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Kindergarten Round Up Information

River Oaks Kindergarten Round up is Wednesday, March 24th from 2 -3 p.m. This will be a live virtual meeting. Please click on the link below to get to the meeting. Clicking on the link will take you to the live meeting on March 24th. Please share this with anyone who has an eligible child that will be 5 years old by September 1, 2015. You must live in the River Oaks Boundary in order to sign up for school.

Kindergarten Round Up

Kindergarten Round Up Information

Parents living in the Dearborn School District with students planning to start kindergarten in the fall are invited to Kindergarten Roundups at their local elementary school.  Parents and guardians can also start enrolling now through the district website at www.dearbornschools.org/enroll.

Each of the district’s 21 schools with elementary students is planning to hold a roundup in March or April. With current conditions, most schools are planning virtual events, either live via Zoom or recorded and posted on their website. Kindergarten Roundups provide parents of our future kindergarteners with important information about starting school, the special kindergarten schedule, required student assessments and helping prepare your child for class. Enrolling students in the spring, if possible, also allows the district to have accurate information to make staffing decisions for the fall.

There are many reasons for parents to choose Dearborn Public Schools.  Dearborn Schools is proud to offer one of the lowest teacher-to-student ratios of any district in Wayne County, with an average classroom size of 22 students in kindergarten through second grade and 23 for third through fifth.  Dearborn students show above average academic growth each year as measured on national tests, and the district maintains a 95 percent high school graduation rate and has been recognized for the high number of students who enroll in college.

To enroll in kindergarten, students must be five years old by September 1 and live within the Dearborn Public School District. Waivers are available for students who will turn five after September 1 but before December 1.  For parents already living in the district, the waivers need to be submitted by June 1. See the district website at https://dearbornschools.org/enroll for the waiver and more information.

Dearborn Public Schools also offers a free Young Fives program for students who will turn five between June 15 and December 1 this year.  That all-day program is offered at select schools and follows the kindergarten curriculum. The extra year allows those children to better develop the academic and emotional skills they need to succeed in school. The following year they would enroll in kindergarten at their neighborhood school. 

Space is limited for Young Fives, so interested parents should check for availability at the school they are interested in attending. Young Fives is held at DuVall, Henry Ford, William Ford, Geer Park, Haigh, Lindbergh, Maples, McCollough, Oakman, River Oaks, Salina, Snow, and Whitmore-Bolles elementary schools.  For more information, contact Student Services at (313) 827-3005.  Busing is available only if the student will attend their home elementary and lives in an area where busing is provided.  In most cases, parents will need to provide transportation for their child.

Kindergarten parents should also be aware that Dearborn Schools this year will again use a special schedule for those students.  Kindergarteners will have a soft start, meaning half days of school for the first week of class from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2.  There will also be two or three additional kindergarten-only days off school next year to allow for additional professional development for kindergarten teachers.  Those dates have not yet been finalized.

Parents now have the option of completing student enrollment entirely online. Enrollment can be started at https://dearbornschools.org/enroll, but will not be complete until some required paperwork is submitted. To see which school your child would attend, visit our elementary school enrollment map or call Student Services at (313) 943-3005. Kindergarten students are expected to attend the school for their neighborhood, unless they opt into Howe School’s Montessori program.

The Kindergarten Roundup schedule is below.  Check school websites closer to that building’s event for information on how to participate in live sessions or to see posted presentations.  Parents also may contact the elementary school to request more information.  For schools who opt for in-person events, parents will be required to properly wear face masks while at school and to complete a COVID screening tool before entering the building.

