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Dearborn Board of Education extends online learning into November

Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education voted Monday night (Oct. 12) to extend online learning into November, but set another meeting for Oct 26 to reevaluate conditions.

The approved motion also called for continuing and expanding in-school learning labs where, under current conditions, up to three students at a time come in and meet with teachers.  If local COVID conditions stay favorable, those groups will expand up to six students. Learning labs for some special education students started last month and then expanded to every school last week.

Trustees voted 6-1 in favor of the measure.  Only Trustee Jim Thorpe dissented, expressing that the district was ready to slowly start bringing students back.  Since the September meeting, the average COVID test positivity rate for outer Wayne County has fallen below 5 percent and the average daily cases in Dearborn have declined significantly. 

District administration had recommended starting to bring elementary students back in a split model where half of students would be at school at one time.  Three options were presented for student attendance including every other day, half days every day, or a shortened day every other day. In each case, students not at school would have done asynchronous work at home. More information about each option is available in the presentation to the board.

The plan included options for starting with preschool through third grade or preschool through fifth grade.  Siblings at the same school would attend at the same time.

In all three options, elementary students would have stayed mostly in their classrooms with any special teachers like art or music coming to them.  Desks and other touch points would have needed to be sanitized every four hours, or between groups of students.

Maysam Alie-Bazzi, Executive Director of Staff and Student Services and a co-chair of the district’s reopen committee, made the presentation.  She also touched on options for starting to return middle and high school students, although probably not until after elementary schools restarted.  Secondary students are more difficult to bring back because of the number of students in the buildings and the need to have them switch classes.  Each class change will mean students mixing in the hall and the state requirement to wipe every desk.  Options for middle and high school include “Zoom in the room” where teachers would simultaneously teach students in the classroom and online.

Monday’s meeting stretched more than five hours, past midnight, as trustees discussed the plans and heard more than 50 public comments submitted online and by residents at the meeting.

Information presented also stressed that students and staff would be expected to wear face masks while at school.  Bazzi also told trustees that the district would need two or three weeks to finalize and launch any blended learning model the board adopts.  The time would be used to group students, figure out busing, finalize cleaning routines, create teacher schedules, adjust the school meal programs, communicate the changes to parents, and more.

Parents who were not comfortable returning their child to school could ask to have their child moved to the Virtual Learning Program by calling their child’s school and asking to be put on the waiting list.  The program will teach students online all year, but elementary students would be required to switch teachers.

Bazzi also noted that entire schools would not close for one or two cases of COVID in the building.  Referencing the district’s COVID flyer, she said the district would start by requiring close contacts to quarantine, which might mean whole classrooms temporarily return to online learning.  Entire schools would only close if that was the recommendation of the Wayne County Health Department.

Administration had targeted restarting with the youngest students because they struggle the most with online learning. It also is easier in elementary school to follow safety protocols like better social distancing and not allowing different groups of students mix.

“We know online learning is the most difficult for our youngest students and their parents,” said Superintendent Glenn Maleyko.  “We continue to work towards the day we can start to bring our students slowly and safely back to school.”

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Free Meal Distributions in Dearborn

The weekly free student meal distributions will continue on Fridays through at least October 9. Food is available for any district student or any child under 18 in the household. Pickups are from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bryant Middle School, Dearborn High School, Edsel Ford High School, Fordson High School, Henry Ford Elementary, the Dearborn Heights Campus (Howe/STEM/Berry Center), Lowrey School, Maples Elementary, McCollough-Unis, McDonald Elementary, Miller Elementary, Salina Intermediate, Smith Middle School, Stout Middle School and Woodworth Middle School.

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Virtual Pre-K Starts Tomorrow (Monday 9-28-2020)

We are so excited that our GSRP Program starts tomorrow online. Every family should have their username and password for their students’ Schoology login. If you have not received it please email your classroom teacher.

Students will not be able to log on until Monday morning. Once they are logged on they will see their lessons for the day. Please make sure to read each lesson carefully and send a picture of your child’s self portrait to your child’s teacher so they know they have completed it. (Parents let them do it all by themselves)

We are all learning this together so please make sure to let us know what we can do to help make online learning at home a good experience.

Have a great first day and don’t forget to take a first day of PRESCHOOL picture. If you would like to share it with me please email it to me at modicaa@dearbornschools.org or your classroom teacher. I would love to see those first day smiles.

Mrs. Modica

Early Childhood Coordinator/Principal Cotter Early Childhood Center

Dearborn Public Schools

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Registration for 2020-2021 School Year Is Tomorrow at Cotter

If you have a child or know someone who has a child who is 4 years old or turning 4 years old by December 1st, 2020 please come to Cotter tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or from 12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. If you would like to schedule an appointment call 313-827-6150.

