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1/2 day today – Friday, January 22, 2021 and report card information

Friendly reminder that today, Friday, January 22nd is a 1/2 day and the end of the first semester. Students will meet with all their teachers in a condensed class schedule, with the day ending at 11:10am.

Monday, January 25th is the start of the second semester, and is also a 1/2 day, with students attending all their classes until 11:10am. Tuesday, January 26th is also a 1/2 day as well.

Students have access to their second semester schedules online in Student Connect. Teachers have until the end of the regular work day to post grades for the first semester. Students and parents will have access to these grades through Student Connect and Parent Connect. Look for the report cards to be mailed by the end of the week.

Semester 2 Schedules Available in Parent Connect Today

Greetings Vikings!

Student schedules for Semester 2 are available for viewing in Parent / Student Connect. In the schedules area, pay attention to the entry and exit dates. New courses will show a start date of 1/25/2021.

Though many courses stayed the same, some shifts were made. Dependant upon the school board’s decision for a safe return to school, some minor modifications may come after the semester has started.

Great Job on RISING TO THE CHALLENGE of the remote learning. It was not easy, but Vikings are RESILIENT! Your grit and problem solving helped you adapt to the conditions. This is one lesson you will carry with you for the rest of your promising and successful lives!

Smith Half Day Schedule for January 22nd, 25th and 26th

A friendly reminder to Smith families…

As we come to the end of the first semester and begin the second semester, students will have 3 half days on January 22nd, 25th, and 26th. Students will meet for all their classes on these days in an abbreviated amount of time, from 8:15-11:10.

Below is the schedule in picture form and in a link for your convenience.

Trustees will reevaluate Dearborn’s reopening plan during January 23rd retreat

Dearborn Public School Trustees will take time during a scheduled retreat on Saturday, January 23 to discuss and possibly vote on a revised plan outlining the steps needed to bring students back to some form of face-to-face learning.  

The virtual event will be shown live on the district’s YouTube and cable channels and on the District’s Facebook page.  The retreat starts at 10 a.m, but trustees are not scheduled to talk about the reopening plans until 1:15 p.m., after they hold previously scheduled training. An agenda will be available closer to the meeting date on the district website in the documents on the Board of Education page.

Trustees had already planned their annual retreat for Jan. 23 when Gov. Whitmer made her announcement earlier this month encouraging schools to reopen by March 1.  During the regular Board of Education meeting on Jan. 11, Superintendent Glenn Maleyko suggested the board hold a special meeting sometime before the next regular meeting in February to talk about the announcement and revisit the district’s current reopening plan.  The Feb. 8 meeting might be too late for the district to fully develop and implement a new plan before March 1, Dr. Maleyko told trustees.

Dearborn Public Schools has been in remote learning since Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closed schools in March.  No date has been set for returning students to in-school learning.

The Board of Education in late October adopted the current reopening plan, which allows the district to reopen schools once two metrics are met.  First, the Dearborn community needs to improve to at least a D rating on the COVID risk matrix created by the Wayne County Health Department (WCHD).  Dearborn and most other communities earned an E grade on the most recent report.  The second reopening requirement is that Wayne County, outside of Detroit, have a positivity rate under 5 percent for at least two weeks in a row on a separate WCHD report.  (The most recent version of both reports are available on the district’s COVID-19 page.)  The current COVID report shows Wayne County’s positivity rate has improved to 10.8 percent.

Gov. Whitmer encouraged schools to return to some sort of face-to-face learning by March 1, especially for young children and those with special needs.  She noted that return to face-to-face could take several forms such as blended learning, where students divide their time between in-school and online to reduce the number of students in the building at one time.  The governor did not require schools to reopen.  Ultimately, decisions about reopening during the pandemic will still be made by local school boards based on conditions in their communities.  The governor’s announcement also included updated cleaning and other requirements for how school buildings operate during the pandemic. 

Besides the COVID metrics, the district also needs to reevaluate how schools would reopen, Dr. Maleyko told the board.

The current plan, adopted in the middle of the first semester, called for returning students in a blended model starting with elementary pupils.  Once COVID conditions improve enough, kindergarten through second grade students would return followed by third through fifth grade two weeks later.  All the elementary students would attend for a shorter day two days a week, splitting which students are there on which days. Students would then learn from home on the other weekdays. GSRP preschool students would return after elementary students.

The current plan also says middle and high school students could return with a similar blended learning model starting with second semester, if COVID conditions allow. Dr. Maleyko said administrators are developing plans to phase in the return for older students and creating more specifics about how that would look.  The second semester starts Jan. 25, but students will not be returning to in-school learning that week. 

For blended learning, tentative plans call for different start times for students: 8 a.m. for high school, 8:50 for middle school and 9:40 for elementary students.

Teachers are among the groups now eligible to receive COVID vaccinations, and the district is working closely with the Wayne County Health Department and Wayne RESA to schedule those shots. The number of people eligible and interested in receiving a vaccination still far exceeds Michigan’s supply, and it may take weeks, or even months, before all interested school staff can receive the vaccine.  

No vaccination has been approved for children younger than 16.

“We know face-to-face learning is the best model for most students, and we want to return our students to the classrooms,” said Superintendent Glenn Maleyko. “However, Dearborn continues to have some of the highest COVID rates in the county.  We have to balance the need to get students back in schools with protecting the health and safety of our students and staff.”

Dr. Martin L. King Day – A Day of Service

Please see the message below from our high school student leaders:

Dr. Martin Luther King Day is happening virtually – on Monday- from 1:00-2:35 PM. We are hearing from keynote speakers, doing activities, and holding a healing session. We are also making houseless care packages at the Islamic Center of America. The other two sessions are happening virtually, including card-making for the St. Sarcus Senior Center with a goal of 150 cards, and an ELL Peer to Peer Conversation.

I have included the Zoom invite below as well as a link to our sign-up form. We ask that everyone who plans on joining fills out the Google Form. 
Google Form Link: https://forms.gle/m1Q3xkwPq5JeDYJo7
Zoom Link: Join Zoom Meetinghttps://dearbornschools-org.zoom.us/j/84521984845?pwd=ZnlrSEllQWhKOHdIUWZPNXRHeDEwdz09

Meeting ID: 845 2198 4845Passcode: MLK2021

If you have any questions, please contact Karim Kadouh @ 20076144@dearbornschools.org.

We hope to “see” you!