 Kindergarten roundup schedule

  • Becker Elementary, 313-827-6950 – March 25, 2-3 p.m., live event via Zoom.  
  • DuVall Elementary, 313-827-2750 – March 18, 6 p.m. video posted on school website.
  • Henry Ford Elementary, 313-827-4700 – March 24, 2:30-3:30 p.m., live virtual meeting.
  • William Ford Elementary, 313-827-6400 – March 25, 2-3 p.m., live virtual meeting.
  • Geer Park Elementary, 313-827-2300- April 13, 2:45-3:45 p.m., live virtual meeting.
  • Haigh Elementary, 313-827-6205 – March 24, 6 p.m., video posted to website.
  • Howard Elementary, 313-827-6350 – March 24, 6 p.m., presentation posted to website.
  • Howe Elementary, 313-827-7000 – April 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m., possibly in-person event.
  • Lindbergh Elementary, 313-827-6300 – March 24, 6 p.m. video posted.
  • Long Elementary, 313-827-6100 – April 22, 4 p.m., virtual meeting.
  • Lowrey School, 313-827-1800 – April 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m., packet pickup.  Virtual presentation will be posted April 8.
  • Maples Elementary, 313-827-6450 – April 14, 1-2 p.m., live virtual meeting also will be recorded and posted to the website.
  • McCollough Elementary, 313-827-1700 – April 14, 8:30 a.m., virtual meeting.
  • McDonald Elementary, 313-827-6700 – March 25, 10-11 a.m., virtual meeting.
  • Miller Elementary, 313-827-6850 – April 7, 9 a.m., video presentation will be posted to the website.
  • Nowlin Elementary, 313-827-6900 – April 22, 6-7 p.m., presentation posted to website.
  • Oakman Elementary – March 18, 1:45 p.m., in the gym following social distancing protocols. Face masks required.  Parents who are not feeling well or who may have been exposed to COVID should not attend. See the screening tools.
  • River Oaks Elementary, 313-827-6750 – March 24, 2-3 p.m., live virtual meeting.
  • Salina Elementary, 313-827-6550 – April 7, 4 p.m., live Zoom meeting.  Meeting will be recorded and later posted to the website.
  • Snow Elementary, 313-827-6250 – April 14, 4 p.m., video will be posted.
  • Whitmore Bolles, 313-827-6800 – April 15, 6 p.m., presentation will be posted.

Important Dates

March 19 Half Day – All Students –a.m. – Students are dismissed at 12:45;

Professional Development Day for staff – p.m.

March 29- April 2 No school – Spring Break 

April 5 No school – Spring Break 

May 12 – 14 No School – EID Holiday

May 28 No school – Conference Release Day

May 31 No School – Memorial Day

June 18 Last day of school for students 1/2 day a.m – Students are dismissed at 12:45.; Teacher Duty Day p.m.

Screening Protocol for students entering the school

As you know, students will begin to enter the school building for learning labs beginning tomorrow. Please be sure to go through the checklist each time before your child enters the school building. Covid-19 English screening tool checklist (Arabic). Parents must screen their children daily to ensure that they are symptom-free following these guidelines. If a student comes to school and has either 1 symptom in box A or 2 symptoms in box B they will be sent home.

Masks, covering the mouth and nose, must be worn at all times. Students will not be allowed to congregate at any time and are expected to follow social distancing protocols. Wearing masks and proper social distancing is required for students to attend in person.

Before coming to school: 

Please take the temperature of all of your children/family members; if a child’s temperature is above 100 degrees your child must stay home.

 In addition if your child is not feeling well or if they have any one of the following symptoms, your child must stay home:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

In the event that a student gets sick or starts exhibiting symptoms at school, they will be relocated to the designated quarantine room until their parent or guardian can retrieve them. They will be supervised by a staff member in the quarantine room. 

Parents: Please remind your child while at school to: 

  • Wear and keep his/her mask on while on school property 
  • Practice social distancing while on school property 
  • Pack hand sanitizer (suggestion) 
  • Avoid touching his/her face, especially her/his eyes.
  • Avoid touching other children  (No high fives, hugs)
  • Not to share school supplies or materials with others and vice versa
  • Not to share food or drinks with anyone/or take food or drinks from anyone

Coming back home from school: When your child comes home, make sure he/she cleans and disinfects his/her belongings and wash his/her hands.

We know that this guidance puts added stress on families, and we are grateful for your cooperation.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 313-827-6750. 

I am looking forward to seeing our students!

Mr. Martin

A message from Mr. Martin our school principal

Dear River Oaks Community,

We are so excited to have our Rockets coming back to River Oaks!!! It has been almost a year since our students have been at the building to work on their academic and social development and it is time for them to come back 🙂  At the last board meeting it was decided that we will transition into the “Hybrid Model”. This means that we will have 2 cohorts of students;

  • Group A- comes to school from 9:40am-2:20pm on M/TH (2 days)** Lunch will be provided and we will follow the CDC and Wayne County Health Guidelines.  Group A-students will have their special area classes on days that they are not at school. The whole class will meet remotely on Wednesdays with their classroom teacher.
  • Group B- comes to school from 9:40am-2:20pm on Tues/Friday (2 days)**. Lunch will be provided and we will follow the CDC and Wayne County Health Guidelines. Group B students will have their special area classes on days that they are not at school. The whole class will meet remotely on Wednesdays with their classroom teacher.
  • Important- the classroom teacher will meet with students at home using zoom from 8:40am-9:05am on days that they are not at school. The classroom teacher will go over their content practice for the day, remind students about special area  classes for the day, and answer any questions students may have. Attendance will also be taken at this time for the asynchronous day. 
  • Both groups have live remote lessons on Wednesday with their classroom teacher.  (1 day)
  • River Oaks classroom teachers will post their A-Day and B-Day student schedules on their schoology page each week. 