Below are the items you will need to bring with you:

Birth Certificate (official and in English)

Parents Driver’s License

Medical Insurance Card

Immunization Record

A current DTE bill or internet/phone bill

2019 Federal Income Tax 1040 form

If you are a homeowner, please bring a copy of one of the following: Certificate of Occupancy or Current Property Tax Bill or Deed or Closing Statement or Purchase Agreement

If you rent, please bring a copy of your lease. The lease you give us, must be current, show the signatures of your landlord and yourself and include the address you are renting. We will need you and your landlord to fill out a landlord affidavit form.

If you live with someone who owns the home, or is renting the home you will need to visit the Student Services building, located at: 18700 Audette. Please contact them at: 313-827-3000 for the paperwork you will need to bring with you.

If you have any questions please call Cotter at 313-827-6150.

Thanks,

Amy Modica, GSRP Principal

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Pre-K GSRP Applications for 2020-2021 being handed out this Wednesday!

Dearborn Public Schools will be making applications available for this year’s GSRP preschool programs offered throughout the district on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 10 a.m – noon. Applications will be available for pick up outside the office doors at the following locations:

  • Cotter Early Childhood Center 13020 Osborn St.
  • Salina Elementary 2700 Ferney St.
  • Long Elementary 3100 Westwood St.
  • McCollough-Unis 7801 Maple St.
  • Whitmore Bolles 21501 Whitmore St.
  • McDonald Elementary 10151 Diversey 
  • Becker Elementary 10821 Henson St.

Please be sure to wear a mask when picking up applications.

When you pick up an application, an appointment will be made for your family to return paperwork on September 1st.

If families cannot not make it to one of these locations to pick up an application or if there is currently an application on file and an appointment is needed, please contact Cotter Early Childhood Center at 313-827-6150 before September 1st. 

GSRP will be starting virtually this school year and will follow the direction of Dearborn Schools for returning to face-to-face instruction. Teachers will be working with accepted families remotely and offering some face-to-face assistance for families able to visit their classroom.

If families have already completed the application process and received an acceptance letter, a preschool teacher will contact the family during the first week in September.

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GSRP Preschool Enrollment 2020-2021

Application Process for 2020-2021 Dearborn Public Schools GSRP Program:

If you are interested in receiving information about the Dearborn Public Schools Great Start Readiness Program please fill out the Dearborn Public School Interest Form  by clicking on this link below :  (please note that uploading documents is not required)

https://forms.gle/rBcaR3PkgcJ47TKS8

We will also be having in person registration on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 and Wednesday, September 2, 2020. More information on these dates will be available in August. If you have any questions please email Amy Modica at modicaa@dearbornschools.org

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Please complete Census Application

Dear Parent(s),

Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

For a better future of our city, schools, and students , please click on the link now and fill out the census. It only takes a few minutes from your time to make a difference.

Complete the Census application here: 

https://my2020census.gov/

Sincerely,

Mrs. Modica

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Meal Distribution Schedule

Dearborn Public Schools families are reminded that the meal distribution schedule will have a few changes starting the week of May 18 – the week before Memorial Day.

Because schools were scheduled to be closed on Friday and Monday for Memorial Day weekend, there will be no food distribution on May 22 and 25.

Meal distributions will still occur on Monday May 18 and on Wednesday May 20.  The May 20 distribution will include breakfasts and lunches for a full week, so families should be prepared to carry the larger quantity, including a half gallon of milk per student.

Through May 20 pickup times will continue to be later at four locations. Fordson High School, Woodworth Middle School, Salina Intermediate and McCollough Elementary will distribute meals from noon to 2 p.m.

Dearborn High School, Edsel Ford High School and Smith Middle School will hand out meals from 10 a.m. to noon.

The week after Memorial Day, meal distribution will go back to 10 a.m. to noon at all seven locations. Meals that week will be distributed on Wednesday, May 27 and Friday, May 29.

Dearborn Public Schools has been providing 65,000 grab-and-go meals a week for our students.

One person can pick up food for any student living in the home.  The child does not need to attend that school.  Each bag contains breakfast and lunch for the days until the next pickup.

The grab-and-go meals are provided free to families through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s School Lunch Program. Through the program, Dearborn Public Schools offered free lunch and breakfast to all kindergarten to 12th grade students before schools were closed to slow the spread of novel coronavirus.

Meal distribution schedule:

May 11, 13, 15, 18 and 20

Meals distributed from 10 a.m. to noon at Dearborn High School, Edsel Ford High School and Smith Middle School and from noon to 2 p.m. at Fordson High School, Woodworth Middle School, Salina Intermediate and McCollough Elementary.

NO DISTRIBUTIONS MAY 22 AND 25

May 27 and 29 and June 1, 3, 5, 8 and 10

Meals distributed from 10 a.m. to noon at all seven locations.