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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.

February 18, 2021 – In person learning labs will start. Classrooms teachers will schedule the students.

March 1, 2021 – Kindergarten, 1st and second grade students will start the Hybrid schedule. 2 days of face to face learning with half the students from the class. 2 days at home doing asynchronous review work (no live classroom instruction). Gym, Art, Music, Media & Technology will have at least one live lesson on the days at home. Wednesday will be the same as now for all students.

March 8, – Pre-school, Third, fourth and fifth grade students will start the Hybrid schedule. 2 days of face to face learning with half the students from the class. 2 days at home doing asynchronous review work (no live classroom instruction). Gym, Art, Music, Media & Technology will have at least one live lesson on the days at home. Wednesday will be the same as now for all students.

Social distancing guidelines will be followed to help students/staff be safe. Students will eat lunch at school.

A parent meeting will be held soon. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and get additional information.

I know this news is both exciting and stressful. We will work through this transition together. Please call the school if you have any questions or concerns.

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  

A message from Dr. Maleyko

November 11, 2020 

Greetings,  

As someone who enjoys a good long run there have been a few times when I’ve reached that point where I wasn’t sure if I could push on. They call that “hitting the wall.”  It’s that point when your body feels it can’t go any further. There is a physical component that allows you to get past that point and continue, but your mind, your will, your mental determination to overcome plays a much greater part in conquering the wall.   

We as a community, as a state and nation, have seemed to hit the wall in our fight against the spread of COVID 19. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of covid cases over the past several weeks and the term “COVID fatigue” has been heard more and more to describe just one of the reasons why this is happening.  After eight months of cancelled plans, uncertainty, worry, and continuous efforts to mitigate the spread, we are all just getting tired of “dealing with this.” We are all hitting our wall. But now is the time where we must dig deep and conquer the wall. We must help each other, remind each other, and continue to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Last week the District took steps to help mitigate the community spread of the virus by suspending our remaining in-person learning labs. Since infection rates in the community, and in the state, continue to increase we feel the responsible action at this time is to take further steps now rather than later to help slow the spread of this virus.  

The District will be reducing the number of staff in buildings and encouraging students, parents, and community members to help support these measures.  

School offices will remain open, with minimal staff, during normal school hours. We highly encourage parents and community members to communicate with staff electronically to avoid entering the building. It is understood that in some cases it may be necessary to enter a school in order to address an issue or concern. In these instances please contact the school to set up an appointment.  

The Administration building will be open for public access by appointment only during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call (313) 827-3005 for Student Services, (313) 827-3002 for Human Resources, (313) 827-3100 for Payroll and Benefits, and (313) 827-3006 for all other questions.  

The District has been following very stringent mitigation strategies that have proven to be effective in our schools.  We are taking these additional proactive steps to help slow the spread of COVID- 19 and to keep our staff, students and the community safe.   

We have been wearing a mask, washing hands, social distancing, and for the most part avoiding large crowds.  The increase in the number of cases is driving our decision making on school operations and our concern for the safety of students and staff. Many health experts are attributing part of the increase to extended family and friend gatherings. These events tend to create a false sense of safety and therefore people become more relaxed about following the rules. This may play an even bigger role in the spread of the virus as we move into a holiday season centered around family and friends coming together. I encourage everyone to do their part and remain committed to following safe practices and protocols that we know are effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and helping all of us as a community to overcome the wall.      

Please avoid large gatherings and Mask Up Dearborn!

Volume Control for your chromebook issues

With all of the Zooming going on around the district, we are aware of an issue with some Chromebook microphones. The good news is, updated Chromebooks now give you the ability to adjust your microphone volume.

But first, you have to make sure your Chromebook is up-to-date, which is always a good idea. To do this, click on the clock in the lower right corner of the Chromebook screen. Click the gear for settings:

gear button

Next, select About Chrome OS.

settings menu

Finally, click on the Check for updates button.

check for updates button

Once your Chromebook is updated, click on the clock again. Then, click on the arrow next to the volume button. This will open up your audio settings.

arrow for audio settings

From here, you can use the slider bar to increase or decrease the volume of your microphone.

slider bar for microphone

In Person Learning Labs

Dear River Oaks Community,

As of today October 21, 2020 we are suspending in person learning labs. Each week the Wayne County Health department meets with district members to discuss COVID data. Unfortunately the positivity rates are increasing and we need to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of the students and staff. Your child’s teacher will be posting information about this too. We will keep you informed about the learning labs. The teachers will hold virtual learning labs daily.

Stay Safe,

Mr. Martin