Preparation for the Hybrid Model has taken place over the course of this school year. Our classrooms have been altered to align with the “National CDC Health Guidelines” and our school district has been working with the Wayne County Health department to make sure we have taken the correct steps to have our schools as safe as possible. 

At River Oaks we have been working extremely hard providing live instruction in the morning and offering learning labs in the afternoon that are specific to our students academic levels. To prepare for the Hybrid model groups, we looked at the following items; placing siblings together in the Dearborn High Feeder on the same days, planning for students that need support services, planning for students that need transportation, balancing numbers in the groups to align with national spacing guidelines, and looking for common levels amongst the students in the 2 groups. This process was very time consuming and making changes can cause a “domino effect”, so we ask that no changes are made during this hybrid transition period. My hope is that the Hybrid Model goes very well and we can be back to a normal 5 day week in the near future. We are all going to have to continue to work together to keep the levels low at our building and our students/staff/ and parents safe. 

Please remember to go over the “COVID Screening Questions- English or Arabic” with your student(s) each day and to keep them home if they have any symptoms.  

Additional resources from the school nurses click here.  

Thank you to all of our parents for everything that you have done over the last year to help with your student’s education! We appreciate your constant support and devotion 🙂

Mr. Martin

Dearborn Schools has met the COVID measurements

Dearborn Public Schools is excited to announce the district has met the COVID measurements set by the Board of Education and will start phasing students and staff back to in-building learning.

Face-to-face learning labs for special education students who are part of the Act 18 program will start on Tuesday, Feb. 16.  Learning labs for other students will start later next week.  Most staff will report to their buildings starting Feb. 16.  

The second week after learning labs start, schools will start reopening to all students for blended learning.  With blended learning, students will be in school two days a week – either Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday – and will work from home the other days.  Wednesdays will be live online classes for all students.

The reopening schedule will go as follows:

March 1 – The first students return for blended learning, including grades kindergarten, first, second, sixth and ninth.

March 8 – More students start blended learning including preschool, third, fourth, fifth, seventh and 10th grades. 

March 15 – The rest of students start blended learning including eighth, 11th and 12th grades.

There are a few other date changes to note.

Dearborn Public Schools was able to arrange COVID vaccinations for all the remaining staff who want them on Thursday and Friday of this week.  Thursday will now be asynchronous for all students to allow teachers time to get the shot.  Friday, Feb. 12 through Monday, Feb. 15 were already days off school for mid-winter break.  Students will now have a half day of school on Feb. 16, and teachers will use the other half of the day to prepare to return to teaching students face-to-face. The district earlier canceled the remaining late starts to allow for this half day.

Parents can look for information soon from their child’s school about which days their students will attend and other details specific to the school.  Every effort will be made to have siblings attend on the same day. This will be easier to accommodate at the elementary level but may be more difficult across school buildings. Parents can learn more about blended learning on the district’s back-to-school website.  Busing and food service will be provided during blended learning.

In October, the Dearborn Schools Board of Education set two COVID measures for when the district would return to in-school learning.  First, Dearborn was required to improve to at least a D grade on the COVID risk matrix put out by the Wayne County Health Department.  The community improved to that grade in mid January and maintained it on the newest report issued on Monday.

However, the second requirement remained out of reach a bit longer.  The positivity rate for Wayne County, outside of Detroit, needed to be at 5 percent or less on the weekly county report.  The community met that measure on the report released Monday evening, falling to 5 percent even for last week.

At Monday’s Board of Education meeting, trustees did vote to tweak the reopening plan they have followed since October. Up to that point, the plan had required that the county positivity rate be at 5 percent or lower for two weeks before blended learning started.  Trustees removed the requirement for the second week to avoid further delaying the reopening if the positivity were to tick up next week.

Superintendent Glenn Maleyko noted that after schools are open, the decision about possibly returning to an all remote-learning model would be made by the administration.  He told trustees that the district would continue to look at the community risk matrix, which includes the positivity rate as one of the factors, but the positivity rate alone would not drive the decision. Other factors that would be considered include evaluating conditions in a particular school and considering the advice of the Wayne County Health Department before deciding to return a building or the district to a completely virtual model.  

