Attendance

Attendance

The entry bell will sound at 8:35 AM and classes will begin promptly at 8:40 am. Students will be marked tardy when coming to school after that time. Students are to line up at their assigned door, with their class. Students are not to come early, breakfast starts at 8:10.  Students arriving after 8:40 must sign-in at the office so that their attendance can be changed from absent too late. Regular school attendance is in your child’s best interest. There is a clear correlation between good attendance and academic achievement. Students need to attend school to fully maximize their educational opportunities. In addition, the law in Michigan governing compulsory attendance requires a parent, legal guardian, or other person having control or charge of a child age six to sixteen, shall be required to send such child, to the public school during the entire school year except under limited circumstances.

Starting the summer vacation before the end of the school year or taking a vacation in the middle of the school year is not in your child’s best educational interest. Therefore, this is considered an unexcused absence. River Oaks School has a procedure in place for addressing excessive absences/tardiness. After any student has shown a pattern of unexcused absences, parents will be contacted to discuss the issue. If absences continue, a letter will be sent to the parent/guardian. The letter will be a gentle reminder of the importance of regular school attendance. Subsequent letters will be sent for additional absences. All of these contacts are to assure that home and school are working together on the issue of attendance. One outcome of numerous absences, even if they are excused, is for the school to require a doctor’s excuse for each absence. This is an extreme measure used only in extreme situations. In addition, unexcused absences can lead to a truancy referral to Student Services. Please call 827-6750 to report your child’s absence during the year. We are looking forward to a great school year!

School Bond

Dearborn Schools seeking November bond vote
Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education recently approved language to be placed on a November 5th,
2019 ballot asking residents to approve a $240 million bond proposal for the district.
The $240 million is the amount of money that can be added to the current bond debt without increasing the
current millage rate of 4.82. If the bond is passed, residents would not pay more in taxes as the debt millage rate
will stay the same, but the district would be able to make many much needed infrastructure repairs and updates,
improve security and safety, and address other areas such as capacity.
The district has dubbed the bond BRICS for the areas it will target – Buildings, Renovations, Infrastructure,
Capacity and Safety. The main focus will be infrastructure including boilers and related equipment, restrooms,
roofs, exterior doors and windows, LED lighting, paving and sidewalks, and technology infrastructure. Some
buses and technology needs will also be purchased.
These focus areas were identified during several months of work by the Citizens Infrastructure Task Force.
The group presented its findings to the Board of Education in October 2018. The task force reported that
infrastructure, capacity, and safety most needed to be addressed, but it also included air conditioning as a separate
item for consideration.
Under the bond, capacity would include additions at a few elementary level buildings, renovating and creating
classroom space, and constructing special education classrooms. The district is also looking at acquiring two
buildings on the Henry Ford College campus, an ideal site to accommodate the expanding Early College programs
and the growing Adult Education program. The Early College programs also help relieve overcrowding at the
traditional high schools.
Security and safety changes in the bond proposal include improving how visitors can access schools. In some
cases that may mean remodeling or moving the main office closer to the front doors for better control and
monitoring of who enters the building during the school day.
Every school building would see some improvement if the bond is approved. On average, each elementary
school would get $4 million in work, middle schools $8 million, and high schools $15 million.
The official language approved by the board in July says, in part,: “In the opinion of this Board it is necessary
and expedient to ask voters whether to approve a bond project consisting of erecting, furnishing, and equipping
additions to and remodeling, furnishing, and equipping and re-equipping existing school buildings and other
facilities; purchasing school buildings and related sites; acquiring and installing instructional technology in school
buildings; purchasing school buses; and erecting, furnishing, equipping, preparing, developing, and improving
playgrounds, playfields, athletic fields and facilities, and sites.”
The bonds would be issued in two sets. The first series would provide about $86 million in the first three
years. The second series would provide $154 million in years four through six. If the bond is approved
November 5 th , construction on the first projects could begin in the spring of 2020. The bond is expected to be the
only question on the November ballot.
Dearborn Public Schools includes 34 buildings and 3.2 million square feet of building space. The district has
20,700 students.
For more information about the bond, residents are encouraged to visit the District’s bond site at
https://iblog.dearbornschools.org/bond/. Information on the site will be updated as it becomes available. District
officials also plan to host a series of meetings at schools and with community groups this fall to inform residents
about the bond. A schedule of those meetings will also be available on the site as the dates are finalized.

Dearborn School 2019-20 calendar updates

Dearborn Schools updates 2019-20 calendar

 

Dearborn Schools has updated next year’s calendar, making spring break 2020 a day shorter due to state testing schedules, but ending the school year a day earlier.

Spring break next year will now run from April 6 to 10.  The following Monday, April 13, will now be a regular day of school, instead of an additional day off.  This is because juniors and some seniors across the state will take the required SAT test on April 14.  The District felt it prudent to get students settled back into school for a day before this important exam.  SAT is used to measure student growth and as a college entrance exam.

Since spring break was shortened, the last day of school was also moved up a day to Thursday, June 11, 2020.

The Dearborn Federation of Teachers approved the calendar updates on June 6.

All other aspects of the calendar initially released in January are still the same.  That includes starting school on August 26, 2019 with a half day.  Students and staff will have both Friday and Monday off for a long Labor Day weekend.  The District will also be closed for a full week Feb. 17 to 21 for Midwinter Break.  Eid al-Fitr will also be days off, but that coincides with Memorial Day weekend in 2020, which was already four days off for the District.

Many factors go into determining the school calendar including a state requirement for 180 days of school, a countywide common calendar, community needs, and professional development obligations.  The administration and the Dearborn Federation of Teachers spend many hours working together on the various details that need to be considered before a final calendar is approved.

The 2019-2020 calendar is only the second time the Dearborn Public Schools has had to follow a change in state law requiring schools to provide 180 days of instruction.  That change added five days for the current school year.  Another state law requires that school start after Labor Day, but in recent years districts have been allowed to request a waiver to start earlier.  Next year will be the second time since 2006 Dearborn Schools has started before Labor Day.

The county common calendar sets the dates for winter break, spring break, Good Friday, and Presidents Day.  The school calendar also must also reflect the needs of the local community, which for Dearborn means days off around the Eid holidays. Districts lose some state funding if attendance falls below 75 percent at any building.

The 2019-2020 District calendar once again includes late start dates that will be used for professional development and school improvement planning.  The late start dates have been extremely helpful in providing teachers and principals with time to meet, collaborate with colleagues, work on school improvement goals, and improve student instruction.  The first of the seven late start dates will occur on Wednesday, September 25.  Late starts will continue on various Wednesdays throughout the year.

The 2019-2020 calendar is be posted on the District’s website and can be accessed by visiting https://dearbornschools.org/services/district-calendars/. Visitors will be able to download a PDF version or view an online calendar.  Parents are reminded to check with their child’s school for important events and activities unique to their school and not appearing on the District calendar

Ms. Rhonda Walker Brag book @ River Oaks

Rhonda Walker’s Brag Book surprise theme today is Girl Power! Watch as she surprises a 6 year old award winning ballerina AND award winning wrestler AND honor student!!! We can’t wait to meet this triple threat! #rhondasbragbook To nominate her next Brag Book winner go to clickondetroit.com/brag-book/rhonda-s-brag-book-nominate-young-leader-of-the-week-

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