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The Learning Continues

The Long School staff is dedicated to ensuring our students continue their educational journey and will continue to do whatever it takes to provide support and reassurance. Each teacher will communicate detailed information and provide feedback. Attached you will find this week’s overall learning plan schedule for each grade. Click on the link to open the sheet then click on your child’s grade at the bottom. Links for P.E., Art, Music, Technology and STEM Enrichment are located on the Specials page. Teachers will check in with students at least twice a week via tools such as Google Hangouts, email or phone calls.  Students are expected to attend all Google Hangout sessions and engage in the work assigned by teachers. It is essential that parents/guardians and teachers continue to communicate so teachers are fully aware of the student’s well being and progress.

To continue educating, Dearborn Schools will use a variety of tools, mostly online.  The District will again distribute Chromebooks to families who need a computer to access the work. We will inform families of the distribution procedure and date as soon as it is finalized. If families truly cannot connect online, then the District will go so far as to print and mail or deliver paper assignments for students.

Meals will continue to be distributed at Long School on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please take care of your families and let us know if we can provide any additional support.

Long Grade Level Learning Plans 4/20/20-4/24/20

Superintendent’s Letter Regarding Continuity of Learning Plan



April 17, 2020


Greetings,

“The Learning Continues!” You will be seeing this phrase more often over the next two months as we have added this line to our very popular vision statement Students First: Inspire, Educate, Celebrate. Although our buildings are closed and the days ahead are still filled with a great deal of uncertainty, this one line truly captures the essence of our work for the remainder of the school year.

To further reinforce this commitment to our students, I am pleased to announce the Dearborn Public Schools Continuity of Learning Plan has been approved by our Wayne County RESA Intermediate School District (ISD) Superintendent. This is required action under Governor Whitmer’s Stay at Home Executive Order (E2020-35) which suspended in-person instruction for our students during the remainder of the school year. Approval of the plan allows our district to continue to receive funding from the state, but more importantly, it provides our staff members with a plan that will support student learning from April 20, 2020 through our last day of school on June 11, 2020.

Several key areas are specifically addressed in the plan including: Instruction, Student Participation, Chromebook Distribution, Content Delivery Methods, Consideration for Special Populations, Food Services, Managing and Monitoring Learning, and the identification of any additional cost to the District. The complete plan, a summary of how the plan impacts elementary, middle and high school students, along with grading criteria for each grade level can be found at:
https://dearbornschools.org/services/dearborn-public-schools-continuity-of-learning-plan/

As a nation we find ourselves in a fluid situation that includes plenty of unknowns. On behalf of our
Board of Education and the entire staff of the Dearborn Public Schools, I want to assure parents that they can be certain we are all committed to support your children and their education for the remainder of the school year and the years ahead. Since we left our school buildings in March, I have witnessed outstanding examples of distance learning and teacher to student interactions that reinforce the bond between teachers and students. I believe it is this bond along with the tremendous support we have seen from our parents/guardians, that will ensure the learning continues for all students.

Please remain safe and I wish continued good health to all in our community.

Sincerely,

Glenn M. Maleyko, Ph.D.
Superintendent

Recent Updates

On April 2, Governor Whitmer extended the closure of Michigan schools through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. We want our community to know that Long School and Dearborn Public Schools will continue to provide support during this time in many ways. We will be providing additional information regarding the district’s plan and additional resources available following approval from Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency. On a positive note, our district plan will include many components you are already working with, as these have been used regularly with our students.

April 6-10 is Dearborn Schools’ scheduled Spring Break. During this time teachers and administrators will take a break from sending additional communications and assignments.

Meals will be distributed Monday, Wednesday and Thursday next week at Long School.

Third marking period grades will be available on Parent Connect beginning next week. Go to Dearborn Schools web site then the ParentConnect link. If you don’t know your login info, click the Need Your Login Information link and it will prompt you to enter your email address as provided to the school and entered in MIStar then click Submit. This process emails your PIN and Password to you.

Following the break, continue to communicate with teachers via Class Dojo, email and/or blogs. Links to blogs and email addresses can be found on the Staff page at the top of this blog.

Keep in mind that Long School is here to provide support, whatever your needs may be.