“We have been preparing for months to reopen schools and are so glad we are finally able to get students back into our classrooms,” Dr. Maleyko said. “Getting vaccinations for our staff is also wonderful news to help ensure their safety as we move toward returning all our students to face-to-face learning. We know that in-school learning is the best environment for most students.  However, COVID is not gone.  We need the community to continue to be vigilant about wearing masks and doing their part to control the spread of the virus so we can keep our students in school.”

The use of face masks, social distancing, hand washing, cleaning protocols and other safety measures will continue to be followed as staff and students return to the buildings.  Although Michigan loosened the requirements for schools to reopen, Dearborn Schools will continue to follow more stringent guidelines.  For example, the district will wipe down the interior of buses between each run rather than only at the end of the day. Schools have added signage to the entrances of buildings and throughout hallways to keep all who enter the building safe. Parents are asked to contact their child’s school if they have specific questions about health and safety procedures being followed in the building.

Message from the Superintendent

February 5, 2021

Greetings Parents, Students, and Community Members, 

Ever since the announcement of a COVID-19 vaccine there has been an on-going and somewhat confusing discussion on where and how to receive the vaccine.  However,  I’m happy to share very positive news regarding our efforts to get our staff vaccinated. 

We have built an outstanding relationship with the Wayne County Health Department and continue to work directly with them and Wayne RESA to secure appointments for staff members. On February 1st, the County began notifying select school districts to schedule vaccine appointments for their employees. The District was contacted by the County and it looks very promising that our turn could occur as early as next Thursday and Friday, February 11 and 12.  This means that we will plan to make February 11 an asynchronous instructional day across the district. Feb. 12 is already a vacation day for mid-winter break. The more staff that are able to get the vaccine, the safer it will be for our students, staff and community. 

The County is the primary source of vaccine distribution for school employees. We know they have a huge task in front of them in their efforts to vaccinate more than 20,000 school employees working in Wayne County.  Therefore, we have been in discussions with other healthcare providers to secure vaccines for our staff.  Those efforts have been beneficial as almost one thousand vaccines will be given to Dearborn Public School employees by a hospital in the Detroit area. The distribution of these vaccines is also scheduled for next Thursday and Friday.     

In addition, we have been encouraging all staff who may be eligible to be vaccinated to pursue any and all options to make an appointment with outside organizations. We have provided staff with a list of resources to aid in their efforts and to date we are aware of almost 400 staff members who have already received the vaccine. 

The work of our District Vaccine committee, the incredible work of Wayne County Health, our partnership with a local hospital, and the efforts of individual staff members will very likely result in all 2,700 staff members in the Dearborn Public Schools who want to receive a vaccine having that opportunity by the end of next week.  

Looking ahead, our new message is one of continued patience, unwavering perseverance, and never ending hope. We have weathered a great storm for almost a year, and although the winds may have calmed, the sun shining through the clouds, the storm is not over.  The vaccine brings great hope to a return to normal and adds one more layer of protection in our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community healthy.  

Stay safe, be healthy, and remember to Mask Up! 

Regards, 

Glenn Maleyko, Ph.D.

Superintendent

Dearborn Public Schools 

Remaining Late Starts to be replaced by Half Days

Dearborn Public Schools is canceling the four remaining late starts scheduled for this year and will replace them with one half day on a Friday still to be determined.

The late starts scheduled for Feb. 10, March 10, April 21 and May 5 are canceled, and students and staff will have a regular day of school those days in whatever format the district is conducting class at that time.

Instead of the late starts, students will have a half day of school on the Friday before the district restarts learning labs.  Teachers will use the afternoon to prepare for students returning to the classroom. The district does not yet know what day that will be.  

The Board of Education has set two measures for when the district will reopen schools.  Both are based on reports from the Wayne County Health Department. Dearborn has already improved to at least a D grade on the COVID risk matrix, which is the first requirement.  The second requirement is that Wayne County, outside of Detroit, falls to a 5 percent or lower positivity rate on the weekly report.  This week’s report showed the area down to a 6.2 percent.  The most recent reports are available on the district’s COVID page.

The district expects to tell staff on a Tuesday and the public on a Wednesday when both conditions have been met.  The half day would be that Friday to allow teachers to prepare to return to working in the school buildings.  The Monday after the announcement, learning labs would restart, including those for special education programs funded through Act 18.  Students would start returning to class in buildings for blended learning two weeks later.  The board-approved reopening timeline is posted on the district’s back-to-school website.

