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Free Food from EverFresh Market

EverFresh Market is giving away free meat and chicken to any families that are in need. The market is located right down the street from River Oaks Elementary. Anyone can walk into the store and take anything that they may need from the meat section that’s marked with a plain white sticker. They can then take the items to the register and have them bagged. The address is 20125 Ann Arbor Trail, Dearborn Heights.

We miss our students and families

We want to spread some River Oaks love with our community Thursday, March 26th at noon (12pm)! Shout out to Mrs. Sandi for organizing this parade!

We are lucky to have our very own River Oaks staff leading our school community parade through the neighborhood. Families- we will post where we are heading as we parade through your neighborhood.

We WILL be mindful of social distancing and safety and therefore we will be remaining in our cars and will NOT be stopping. Look for us in our cars as we will be waving, honking, smiling, and maybe even throwing out some extra love!

We encourage you to wear your RIver Oaks pride shirts, or River Oaks colors. Feel free to wave from your windows or come out on your front porches.Want to get creative? Maybe even make a special poster to shout out some love to your special teachers and staff members.

We can’t wait to see all your smiling faces as we have missed you all dearly.

We will be leaving the schools parking lot around 12:15 and head down Garling and through that neighborhood then cross over to the neighborhood bwhine the school. Then we will head down Ann Arbor Trail to University Dr. Neighborhood. Then to Parkland and that surrounding neighborhood. Then we head down Ann Arbor Trail and head towards the Military Hills neighborhoods across towards English gardens then over to Hazelton, Virgil, Riverdale, Riverview, Appleton, Grayfield and Dale. . It will be about 40 minutes throughout the neighborhoods so please wait for us we promise not to miss anyone.

Update Information

School Closing Information-UPDATE

All Dearborn Public Schools will be closed for students effective immediately, March 13, 2020. This is a result of Governor Whitmer’s order to close all K-12 school buildings, public, private, and boarding, starting Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. 

Dearborn Public Schools spring break will take place from Monday, April 6 through Friday, April 10. Students will return to school on Monday, April 13, 2020.

Students may report on Friday, March 13, 2020 at the normal start time to pick up their belongings and school supplies.  

All staff should report on Friday, March 13, 2020 to assist students. Staff will only attend for the morning half of the day followed by a half day release time.

Updated information from Dr. Maleyko

Whitmore-Bolles Elementary closed as precaution after potential COVID-19 exposure of staff member

Dearborn Public Schools announced Wednesday evening that Whitmore Bolles Elementary School would be closed, at least temporarily, after a staff member came in contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko said the move was “out of an overabundance of caution,” as the District and the staff member await the results of tests to see if the person had contracted COVID-19.

No other Dearborn Public School closings are planned at this time. 

As of the Wednesday evening, Whitmore Bolles was closed only for Thursday.  Officials hope to have the results of the person’s COVID-19 test by Thursday afternoon.  Then a decision will be made about reopening.  The staff person only worked at Whitmore Bolles.  No other information was released because of privacy concerns for the employee.

“The impact of the COVID-19 virus is a very dynamic and fluid situation.  How we address this today may not be the same practice or protocol for future cases,” Dr. Maleyko said during a press conference at the District’s Administrative Services Center on Wednesday evening. “We are in constant contact with public health officials at Wayne County, the State of Michigan, and the Center for Disease Control.  We will continue to work directly with them and follow their recommendations on containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”

Dr. Maleyko said it was his decision to close the school, although the health department felt the risk to the students and staff was very low.  If the staff person is shown to have the virus, the District would likely be directed by the Wayne County Health Department on how to proceed.

Speakers at the press conference included Maleyko, Communications Director David Mustonen, and Board President Hussein Berry.

“I can speak from the heart as a father and grandfather in this district.  I am extremely confident that the decision made today was the right decision,” Mr. Berry said.  He encouraged people to get current information from the District website, and not to rely on reports on social media.

The district will use Thursday to ensure the school has a deep cleaning, using both District staff and an outside company familiar with dealing with germs.

Meanwhile, Dr. Maleyko reiterated common sense advice on slowing the spread of all viruses, including washing hands thoroughly or using hand sanitizer, coughing and sneezing into a tissue or an arm, and staying home if you are sick.

The District has fielded questions about converting to online learning.  While Dearborn Schools has long supported online learning, it cannot quickly convert to entirely virtual schools.  Any such change could also hurt students, especially low-income children who may not have ready access to suitable technology or internet to complete lessons from home.

Maleyko also was asked about parents who opt to keep their children at home.

“I always say that parents always have the right to make a decision in the best interest of their family and their child,” Maleyko said.  “We have no other information that leads us to believe we have any other risks any other Dearborn Public Schools at this time.”

Obviously the situation with the virus is evolving, and any decisions on further school closings will be made on a case-by-case basis, the Superintendent said.

Maleyko said, “We come here today not to alarm, panic or create stress, but to demonstrate our team’s readiness to address this concern and be prepared.  We come here today as a team because the task of planning and preparing is not the decision of one person, but requires the expertise and skills of all of us,” Maleyko said.

Dearborn Public Schools will continue to post information about any response to COVID-19 on our website at www.dearbornschools.org.