We are open to the public during the current shutdown please see contact information below. 

General information:  313-827-3006 or communications@dearbornschools.org                                        Social emotional hotline – 313-827-8500 or dss@dearbornschools.org                                                       Tech support – 313-827-8400                                                                                                                     Human Resources & Student Services – 313-827-3068                                                                              Special Education – 313-827-7050                                                                                                              Business Services – 313-495-3986

Playgrounds Closed.

The weekend is here and although the weather forecast is calling for rain, we all like to get outside and get some fresh air. This is especially true during this time of year when the temperatures are on the rise and we all have been spending a lot of time inside.

Many are thinking that it might be alright to get outside and have children play with one or two friends. Unfortunately, this is not something we should be doing at this time. The battle to stop the spread of the COVID 19 virus is on-going and gathering in small groups, even outside at the local park is not something we should be doing.

During the State of Michigan mandated shut down, all Dearborn Public School facilities, including playgrounds, and athletic fields, will be closed to the public. Please do not attempt to go onto the fields or access the playgrounds. If you are found on the property you will be asked to leave.

The Governor has ordered that we all shelter in place. This is not a recommendation or suggestion. This action is being taken to help in the effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to mitigate the number of people becoming sick. Hospitals in southeastern Michigan are being overwhelmed and are reaching the point where they are unable to meet the needs of those arriving for care. We must all do our part to help slow the spread of this virus and remain at home!

The Governor did say that it is ok to go for a walk, run, or bike ride. However, we can not gather in groups at local parks or playgrounds.

We look forward to the day, hopefully in the not too distant future, when our facilities will once again be open to the public and we can all return to our regular routines. The District appreciates all of the support that the Dearborn community has shown and the tremendous amount of community spirit that has been demonstrated during this very difficult time. Together we will get through this, one community, #DearbornStrong!

Meal Distribution Change

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy! On Monday, March 30, Dearborn Public Schools is changing the format of its free student meal distributions.
Meals will now be distributed three times a week, instead of five.
Meals will generally be distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. However, the week of April 6 to 10, meals will be handed out on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Friday, April 10, is Good Friday and a holiday for District staff.

Fewer meal distributions should make it easier for families to get the food while reducing the risk of virus exposure for both our families and our staff. Each food bag will still contain both breakfast, lunch and milk for a child under 18, but now the bag will have food for each day until the next distribution.

The grab-and-go meals will continue to be handed out between 10 a.m. and noon at the same schools.  The Dearborn Schools student does not have to attend that school to be eligible for a meal. A designated person can pick up meals for multiple children.  The student does not need to be present.

The program is allowing the District’s 20,700 students to continue to have access to healthy food. The meals are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s School Lunch Program. Dearborn Public Schools already used the federal program to offer all kindergarten to 12th grade students free lunch and breakfast on school days.

Meal distributions will continue through the state-ordered school closure.  Currently, schools are set to reopen on April 14. Check firstbell.dearbornschools.org for the latest information on the school closure and the food program.

Distribution sites include Fordson, Dearborn and Edsel Ford high schools; McCollough/Unis; Salina Intermediate; Smith Middle School; and Woodworth Middle School. We will continue our distribution site at Long School. We offer drive through service so come on by!

Additional Student Resources

Teachers are continuing to provide support and links through Class Dojo and Blogs. Here are links to a few free resources that your children are already familiar with.

Epic – Digital Reading

D-Shines Garden and Healthy Living Project – This supports our school garden and physical fitness

San Diego Zoo webcams – They may not have used this before but it’s interesting and entertaining to watch the different animals (I especially enjoy watching the penguins)

For more links and online learning activities, click on our Resources page at the top!

K-12 School Food Services will Continue

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office issued the following statement today from Press Secretary Tiffany Brown on the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order:

“Gov. Whitmer is committed to ensuring that Michigan students have access to the food they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the governor’s executive order, K-12 school food services are considered critical infrastructure and should continue. The governor deeply appreciates the vital work that our frontline school employees are doing every day to ensure that our kids have the food they need while the order is in effect.”

At this time, we will continue to distribute food bags daily at Long School. Our family is here for you.

Stay healthy, stay safe!