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Arrival and Departure procedures

River Oaks Elementary has always pledged to create a safe and stimulating environment for all students. The beginning of the school year is an exciting time. We love meeting our new families and sharing stories with our returning families. The first week of school it is important to visit your child’s classroom and to establish a rapport with his or her teacher. We allow each parent to enter without signing in to visit your child’s classroom. Staring on September 3rd 2019 we ask that parents no longer enter our classrooms upon arrival. This allows student to build confidence with the routines and procedures of the classroom and to work on building independent skills. This also is for the safety and security of all of our students. Any adult/parent entering the building should enter through door one, sign in at the office and receive a visitor pass. The teachers will greet the students at their assigned door and parents we would like you to say good bye to your child at the door.

Each grade level receives 38 minutes for lunch. The lunch time is scheduled and split between eating and recess. As a reminder parents should not be in the lunch room. If you need your child during lunch time they will be called to the office. All lunches being brought to school need to be dropped off at the office. The office will make sure the lunch gets to the correct student. Students should either get lunch from school or bring it with them to school.

I want to thank all for helping make our school a safe and secure place where learning at high levels each day can happen.


Mr. Joe Martin

River Oaks Principal



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!

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 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

Posted by WDIV Local 4 / ClickOnDetroit on Friday, May 3, 2019