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Reminder: No school Monday, April 5 and Remote classes April 6-9

Letter from Superintendent Maleyko

April 1, 2021

Greetings,

Our staff and students have been doing an outstanding job with following all of our COVID 19 safety rules. I have visited every school in Dearborn Public Schools during the month of March to observe COVID 19 safety protocols and classroom instruction. I am extremely proud of our incredible staff, students and the community. We will continue to place safety as a top priority, and with an abundance of caution we have decided to place all students on a virtual schedule for the week of April 6-9 following the Spring Break. We realize that families may be traveling over the break and may interact with more individuals during the Easter holiday. This means that three days will be changed to synchronous online learning instead of Hybrid learning (April 6th, 8th, and 9th). Wednesday April 7th was already scheduled as a virtual day.

In addition, we have sent communications regarding our free COVID 19 Antigen Testing site at Edsel Ford High School on April 5 from 11am-6pm. I am encouraging all staff, students and community members who want peace of mind to please go to the site for testing on April 5. Click here to view the information regarding this testing clinic that will be run by the State of Michigan at Edsel Ford.

We still have some challenges to face with the pandemic moving forward, and I encourage everyone to follow the COVID 19 safety protocols to help prevent the spread of the virus. However, I also believe that we have some positive news on the horizon as more vaccines are now available and Dearborn Public Schools is planning to partner with vaccine providers to get students who are sixteen and over vaccinated during the month of April. For those of you who celebrate the Easter holiday or any other holiday during this time, I wish you and your family all the best for a happy holiday season.

Please stay safe and remember to wear your mask.

Regards,


Glenn M. Maleyko, Ph.D.
Superintendent



Preschool Great Start Readiness Program Enrollment

ATTENTION ALL FAMILIES WITH A FOUR-YEAR-OLD CHILD

Dearborn Public Schools Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is beginning the application process for the 2021-2022 school year.

GSRP is a free program for all eligible families and is designed to give a high quality preschool experience prior to Kindergarten.

If your son or daughter will be four years of age by December 1,2021.

Applications will be available at the following schools:

Cotter, Becker, Henry Ford, William Ford, Long, McCollough/Unis, McDonald, Oakman, River Oaks, Salina Elementary, Whitmore Bolles,

on Wednesday, April 7, 2021

From: 9 -11 a.m. or any Wednesday following.

If you have any other questions please call  827-6150

Parent Survey

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Dearborn Public Schools and Long School are using this Parent Survey as a means to elicit your beliefs and opinions to help target areas for the school system to improve and areas to continue to be effective. Your opinion is important to us, and we ask that you take the time to complete this form. The online survey will be available from March 15-March 26 . In order to complete the survey, please click on this link: https://forms.gle/whQTYFprcm8CBxMb9
Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous and your honest opinions are appreciated. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact your school principal. Thank you in advance for supporting our improvement efforts.
Your cooperation and support in completing the parent survey will be greatly appreciated.

Reminder: Change in Food Distribution Starts Today!

With the start of blended learning on March 1, Dearborn Public Schools will change how it distributes free student meals.

Weekly meal pickup will move to Wednesdays starting on March 3 and will be provided at all of our traditional middle and high schools. Pickup will continue to run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pickup will be available at Bryant Middle, Dearborn High, Edsel Ford High, Fordson High, Lowrey, McCollough-Unis, Salina Intermediate, Smith Middle, Stout Middle, and Woodworth Middle schools.

Four Remote Learning Days Added on Staff Vaccination Days in March

More than 1,400 Dearborn Public School staff were able to get their first COVID vaccination shot on February 11 and 12 at one of two locations. Depending on which vaccination they received, all those staff will need their second shot either three or four weeks after the first dose. Realizing that scheduling the second dose of the vaccine will lead to staff shortages, the district is being proactive and planning four online learning days.

The first two Thursdays and Fridays in March (March 4, 5, 11, and 12) will now be remote learning days where students remain at home. Students should still expect to have mostly live instruction over those four days. Teachers will provide more specific information about their classes closer to that time. Students will still be expected to log into Schoology each of those four days and attend classes and complete assigned work.

The Mondays and Tuesdays of both those weeks will still be hybrid with some students in school. Wednesdays were already scheduled to be remote learning days.

Hybrid learning will still start on March 1 for students in kindergarten, first, second, sixth and ninth grades. On March 8, students in preschool, third, fourth, fifth, seventh and 10th grades will start hybrid learning. Grades eight, 11 and 12 will return for hybrid learning on March 15.

The first two weeks of hybrid learning, students will attend face-to-face class one day that week, either Monday or Tuesday depending on if they are group A or B. Their second day that week now will be replaced by remote learning.

Superintendent Glenn Maleyko announced earlier that the district would likely need to add some remote learning days after the district found out we would be able to mass vaccinate willing staff over two days.

“We appreciate the community’s patience as we work to keep staff, students and families as safe as we can in the current environment,” Dr. Maleyko said. “Learning remotely for these additional days will provide more continuity to students and allow teachers to work around the vaccination schedule.”

“Please know that even after staff are vaccinated, they will continue to follow CDC guidelines including wearing masks in schools, and we will encourage our community to continue to use social distancing and to #MaskUpDearborn until the country is able to get COVID under control,” Dr. Maleyko added.