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Playgrounds Closed

Good Morning,

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!

Food Distribution Change

Food schedule change 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 seven 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 distribution sites are Fordson, Dearborn and Edsel Ford high schools; McCollough/Unis; Salina Intermediate; Smith Middle School; and Woodworth Middle School.

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.

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.

Checking In

Dear Parents & Students,

I hope all of you are doing well and are healthy at home. I wanted to check in and remind you about contacting your teacher directly through email and or class dojo. The staff have created learning guides to assist with student learning at home. Please reach out to one another through email or phone calls to ensure all parents have been in contact with their teacher. Please let me know if I can do anything to assist you. All staff emails and classroom blogs can be found by going to the school blog and then click on the staff page.

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.