April 6th 2020

Dear Edsel Ford Students and Families,

As many of you already know, Governor Whitmer has announced that Michigan schools would be closed for the remainder of the school year. K-12 school sports activities and other in-person extracurricular school activities are also suspended while any state of emergency or state of disaster prompted by COVID-19 is in effect.

The safety of our students and staff will always be our top priority and we are in support of the Governor’s decision to take all necessary steps to keep our school family and community safe. In regards to our Edsel Ford Senior Class of 2020- I have sent out emails and blog posts saying that our superintendent has said we will plan to do something for our seniors when things are safe to do so.  We don’t know when or what that looks like yet, but we are all very aware of the events seniors deserve and look forward to every year. I assure you we will discuss, plan and publicize plans when we can get to that point. 

This is a time of great uncertainty and unfortunately we do not have all of the answers right now.  However, here is what we do know. 

Online instruction will continue through the regularly scheduled last day of school in June.

  • Each school district will be required to develop a learning plan for the remainder of the year that must be submitted and approved by our Intermediate School District.  
  • The State of Michigan is currently developing a generic learning plan template for districts to follow.  Each school district’s plan will be slightly different to ensure they are appropriate, equitable and accessible for all students and families.  Plans must also include how districts will manage and monitor student progress.
  • Once our Dearborn Public Schools plan is finalized and approved- the district will share it with the public.   
  • If you are in need of technology to help facilitate online learning and haven’t already picked up a chrome book.- please email me at casebos@dearbornschools.org.  I will add your name to our building google doc and arrange/communicate a plan as soon as we are allowed to do so. 
  • Current high school juniors will be given an opportunity next fall to take the SAT sometime in the fall upon our return to school, this is to make up for the state-funded college entrance exam they would have taken this April if schools had not been closed.
  • This week we will pause instruction for Spring Break.  Instruction will resume on Monday, April 13th.

The decision from Governor Whitmer was not the outcome any of us had wished for.  We miss you and our opportunities to learn and interact with each other.  Unfortunately, at this time, that simply is not possible.  We promise to do everything we can to ensure our students have the best educational experience possible moving forward.

Stay well, stay safe.
Principal Casebolt