This year’s school calendar originally included seven late start dates.  Late starts are Wednesdays about once a month where students report to class an hour later to allow the staff time for professional development before school.  This year, the three late starts in the first semester were cancelled after the district opted to have a soft start to online school.  With this announcement, the district has eliminated all the late starts for this school year.

“In a typical year, late starts are a great tool to allow staff time to come together with their peers for teambuilding and professional development,” said Superintendent Glenn Maleyko. “However, this is not a typical year, and teachers and administrators feel the time would be better used to help make a smoother transition to restarting in-school learning.”

See the revised calendar or visit our district calendar page.

Important Message

UPDATE: Per our health officer at WCHD, “Upon return from international travel, an individual should self-quarantine for 7-days, and at the end of the 7-days have another COVID PCR test that needs to be negative before the individual/student returns to school.”

وفقًا لمسؤول الصحة لدينا في WCHD ، عند العودة من السفر الدولي ، يجب على الفرد الحجر الصحي لمدة 7 أيام ، وفي نهاية الأيام السبعة ، يجب أن يكون اختبار COVID PCR آخر سلبيًا قبل عودة الفرد / الطالب إلى مدرسة.

Letter from Dr. Maleyko

Office of the Superintendent

January 15, 2021

Greetings: 

By now, all of you have heard about the Governor’s recommendation to return all students to some type of in person learning by March 1st. The Governor’s announcement, along with the announcement on vaccines, came quickly with very little notice for school districts. We all know how important it is to return our students to the classroom but we still must balance that with keeping students and staff healthy. 

Although I want to focus this announcement on our plans for returning to in person instruction, I want to mention that staff members in the Dearborn Public Schools may soon be scheduled to receive the vaccine through the Wayne County Health Department. However, the County is waiting to receive the appropriate number of doses and must complete the vaccination process for those in the first priority group. The County will be the primary source of vaccines for school employees while other organizations will focus on other priority groups such as those over 65 years of age. The vaccine provides us with hope for a return to a more normal school experience.  However, the process will take weeks if not months to ensure all staff members who want the vaccine will have the opportunity to receive one.  

For us to return to our schools we must remain committed to procedures and protocols we have in place. We must continue to wear a mask, social distance, wash our hands, and avoid large gatherings. Lowering the number of COVID 19 cases in our community will create the safe environment we need in order to safely return to school. COVID 19 information related to our school district, city, and county can be found on our special COVID 19 webpage. Although COVID numbers for the county, and specifically Dearborn remain high, the trend is moving down. The county Positivity Rate (one of the key measures for a safe return to school) has dropped from 15% in December to just over 10% last week. If this downward trend continues, we could see 5% rates as early as mid February.  These are encouraging signs as we plan for our safe return to in person learning.

We will look at a potential hybrid reopening plan that would be phased in possibly starting some time in mid to late February.  In my discussions with our new Board President Jim Thorpe it was decided that the Board will discuss and possibly vote on an updated Return to School Plan during a Board Retreat that is scheduled for January 23, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. This scheduled meeting will be used for its initial purpose, to discuss Board related items, but will now include the back to school planning. The discussion on a possible plan for returning to school will occur later in the meeting around 1:20 p.m. Additional details on where to view the meeting will be shared on our district newsletter page The First Bell.   

As many of you are aware, we already have a solid Back to School plan that was approved by the Board of Education on October 26, 2020 and was reaffirmed at every Board meeting since that time. The plan includes a phased in hybrid model for reopening in order to limit numbers in the schools and reinforce safe protocols.  Our team is in the process of revising that plan and seeking input from a variety of stakeholders including but not limited to our union leaders. We are very proud of the great partnerships we have with our unions and will continue to work in a collaborative manner to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff and the community. 

We are only a few weeks into a new year and already so much has happened.  I know we are all anxious for a quick resolution to the COVID-19 pandemic but, as said many times, we must all continue to be patient. This is still a very active disease and we cannot rush our decisions because the decisions we make affect the people in our community, in our schools, and in our families. I can assure you that I, and our Board, are very much aware of this fact. 

The balance between the physical health and the emotional well being of our students weighs heavily on our minds at all times. We also know that the decisions we make will not please everyone. However, I am confident that any plan we bring forward will be successful because of the outstanding work of our staff members and the support we receive from our students and parents.  I am inspired by the accomplishments that I’ve seen over these past ten months and cannot thank you enough for your support of the Dearborn Public Schools and our students. I wish you and your loved ones all the best for safe and healthy days ahead.

Please remember to Mask Up and Avoid Large Gatherings.

Regards, 

Glenn Maleyko, Ph.D.

Superintendent

Dearborn Public Schools