It may not look the same, but it is back to school time. I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable summer break. We are working hard to make sure our new school year provides exciting opportunities for growth and learning. I would like to take this opportunity to share some of the changes you will see as we continue learning remotely this fall.
Dearborn Schools will begin this school year with 100% remote learning for all students. The 2020-2021 school year will begin on Monday, August 31, 2020. The entire first week of school will be a half-day beginning at 8:55 am for elementary and ending at 12:00 pm. The following week will be full days for all elementary students beginning at 8:55 and ending at 3:50.
All Dearborn teachers and students will be using Schoology as our learning management system. This will be the main place to go for classroom resources, assignments and links. Classroom live lessons, both whole group and small group, will take place via Zoom. Students will access assignments, videos and projects through Schoology. When completed and submitted by students, teachers will review, grade and provide feedback on assignment Attendance will be taken daily.
Until these systems are in place and teachers set up their accounts, we will be communicating with you through email or teacher blogs. We encourage you all to sign up for your teacher’s blog, as well as the school website.
We will be communicating class rosters through email in the next day. Due to the loss of students to the Virtual Learning Program, we were reduced another classroom. This created a delay as we restructure classes and reschedule some students.
Teachers will also reach out to you through email by Friday and communicate first week assignments and expectations. Teachers will be scheduling orientation meetings (in person or remote) with each family in their class during the first week. At this meeting, we will provide an overview of expectations, hand out some workbooks and materials as well as ensure you are comfortable with accessing the sites needed for remote learning. This is also an opportunity for you to communicate anything you would like us to know about your child.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to ensure all students continue their educational journey.